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Blansky's Beauties
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Garry Marshall
Jerry Paris
Starring Nancy Walker
Caren Kaye
Lynda Goodfriend
Eddie Mekka
Scott Baio
Johnny Desmond
Rhonda Bates
Shirley Kirkes
Elaine Bolton
Bond Gideon
Gerri Reddick
Antoinette Yuskis
Pat Morita
Opening theme "I Want It All" by Cyndi Grecco
Composer(s) Charles Fox
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Garry Marshall
Edward K. Milkis
Thomas L. Miller
Producer(s) Nick Abdo
Bruce Johnson
Garry Marshall
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run February 12 – June 27, 1977
Chronology
Related shows Laverne & Shirley
Mork & Mindy
Who's Watching the Kids
Out of the Blue
Joanie Loves Chachi
The New Love, American Style

Blansky's Beauties is an American sitcom which aired on the ABC network in 1977. The series was a spin-off of Happy Days.

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Synopsis

To provide exposition, Nancy Walker had played Howard Cunningham's visiting cousin Nancy Blansky from Las Vegas on a February 4, 1977 Happy Days episode, and Blansky's Beauties premiered the following week, on February 12, 1977.

Nancy Blansky (Walker) was a long-time Las Vegas showbiz vet (since the 1950s) and current den mother to a bevy of beautiful Las Vegas showgirls. In addition to keeping order in the chaotic apartment complex where they all lived, Nancy staged the girls' big numbers at the Oasis Hotel. Although the Happy Days episode on which Nancy first appeared took place in the early '60s, Blansky's Beauties itself was set in (then) present-day 1977.

Emilio (Johnny Desmond), the maître d', was Nancy's boyfriend. To help Nancy defray costs of her apartment, Ethel Akalino (known as Sunshine) (Lynda Goodfriend) and Bambi (Caren Kaye) shared it with her, along with her nephews Joey DeLuca (Eddie Mekka), a choreographer, and leering, 12-year-old ("going on 28"), Anthony DeLuca (Scott Baio). Anthony was forever trying to impress Bambi, who much to his chagrin treated him like a kid brother, as did almost all of Nancy's girls. Also sharing Nancy's apartment was a huge Great Dane named Blackjack who was shown in the opening credits playing blackjack.

Links to parent show and other spin-offs

Eddie Mekka's character Joey DeLuca was a younger cousin to Carmine Ragusa, Mekka's 1950s-era character on Laverne & Shirley. During production of Blansky's Beauties, Mekka continued in his starring roles on both series, a rare occurrence of one actor assuming two regular scripted roles, in two different primetime series, at the same time.

In episode 1 ("Blansky's Biking Beauty") Joey introduced Nancy Blansky to stunt motorcyclist Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) who was instantly hired for Nancy's stage show. Pinky wore the same outfit as her Happy Days episodes, though her hair was now in a '70s style shag cut. She looked as though she had not aged in 20 years.

The show also implied a link to then-ongoing show Laverne & Shirley; in the episode "Nancy Remembers Laverne," Nancy recalls working with a clumsy girl named Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall's character on Laverne & Shirley) back around 1957. She discovered that, despite her clumsiness, Laverne was a great dancer and Nancy offered her a job on the spot, which Laverne declined.

Pat Morita, after the failure of his series Mr. T and Tina, was added to the cast as Arnold, the character he originated on Happy Days. As with Pinky Tuscadero, he seemed not to have aged in 20 years' time. Here he ran a coffee shop, whereas in Happy Days, he owned the diner. Morita would re-join the cast of Happy Days five years later, while his replacement on that series, Al Molinaro, would repeat Morita's career move at that time by joining another Happy Days spin-off, Joanie Loves Chachi.

After the end of Blansky's Beauties, Lynda Goodfriend and Scott Baio would join the cast of Happy Days at the start of the 1977-78 season. Goodfriend and Baio, along with their Blansky's Beauties co-stars Caren Kaye, Shirley Kirkes and Elaine Bolton, would appear in a similarly-plotted pilot, Legs, for NBC in 1978, using different character names. This project would be revised further and appear on the network as Who's Watching the Kids in the fall of that year, lasting half a season.

Cast

Episode List

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Blansky's Biking Beauty" February 12, 1977
2 "Blansky for the Defense" February 19, 1977
3 "Nancy's Cover-Up" February 26, 1977
4 "Nancy's Magic Moment" March 12, 1977
5 "Nancy Goes Sheik" March 19, 1977
6 "Anthony Falls in Love" March 26, 1977
7 "Nancy Meets Francie" April 2, 1977
8 "Nancy Remembers Laverne" April 9, 1977
9 "Nancy Meets Pa Bates" April 16, 1977
10 "My Nephew's Debut" April 30, 1977
11 "Dear Nancy..." May 21, 1977
12 "To Nancy with Love" June 7, 1977
13 "Nancy Breaks a Leg" June 27, 1977

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