Happy (1960 TV series)

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Genre Sitcom
Created by George Carleton Brown
Frank Gill, Jr.
Directed by Hy Averback
Robert Butler
Norman Z. McLeod
Mickey Rooney
Starring Ronnie Burns
Lloyd Corrigan
Doris Packer
Burt Metcalfe
Yvonne Lime Fedderson
Composer(s) Emil Cadkin
Jack Cookerly
William Loose
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26[1]
Executive producer(s) Alvin Cooperman
Producer(s) E.J. Rosenberg
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) Roncom Films (filmed at the studios of Desilu)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release June 8, 1960 (1960-06-08) – September 8, 1961 (1961-09-08)

Happy is an American sitcom that aired on NBC in 1960 and 1961. The series stars Ronnie Burns, the son of George Burns and Gracie Allen.[2]


Burns appears as Chris Day, the manager of the Desert Palm Hotel in the resort city of Palm Springs, California. His co-stars were Yvonne Lime Fedderson as his wife, Sally; Lloyd Corrigan as Sally's Uncle Charlie; Doris Packer as Clara Mason, a woman romantically interested in Charlie; Burt Metcalfe as their friend Joe Brigham; and Wanda Shannon as Terry Brigham, Joe's wife. Chris and Sally have an infant son, Christopher Hapgood Day, called "Happy," played by twins David and Steven Born. He is the talking child of the series. Leone Ledoux supplied Happy's voice.

The idea of a talking child was adapted from Jackie Cooper's earlier NBC sitcom The People's Choice, which features a talking basset hound named Cleo.[2] The idea of a talking infant was later reused in the film Look Who's Talking and the 1990s sitcom, Baby Talk.

Notable Happy guest stars included Jack Albertson, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Deacon, Howard McNear, and Olan Soule.[3]

Broadcast history[edit]

Happy first ran as a summer replacement in 1960 for Kraft Music Hall, starring Perry Como, at 9 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays. It returned in 1961 at 7:30 p.m. in the first half of the Friday time slot vacated by Skip Homeier's unsuccessful detective series, Dan Raven.

Its Friday competition was the CBS Western series Rawhide and ABC's cartoon series Matty's Funday Funnies.[4]