Working Stiffs (TV series)

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Working Stiffs
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bob Brunner[1]
Directed by Penny Marshall
Norman Abbott
Greg Antonacci
Starring James Belushi
Michael Keaton
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (5 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Bob Brunner[1]
Running time 30 min. (per episode; with commercials)
Production company(s) Huk & Frog Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format Film
Audio format Mono
Original release September 15 (1979-09-15) – October 20, 1979 (1979-10-20)

Working Stiffs is an American sitcom which starred James Belushi and Michael Keaton as brothers Ernie and Mike O'Rourke. The pair were janitors who aspired to work their way up in the field of business, the brothers worked in an office building owned by their Uncle Harry. Ernie and Mike also were roommates in an apartment over a cafe where they befriended the owner Mitch and waitress Nikki, each episode featured slapstick and physical comedy. Penny Marshall directed the pilot.

The series aired on CBS, it competed against the highly-rated shows NBC's CHiPs and ABC's The Ropers in its timeslot. Nine episodes were produced but after four episodes aired, the series was canceled, after Belushi and Keaton became film stars in the 1980s, six episodes of the show were released on home video. Reruns have also aired on A&E Network, Comedy Central and TV Land. The syndication package included the previously unaired episodes.


Episode list[edit]

Title Air date
1"The Preview Presentation"September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)
2"Looking for Mr. Goodwrench"N/A
3"The Bank Robbery"September 29, 1979 (1979-09-29)
4"My Boys Are Having a Baby"October 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)
5"The Bosses"N/A
6"Pal Joey"October 20, 1979 (1979-10-20)
7"The Old Man in the Building"N/A
8"Trading Up"N/A
9"Sagebrush Estates"N/A


  1. ^ a b "Bob Brunner, 'Happy Days' writer, dies". Variety. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 

Brooks, Tim; Earl Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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