Jay Tarses

Writer, Producer, Director
While lacking the name recognition of fellow sitcom auteurs like Norman Lear, Garry Marshall and James L Brooks, Jay Tarses must be counted among the major voices to emerge in the genre over the last two decades. As a ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1939 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Actor (9)

Franklin & Bash 2013 (Tv Show)


My Boys 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)


Teen Wolf 1985 (Movie)

Coach Finstock (Actor)

The Duck Factory 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Make Your Own Kind Of Music 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Open All Night (TV Show)

Producer (7)

Public Morals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sitcom 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Mary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Tony Randall Show 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

We've Got Each Other 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (6)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)


The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)


Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)


Bing Crosby's Sun Valley Christmas Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Director (4)

Black Tie Affair 1986 - 1993 (Tv Show)


The "Slap" Maxwell Story 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)


The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)


The Faculty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)



While lacking the name recognition of fellow sitcom auteurs like Norman Lear, Garry Marshall and James L Brooks, Jay Tarses must be counted among the major voices to emerge in the genre over the last two decades. As a writer-producer, he has worked on some of the most acclaimed sitcoms in recent memory. As few of them lasted more than a season or two, however, a typical Tarses comedy was more likely to be a critical darling or cult favorite rather than a ratings powerhouse. His most characteristic sitcoms, including "Buffalo Bill" (NBC, 1983-84) and "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (NBC, 1987-89; Lifetime, 1989-91), were notable for their wry and rueful qualities as well as a relative lack of sentiment. Tarses' one great commercial (as well as critical) success was as the executive producer and sometimes writer on "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78), a sitcom more memorable for its eccentric characters and absurd situation than the warm-fuzzies the genre often delivers.


owned a furniture store in Baltimore

Rachel Tarses

served for six months in the Persian Gulf

Jamie Tarses Network Executive

Born c. 1964 became president of ABC Entertainment in June 1996 the youngest person and the first woman to hold such a job

Mallory Tarses

born c. 1966

Matt Tarses

writer and story editor on NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" staff writer for Tarses' "Public Morals" born c. 1968


Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts
flunked out

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York



With Stephen Bochco, produced and served as writer for CBS sitcom "Public Morals"


Created and executive produced as well as wrote and directed episodes of "Black Tie Affair", a short-lived sitcom spoof of film noir


Debut as a playwright, "Man in His Underwear", produced off-Broadway in NYC


Directed the busted sitcom pilot "The Faculty" (also executive produced and wrote)


Feature acting debut, played Coach Finstock in "Teen Wolf"


Debut as a TV series regular, "The Duck Factory", an NBC sitcom set at an animation studio


Scripted (with Patchett and Frank Oz) and provided story (with Patchett) for "The Muppets Take Manhattan"


Co-wrote (with Patchett) and produced the Patchett-directed "Sitcom", a busted HBO sitcom pilot spoofing network sitcoms


Wrote (with Patchett, Jerry Juhl and Jack Rose) the screenplay for Jim Henson's "The Great Muppet Caper", a British production (and the second Muppet feature)


Feature writing debut (with Patchett), "Up the Academy"


Produced (with Patchett) "Mary", a short-lived variety vehicle for Mary Tyler Moore


Executive produced, wrote and co-starred in (all with Patchett) "The Chopped Liver Brothers", an unsold ABC sitcom pilot about a pair of unknown stand-up comics struggling to become headliners


Served as executive producer (with Patchett) and writer on "The Bob Newhart Show" on CBS


Segued into TV comedy writing (with Patchett) as a writer on "The Carol Burnett Show"; shared an Emmy award for the 1972/73 season


Appeared as an ensemble member (with Patchett) on "Make Your Own Kind of Music", a summer replacement comedy-variety series on CBS


Formed partnership with co-worker Tom Patchett

Wrote and acted in theater in Pittsburgh, PA

Created, produced and sometimes wrote and directed "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story", an ABC sitcom staring Dabney Coleman

Performed as a partner in the stand-up comedy team Patchett & Tarses

Created, produced and wrote theme music (all with Patchett) "Open All Night", an ABC sitcom about a 24-hour grocery; also portrayed Police Officer Steve

Worked as advertising and promotion for Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster, PA

Created, produced and sometimes wrote, directed and acted on the acclaimed sitcom "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"; on NBC from 1987-89 and Lifetime from 1989-91

Created and executive produced (with Patchett) "The Tony Randall Show" on ABC (1976-77) and then CBS (1977-78)

With Patchett, executive produced and wrote for the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom "Buffalo Bill" starring Dabney Coleman

First writing credit (with Patchett and others) on a TV special, "Diana", a variety outing for Diana Ross

Created and executive produced (with Patchett), the CBS romantic sitcom "We've Got Each Other"