Screenshot of the show. Host Dennis James is seen.
|Presented by||Dennis James|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|Running time||23-24 minutes|
|Original channel||WABD (1948–1949)
|Original run||November 1, 1948– July 6, 1951|
Okay, Mother is an American daytime variety/game show hosted by Dennis James which originally aired on WABD in New York City in 1948. After receiving good ratings and largely positive reviews the show, originally titled Mothers Inc., aired nationally from 1 pm to 1:30 pm ET on the DuMont Television Network from Summer 1949 to July 6, 1951.
The show was a "tribute to mothers" featuring a mix of interviews, game show segments, and viewer letters. The series was sponsored by Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Toothpaste and Bayer Aspirin. James often addressed the TV audience as "Mother", a practice he had begun when discussing the finer points of wrestling during his sports broadcasts. By addressing the TV audience this way, James avoided insulting sports fans at home or elsewhere about their knowledge of sports.
One DuMont episode survives and is available on the Internet Archive, with "honor mother" Judith Doniger Lipsey (1912–2007) mentioning her upcoming New York City recital on October 12. A contemporary New York Times article dates her appearance on Okay, Mother to July 18, 1950.
Clips of this episode were shown during the 2008 special Pioneers Of Television: Game Shows, the first-season finale of PBS' miniseries.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- 1948-1949 United States network television schedule (weekday)
- 1949-1950 United States network television schedule (weekday)
- 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
- Okay, Mother at the Internet Movie Database
- Okay, Mother on Internet Archive
- DuMont historical website
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