Mr. Belvedere

“Streaks on the china? Never mattered before. Who cares?”

Oh, had the Owens family only known what was headed their way when Mr. Belvedere walked into their lives. Sure, they wanted a nice butler to help around the house and lend a hand with the kids…but Mr. Lynn Belvedere gave them so much more.

And we all benefited, too. There he was…every Friday night at 8:30 on ABC——the posh British butler who generally ended up being smarter than everyone else in the house combined.

George and Marsha (along with whippersnappers Kevin, Heather, and little petulant Wesley) always seemed to have a love-hate relationship with our favorite 80s butler, but in the end, our guy was there for them, and that’s all that mattered.

From goofy sitcom humor to the occasional “very special episode” (which tackled things like HIV, date rape, and even molestation) Mr. Belvedere was a solid bit of TV awesomeness in our favorite decade. Every episode had its life lesson, of course (cheating on homework is bad, Amish people are pretty cool, diet pills are bad), and they always ended with trusty ol’ Mr. B wrapping up the show with a particularly profound journal entry.

And let’s not forget one of the series’ great running gags——how Heather’s dimwit best friend Angela couldn’t get poor Mr. Belvedere’s name right. Among our favs? Had to be Mr. Butterworth, Mr. Bellybutton, and Mr. Botulism.

Overall Mr. Belvedere did okay for itself. Never a big hit, certainly, but it was always there for us, and it lasted for six good seasons, from 1985 to 1990. Truth be told, we still kinda miss the old guy.

“According to our new arrival, life is more than mere survival. We just might live the good life yet.”

We ♥ Mr. Belvedere.

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~ by weheart80s on May 11, 2017.

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