Fair Exchange (TV series)

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Fair Exchange
Fair exchange judy carne 1962.JPG
Judy Carne as Heather Finch.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Cy Howard
Written by

Tom Adair
James B. Allardice

William P Templeton
Starring Eddie Foy, Jr.
Victor Maddern
Lynn Loring
Judy Carne
Flip Mark
Dennis Waterman
Diana Chesney
Theme music composer Cyril J. Mockridge
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 27
Executive producer(s) Cy Howard
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
(September–December 1962)
22–24 minutes
(February–March 1963)
Production company(s) Cy Howard Productions
Desilu Productions
Distributor CBS Films
Viacom (until 1994)
Paramount Domestic Television (1994-2006)
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current since 2007)
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 21, 1962 (1962-09-21) – September 19, 1963 (1963-09-19)

Fair Exchange is an American television comedy that ran from 1962 to 1963 on CBS. It stars Eddie Foy, Jr. and Audrey Christie.


Eddie Walker (Foy) and Tommy Finch (Victor Maddern) were World War II veterans and old friends who decided to have their daughters live in each other's households for a year because Eddie's daughter Patty (Lynn Loring) wanted to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. While Patty lived in London with Tommy, his wife Sybil (Diana Chesney) and their son, Neville (Dennis Waterman), their daughter, Heather (Judy Carne) lived with Eddie and Dorothy Walker and their son, also named Tommy (Flip Mark).

The show focuses on the difficulties that Heather and Patty experience as they live in each other's families.

Fair Exchange replaced Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone on CBS's fall schedule in 1962. The series was the first hour-long sitcom since the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, but it was dropped. After mail protested CBS's decision, the network revived Fair Exchange in a half-hour format, but again the series failed in the ratings and was finally cancelled.

The Twilight Zone would replace Fair Exchange mid-season, albeit in an hour-long format.

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