Mrs. G. Goes to College

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Mrs. G. Goes to College
Cedric Hardwicke Gertrude Berg 1961.JPG
Hardwicke and Berg, 1961.
Also known as The Gertrude Berg Show
Genre Sitcom
Written by James B. Allardice
Starring Gertrude Berg
Cedric Hardwicke
Mary Wickes
Marion Ross
Leo Penn
Skip Ward
Theme music composer Herschel Burke Gilbert
Composer(s) Lionel Newman
Alfred Perry
Rudy Schrager
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Hy Averback
Editor(s) Chandler House
Running time 22–25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 4, 1961 (1961-10-04) – April 5, 1962 (1962-04-05)

Mrs. G. Goes To College (later retitled The Gertrude Berg Show) is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 4, 1961 to April 5, 1962. The series starred Emmy Award-winning actress Gertrude Berg.

Synopsis[edit]

Having previously starred in the long-running radio and television series The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg returned to episodic television as Sarah Green, a 62-year-old widow who enters college. The character of Sarah Green (very similar to "Molly Goldberg") had been previously introduced to viewers as "Aunt Sarah" on Jackie Cooper's Hennesey sitcom on CBS earlier in 1961. English actor Cedric Hardwicke played Professor Crayton, and popular character actress Mary Wickes portrayed Maxfield. Skip Ward was cast as Joe Caldwell, and Marion Ross appeared as Berg's daughter, Susan Green. Leo Penn appeared as Jerry Green.

The series aired at the 9:30 Eastern slot on Wednesdays, under the sponsorship of General Foods, following CBS's Checkmate. Mrs. G. Goes to College aired during the second half of ABC's Hawaiian Eye and NBC's Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall.[1] Halfway through the first season, the series was retitled The Gertrude Berg Show. However, reviews for the series were unfavorable and ratings were moderate leading CBS to cancel the series after one season.[2]

Production notes[edit]

Mrs. G. Goes to College was released by Dick Powell's Four Star Television.[3] The series was produced by Hy Averback, the music was by Herschel Burke Gilbert.

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The First Day" October 4, 1961
1-2 "First Test" October 11, 1961
1-3 "Sam's Car" October 18, 1961
1-4 "Lonely Sunday" October 25, 1961
1-5 "Mrs. G. Meets Dr. Hennessey" November 1, 1961
1-6 "The Baby Affair" November 8, 1961
1-7 "Crayton on TV" November 15, 1961
1-8 "Red, Red Rose" November 22, 1961
1-9 "Romance for Maxie" November 29, 1961
1-10 "The Trouble with Crayton" December 6, 1961
1-11 "The Teacher" December 13, 1961
1-12 "Mrs. G. Meets the Faculty" December 20, 1961
1-13 "Mrs. G.'s Private Telephone" December 27, 1961
1-14 "Maxie's Silent Partner" January 11, 1962
1-15 "Mrs. G. Versus the Kingston Trio" January 18, 1962
1-16 "Sunday Dinner" January 25, 1962
1-17 "The Mother Affair" February 1, 1962
1-18 "Peace Corps" February 8, 1962
1-19 "Goodbye, Mr. Howell" February 15, 1962
1-20 "How Now, Brown Cow?" February 22, 1962
1-21 "High Finance" March 1, 1962
1-22 "One of Our Books is Missing" March 8, 1962
1-23 "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight" March 15, 1962
1-24 "Gentleman Caller" March 22, 1962
1-25 "Dad's Day" March 29, 1962
1-26 "The Bird" April 5, 1962

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1962 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress Mary Wickes
American Cinema Editors Best Edited Television Program Chandler House
(For episode "A Lonely Sunday")

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1961-1962 American network television schedule
  2. ^ Ingram, Billy (2007). Tvparty!: Television's Untold Tales. Bonus Books, Inc. p. 1940. ISBN 1-56625-184-2. 
  3. ^ Four Star Productions
  • Lackmabb, Ron (2003). The Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Television. Checkmark Books. p. 132. ISBN 0-8160-4555-0. 

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