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When Pittsburgh sports columnist George Owens (Bob Uecker) and wife Marsha (Ilene Graff), a new law school student, find themselves with little time to spend with their three rambunctious kids, Marsha places an ad for some household help. Enter Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett), a quick-witted, refined, portly English housekeeper. Despite the objections of George, Mr. Belvedere is hired and quickly sets about whipping the Owens family into shape.
Mr. Belvedere premiered in 1985 and enjoyed a six season run, but has endured ever since as a symbol of its time. The story of one family trying to have it all, with some unlikely help, the show was not afraid to deal with real issues and still make us laugh. Affectionately remembered, Mr. Belvedere lives on as a cult favorite and an icon of 80s suburbia.
* New Interviews With the Cast
* Saturday Night Live Mr. Belvedere Fan Club Sketch
The Owens household faces potential chaos: Two working parents and three unsupervised children! In sweeps Mr. Belvedere, British nanny/housekeeper, imposing order on America's suburban anarchy. From this simple yet preposterous premise, a classic sitcom was born. Though popular sportscaster Bob Uecker (Major League) was the first actor cast (as hapless father George), the success of Mr. Belvedere rests on two sets of shoulders: Christopher Hewett, as the snippy but affectionate Lynn Belvedere, and Brice Beckham, as Wesley, the smallest, smartest, and wiliest of the Owens children. The rest of the family--George, mother Marsha (Ilene Graff), teenage brother and sister Kevin and Heather (Rob Stone and Tracy Wells)--get to have their moments, but Hewett and Beckham dominate the show, and deservedly so. Though ostensibly a fish-out-of-water/culture-clash comedy, Mr. Belvedere is secretly about the amoral drives of childhood slowly being shaped into the civilized consciousness of adult life. Or, to put it another way, Wesley is a cunning, self-serving brat being taught compassion and thoughtfulness by the effective one-two punch of Mr. Belvedere's barbed comments and gentle wisdom. What makes the show delightful (and delightfully subversive) is that Mr. Belvedere doesn't teach Wesley rigid notions of right and wrong, as might happen in a more conventional sitcom. Instead of laying down rules, Mr. Belvedere seeks to awaken Wesley's conscience; he inspires the pint-sized schemer to look at the world, recognize injustice, and make up his own mind what to do about it. This may take the form of being nice to guests at a party or standing up for a friend who's ostracized because he has AIDS. The AIDS episode, which came out during the Reagan era, may have been a cultural landmark, but Mr. Belvedere treated everyday social conflicts with the same mixture of gravity and wit. Don't get the wrong idea: This is a formulaic sitcom, with all the slapstick and gags-per-minute that requires. But what keeps Mr. Belvedere from being Alf with a plump Brit instead of a second-rate muppet was this surprising sense of humane purpose. This, combined with the great rapport of Hewett and Beckham, resulted in surprisingly good television. Extras include some sweet reminiscences by the cast and a sour Saturday Night Live sketch about a Mr. Belvedere fan club. --Bret Fetzer
Such a fun blast from the past! I've been watching it with my husband, who didn't watch it when it aired originally. Bob Uecker is a dreadful actor, but let's be fair... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C Wise
Didn't know season 1 was so short but I am very happy with the series anyway.Published 4 months ago by Edward Pattillo
Always loved this show when it was on. a great collection of good comedyPublished 7 months ago by Greg Smith
I love this sitcom that debuted in the Spring of 1985 regarding a British butler, Mr. Lynn Belvedere(Chris Hewett)from England who moves to Philadelphia to help a busy mother,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
I really have such wonderful memories of this show from when I was a child and I still enjoy it just as much if not more so now. I'm really glad it's available on DVD.Published 8 months ago by Marianne
The dvd is from the past and I enjoyed it. I bought it and watched it again. I still love it.Published 9 months ago by Quilter
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|subtitles in spanish? audio in spanish?||
It's not subtitled at all. No section in the menu that would allow you to choose the language you'd want. I used my player's remote to turn on subtitles but "not available" turned up, to my extreme disappointment. I also bought Season 3 but that package doesn't indicate subtitles or... Read More
Feb 11, 2011 by Iceblue | See all 3 posts
I´m affraid that Shout does not manufactured those dvd sets with CC, or SDH subtitles. Very dissapointing.
23 days ago by Fernando Coto Calvo | See all 2 posts
|Mr Belvedere season 4 coming 1/19/2010 but only direct though Shout!...||Be the first to reply|
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