The New Gidget

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The New Gidget
Thenewgidgetscreen.jpg
Season 1 title screen
Genre Sitcom
Written by Carole Coates
Sheree Guitar
Chris Miller
Larry Mollin
Michael Sutton
Directed by Bob Chenault
Doug Rogers
Robert Duchowny
Ted Lange
Starring Caryn Richman
Dean Butler
Lili Haydn
Sydney Penny
William Schallert
Theme music composer Marek Norman
Craig Snyder
Jeffrey Vilinsky
Opening theme "One in a Million" performed by Marek Norman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44
Production
Executive producer(s) Harry Ackerman
Ralph Riskin
Producer(s) Carole Coates
George Zateslo
Larry Mollin
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
Endless Summer Productions (1986–1988)
LBS Communications
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 15, 1986 (1986-09-15) – May 12, 1988 (1988-05-12)
Chronology
Preceded by Gidget's Summer Reunion
Related shows Gidget

The New Gidget is an American television sitcom that aired in syndication from 1986 to 1988. The series was produced by original Gidget series producer Harry Ackerman and was launched after the television movie Gidget's Summer Reunion starring Caryn Richman as Gidget aired in 1985. Richman would go on to reprise the role of Gidget in the series.

Characters[edit]

Plot[edit]

The series features Gidget, who is in her late 20s and married to her idol, "Moondoggie" (Dean Butler). The couple live in Santa Monica, California, where Moondoggie works as an architect and Gidget runs the "Gidget Travel Agency" with her long-time best friend, Larue (Jill Jacobson).

Gidget and Moondoggie take care of Gidget's niece, Dani (Sydney Penny), who lives with the couple while her parents (Gidget's sister, Anne and husband John) are overseas. Dani is similar to Gidget when she was a teen and was always getting into trouble with her best friend, Gail (Lili Haydn). Gidget's father, Russ (William Schallert), is on hand to provide advice to the young couple and to remind Gidget that Dani's exploits were similar to the ones she experienced (and sometimes caused) as a teen.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Windsurfing Lesson" September 15, 1986
2 "The Project" September 22, 1986
3 "Crime and Punishment" September 29, 1986
4 "On Account of Danni" October 6, 1986
5 "Fighting City Hall" October 13, 1986
6 "The List" October 20, 1986
7 "Jeff's Anniversary Present" October 27, 1986
8 "The Concert" November 3, 1986
9 "The Baby" November 10, 1986
10 "Super Gidget" November 17, 1986
11 "The '65 Mustang (a.k.a. The '65 Convertible)" November 24, 1986
12 "Stand Up and Cheer (a.k.a. Danni Becomes a Cheerleader)" December 1, 1986
13 "Kahuna for Sale" December 18, 1986
14 "Passion for Fashion" December 15, 1986
15 "The Perfect Man" December 22, 1986
16 "The Royal Bluff" August 29, 1986
17 "Citizen Moondoggie" January 5, 1987
18 "It's Only Rock & Roll" January 12, 1987
19 "Oddballs" January 19, 1987
20 "Jake's Shakes" January 26, 1987
21 "Does Paul Know?" February 2, 1987
22 "Dead Man's Curl" February 9, 1987

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
23 "Gilligidge Island" September 17, 1987
24 "Bred to Shred" September 24, 1987
25 "Invasion of the Gidget People" October 1, 1987
26 "Sealed With a Kiss" October 8, 1987
27 "Head Over Handlebars" October 26, 1987
28 "Drag City" October 29, 1987
29 "Boy Talk" November 5, 1987
30 "The Getaway" November 12, 1987
31 "Kahuna, Jr." November 19, 1987
32 "Malibu Man" November 26, 1987
33 "Potion Emotion" December 3, 1987
34 "Calendar Boys" December 10, 1987
35 "A Christmas Curl" December 17, 1987
36 "Radio Free Malibu" January 7, 1988
37 "Gidget's Guide to Surfing" January 21, 1988
38 "Blast From the Past" February 4, 1988
39 "Rad Chad" February 11, 1988
40 "Altered Surf" February 18, 1988
41 "Perky Pirates of the Pipeline" February 25, 1988
42 "Avocado Heads" April 28, 1988
43 "The Bare Facts (a.k.a. Gidget and Danni Get Arrested)" May 5, 1988
44 "Make Waves, Not War" May 12, 1988

Notable guest stars[edit]

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