Monty (partially found Fox sitcom; 1994)
Monty was a sitcom that aired on Fox from January 11th, 1994, to February 15th, 1994, and was produced by Touchstone Television. The series starred Henry Winkler as Monty Richardson, a Rush Limbuagh-esque conservative political commentator, and David Schwimmer (who began to star in Friends later that year) as his liberal son Greg.
The series was initially picked up by NBC in 1993 before dropping it and Fox took over. Initially, Monty's child was supposed to be a lesbian daughter before becoming a liberal son who left law school to become a chef.
Due to poor reception, the program was cancelled after just five episodes (out of 13 episodes that were produced). Since then, the series is not known to have been broadcast at any point nor has seen any official home media release.
In an August 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Winkler said "When Monty was originally written, it was hysterically funny — about Rush Limbaugh having a gay daughter. NBC [owned it] for 11 minutes... Then we sold it to Fox, and it became Rush Limbaugh with a son who stopped studying law in order to become a chef." In describing his own performance, he went on to say, "I’m telling you, it was cringe-worthy… I wouldn’t even call it a performance. I should have been sent to the Midwest to some rehab facility for actors. Here’s the lesson: When you’re trying to fit a square peg into the round funny house and it doesn’t fit, do not take out your saw."
- Henry Winkler as Monty Richardson
- David Schwimmer as Greg Richardson
- Kate Burton as Fran Richardson
- Joyce Guy as Rita Simon
- China Kantner as Geena Campbell
- David Krumholtz as David Richardson
- Tom McGowan as Clifford Walker
As of this writing, the only footage of the show that is available is a YouTube upload of the first broadcast episode, "Here Comes the Son" by the user Retro Plastics Lab. However, the opening credits and any scenes before that are missing. Additionally, in response to a comment asking if all of the show's aired episodes are available, a user named Aneesh A. Sehgal claimed he had all of them, but this has not been confirmed.
On August 13th, 2023, Internet Archive user Videoboom uploaded the full first episode online.
|Here Comes the Son
|Jan 11th, 1994
|The Son Also Rises
|Jan 18th, 1994
|East Side Story
|Jan 25th, 1994
|Two Cold Feet
|Feb 1st, 1994
|The Principal's Interest
|Feb 15th, 1994
|Wild, Wild Willy and His OK Corral; Or, There Goes the GLAAD Award
|My Dad Could Beat Up Your Dad
|The Brother of the Bride
|Those Who Can't Teach, Teach Gym at David's School
|Death in Plainview
- Entertainment Weekly article: William Shatner, Henry Winkler apologize for Star Trek V, Monty. Retrieved 09 Apr '18
- Aneesh A. Sehgal's YouTube comment. Retrieved 09 Apr '18