The Debbie Reynolds Show

The Debbie Reynolds Show is an American sitcom which aired on the NBC television network during the 1969–70 television season. The series was produced by Filmways.

The Debbie Reynolds Show
GenreSitcom
Created byJess Oppenheimer
Directed byEzra Stone
StarringDebbie Reynolds
Don Chastain
Tom Bosley
Patricia Smith
Opening theme"With a Little Love (Just a Little Love)"
Composer(s)Jack Marshall
Tony Romeo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Producer(s)Jess Oppenheimer
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Filmways Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1969 (1969-09-16) –
April 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)

SynopsisEdit

Debbie Reynolds portrayed Debbie Thompson, a housewife married to Jim, a successful sportswriter for the Los Angeles Sun. Jim was portrayed by actor Don Chastain, his boss by longtime television actor Tom Bosley. Reynolds' attempts to amuse herself were regarded as being reminiscent of those of Lucille Ball on Here's Lucy.

Creator/producer Jess Oppenheimer was the original producer and co-creator of I Love Lucy. The show also employed Bob Carroll Jr., and Madelyn Davis, two longtime Lucy writers.

NBC was selling ad-time to cigarette commercials against Reynolds' wishes. After Reynolds threatened to quit the show, American Brands (formerly known as American Tobacco) withdrew sponsorship. To make up for NBC's lost ad revenue, Reynolds agreed to give back to the network their guarantee of a second year of airing the program, as well as an NBC-backed film she would have starred in, and her ownership in a subsequent NBC-produced series. [1][2]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"That's Debbie"TBATBASeptember 16, 1969 (1969-09-16)
2"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Debbie"TBATBASeptember 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
3"In the Soup"TBATBASeptember 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
4"Married Men Can Always Get"TBATBAOctober 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
5"A Present for Jim"TBATBAOctober 14, 1969 (1969-10-14)
6"The Bodyguard"TBATBAOctober 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
7"The Paper Butterfly"TBATBAOctober 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
8"To and From Russia with Love: Part 1"TBATBANovember 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
9"To and From Russia with Love: Part 2"TBATBANovember 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
10"You Bet Your Wife"TBATBANovember 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
11"The Swinging Singles"TBATBADecember 2, 1969 (1969-12-02)
12"Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Friend"TBATBADecember 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
13"Casanova's Kitten"TBATBADecember 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
14"Guru-vy"TBATBADecember 23, 1969 (1969-12-23)
15"You Shouldn't Be in Pictures"TBATBADecember 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
16"The Games (Married) People Play"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
17"Hurry for Our Side"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
18"Advice and Dissent"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1970 (1970-01-20)
19"Nothing but the Truth"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
20"Mission Improbable"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1970 (1970-02-10)
21"How to Succeed in the Stock Market Without Really Trying"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1970 (1970-02-24)
22"Those Dangerous Years"TBATBAMarch 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
23"Debbie Gets Jim Fired"TBATBAMarch 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
24"Debbie's Return"TBATBAMarch 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
25"The Producer"TBATBAMarch 24, 1970 (1970-03-24)
26"Where There's a Will, There's No Way"TBATBAApril 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)

In popular cultureEdit

Monty Python's Flying Circus spoofed the series in a sketch primarily written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman entitled "The Attila the Hun Show". It pokes fun at The Debbie Reynolds Show (the opening title sequence in particular, which the Pythons closely caricatured), as well as American comedy in general.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TV Guide, January 31, 1970, "Debbie Said Yes", (p.18).
  2. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (p. 34). McFarland & Co.

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