According to series co-creator Michael Elias in a 2020 Reddit thread, the cast change from Howard Hesseman to Billy Connelly at the start of the 5th season was because ABC insisted that the producers 'freshen up the show' or be canceled. Changing the lead was the best way to do that. See more
[Dennis arrives to the christmas party dressed as Santa after collecting donations
I was making a fortune on 106th street. The suit makes all the difference.
That's really low Dennis.
Yeah, I'll say. Somewhere there is a naked fat guy with a bell and bucket.
If you don't believe me I won an award. Take a look at this.
[Dennis hands Darlene the award paper
[reading the award statement surprised
This is in recongition of Dennis Blunden's work through the "Christmas for Kids" program.