Tom Patchett

Often in collaboration with his longtime writing and production partner Jay Tarses, Tom Patchett worked on some of the most critically beloved television series of the 1970s and '80s, including the sitcom classic "The ... Read more »

Filmography

Producer (24)

Manuel Ocampo: God is My Co-Pilot 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead and Alive -- The Race For Gus Farace 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bagdad Cafe 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don't Touch My Daughter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Howard Beach: Making the Case For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Working Girl 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

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

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Line of Duty: A Cop For the Killing (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Line of Duty: Street War (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Open All Night (TV Show)

Producer

Project: ALF (TV Show)

Producer

Telling Secrets (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lost Capone (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (8)

Alf 1982 - 1984, 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984, 1986 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

Act II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

I Gave at the Office 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

Washingtoon 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

Sitcom 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director

Claws (TV Show)

Director

The Best Legs in 8th Grade (TV Show)

Director
Writer (7)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

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

Writer

Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (6)

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Pitch 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Biography

Often in collaboration with his longtime writing and production partner Jay Tarses, Tom Patchett worked on some of the most critically beloved television series of the 1970s and '80s, including the sitcom classic "The Bob Newhart Show" and the short-lived cult favorite "Buffalo Bill"; however, they're probably best known for a commercially successful but critically reviled family sitcom of the mid-'80s, "ALF". Patchett got his start in variety shows, including several years on the writing staff of "The Carol Burnett Show", before moving into sitcoms with Newhart's early '70s hit, a low-key, intelligent show about a wry, self-effacing Chicago psychiatrist. Patchett and Tarses then created "The Tony Randall Show" for the actor and comedian following his TV success with "The Odd Couple", and co-wrote two films, the prep-school comedy "Up the Academy" directed by Robert Downey, and the successful family sequel, "The Muppets Take Manhattan". "Buffalo Bill", a sitcom starring Dabney Coleman as an irascible local talk show host, was critically adored but struggled to find an audience due to its deliberately unlikeable lead character. "ALF", an old-fashioned sitcom about an alien with the timing of a Borscht Belt comic, had exactly the opposite problem: Critics held their noses, but the series was such a popular success that, even after it went off the air, Patchett continued writing and producing direct-to-video sequels. The long partnership ended following "ALF"; Patchett moved into producing made-for-TV movies, often inspired by real-life stories of survival.

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