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Meet Corliss Archer (TV series)

Meet Corliss Archer is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS (July 13, 1951 – August 10, 1951)[1] and in syndication via the Ziv Company from April to December 1954. The program was an adaptation of the radio series of the same name, which was based on a series of short stories by F. Hugh Herbert.

Meet Corliss Archer
Corliss Archer depicted in the title sequence
Genre Sitcom
Written by Jerry Adelman
F. Hugh Herbert
Margaret Coffey
Tom Coffey
Phil Shuken
Directed by Lewis Allen
Leon Benson
Eddie Davis
Leslie Goodwins
Lambert Hillyer
Herbert L. Strock
Starring Ann Baker
Mary Brian
John Eldredge
Narrated by Hy Averback
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Executive producer(s) Frederick W. Ziv
Producer(s) Eddie Davis
Herbert L. Strock
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ziv Television Programs
Distributor MGM Television
Peter Rodgers Organization
Original network Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 2 (1954-04-02) – December 24, 1954 (1954-12-24)
Related shows Meet Corliss Archer



Corliss Archer is a lovable blonde teenager delicately balancing her high-school life and relationship with goofy boyfriend Dexter Franklin, and her homelife with parents Harry and Janet Archer.

CBS versionEdit


Actor Role
Lugene Sanders Corliss Archer
Frieda Inescort,
later Irene Tedrow
Janet Archer
Fred Shields Harry Archer
Robert Ellis Dexter Franklin
Ken Christy Bill Franklin

Source: Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010[2]

Syndicated versionEdit


Ann Baker and Mary Brian in the episode "Corliss the Cheerleader"
Actor Role
Ann Baker Corliss Archer
Mary Brian Janet Archer
John Eldredge Harry Archer
Robert Ellis Dexter Franklin
Ken Christy Bill Franklin
Vera Marshe Mary Franklin

Production notesEdit

The syndicated version of Meet Corliss Archer was executive produced by Frederick W. Ziv, and produced by ZIV Television Programs.[3]

Syndication and DVD releaseEdit

The series, which is public domain, is occasionally still repeated in the United States today, usually on small over-the-air networks and cable channels.

The series has also appeared on DVDs by companies such as Alpha Video, Echo Bridge, and Mill Creek.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. P. 539.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 677.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947–1987. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. P. 60.

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