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September 23, 1976

Emmy winner Tony Randall portrays widower Walter Franklin, a somewhat less-than-magisterial Philadelphia judge put upon by an assortment of family and courtroom recidivists. In this pilot-opener, Walter copes with a bad case of nerves as he preens for his first date with a widow, Linda Jenkins, in almost two years.

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September 30, 1976

Walter finds that hiring a new clerk can be a trying experience. Judge Franklin interviews an odd-lot assortment of law-clerk applicants, and surprise everyone with his final choice.

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October 7, 1976

The Honorable Judge Franklin becomes infatuated when he meets another Judge, Eleanor Hooper, and they try to find some privacy together by meeting in Atlantic City. Walter courts the female judge who's anything but turned off by his romantic naivete.

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October 14, 1976

After delivering a rousingly well-received speech, Walter (Tony Randall) is inundated with public-speaking requests that send his ego sailing. Judge Walter Franklin gets too big for his judicial robe when he accepts too many speaking engagements and starts believing his own publicity

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October 21, 1976

Ashamed of getting tight at her birthday party, Miss Reubner (Allyn Ann McLerie) resigns. Judge Walter Franklin finds out that his tone-faced, sharp-tongued secretary, Miss Reubner, has another side to her personality when he asks her to his home to celebrate her birthday with his family.

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October 28, 1976

After Walter (Tony Randall) upholds a local theater's right to show a pornographic film, he forbids his 18-year-old daughter to see it.

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November 11, 1976

When Jack's normally ultra-accurate court reports deteriorate, Walter (Tony Randall) investigates his friend's problem.

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November 18, 1976

Judge Franklin gets more than he bargained for on the bench when he replaces another jurist and has to deal with an attorney notorious for his devious tactics. Walter does a slow burn over the bullying tactics of a defense attorney in an arson case.

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December 2, 1976

Walter flares over his temporary assistant's penchant for courtroom histrionics. He loses his cool in the courtroom when a new law clerk keeps interrupting him, and the issue of his emotional sickness is taken up by the judicial review board.

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December 16, 1976

Walter's family thinks his engagement to Judge Hooper (Diana Muldaur) is premature.

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December 23, 1976

Feeling Christmas spirit, Walter takes a colorful but incorrigible thief into his home. Believing there's no place like home for the holidays, Judge Franklin brings home a convicted criminal to spend the Christmas holidays with his family - and the judge gets more than he bargained for.

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December 30, 1976

Walter is tempted by a friend's offer of a law partnership.

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January 6, 1977

Walter's romance with Judge Hooper (Diana Muldaur) is threatened by the arrival of a college buddy who once dated her. Judge Franklin makes a common error and introduces his girl, Judge Eleanor Hooper, to his old pal, a famous trial attorney. And they only have eyes for each other. She doesn't even know he's in the same room. Franklin tries to forget her by dating another woman, a former classmate.

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January 13, 1977

Walter's housekeeper and children simultaneously defy his control. Walter's household rebels: Bobby wants an apartment, Brad refuses to change schools, and Mrs. McClellan buys a cat. Judge Franklin is charged with three counts of first degree tyranny by his children and housekeeper. Judge Franklin is perturbed when his children, Bobby and Oliver, seek his housekeeper's advice instead of his.

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January 20, 1977

Mario Lanza (Zane Lasky) charges Walter with possession when a bag of marijuana turns up in the judge's desk. Judge Franklin's eagerness to help his loyal friend and court reporter, jack, backfires when an overzealous city attorney, Lanza, busts the judge on a marijuana charge.

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January 27, 1977

or a change, its not the judge who is in trouble. His housekeeper, Mrs. McClellan, discovers her visa has been invalidated and she could be deported. But she come up with a plan to avoid deportation. To prevent deportation to her native England, Mrs. McClellan (Rachel Roberts) advertises for a husband, and a motley crew of prospects show up.

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February 3, 1977

After reprimanding Bobby (Devon Scott) for dating an older man, Walter (Tony Randall) finds himself attracted to a younger woman. Judge Franklin loudly protests his daughter's dating a much older man, and then the tables are turned. He starts to date, secretly, his son Oliver's teacher, a very pretty, but also very young, woman.

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February 10, 1977

social Activist persuades Walter (Tony Randall) to write an expose of prison conditions from behind bars. From a beach at Acapulco to a minimum security prison is quite a contrast for Judge Franklin, who sought the former for two weeks but has to settle for the latter instead. He got the assignment as part of a judicial investigation on the institution's conditions.

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Judge Franklin's son Oliver cuts school and learns a lesson in this episode when he comes to his father's courtroom to see his hero, "Wild Doug" Mclntire, the toughest hockey player in the league to testify. Then the boy tries to emulate his hero's hockey style. That's where the lesson comes in.

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February 24, 1977

Walter's household rises up against him, Brad is not willing to change schools, Bobby expresses her liking to live in an apartment and Mrs. McClellan would love to have a cat.

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Mario (Zane Lasky) becomes Walter's self-appointed bodyguard after the escape of a vengeful convict Walter (Tony Randall) once sent to prison.

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March 10, 1977

Walter runs for Superior Court judge against a former rival. Franklin runs for Superior Court Judge, his opponent dies during the election but too late for his name to be removed from the ballot. Lo and behold, he wins. Franklin is beaten by a dead man.

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September 24, 1977

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October 1, 1977

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October 8, 1977

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October 15, 1977

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October 22, 1977

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October 29, 1977

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November 5, 1977

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November 12, 1977

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November 26, 1977

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December 10, 1977

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December 17, 1977

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December 24, 1977

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January 7, 1978

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January 14, 1978

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January 21, 1978

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January 28, 1978

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February 4, 1978

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February 11, 1978

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February 18, 1978

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March 4, 1978

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March 11, 1978

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March 25, 1978

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