Pictured are from center Alan Arkin ,Kurt Knudson Matt Craven Holland Taylor,Richard Lewis Barbara Dana and Thomas Bray
Harry aired in March 1987 on ABC.
Alan Arkin starred as a wheeler-dealer supply clerk in a large hospital in this short-lived comedy. Kidney-stone pools and outpatient poker were the order of the day in Harry's basement domain at County General Hospital; overbearing Nurse Duckett (Holland Taylor) and her meek, bow-tied toady Lawrence (Thom Bray) were his chief nemeses, and Wyatt Lockhart ( Kurt Knudson) the beloved hospital administrator.
A Review from The New York Times
TV REVIEW; 'HARRY,' ABC COMEDY STARRING ALAN ARKIN
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: March 4, 1987
ABC's ''Harry,'' a new situation comedy starring Alan Arkin in the title role, tries hard to be delightfully wacky. Two available episodes, including tonight's premiere at 8:30 on Channel 7, turn out to be hopelessly silly. Created by Susan Kramer and developed by Gary Jacobs, who is also the supervising producer, ''Harry'' is set in the purchasing department of ''a major metropolitan hospital.'' With Harry Porschak in charge, the staff dabbles in such madcap activities as organizing an office pool to guess when a hospital patient might pass his kidney stones. The laugh track almost doubles over.
Mr. Arkin is an actor who has parlayed three or four mannerisms into a respectable career. He generally appears to be intensely focused on something other than the business at hand. Straight-faced, he tends to deliver dialogue in spurts, as if it is coming out of his mouth almost against his will. For whatever reasons, he is suspicious of the rest of the world, convinced that there is a conspiracy afoot to force him to be normal and ordinary. Within a context of normal and ordinary citizens, the Arkin routine can be hilarious. But ''Harry'' makes the mistake of surrounding him with an entire collection of offbeat characters. The result is sitcom overkill.
Although only the head of the purchasing department, Harry seems to be running the hospital, deciding how and when everything from major equipment to paper surgical gowns will be acquired. He is a wheeler-dealer, constantly getting into schemes that most reasonable people would find questionable. This evening, for instance, he is caught supposedly selling off hospital supplies for his own profit, but it turns out he is merely juggling books to get the hospital a badly needed new X-ray machine. Perhaps in these days of assorted urban scandals, hospital scams have their limitations as a source of humor.
Surrounding Harry in his oddball department are snippy Lawrence (Thom Bray), the sneaky yuppie; trusting Bobby (Matt Craven), a whiz at math but little else; and swinging Richard (Richard Lewis), who has flunked out of med school at the University of Guatemala. Upstairs, in the hospital proper, can be found Mr. Lockhart (Kurt Knudson), the always distracted chief administrator, and Harry's chief nemesis, the dreaded Nurse Duckett (Holland Taylor), determined to expose the shady doings down in purchasing.
Directed by Steve Robman, this evening's debut has its clever moments. Finally confronted with incontrovertible evidence of his unorthodox ways, Harry is asked if he has anything to say. ''Yes,'' he says without missing a beat, ''I think Meryl Streep does too many accents.'' But for the most part, ''Harry'' is already a textbook study in exaggeration and caricature. It is the kind of sitcom in which the performers seem to be having a better time than most viewers are likely to experience.
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