The Betty White Show

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The Betty White Show
Betty white show 1977.jpg
John Hillerman and Betty White, 1977
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ed. Weinberger
Stan Daniels
Developed by David Lloyd
Directed by James Burrows
Harvey Medlinsky
Noam Pitlik
Doug Rogers
Starring Betty White
John Hillerman
Georgia Engel
Composer(s) Dick DeBenedictis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Stan Daniels
Ed. Weinberger
Producer(s) Bob Ellison
Dale McRaven
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) MTM Enterprises (Distributed by 20th Television, 1997-present)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 12, 1977 (1977-09-12) – January 2, 1978 (1978-01-02)

The Betty White Show is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from September 12, 1977, to January 2, 1978. Fourteen episodes were broadcast. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises. Note: This program should not be confused with two earlier television programs that had the same title -- a daytime talk show that ran on NBC February 8, 1954-December 31, 1954, and a prime-time comedy variety show that ran on ABC February 5, 1958-April 30, 1958.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Joyce Whitman (Betty White), a middle-aged actress, lands the lead in a fictitious police series, Undercover Woman (a parody of Angie Dickinson's Police Woman). Joyce is thrilled with the show, but less pleased to learn that the director is her ex-husband, John Elliot (John Hillerman), whom she unfondly refers to as "old pickle puss". He responds in kind, supplying his star with an oversized male double named Hugo (Charles Cyphers), a sexy, much younger onscreen sidekick (Caren Kaye), and dialogue not nearly as sharp as her tongue. Also on hand are Joyce's best friend, Mitzi Maloney (Georgia Engel), co-star actor Fletcher Huff (Barney Phillips) and network penny-pincher Doug Porterfield (Alex Henteloff).

Reception[edit]

The series was scheduled opposite ABC's Monday Night Football and The NBC Monday Movie and failed to generate viewers. The show was quickly canceled after fourteen episodes.[2]

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Betty White Joyce Whitman
John Hillerman John Elliot
Georgia Engel Mitzi Maloney
Caren Kaye Tracy Garrett
Charles Cyphers Hugo Muncy
Alex Henteloff Doug Porterfield
Barney Phillips Fletcher Huff

Episodes[edit]

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Undercover Police Woman" September 12, 1977
2 "Mitzi's Cousin" September 19, 1977
3 "Make Yourself at Home...Steal Something" September 26, 1977
4 "Doug Gets Fired" October 3, 1977
5 "We're Not Divorced: Part 1" October 10, 1977
6 "We're Not Divorced: Part 2" October 17, 1977
7 "Mitzi's Jealousy" October 24, 1977
8 "Good Night, Sweet Fletch" October 31, 1977
9 "John's Mother" November 7, 1977
10 "Joyce, The Matchmaker" November 14, 1977
11 "Joyce's Wedding" December 12, 1977
12 "Play Misty for John" December 19, 1977
13 "Fletcher's Decision" January 2, 1978
14 "The Stunt Woman" January 9, 1978

Syndication[edit]

The Betty White Show was briefly rerun on Nick at Nite and TV Land in the 1990s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNeil, Alex. (1996). Total Televisin: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8. P. 90.
  2. ^ Spadoni, Mike (August 2004). "TV Greats and Unsung Heroes: Betty White". televisionheaven.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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