Puneet Varma (Editor)

All's Fair

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
6.4/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

5.7/10 TV

Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes  24 (list of episodes)
Final episode date  30 April 1977
Number of seasons  1
7.1/10 IMDb

Created by  Norman Lear
No. of seasons  1
First episode date  20 September 1976
Network  CBS
Number of episodes  24
All's Fair httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Starring  Richard Crenna Bernadette Peters Michael Keaton
Running time  approx. 0:30 (per episode)
Cast  Bernadette Peters, Richard Crenna, Jack Dodson, Lee Chamberlin
Similar  Maude, The Jeffersons, Archie Bunker's Place, Free Country, America 2‑Night

All s fair opening credits cbs sitcom

All's Fair is an American television situation comedy that aired on CBS from 1976 to 1977. The show co-stars Richard Crenna as a conservative political columnist, Bernadette Peters as a liberal photographer, and it concerns their romantic mismatch because of age and political opinions. It was also a very early role of Michael Keaton as Lanny Wolf. Peters was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role.



In Washington, D.C., an older (49) conservative columnist Richard C. Barrington (Richard Crenna) and a young (23) liberal photographer Charlotte (Charley) Drake (Bernadette Peters) become romantically involved. The complications of their politics and the age difference provide the story lines. They are "separated by politics, generation gap, manners and living styles".

Barrington is a gourmet cook who lives in a luxurious Washington townhouse, and Drake is a vegetarian. Barrington has a girl friend, a literary agent (Salome Jens), when he first meets Drake. The style of the show is "almost constant hysteria, the rapid pacing set to the sounds of argumentative shouting."

Cast and crew


Source: Nostalgia Central

  • Richard C. Barrington – Richard Crenna
  • Charlotte (Charley) Drake – Bernadette Peters
  • Lucy Daniels, Al's girlfriend and a reporter – Lee Chamberlin
  • Allen Brooks, Richard's assistant – J.A. Preston
  • Ginger Livingston, Charley's roommate – Judith Kahan
  • Senator Wayne Joplin, a liberal Senator and friend of Richard – Jack Dodson
  • Lanny Wolf (1976), aide to President Carter – Michael Keaton
  • Crew
  • Norman Lear – Production Supervisor
  • Michael Elias – Producer
  • Rod Parker – Executive Producer
  • Bob Claver – Director
  • Hal Cooper – Director
  • Bob Schiller – Writer and Producer
  • Bob Weiskopf – Writer and Producer
  • Ben Stein – Consultant and writer
  • Reception

    The reviewer for Knight News Wire wrote that the show "looks like the best new comedy series of the year...The show looks sound in both writing and acting ... the characters spend a lot of time shouting. Lear seems to have decided ... that high-decibel dialogue is necessary to hold the attention of a large audience."

    The critic for The New York Times wrote that "The casting is first-rate and the finger-snapping pace of the show leaves just about everything looking easy and undemanding.

    The reviewer for Copley News Service wrote that he did not believe in the relationship (between Crenna and Peters). However, he wrote that "it works. It works because Crenna is an expert farceur and Peters is, well, cute and full of the old ginger. It works because the dialogue has crackle and wit. ... Peters has spunk and spirit and a bawdy and snappishly delightful wit ... a well-paced, intelligently conceived and altogether trenchant comedy and I don't see how it can miss."

    Awards and nominations

  • Golden Globe, 1977, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Bernadette Peters (nominated)
  • References

    All's Fair Wikipedia