Mr. Merlin

Mr. Merlin

Mr. Merlin Title Card
Genre Situation comedy, Fantasy
Created by Larry Rosen
Larry Tucker
Written by Larry Rosen (5 episodes)
Larry Tucker (5 episodes)
Tom Chehak (4 episodes)
Directed by Bill Bixby (6 episodes)
Harry Winer (4 episodes)
James Frawley (2 episodes)
Starring Barnard Hughes
Clark Brandon
Elaine Joyce
Jonathan Prince
Phil Morris
Composer(s) Ken Harrison
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Larry Rosen
Larry Tucker
Producer(s) Joel Rogosin
Cinematography Chuck Arnold
Ronald W. Browne
Editor(s) Robert F. Shugrue
John Farrell
Kenneth R. Koch
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Larry Larry Productions
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 7, 1981 – March 22, 1982

Mr. Merlin is an American sitcom that ran for one season, from 1981 to 1982, about Merlin the wizard (played by Barnard Hughes), who is immortal, living in modern-day San Francisco, and disguised as Max Merlin, a mechanic. Mr. Merlin was produced by Larry Rosen and Larry Tucker, working as the Larry Larry Company, in association with Columbia Pictures Television.


Merlin hires Zachary Rogers (Clark Brandon) to work in his garage, and when Zac pulls a crowbar out of a bucket of cement, the crowbar is revealed to be Arthur's sword Excalibur and Merlin must reveal himself to Zac and make him an apprentice. Leo Samuels (Jonathan Prince) is Zac's best friend, who naturally has no idea his best buddy is a "wizard in training". Elaine Joyce is Alexandra ("Alex"), Max's equally magical liaison with an unseen "council" (who insisted Merlin take on an apprentice or lose both his powers and immortality).


Guest cast


Title Directed by Written by Air date
1 "Pilot" John Astin Larry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
2 "The Cloning of the Green" Bill Bixby Larry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
3 "Starsand" Herbert Kenwith Larry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
4 "The Music's in Me" Harry Winer Tom Chehak 1981.10.28
5 "All About Sheila" Harry Winer Larry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
6 "The Two Faces of Zac" Bill Bixby Tim Maschler 1981.11.11
7 "A Moment in Camelot" Harry Winer William J. Keenan 1981.11.18
8 "A Message from Wallshime" Alan Myerson Jeffrey Scott 1981.12.02
9 "Take My Tonsils... Please|" Bill Bixby Parke Perine 1981.12.09
10 "The Ache" Larry Elikann Stephanie Garman,
Hollace White
11 "Not So Sweet Sixteen" Alan Myerson Tom Chehak 1981.12.30
12 "Romeo and Dreidelwood" James Frawley Larry Tucker,
Larry Rosen
13 "Getting to Know You" Leo Penn Ann Woodall,
Paula Lintz
14 "Alex Goes Popless" James Frawley Tom Chehak 1982.01.25
15 "Everything's Coming Up Daisies" Jeffrey Hayden Don Tait 1982.02.01
16 "The Egg and Us" Howard Storm George Geiger 1982.02.08
17 "How to Help a Gymnast in a Foreign Country" Leo Penn Martin Donovan 1982.02.15
18 "Change of Venue: Part 1" * Bill Bixby Tim Maschler 1982.02.22
19 "Change of Venue: Part 2" * Bill Bixby Tim Maschler 1982.02.22
20 "An Absence of Amulets" Harry Winer Paul Haggis,
Michael Mauer
21 "Arrivederci, Dink" Alan Myerson Julie Kirgo,
Dinah Kirgo
22 "I Was a Teenage Loser" Bill Bixby Tom Chehak 1982.03.22

* Originally presented as an hour-long episode.

Note: a Mr. Merlin strip ran briefly in the British TV Comic.

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