The Debbie Reynolds Show
|The Debbie Reynolds Show|
|Created by||Jess Oppenheimer|
|Directed by||Ezra Stone|
|Opening theme||"With a Little Love (Just a Little Love)"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Filmways Television|
|Original run||September 16, 1969– April 14, 1970|
Debbie Reynolds portrayed Debbie Thompson, a housewife married to Jim, a successful sportswriter for the Los Angeles Sun. Jim was portrayed by actor Don Chastain, his boss by longtime television actor Tom Bosley. Reynolds' attempts to amuse herself were regarded as being reminiscent of those of Lucille Ball on Here's Lucy.
The series only lasted one season because NBC was selling ad-time to cigarette commercials against Reynolds' wishes. Because Reynolds signed a two-year contract with NBC and owned half of the program, she was unable to be fired so she walked away from the show instead.
In popular culture
Monty Python's Flying Circus spoofed the series in a sketch primarily written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman entitled "The Attila the Hun Show". It pokes fun at The Debbie Reynolds Show (the opening title sequence in particular), as well as American comedy in general.
- Leszczak, Bob (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (p. 34). McFarland & Co.
- Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows
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