The Duck Factory was, I think, the last series MTM Productions sold to NBC in the early 80's. The series bowed 30 years ago this month, and marked the series debut of future box office superstar Jim Carrey, heading up an ensemble cast of veteran and up & coming talent.
Carrey played Skip, an aspiring cartoonist who lands a job at a small Hollywood animation house whose owner has passed away, leaving the studio in the hands of his young wife of 3 weeks (Theresa Ganzel). Real life cartoon legend Don Messick made a rare on-camera appearance, playing voice actor Wally Wooster. The ensemble also included Jack Gilford, Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (later of Matlock & Walker, Texas Ranger), and comedy writer Jay Tarses, in a rare acting gig. Ironically, Tarses' Buffalo Bill, starring Dabney Coleman, was cancelled by NBC to make room for Duck Factory. What are the chances of that ever happening again?
I regret that I never saw the show, so there's no rating. Here's a sample episode: