Anna and the King (TV series)

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Anna and the King
Yul Brynner Samantha Eggar Anna and the King 1972.JPG
Yul Brynner and Samantha Eggar, 1972.
Based onThe King and I
by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Written by
Directed by
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Gene Reynolds
  • Bill Idelson
  • Harvey Miller
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)20th Century-Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 17 –
December 31, 1972

Anna and the King is a television sitcom that aired Sunday nights at 7:30 pm (EST) on CBS as part of its 1972 fall lineup.


Anna and the King is a non-musical adaptation of the 1956 film of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which was in turn based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. Unlike the majority of attempts to turn hit films into television series, Anna and the King featured the original film's star, Yul Brynner, who was probably more identified with that role than any other.

The plot, like that of the musical, involved the king's bringing to Siam of a British governess, Anna Leonowens (portrayed here by Samantha Eggar), to educate his 12-year-old son and heir, Crown Prince Chulalongkorn (Brian Tochi). As time goes on, the two develop a platonic infatuation with each other, despite the low status of women in Siamese society, which appalls Anna, as does the king's related practice of polygamy. Also appearing regularly was a member of the royal household, Kralahome (Keye Luke).

While the musical, both film and stage versions, was a worldwide success (Brynner was still touring in the stage version until just before his death), this series was cancelled at midseason.


Actor Role
Yul Brynner King Mongkut of Siam
Samantha Eggar Anna Leonowens
Brian Tochi Crown Prince Chulalongkorn
Eric Shea Louis Leonowens
Keye Luke Kralahome
Lisa Lu Lady Thiang
Rosalind Chao Princess Serena


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Pilot"September 17, 1972 (1972-09-17)
2"The Baby"September 24, 1972 (1972-09-24)
3"The King or the Tiger?"October 1, 1972 (1972-10-01)
4"Chulalongkorn's Grades"October 8, 1972 (1972-10-08)
5"Anna's Romance"October 15, 1972 (1972-10-15)
6"The Bicycle"October 22, 1972 (1972-10-22)
7"The Haunted Temple"November 5, 1972 (1972-11-05)
8"Louis, the Pawn"November 12, 1972 (1972-11-12)
9"The Chimes"November 19, 1972 (1972-11-19)
10"Serana"November 26, 1972 (1972-11-26)
11"The Marriage of Prince Chula"December 10, 1972 (1972-12-10)
12"The King and the Egg"December 17, 1972 (1972-12-17)
13"Louis' Love"December 31, 1972 (1972-12-31)

Unsuccessful lawsuit by Margaret Landon[edit]

Margaret Landon was unhappy with this series and charged the producers with "inaccurate and mutilated portrayals" of her literary property; she unsuccessfully sued for copyright infringement.[1][2]



  1. ^ Lawrence Meyer, "Court And “The King”", Washington Post, 21 November 1972, pg. B2
  2. ^ Landon v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., 384 F. Supp. 450 (S.D.N.Y. 1974), in Donald E. Biederman, Edward P. Pierson, Martin E. Silfen, Janna Glasser, Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries, 5th edition, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 2006, pp. 349-356

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