Pete and Gladys

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Pete and Gladys
Harry Morgan Cara Williams Pete and Gladys 1960.JPG
Harry Morgan and Cara Williams from Pete and Gladys
Genre Sitcom
Created by Parke Levy
Written by Alan Lipscott
Bob Fisher
Larry Rhine
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Devery Freeman
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
James V. Kern
Sidney Lanfield
Starring Harry Morgan
Cara Williams
Theme music composer Parke Levy
Lee Wainer
Ending theme Wilbur Hatch
Composer(s) Jerry Goldsmith
Wilbur Hatch
Lucien Moraweck
Carl Brandt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 72
Production
Executive producer(s) Parke Levy
Producer(s) Devery Freeman
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) El Camino Productions
CBS Television Network
Broadcast
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 18, 1960 (1960-09-18)  – September 10, 1962 (1962-09-10)
Chronology
Related shows December Bride

Pete and Gladys is an American situation comedy television series starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams that aired on CBS on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time for two seasons, beginning on September 19, 1960. The last episode was broadcast on September 10, 1962.

Synopsis[edit]

In a popular 1950s CBS sitcom, December Bride, starring Spring Byington, Pete Porter (Harry Morgan) was the next-door neighbor who spent most of his time complaining about his scatterbrained wife Gladys, who was unseen to viewers. In this spin-off series, Gladys emerges as the redhaired comedienne Cara Williams. Pete is an insurance salesman, and the happy couple resides in Westwood, California.

Besides leading-man Peter, the other carryover from December Bride during the first season was the character of Hilda Crocker Verna Felton, a close equivalent of Vivian Vance's Ethel Mertz; she appeared in 23 episodes. Frances Rafferty, another December Bride veteran, appeared in 7 episodes of Pete and Gladys as Nancy. Barbara Stuart had a recurring first-season role as Gladys' friend Alice, and Ernest Truex appeared in 6 episodes as Gladys' widowed father, "Pop".[1]

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Reception[edit]

Although Pete and Gladys never made it into the Nielsen ratings Top 25 during the course of its run, it was used in weekday-morning reruns on CBS for several years after it ceased production.

Williams was nominated for a 1962 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but lost to veteran Shirley Booth of NBC's Hazel.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "For Pete's Sake" (pilot) September 19, 1960
1-2 "Crime of Passion" September 26, 1960
1-3 "The Bavarian Wedding Chest" October 3, 1960
1-4 "The Handyman" October 10, 1960
1-5 "Movie Bug" October 17, 1960
1-6 "Oo-La-La" October 24, 1960
1-7 "The Goat Story" October 31, 1960
1-8 "Pete's Personality Change" November 7, 1960
1-9 "Camping Out" November 14, 1960
1-10 "Bowling Brawl" November 21, 1960
1-11 "Pete Takes Up Golf" November 28, 1960
1-12 "Gladys and the Piggy Bank" December 5, 1960
1-13 "No Man For Japan" December 12, 1960
1-14 "Misplaced Weekend" December 19, 1960
1-15 "Gladys Rents the House" January 2, 1961
1-16 "Gladys' Political Campaign" January 9, 1961
1-17 "Cousin Violet" January 16, 1961
1-18 "The House Next Door" January 23, 1961
1-19 "The Insurance Faker" January 30, 1961
1-20 "The Great Stone Face" February 6, 1961
1-21 "The Six Musketeers" February 20, 1961
1-22 "Panhandler" February 27, 1961
1-23 "Gladys Opens Pete's Mail" March 6, 1961
1-24 "The Garage Story" March 13, 1961
1-25 "The Orchid Story" March 20, 1961
1-26 "Secretary For A Day"" March 27, 1961
1-27 "The Fur Coat Story" April 3, 1961
1-28 "Peaceful in the Country" April 10, 1961
1-29 "Junior" April 17, 1961
1-30 "Gladys Cooks Pete's Goose" April 24, 1961
1-31 "A Study In Gray" May 1, 1961
1-32 "Pop's Girl Friend" May 8, 1961
1-33 "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" May 15, 1961
1-34 "The Mannequin Story" May 22, 1961
1-35 "The Projectionist" May 29, 1961
1-36 "Gladys Goes To College" June 19, 1961

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-1 "Crossed Wires" September 18, 1961
2-2 "Fasten Your Seat Belts" September 25, 1961
2-3 "The Hoarder and the Boarder" October 2, 1961
2-4 "The Second Car" October 9, 1961
2-5 "Uncle Paul's New Wife" October 16, 1961
2-6 "Money, Money, Who's Got the Money?" October 23, 1961
2-7 "Uncle Paul's Insurance" October 30, 1961
2-8 "Down With Togetherness" November 6, 1961
2-9 "Eyewitness" November 13, 1961
2-10 "The Three Loves of Gladys" November 20, 1961
2-11 "Sick, Sick, Sick" November 27, 1961
2-12 "Christmas Shopping" December 4, 1961
2-13 "The Live-In Couple" December 11, 1961
2-14 "Lover, Go Away" December 25, 1961
2-15 "Hero In the House" January 1, 1962
2-16 "Pete's Hobby" January 8, 1962
2-17 "Who Was That Man?" January 15, 1962
2-18 "Garden Wedding" January 22, 1962
2-19 "Follow That Skeleton" January 29, 1962
2-20 "Will the Real Michelle Tabour Please Stand Up?" February 5, 1962
2-21 "The Prize" February 12, 1962
2-22 "Yak, Yak, Yak" February 19, 1962
2-23 "Never Forget A Friend" February 26, 1962
2-24 "Office Wife" March 5, 1962
2-25 "The Chocolate Cake Caper" March 12, 1962
2-26 "Sleepy Time Wife" March 19, 1962
2-27 "Maternity House" April 2, 1962
2-28 "Pete's Party Dress" April 9, 1962
2-29 "The Top Banana" April 16, 1962
2-30 "Go Help Friends" April 23, 1962
2-31 "The Lame Excuse" May 7, 1962
2-32 "Step On Me" May 14, 1962
2-33 "The Case of the Gossipy Maid" May 21, 1962
2-34 "The Arrival" May 28, 1962
2-35 "The Expectant Gardener" June 4, 1962
2-36 "Continental Dinner" September 10, 1962

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