Two's Company (1975)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Not to be confused with the earlier Granada Television variety series of the same name, the British sitcom Two's Company was unveiled by London Weekend Television on September 6, 1975. American actress Elaine Stritch starred as Dorothy McNab, an acerbic Yankee writer who lived and worked on a country estate in Chelsea. Dorothy's prickly personality was offset by the cool unflappability of her "veddy" British butler, Robert Hiller, played by Donald Sinden. Although Robert could give back as good as he got when subjected to Dorothy's insults, a palpable mutual affection existed between the two protagonists. Created by Bill MacIlwraith, the 29-episode Two's Company ran until March 4, 1979. In America, the series was rebroadcast over the A&E cable network, and also spawned a 1981 remake, The Two of Us, starring Mimi Kennedy and Peter Cook.