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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 25, 1987
  • Season #: 1
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Image
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  • Summary: Businessman Dave Whiteman and his family are living in the lap of luxury in Beverly Hills. They appear to have it all, but have their lives shaken up when they take in Jerry Baskin, a middle aged tramp (Baskin had chose the Whiteman's pool to commit suicide in but was rescued by Dave).Businessman Dave Whiteman and his family are living in the lap of luxury in Beverly Hills. They appear to have it all, but have their lives shaken up when they take in Jerry Baskin, a middle aged tramp (Baskin had chose the Whiteman's pool to commit suicide in but was rescued by Dave). Baskin also managed to teach the Whiteman family a few things about life.Based on the 1986 movie of the same name which itself was based on a 1932 French original called Boudu Sauve Des Aux. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: John Corry
    May 13, 2014
    40
    After the aerobics, it's a very bland half-hour.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Bunce
    May 13, 2014
    40
    There are lots of these catchy one-liners, but too often they seem to be gags in search of a good home - clever quips that bounce off, rather than emerge from, their format. [24 July 1987, p.20]
  3. 30
    What we've got here is a standard family sitcom, with an extra character thrown in when he's needed to move the plot along, and thrown out when he's not needed. You know, if Rin Tin Tin and Lassie could have their own TV shows, why couldn't Mike? [25 July 1987, p.C-11]
  4. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    May 13, 2014
    30
    The only possible reason for tuning in to Down and Out is to watch Mike the Dog do tricks and Anita Morris do aerobics. [24 July 1987, p.C7]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 13, 2014
    20
    Even though microphones were invented some time ago, most of those in the cast have been instructed, or allowed, to shout out their lines. An old television maxim: The louder the lines are shouted, the unfunnier they probably are. Down and Out in Beverly Hills breaks no rules, least of all that one. [25 July 1987, p.B1]
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 13, 2014
    10
    I vaguely recall experiencing waves of nausea while watching Down and Out in Beverly Hills.