Happy (1960 TV series)
|Created by||George Carleton Brown|
Frank Gill, Jr.
|Directed by||Hy Averback|
Norman Z. McLeod
Yvonne Lime Fedderson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Alvin Cooperman|
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Roncom Films (filmed at the studios of Desilu)|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||June 8, 1960 –|
April 7, 1961
Burns appears as Chris Day, the manager of the Desert Palm Hotel in the resort city of Palm Springs, California. His co-stars were Yvonne Lime Fedderson as his wife, Sally; Lloyd Corrigan as Sally's Uncle Charlie; Doris Packer as Clara Mason, a woman romantically interested in Charlie; Burt Metcalfe as their friend Joe Brigham; and Wanda Shannon as Terry Brigham, Joe's wife. Chris and Sally have an infant son, Christopher Hapgood Day, called "Happy," played by twins David and Steven Born. He is the talking child of the series. Leone Ledoux supplied Happy's voice.
The idea of a talking child was adapted from Jackie Cooper's earlier NBC sitcom The People's Choice, which features a talking basset hound named Cleo. The idea of a talking infant was later reused in the film Look Who's Talking and the 1990s sitcom, Baby Talk.
Happy first ran as a summer replacement in 1960 for Kraft Music Hall, starring Perry Como, at 9 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays. It returned in 1961 at 7:30 p.m. in the first half of the Friday time slot vacated by Skip Homeier's unsuccessful detective series, Dan Raven.
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- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 357
- "Pursuit Of Happiness - Happiness Tips". Retrieved 14 March 2012.