|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (5 unaired)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||October 2 –|
October 31, 2001
Bob Patterson is an American television sitcom starring Jason Alexander, produced by Ira Steven Behr. It was directed by Robby Benson and Barnet Kellman. The series premiered on ABC on October 2, 2001, and the final episode aired on October 31 of that year. It was cancelled in November 2001 after five of the ten scheduled episodes aired.
The show revolves around fictitious motivational speaker Bob Patterson, "America's #3 Self Help Guru", who is popular with millions of people across America, thanks to his books I Know More Than You, I Still Know More Than You and the To the Top! franchise. Friction between his job and family occurs due in part to Bob's self-absorbed but insecure nature and complete lack of self-awareness, ironic qualities for someone whose job is supposed to be selflessly motivating others to improve their lives.
After the show's cancellation, Alexander used the concept behind Patterson to create a similar fictional character named Donny Clay, "America's #4 Self Help Guru." Alexander has toured the United States in character as Clay.
The character of Bob Patterson had a series of catchphrases:
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by ||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Barnet Kellman||Story by : Jason Alexander & Michael Markowitz & Peter Tilden|
Teleplay by : Jason Alexander & Ira Steven Behr & Tim Doyle & Peter Tilden
|October 2, 2001||1AFY79|
|2||"Honest Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Ira Steven Behr & Peter Tilden||October 9, 2001||1AFY03|
|3||"Naked Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Barbie Feldman||October 16, 2001||1AFY02|
|4||"Awards Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Hayes Jackson||October 24, 2001||1AFY05|
|5||"Bathroom Bob"||Robby Benson||Brian Scully||October 31, 2001||1AFY07|
|6||"Family Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Brian Scully||Unaired||1AFY01|
|7||"Paranoid Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Justin Adler||Unaired||1AFY04|
|8||"Clown Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Barbie Feldman||Unaired||1AFY06|
|Barnet Kellman||Justin Adler||Unaired||1AFY08|
|10||"Wheelchair Bob"||Barnet Kellman||Hayes Jackson||Unaired||1AFY09|
The series received poor reviews. The New York Times critic Caryn James wrote that "the series may be the season's biggest disappointment... Robert Klein yells while Mr. Alexander screeches." In a one-and-a-half-star review for USA Today, Robert Bianco called Chandra Wilson "the only person in the show you can imagine wanting to see again." Los Angeles Times reviewer Howard Rosenberg wrote: "The only character here that's amusingly written is Bob's new assistant, Claudia (Chandra Wilson)."
Ratings for Bob Patterson were considered disappointing. The series' premiere drew 9.8 million viewers, while its final episode recorded 7.8 million viewers.