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My Sister Eileen is an American situation comedy based on a series of autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney originally published in The New Yorker, as well as the 1940 play and 1942 and 1955 film adaptations which they inspired.

My Sister Eileen
Shirley Bonne Elaine Stritch Stubby Kaye My Sister Eileen 1961.jpg
Stubby Kaye, Shirley Bonne, and Elaine Stritch in My Sister Eileen (1960)
GenreSituation comedy
StarringElaine Stritch
Shirley Bonne
Jack Weston
Theme music composerEarle Hagen
Composer(s)Herbert W. Spencer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Producer(s)Dick Wesson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Screen Gems
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 5, 1960 (1960-10-05) –
April 21, 1961 (1961-04-21)

The series premiered at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS on October 15, 1960 and ran for one season of twenty-six episodes, the last of which was telecast on April 12, 1961. It aired opposite Hawaiian Eye on ABC and Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall on NBC. The original pilot episode, featuring Anne Helm as "Eileen", was presented on Alcoa-Goodyear Theater as "You Should Meet My Sister" (May 16, 1960).


My Sister Eileen focuses on Ruth and Eileen Sherwood, sisters from Ohio who moved to New York City to pursue their respective careers. Ruth, the more serious and more sensible of the two, aspires to be a writer, while the younger and more attractive Eileen dreams of achieving success as an actress. The two girls find an apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone owned by Mr. Appopoplous and befriend reporter Chick Adams. Ruth accepts a job with publisher D. X. Beaumont and becomes close with her co-worker Bertha. However, the better part of her time is spent supervising Eileen, who has a tendency to fall for every con artist and potential boyfriend who crosses her path while her agent Marty Scott struggles to find her auditions.


Among the guest stars were John Banner, Bert Convy, Anne Helm, Jo Morrow, Richard Webb, and Dick Wesson.


  • Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 - Present. New York: Ballantine Books 1988. ISBN 0-345-35610-1, pp. 544, 902

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