Bernie Orenstein

Bernie Orenstein is a television producer and writer. Though he worked on the Marlo Thomas vehicle "That Girl" and "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" in the early 1970s, his name is closely associated with more realistic ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1931

Filmography

Producer (23)

Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Close Encounters 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kate & Allie 1983 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Foley Square 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

e/r 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Double Trouble 1971 - 1974, 1983 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971 - 1974, 1983 - 1984 (Tv Show)

Producer

Condo 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Producer

One of the Boys 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One in a Million 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

13 Queens Boulevard 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

Carter Country 1977 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

What's Happening! 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sanford Arms 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sanford and Son 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Grady 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Touch of Grace 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

The Perry Como Winter Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

Super Comedy Bowl 2 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

This Week in Nemtin 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Producer

That Girl 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

Producer

The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Producer

Chicken Soup (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (4)

Cosby 1971 - 1974, 1983 - 1984, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Writer

e/r 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Super Comedy Bowl 1 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

The Hollywood Palace (TV Show)

Writer
Other (1)

You Again? 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Bernie Orenstein is a television producer and writer. Though he worked on the Marlo Thomas vehicle "That Girl" and "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" in the early 1970s, his name is closely associated with more realistic, socially relevant American sitcoms that rose to prominence in the latter half of the decade. He is most famous for the Redd Foxx sitcom "Sanford and Son", which he produced from 1974 to 1977. Based loosely on the British sitcom "Steptoe and Son", "Sanford" told the story of an African-American junkyard owner and his hip, idealistic son. The show spawned two less-successful spin-off series, "Grady" and "The Sanford Arms". In 1976, Orenstein formed TOY Productions with fellow producers Bud Yorkin and Saul Turteltaub. They had a minor hit with "What's Happening!!", a series about black teenagers. "Carter Country", an attempt to mine the vein of "redneck humor" inspired by Jimmy Carter's presidency, did not do as well. TOY Productions broke up in 1982. In 1980, Orenstein became creative consultant on "The Cosby Show", another groundbreaking African-American sitcom.

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