Reggie Potter is tired of his life, especially with his boss CJ and his job at Funtime Ice Cream so he pretends to kill himself. He then dons elaborate outfits to spy on his family and eventually remarrying his "widow" Elizabeth.

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Complete series cast summary:
Barbara Barrie ...  Elizabeth Potter 6 episodes, 1983
Timothy Busfield ...  Mark Potter 6 episodes, 1983
Dianne Kay ...  Linda Potter Lockett 6 episodes, 1983
Richard Mulligan ...  Reggie Potter 6 episodes, 1983
Jean Smart ...  Joan Reynolds 6 episodes, 1983
Timothy Stack ...  Tom Lockett 6 episodes, 1983
Chip Zien ...  C.J. Wilcox 6 episodes, 1983
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Reggie Potter is tired of his life, especially with his boss CJ and his job at Funtime Ice Cream so he pretends to kill himself. He then dons elaborate outfits to spy on his family and eventually remarrying his "widow" Elizabeth.

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Remake of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) See more »

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"I Could Be The Real Me!"
20 October 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

Its difficult to see how this show could have failed. It was based on the B.B.C.'s 'The Fall & Rise Of Reginald Perrin', and starred the brilliant Richard Mulligan ( 'Burt Campbell' of 'Soap' ) as rebellious commuter Reggie Potter. The scripts closely followed the David Nobbs originals, so what went wrong? Perhaps it was the fact that there was never a given starting point for Reggie's madness. The first episode of the B.B.C. version opened with a normal day in Reggie's life. Then he asks Elisabeth, his wife: "Are we going to see the hippotamus on Sunday?". Here Potter starts out crazy, we never see just what he is rebelling against, hence the viewers had no sympathy for him. Some of the supporting cast were badly chosen, particularly 'C.J.', here played by a young, good-looking guy. Another mistake was making Reggie's layabout son Mark into a regular. He appeared only briefly in the B.B.C. series. The horrible song used to open the show didn't help matters either. 'Reggie' was an unqualified disaster. Fortunately, we have the original to remind us what a great comedy show is supposed to look like.


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