Good Morning, World

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Good Morning, World
Good Morning, World complete series DVD cover
Created byBill Persky
Sam Denoff
Carl Reiner
Sheldon Leonard
Written byCarl Biddiscombe
Sam Bobrick
Joseph Bonaduce
John C. Chulay
James L. Brooks
Sam Denoff
Peggy Elliott
Bill Idelson
Bruce Johnson
Carl Kleinschmitt
Rick Mittleman
Dale McRaven
Bernie Orenstein
Ronnie Pearlman
Bill Persky
Ed Scharlach
Saul Turtletaub
E. Duke Vincent
Jack Winter
Sydney Zelinka
Directed byDanny Dayton
Gary Nelson
Carl Reiner
John Rich
Robert Scheerer
George Tyne
StarringRonnie Schell
Joby Baker
Billy De Wolfe
Goldie Hawn
Julie Parrish
Theme music composerDave Grusin
Composer(s)Dave Grusin
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producer(s)Sheldon Leonard
Carl Reiner
Producer(s)Sam Denoff
Bill Persky
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)Discus Productions
DistributorSFM Entertainment
CBS Studios International
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 5, 1967 – March 19, 1968

Good Morning, World (GMW) is an American sitcom broadcast on CBS-TV during the 1967–1968 season, originally sponsored by Procter & Gamble on Tuesday nights at 21:30 (9:30 PM) ET. On January 7, 2017, reruns of the show began airing on the Antenna TV network.


Larry (Ronnie Schell) and Sandy (Goldie Hawn).
Dave (Joby Baker) and Linda (Julie Parrish).

GMW was designed as a starring vehicle for Ronnie Schell[citation needed], who had proven to be fairly popular as "Duke", one of Gomer's buddies, in the hit program Gomer Pyle, USMC over the three previous seasons. Schell's character, Larry Clarke, was a morning disc jockey and part of a morning drive-time team, "Lewis and Clarke", on a small AM radio station in Los Angeles. The show also starred Joby Baker, who was known for guest starring in many sitcoms. The show's creators were Carl Reiner, Sheldon Leonard, Bill Persky, and Sam Denoff, all of whom had worked on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and was inspired by Persky and Denoff's personal experiences working as continuity writers for several disc jockeys on radio station WNEW in New York during the 1950s. In fact, William B. Williams, one of the station's most popular deejays, received screen credit for originating the show's title, which was adapted from his famous opening greeting, "Hello, World!".[citation needed]

Despite having the long-established and popular Red Skelton Show as a lead-in, and the young Goldie Hawn as a minor neighbor character, the show did not do well on Nielsen ratings[citation needed], and Schell returned to Gomer Pyle as Duke for the next season, which was also that show's last. Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully did voice-over narration in some of the episodes.[citation needed]

Ronnie Schell, on the DVD commentary for the series, claimed that the show might have been renewed for a second season on CBS, but the network was also alarmed by problems with the main cast. Baker could not memorize his lines, and Parrish was having health concerns that slowed down her performance as the season progressed. Recasting both actors was considered.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Unlike most sitcoms of the era, Good Morning, World was filmed before a live audience. A standard practice at the time was to film an episode on a closed set and add a laugh track during post-production. A laugh track was still used to fill any gaps in audience reactions or missed punchlines.[citation needed]


The morning team of Lewis and Clarke.

Episode list[edit]

Title Air date PC
1"Knits to You, Sir"September 5, 1967 (1967-09-05)1
2"You Can't Say That About My Wife and Neither Can I"September 12, 1967 (1967-09-12)26
3"You vs. Me"September 19, 1967 (1967-09-19)9
4"If You Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder, I'll Go Wild"September 26, 1967 (1967-09-26)2
5"Who Will Buy My Calamari?"October 3, 1967 (1967-10-03)25
6"Where Have You Been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?"October 10, 1967 (1967-10-10)7
7"Love at First Flight"October 24, 1967 (1967-10-24)4
8"No News Like Nude News"October 31, 1967 (1967-10-31)5
9"Stan and Ollie Meet Larry and Dave"November 7, 1967 (1967-11-07)8
10"Feet of Clay and a Head to Match"November 14, 1967 (1967-11-14)6
11"The Return of Bibian"November 21, 1967 (1967-11-21)11
12"If You Marry Me Today, I'll Marry You Tomorrow"November 28, 1967 (1967-11-28)13
13"Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You"December 5, 1967 (1967-12-05)3
14"The Voice of the Turtle Is Better Than Mine"December 12, 1967 (1967-12-12)14
15"The Man Who Came to Din Din"December 19, 1967 (1967-12-19)16
16"Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Maybe"December 26, 1967 (1967-12-26)12
17"First Down and 200 Miles to Go"January 2, 1968 (1968-01-02)16
18"I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dave"January 9, 1968 (1968-01-09)15
19"The Wedding Present"January 16, 1968 (1968-01-16)17
20"Partner Meet My Partner"January 23, 1968 (1968-01-23)18
21"Pot Luckless"January 30, 1968 (1968-01-30)10
22"I Love a Charade"February 6, 1968 (1968-02-06)20
23"For My Daughter's Hand, You'll Get My Foot"February 20, 1968 (1968-02-20)21
24"Here Comes the Bribe"February 27, 1968 (1968-02-27)22
25"Hutton's Mutt"March 12, 1968 (1968-03-12)24
26"The Lady and the Pussycat"March 19, 1968 (1968-03-19)23

Home media[edit]

On January 17, 2006, all 26 episodes of Good Morning, World were released on DVD by S'more Entertainment.[1]


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