Eisenhower and Lutz

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Eisenhower and Lutz
Created byAllan Burns
Written byCheryl Blythe
Allan Burns
Mark Egan
Gina Goldman
David Nichols
Burt Prelutsky
Dava Savel
Mark Solomon
Dan Wilcox
Shelley Zellman
Directed byPeter Baldwin
Allan Burns
Andy Cadiff
Beth Hillshafer
Arlene Sanford
David Steinberg
Dan Wilcox
StarringScott Bakula
DeLane Matthews
Patricia Richardson
Henderson Forsythe
Opening theme"Boys Like You" performed by Amanda McBroom
Composer(s)Patrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Dan Wilcox
Producer(s)Gareth Davies
Mark Egan
Mark Soloman
Shelley Zellman
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)MTM Enterprises
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 14 –
June 20, 1988

Eisenhower and Lutz is an American sitcom which aired for thirteen episodes on CBS from March 14 to June 20, 1988.


The series stars Scott Bakula as Barnett M. "Bud" Lutz, Jr., a shiftless ambulance-chasing lawyer. Lutz had trouble getting clients, so his father (Henderson Forsythe) added the name "Eisenhower" to his shingle to attract clientele. Lutz spent more time trading quips with the women in his life–Megan, (DeLane Matthews), and K.K. (Patricia Richardson)–than he did actual legal work.

Creator Allan Burns later used three actors from this series—Matthews, Richardson and Geter—on his 1989 NBC sitcom FM.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Whiplash Kid Returns: Part 1"Allan BurnsAllan BurnsMarch 14, 1988 (1988-03-14)
Bud Lutz Jr., straight out of law school, sets up his practice at a busy, accident-prone intersection in Palm Springs.
2"The Whiplash Kid Returns: Part 2"Peter BaldwinAllan BurnsMarch 14, 1988 (1988-03-14)
See Part 1, above.
3"The Hernia Chronicles"Dan WilcoxDan WilcoxMarch 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
Bud Jr. is worried about his father's hernia surgery. Meanwhile, Kay and Megan compare notes about their mutual love interest, Bud Jr.
4"Take My Ex-wife, Please"Bethany RooneyDava SavelMarch 28, 1988 (1988-03-28)
5"Blast from the Past"Peter BaldwinCheryl Blythe & Allan BurnsApril 18, 1988 (1988-04-18)
6"Bud Junior, Junior: Part 1"David SteinbergMark Egan & Mark SolomonApril 25, 1988 (1988-04-25)
7"Bud Junior, Junior: Part 2"TBAMark Egan & Mark SolomonMay 2, 1988 (1988-05-02)
8"Don't Change a Hair for Me"Arlene SanfordShelley ZellmanMay 9, 1988 (1988-05-09)
9"Petrified Forrest"Dan WilcoxBurt PrelutskyMay 16, 1988 (1988-05-16)
10"Bud's Buddy"Peter BaldwinDavid NicholsMay 30, 1988 (1988-05-30)
11"Pride and Prejudice"Peter BaldwinGina GoldmanJune 5, 1988 (1988-06-05)
Bud takes on a racial prejudice case. Meanwhile, Megan breaks up with Bud because his pride is getting in the way of their relationship, and an older woman has eyes for Bud.
12"Play It Again, Bud"Andy CadiffMark Egan & Mark Solomon & Shelley ZellmanJune 13, 1988 (1988-06-13)
13"The Devil Wears a Toupee"Peter BaldwinShelley ZellmanJune 20, 1988 (1988-06-20)

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