CTVA US Comedy - "On The Rocks" (ABC)(1975-76)

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On The Rocks (1975-76)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Rina Fox, Charnetha Kimbrough
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

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ON THE ROCKS
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A
John Rich Production
for
ABC (Thursdays 8:30 PM ET)(Sep75-Jan76)
ABC (Mondays) (Jan76-May76)
Created by
Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais

US Comedy series 1975-76   23 episodes x 30 min Color

cast:
Jose Perez ....... Hector Fuentes
Hal Williams ..... DeMott
Rick Hurst ....... Cleaver
Bobby Sandler .... Nicky Palik
Mel Stewart ...... Gibson
Tom Poston ....... Sullivan
Pat Cranshaw ..... Gabby (recurring)
Jack Grimes ...... Baxter (recurring)
Logan Ramsey ..... Warden Wilbur Poindexter

Music by Jerry Fielding

Premise:
Comedy about the inmates of Alamesa Minimum Security Prison.

*Based on the classic British show, "Porridge" (BBC)(1973-77) starring Ronnie Barker

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ABC Thursdays 8:30 PM Eastern

 1.1 On the Rocks: Pilot (wga)
11-Sep-1975 ABC Thurs (repeated 15Mar76)
Produced & Directed by John Rich
Written by Dick Clements, Ian La Frenais
Guest cast:
Sorrell Booke .......... Judge
Richard Stahl .......... Doctor
Synopsis:
Streetwise and wisecracking, Hector Fuentes returns just a little less
than triumphant to his minimum-security prison. He begins his latest
term by showing the ropes to naive first-time inmates. [RF]

1.2 On the Rocks: TO CATCH A THIEF (wga)
18Sep75 ABC Thur (rerun 03May76)
Synopsis:
Fuentes confronts the prisoners with a dramatic announcement: there is
a thief among them. Someone has stolen his six-pound can of chunky pineapples. [RF]

1.3 On the Rocks: WAGERS OF SIN (wga)
25Sep75 ABC Thur (repeated 19Apr76)

1.4 On the Rocks: ANATOMY OF A PRISON BREAK (NOT-wga)
02Oct75 ABC Thur (repeated 25Dec75)

1.5 On the Rocks: MR. LONELYHEARTS (wga)
09-Oct-1975 ABC Thurs (repeated 10May76)
Guest cast:
Geno Silva ............. Joey
Joseph Stern ........... Bernard
Dee Timberlake ......... Angie
Wayne Dvorak ........... Chuck
Janie Brandon .......... Marion
Ann Noland ............. Belinda
Sharon Ullrick ......... Rose
Synopsis:
The men are worried that their mates might be cheating on them, so
Fuentes writes a threatening form letter for everyone to send to their loved ones. [RF]

1.6 On the Rocks: HECTOR CONVINCES NICKY TO LOSE A FIGHT (NOT-wga)
possible aka CHAMPION (wga)
16-Oct-1975 ABC Thurs
Guest cast:
Vic Tayback ............ Big Max
Ray Sharkey ............ Opie
Buddy Arett ............ Inmate
Synopsis:
A thug gives novice boxer Palik his first lesson in behind-bars bouts:
he must pull his punches and lose whenever he is told to do so. [RF]

1.7 On the Rocks: PEACE AND QUIET (wga)
23Oct75 ABC Thur

1.8 On the Rocks: DEAR JOHN (wga)
30-Oct-75 ABC Thur (rerun 01Jan76)
Guest cast:
Anne Morgan Guilbert ... Mrs. Palik
Maria Grimm ............ Maria
Dee Timberlake ......... Angie
Pat Cranshaw ........... Gabby (recurring)
Synopsis:
When Palik's girlfriend breaks off their engagement his ego takes a
battering - and so does the prison cook who unwisely cracks a joke about the breakup. [RF]

1.9 On the Rocks: SULLIVAN'S FINEST HOUR (NOT- wga)
13-Nov-1975 ABC Thurs
Guest cast:
Ron Feinberg ........... Moose
James Gleason .......... Skinner
Synopsis:
Sullivan's carelessness gets him a reprimand after a con steals his
bike and peddles off to Jamaica. [RF]

1.10 On the Rocks: HOMESICK BLUES (NOT - wga)
20Nov75 ABC Thurs (repeated 8Mar76)

1.11 On the Rocks: THE GREAT ESCAPE (wga)
27Nov75 ABC Thurs (repeated 22Mar76)

1.12 On the Rocks: THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY: Part 1 (wga)
04Dec75 ABC Thurs

1.13 On the Rocks: THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY: Part 2 (wga)
11Dec75 ABC Thurs

[--] 18Dec75 - no details
[--] 25Dec75 - rerun of #1.4 "Anatomy of a Prison Break"
[--] 01Jan76 ABC Thurs - rerun of #1.8 "Dear John"


1.14 On the Rocks: THE UNDERGROUND MOVEMENT: Part 1 (wga)
08Jan76 ABC Thur

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Moves from Thursdays to Mondays
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1.15 On the Rocks: THE UNDERGROUND MOVEMENT: Part 2 (wga)
12Jan76 ABC Mon

1.16 On the Rocks: FRIENDLY PERSUASION (wga)
19Jan76 ABC Mon (possibly postponed from 12/18/75)

1.17 On the Rocks: A TEST OF CHARACTER (wga)
26Jan76 ABC Mon

1.18 On the Rocks: FREE AND CLEAR (wga)
09Feb76 ABC Mon

1.19 On the Rocks: HIGH NOON (wga)
16Feb76 ABC Mon

1.20 On the Rocks: THE DESPERATE HOURS (wga)
23Feb76 ABC Mon

[--] 01Mar76 ABC Mon - no details
[--] 08Mar76 ABC Mon - rerun of #1.10 "Homesick Blues"
[--] 15Mar76 ABC Mon - rerun of #1.1 "Pilot"
[--] 22Mar76 ABC Mon - rerun of #1.11 "The Great Escape"

[--] On the Rocks: Unknown title
(rerun 28Mar76 ABC Sun ?)
Guest cast:
Karen Ciral ...... Nurse
Richard Stahl .... Doctor
Synopsis:
Fuentes takes excruciating pain in his bad knee to win a breather in
the prison infirmary, but winds up in a civilian hospital with watchdogs
Sullivan and Gibson. [RF]


1.21 On the Rocks: I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT'S HER NAME (wga)
29-Mar-1976 ABC Mon
Produced & Directed by John Rich
Written by Dick Clements, Ian La Frenais.
Guest cast:
Rita Moreno
Yvonne Wilder
Hamilton Camp
Jane Dulo
Britt Leach
Roy Stuart
Paul Smith
Louis Quinn
Joe Medalis
Synopsis:
When a brash acquaintance of Fuentes’, an improverished ex-chorine who
is bent on stardom, shows up at prison the men go crazy. [RF]
*Note: This was a possible spinoff series for Rita Moreno.

[--] 05Apr76 ABC Mon - no details

1.22 On the Rocks: TESTING, TESTING, TESTING (wga)
12Apr76 ABC

[--] 19Apr76 ABC Mon - rerun of #1.3 "Wagers of Sin"
[--] 26Apr76 ABC Mon - no details
[--] 03May76 ABC Mon - rerun of #1.2 "To Catch a Thief"
[--] 10May76 ABC Mon - no details

1.23 On the Rocks: RESTROSPECTIVE (wga)
(one-hour episode; last show of the series)
17May76 ABC Mon

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A Family Affair (wga)
Affairs of the Heart (wga)
The Legacy (wga)
Whatever Gets you through the Night (wga)


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