The Snoop Sisters

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The Snoop Sisters
The Snoop Sisters Title Card.jpg
The Snoop Sisters title card
Created by Alan Shayne
Starring Helen Hayes
Mildred Natwick
Lou Antonio
Art Carney (Pilot)
Bert Convy
Lawrence Pressman (Pilot)
Charlie Callas
Opening theme Jerry Fielding
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4 (+ 1 TV movie)
Executive producer(s) Leonard B. Stern
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 90 min.
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19) – March 19, 1974 (1974-03-19)
Related shows NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie

The Snoop Sisters is an American mystery television show that aired on NBC during the 1973–1974 season.

The series aired on a monthly rotation (referred to as a "wheel") as part of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie, trading timeslots with Banacek, Tenafly, and Faraday and Company. Of these series, only Banacek demonstrated any longevity.


The show stars Hollywood film legends Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as two elderly sisters, Ernesta Snoop and Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson, who routinely stumbled across mysteries which they solved. They first appeared on ABC in a TV movie called "the Snoop Sisters" (later renamed "The Female Instinct"), which aired December 16, 1972.

The series followed the 1971 ABC television movie Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate, which also starred Hayes and Natwick working together as amateur sleuths.

Guest stars during the series' brief run included: Joan Blondell, Art Carney, Jill Clayburgh, Alice Cooper, William Devane, Tammy Grimes, George Maharis, Roddy McDowall, Geraldine Page, Walter Pidgeon, Vincent Price, Fritz Weaver and, in her final screen appearance, Paulette Goddard.


  • Helen Hayes as Ernesta Snoop
  • Mildred Natwick as Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
  • Lou Antonio as Barney
  • Bert Convy as Lt. Steve Ostrowski

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Original Airdate
Pilot "The Female Instinct" December 16, 1972
1 "Corpse and Robbers" December 19, 1973
2 "Fear Is a Free-Throw" January 29, 1974
3 "The Devil Made Me Do It" March 5, 1974
4 "Black Day for Bluebeard" March 19, 1974


Both Natwick and Hayes were nominated for an Emmy Award for their work on the program; Natwick won. Only four 90-minute episodes of the series were ever produced.

Although the series did not last, it made an attempt to cover timely material by featuring musician Alice Cooper, essentially as himself, but called "Prince", in an episode entitled "The Devil Made Me Do It", which aired March 5, 1974.[1]

DVD releases[edit]

Visual Entertainment released The Snoop Sisters- The Complete Series on DVD in Canada on March 15, 2011;[2] and in the US on June 7, 2011.[3] Madman Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Australia (Region 4) on March 16, 2011.[4]

DVD Name Release dates
Region 1 (US) Region 1 (CAN) Region 4
The Complete Series June 7, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 16, 2011


  1. ^ The Devil Made Me Do It "The Snoop Sisters"
  2. ^ "The Snoop Sisters DVD news: Announcement for The Snoop Sisters - The Complete Series". 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  3. ^ "The Snoop Sisters DVD news: Release Date for The Snoop Sisters - The Complete Series in the USA". Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Snoop Sisters, The - The Complete Series (3 Disc Set)". 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 

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