|Created by||Don Nicholl|
|Based on||The Dumplings|
by Fred Lucky
|Developed by||Norman Lear|
|Opening theme||"Two By Two, Side by Side", performed by Steve Lawrence|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (1 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||T.A.T Communications Company|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||January 28 –|
March 31, 1976
The Dumplings is an American sitcom starring James Coco and Geraldine Brooks that aired on NBC from January 28 to March 31, 1976. The series was based on a syndicated comic strip of the same name by Fred Lucky, which ran in newspapers from 1975 to 1977.
- James Coco as Joe Dumpling
- Geraldine Brooks as Angela Dumpling
- George S. Irving as Charles Sweetzer
- George Furth as Frederic Steele
- Marcia Rodd as Stephanie
- Mort Marshall as Cully
- Jane Connell as Bridget (Norah) McKenna
- Wil Albert as The prude
Joe and Angela Dumpling are a very happily married and overweight couple who are very much in love with each other and with life, never have a bad thing to say about one another, and exude good cheer and enthusiasm. They operate Dudley's Take-Out, a luncheonette on the ground floor of a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the Bristol Oil Company. Charles Sweetzer, who works upstairs as executive vice president of Bristol Oil, is a regular customer, as are New York city councilman Frederic Steele, Mr. Sweetzer's secretary Bridget McKenna (or Norah McKenna, according to some sources), and Angela's sister Stephanie. Cully is the Dumplings' employee at the luncheonette and works as the cashier. The Dumplings' obesity is a source of much humor as they interact with customers, friends, and family.
The show originated as a syndicated comic strip created by Fred Lucky. Norman Lear developed the series for television and Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, and Bernie West created and produced it, with George Sunga also serving as a producer. Episode directors were Paul Bogart, Hal Cooper, and Dennis Steinmetz. Nicholl, Ross, and West all wrote for the show, as did Joseph Bonaduce, Bill Davenport, Fred S. Fox, Gary David Goldberg, Seaman Jacobs, Fred Lucky, Barry Sand, and Alan Uger.
Angela Dumpling was the final role of Geraldine Brooks' career; she died the following year.
NBC broadcast the pilot episode of The Dumplings on October 4, 1975. The Dumplings joined NBC's regular lineup on January 28, 1976, with a rebroadcast of the pilot in the show's regular time slot at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Its tenth and final episode aired on March 31, 1976. An eleventh episode was never broadcast.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Paul Bogart||TBA||October 4, 1975|
|Joe and Angela try to celebrate the anniversary of their first meeting. NBC rebroadcast this episode on January 28, 1976, as the first episode of the weekly series in its regular time slot.|
|2||"The Ultimatum"||TBA||Don Nicholl, Michael Ross & Bernie West||February 4, 1976|
|The Dumplings' landlord orders them to move their luncheonette out of the building after Joe calls Mr. Steele a thief.|
|3||"To Drink or Not to Drink"||TBA||Joseph Bonaduce||February 11, 1976|
|The Dumplings inherit a $900 bottle of wine and must decide whether or not to drink it.|
|4||"The Parting"||TBA||Don Nicholl, Michael Ross & Bernie West||February 18, 1976|
|Joe and Angela must be apart for the first time in their 15-year marriage.|
|5||"Gourmet's Delight"||TBA||Gary David Goldberg||February 25, 1976|
|A newspaper columnist praises Angela's soup.|
|6||"Sweetzer's Image"||TBA||Fred S. Fox & Seaman Jacobs||March 3, 1976|
|Mr. Sweetzer seeks refuge with the Dumplings after a fight with his wife.|
|7||"Cully's Sister"||TBA||TBA||March 10, 1976|
|Cully's twin sister makes a surprise visit – and reveals an even bigger surprise.|
|8||"The Other Woman"||TBA||Barry Sand & Alan Uger||March 17, 1976|
|Stephanie becomes hysterical when she sees her boyfriend, Mr. Steele, with another woman.|
|9||"The Foundling"||TBA||Don Nicholl, Michael Ross & Bernie West||March 24, 1976|
|Angela talks a woman out of committing suicide.|
|10||"Joe Takes a Fall"||TBA||Bill Davenport||March 31, 1976|
|Joe is injured in a fall from a broken apartment step. Vernon Weddle guest-stars.|
|11||"Joe Gets Jugged"||TBA||TBA||Unaired|
|Joe is arrested after he accidentally knocks out a policeman.|
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