Off the Rack

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Off the Rack
Created byRichard Baer
Bob Randall
Dan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Written byDan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Bob Randall
Lissa Levin
Timothy James
Larry Balmagia
Directed byJay Sandrich (pilot)
Noam Pitlik (series)
StarringEdward Asner
Eileen Brennan
Pamela Brull
Dennis Haysbert
Sandy Simpson
Claudia Wells
R. J. Williams
Cory Yothers
Theme music composerFred Karlin
Composer(s)Fred Karlin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)Marc Merson
Dan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Production location(s)ABC Television Center
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)Brownstone and Mugwump Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 7, 1984 (pilot)
March 15 –

April 19, 1985

Off the Rack is an American sitcom television series set in the Los Angeles garment industry that aired on ABC from March 15 until April 19, 1985. The series stars Ed Asner and Eileen Brennan and was originally directed by Noam Pitlik, its taping location was the ABC Television Center in Hollywood.

It was canceled after six regular episodes and one half-hour pilot, which aired as a special on December 7, 1984 (in which the locale was originally New York; the network insisted the setting be changed to Los Angeles for the series). Off the Rack premiered as a regular series in the middle of the 1984–1985 television season as a mid-season replacement on ABC on the same day as Mr. Belvedere. Writer Lissa Levin and director Noam Pitlik would go on to work for that series, following Off the Rack's cancellation.



  • All episodes are listed by production order.

Pilot (1984)[edit]

Pilot: "Off the Rack"
Teleplay By: Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall
Story By: Bob Randall, Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall

  • Broadcast: 12/7/84

Season 1 (1985)[edit]

1. "A Date With Kate" (01)
Written By: Steve Marshall & Dan Guntzelman

  • Broadcast: 3/15/85

2. "Partners" (02)
Written By: Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall

  • Broadcast: 3/22/85

3. "Who Do You Trust?" (03)
Teleplay By: Lissa Levin
Story By: Steve Marshall & Dan Guntzelman

  • Broadcast: 3/29/85

4. "Here Comes the Bribe" (04)
Written By: Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall

  • Broadcast: 3/29/85

5. "The Letter" (05)
Written By: Timothy James

  • Broadcast: 4/12/85

6. "Immigration Man" (06)
Written By: Larry Balmagia

  • Broadcast: 4/19/85


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