Ichabod and Me

Ichabod and Me is an American sitcom series set in a small New England town and starring Robert Sterling and George Chandler. It aired on CBS from September 26, 1961, to June 5, 1962, and was produced by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, in association with Jack Benny's "JaMco Productions".

Ichabod and Me
Ichabod and Me cast 1961.jpg
Created byJoe Connelly
Bob Mosher
StarringRobert Sterling
George Chandler
Reta Shaw
Jimmy Hawkins
Burt Mustin
Forrest Lewis
Christine White
Jimmy Mathers
ComposerPete Rugolo
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes36
Executive producersJoe Connelly
Bob Mosher
ProducerIrving Paley
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesJaMco Productions
Kayro Productions
Revue Studios
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack and white
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1961 (1961-09-26) –
June 5, 1962 (1962-06-05)

Cast and charactersEdit

The storyline features Sterling in the role of 44-year-old Robert "Bob" Major, a widower and newspaper reporter from New York City who moves to the fictional town of Phippsboro to purchase and edit the local paper, The Bulletin. Chandler plays the 63-year-old meddlesome former editor, Ichabod Adams, who has become the municipal traffic commissioner but keeps an eye on Sterling to make sure that the newspaper meets specifications.[1] At the time of his "Ichabod" role, Chandler was also the president of the Screen Actors Guild.[2]

In addition to the two main leads, the cast includes Reta Shaw as Aunt Lavinia, Bob's housekeeper; Christine White as Abigail Adams, Ichabod's daughter and Bob's girlfriend; Jimmy Mathers, the younger brother of Leave It to Beaver's Jerry Mathers, as Benjie, Bob's six-year-old son; Jimmy Hawkins, also a semi-regular on The Donna Reed Show and later Petticoat Junction, as Jonathan Baylor; Burt Mustin, Gus the Fireman on Leave It to Beaver, as Olaf;[1] and Forrest Lewis as Colby.[3]


No. Title Directed by Written by Air date
1"Bob's Boat"Sidney LanfieldJoe Connelly & Bob Mosher26 September 1961 (26 September 1961)
2"Tuttle's Wall"TBATBA3 October 1961 (3 October 1961)
3"A Letter from Juliet"TBATBA10 October 1961 (10 October 1961)
4"Firefighters"TBACalvin Clements Sr.17 October 1961 (17 October 1961)
5"The Phippsboro Story"TBATBA24 October 1961 (24 October 1961)
6"The Purple Cow"TBARaphael Blau & Gene L. Coon31 October 1961 (31 October 1961)
7"Whose Ewe?"TBATBA7 November 1961 (7 November 1961)
8"Summer Theater"TBATBA14 November 1961 (14 November 1961)
9"The Printer"TBATBA21 November 1961 (21 November 1961)
10"Ichabod's Romance"TBATBA28 November 1961 (28 November 1961)
11"The Barter System"TBATBA5 December 1961 (5 December 1961)
12"Benjie's Spots"Norman AbbottTBA12 December 1961 (12 December 1961)
13"Teenage Journalist"TBATBA19 December 1961 (19 December 1961)
14"Bob's Redhead"TBATBA26 December 1961 (26 December 1961)
15"The Phipps Papers"Norman AbbottTBA2 January 1962 (2 January 1962)
16"My Friend Lippy"TBATBA9 January 1962 (9 January 1962)
17"The Ad Salesman"TBATBA16 January 1962 (16 January 1962)
18"The Old Stowe Road"Norman AbbottTBA23 January 1962 (23 January 1962)
19"A Teacher for Bob"TBATBA30 January 1962 (30 January 1962)
20"Parking Problems"TBATBA6 February 1962 (6 February 1962)
21"Bob's Teenage Guest"TBATBA13 February 1962 (13 February 1962)
22"Bob's Housekeeper"TBATBA27 February 1962 (27 February 1962)
23"Benjie's Indian"TBATBA6 March 1962 (6 March 1962)
24"Big Business"TBATBA13 March 1962 (13 March 1962)
25"The Celebrity"Norman AbbottStory by : Joseph Hoffman
Teleplay by : Bob Ross
20 March 1962 (20 March 1962)
26"Bob's Bathing Beauties"TBATBA27 March 1962 (27 March 1962)
27"Lippy's Horse"TBATBA3 April 1962 (3 April 1962)
28"Election Fever"TBATBA10 April 1962 (10 April 1962)
29"Bob's Award"Norman AbbottLeo Rifkin & Mel Tolkin17 April 1962 (17 April 1962)
30"Lippy's Love Affair"TBATBA24 April 1962 (24 April 1962)
31"Lord Byron of Phippsboro"Norman AbbottTBA1 May 1962 (1 May 1962)
32"Benjie's Pageant"TBATBA8 May 1962 (8 May 1962)
33"Jonathan's Romance"TBATBA15 May 1962 (15 May 1962)
34"Ichabod's Niece"TBATBA22 May 1962 (22 May 1962)
35"Women's Rights"TBATBA29 May 1962 (29 May 1962)
36"Dial Phones"TBATBA5 June 1962 (5 June 1962)


The pilot, titled "Adam's Apples", was broadcast on April 24, 1960 on CBS's General Electric Theater with Ronald Reagan.[4] The episodes shown that season were "Ichabod's Niece", "The Phippsboro Story", "The Old Stowe Road" (with Mary Treen), "Ichabod's Romance", "Bob's Housekeeper", "A Letter from Juliet", "Teenage Journalist", "Parking Problems", "Bob's Redhead" (with Merry Anders), "Election Fever", "Jonathan's Romance", "The Purple Cow", and "Big Business".[1] Notably, Rod Serling appears as Eugene Hollinfield in the episode "The Celebrity", which was shown on March 20, 1962.[5]

Summer rebroadcasts continued until September 16. The series ran at 9:30 Eastern on Tuesday in a favorable time slot sandwiched between The Red Skelton Show and The Garry Moore Show, both in the Top 15. At the end of each Skelton broadcast, George Chandler urged viewers to stay tuned to Ichabod and Me.[citation needed] Yet viewers left CBS for that half-hour in droves, as Ichabod and Me failed to develop a loyal audience.[6] The competition for Ichabod and Me was not considered formidable. It consisted of the second half of the Leslie Nielsen police drama The New Breed on ABC (until November 14, when The New Breed moved to 8:30 PM and Bert Parks' game show Yours for a Song began airing at 9:30 Eastern), and the second half of The Dick Powell Show, an anthology series on NBC.[7] Ichabod and Me was co-sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company and P. Lorillard Tobacco Company.


  1. ^ a b c TV.com Ichabod and Me: http://www.tv.com/ichabod-and-me/show/4390/summary.html
  2. ^ Screen Actors Guild, List of presidents: http://www.sag.org/george-chandler
  3. ^ IMDB, Forrest Lewis: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0507189/
  4. ^ IMDB Ichabod and Me: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054548/trivia
  5. ^ IMDB, Ichabod and Me, episode list: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054548/episodes
  6. ^ Google Books, A Critical History of Television's The Red Skelton Show, 1951-1971
  7. ^ 1961-1962 American network television schedule

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