Okay, Mother

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Okay, Mother
Screenshot of the show with host Dennis James
Genre Game/Variety Show
Presented by Dennis James
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 23-24 minutes
Original channel WABD (1948–1949)
DuMont (1949–1951)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run November 1, 1948 (1948-11-01) – July 6, 1951 (1951-07-06)

Okay, Mother is an American daytime variety/game show which originally aired on WABD in New York City in 1948.

Broadcast history[edit]

The series, hosted by Dennis James, began on WABD, then aired on the DuMont Television Network weekdays from 1pm to 1:30pm ET, beginning in January 1949.

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 from early 1949 to July 6, 1951.[1][2]

According to the book What Women Watched: Daytime Television in the 1950s (University of Texas Press, 2005) by Marsha Cassidy, the DuMont daytime schedule beginning in January 1949 was:


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.[3]

Episode status[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television, p. 615. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  2. ^ Billboard (November 13, 1948)
  3. ^ Dennis James


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