Please Stand By aired from September 1977 until September 1978 in first run syndication.
This half hour syndicated sit-com had a little something for
everyone and a wonderful writing staff to make it all work.
Unfortunately they couldn't get the numbers needed to secure a second
season. Take the comedic talents of the veteran actors Dick Schaal and
Elinore Donahue as the parents, their son, the pop singing
heartthrob,( Stephen Michael Schwartz), a brash, know-it -all
daughter, (Darian Mathias) and a rambunctious little genius kid
brother, (Bryan Scott). Put them all together and you have the Lambert
Family. Father Lambert (Schaal) gives up his high tension job in a law
firm to open up a TV studio in Dequeen, New Mexico, a fictitious but
real sounding city. The family runs everything with a little help from
the locals. One Native American is hired on as camera man. The family
is relegated to doing the weather reports , a cooking show, an American
Bandstand type dance show all with hilarious results. You even have a
young news reporter (Marcie Barkin) who takes her job vary seriously
in spite of the madness around her. Each of the 24 episodes had guest
stars who came on to play various roles. Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)
was a frequent guest as was Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In) and Marcia Wallace
(The Bob Newhart Show).
In one episode, Frank tells Carol he must cancel some shows from his
TV stations lineup. He mentions one, which is "Father Knows Best", to
which his wife, Carol (Elinor Donahue) replies "You wouldn't dare!".
Elinor Donahue starred in "Father Knows Best".
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