Working Stiffs

Working Stiffs (1979)

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Arthur Silver, Harry Colomby, Bob Brunner, David W. Duclon, Marc Sotkin
  • First Air Date: 1979-09-15
  • Last Air Date: 1979-09-29
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 9
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Production Company: Paramount Television Studios
  • Networks: CBS
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Working Stiffs is a short-lived 1979 American television series which starred James Belushi and Michael Keaton as brothers Ernie and Mike O'Rourke. The pair were janitors who aspired to work their way up in the field of business. The brothers worked in an office building owned by their Uncle Harry. Ernie and Mike also were roommates in an apartment over a cafe where they befriended the owner Mitch and waitress Nikki. Each episode featured slapstick and physical comedy. Penny Marshall directed the pilot. Includes an early appearance of Paul Reubens as Heimlich the delivery boy at the cafe. The series aired on CBS. It competed against the highly-rated shows NBC's CHiPs and ABC's The Ropers in its timeslot. Nine episodes were produced but after four episodes aired, the series was canceled. After Belushi and Keaton became major film stars in the 1980s, six episodes of the show were released on home video. Reruns have also aired on A&E Network, Comedy Central and TV Land. The syndication package included the previously unaired episodes.


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Working Stiffs Seasons

Season 1

First Air Date: 1979-09-22
9 Episodes

Working Stiffs Episodes

Title Air Date Duration
Season 1Episode 1The Preview Presentation30 min
Season 1Episode 2Looking for Mr. Goodwrench30 min
Season 1Episode 3The Bomb Show30 min
Season 1Episode 4My Boys Are Having a Baby30 min
Season 1Episode 5The Bosses30 min
Season 1Episode 6The Old Man in the Building30 min
Season 1Episode 7Pal Joey30 min
Season 1Episode 8Trading Up30 min
Season 1Episode 9Sagebrush Estates30 min
  • Jim Belushi

  • Michael Keaton

  • Allan Arbus

  • Val Bisoglio

  • Lorna Patterson

Production Harry Colomby Producer