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The Growing Paynes

The Growing Paynes is an American sitcom that aired on the DuMont Television Network.

The Growing Paynes
Created byPat Fay
StarringJohn Harvey (1948-1949)
Judy Parrish (1948-1949)
Edward Holmes (1949)
Elaine Stritch (1949)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
Running time30 minutes
Original networkDuMont
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 20, 1948 (1948-10-20) – August 3, 1949 (1949-08-03)


Broadcast historyEdit

The series aired on DuMont on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET for one season, 1948 to 1949. The series stars John Harvey, Judy Parrish, David Anderson, Ann Sullivan, Lester Lonergan, Jr., and Warren Parker.

One of the first sitcoms to air in the United States, the 30-minute series was broadcast live. Advertisements for the show's sponsor, Wanamaker's Department Store, were worked into the early stories.[1]

Harvey and Parrish, who were husband and wife in real life, left the show in 1949 and were replaced by Edward Holmes and Elaine Stritch as Mr. and Mrs. Payne.[1] This series marked Stritch's television debut.


The setting is the Payne family's apartment. Comedic situations deal with the trials of an insurance salesman, George Payne (played by Harvey), his screwball wife, Laraine Payne (played by Parrish), and their young son, John Payne (played by Anderson). Often it is their maid, Birdie (played by Sullivan), who saves the day.[1]

Episode statusEdit

One episode of The Growing Paynes is at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and four episodes are at the Paley Center for Media.


Replacement castEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, 9th Edition (New York: Random House, 2007) p. 565


  • David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
  • Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1

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