Mr. T and Tina

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Mr. T and Tina
Pat Morita in promo for Mr T and Tina (1976).jpg
Pat Morita in a promotional photo for the television series Mr. T and Tina
GenreSitcom
Created byJames Komack
Directed byRick Edelstein
James Komack
James Sheldon
Dennis Steinmetz
StarringPat Morita
Susan Blanchard
Opening theme"Chicago", arranged by George Aliceson Tipton
Composer(s)George Aliceson Tipton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (4 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s)James Komack
Producer(s)Bob Carroll, Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Gary Shimokawa
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)The Komack Company
Release
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 25 (1976-09-25) –
October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)
Chronology
Related showsWelcome Back, Kotter

Mr. T and Tina is an American sitcom[1] and a spin-off of Welcome Back, Kotter starring Pat Morita that aired for five episodes on ABC from September 25 to October 30, 1976.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Pat Morita starred as Taro Takahashi, a Japanese inventor who moves his family from Tokyo to Chicago, he hires scatterbrained and free-spirited American Tina Kelly (Susan Blanchard) as the live-in governess for his children, Sachi (June Angela) and Aki (Gene Profanato).

Going against the popular Bob Newhart Show on CBS and the second half of Emergency! on NBC, Mr. T and Tina drew poor ratings, not to mention terrible reviews, and was cancelled after just five episodes were aired, although nine were filmed. (Fittingly, the last episode shown was entitled "I Thought He'd Never Leave".)

Interestingly, two of the series regulars June Angela and Gene Profanato (in real life, sister and brother) were quickly hired for the 1977 successful Broadway revival of The King & I starring Yul Brynner and Constance Towers. Angela played Tuptim and Profanato played the King's son Prince Chulalongkorn.

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Title Original air date
1"Pilot"September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)
2"The Americanization of Michi"October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02)
3"What Makes Sumo Run?"October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
4"Tina Really Truly Gets Fired"October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23)
5"I Thought He'd Never Leave"October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pat Morita - Mr. T and Tina cast". Sitcoms Online. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  2. ^ "Mr. T and Tina". The New York Times.

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