Rita’s World

Sony Pictures Television International

RTL Television, Germany
Fridays, 9:45 pm

Debuting in 1999, the sitcom “Rita’s World” was consistently among the top ten television comedy programs in all of Germany throughout its five-year run. I was fortunate to have written for the show from its second season through its last.

I don’t speak any German, but the staff in Cologne spoke English. I’d get up at six in the morning to have a conference call with the German producers — they are nine houirs ahead of us — then I’d write and revise an outline and send it via email. After several rounds of notes, I would write the final draft. I wrote the scripts in English and they were translated into German.

Rita’s World was similar in tone to the American sitcom “Roseanne.” It was fun to write for the show, and I learned a lot about German culture (and humor).

How many Jews do you know who wrote the Christmas episode of a German television show?

This guy!

Here are a few stills from some of my episodes.

Episode 204: “The Consultant”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson (shared credit)
Original Airdate: November 10, 2000

Episode 210: “A Christmas Frost”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson (shared credit)
Original Airdate: December 22, 2000

Episode 302: “Kevin’s Test”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson (shared credit)
Original Airdate: September 21, 2001

Episode 406: “Frau Schumann”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson
Original Airdate: October 11, 2002

Episode 411: “The Old Friend”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson
Original Airdate: October 11, 2002

Episode 413: “Gisi’s Doll”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson
Original Airdate: September 19, 2003

Episode 502: “A Dog’s Life”

Written by: Braddon Mendelson
Original Airdate: October 10, 2003