Karen (1964 TV series)

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For the 1975 series of the same name starring Karen Valentine, see Karen (1975 TV series).
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Karen thinks one of her teachers (Miguel Landa) is the mystery person who sent her an expensive bracelet, 1965.
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Joe Connelly
Bob Mosher
Directed by Earl Bellamy
Starring Debbie Watson
Richard Denning
Mary LaRoche
Gina Gillespie
Theme music composer Jack Marshall
Bob Mosher
Opening theme "Karen" performed by the Beach Boys
Composer(s) Jack Marshall
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 27
Producer(s) Joe Connelly
Bob Mosher
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Kayro-Vue Productions
Universal Television
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 5, 1964 (1964-10-05) – April 19, 1965 (1965-04-19)

Karen is an American sitcom that stars Debbie Watson in the title role of 16-year-old Karen Scott, and Gina Gillespie as the tomboyish little sister Mimi.


The series centers on the social life of Karen and the antics of Mimi as they often confounded their parents (played by Richard Denning and Mary LaRoche).

Main cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

Produced by Kayro-Vue and Universal Television, who also produced The Munsters for CBS that season, 27 black-and-white half-hour episodes were aired on NBC from October 5, 1964 to August 30, 1965. The series was directed by Earl Bellamy.

The show was one of three 30-minute sitcoms broadcast Monday nights under the umbrella title 90 Bristol Court (the other two were Harris Against the World and Tom, Dick and Mary). Despite all three shows being set at the Southern California apartment complex, the only other connection the three series had was the character of handyman Cliff Murdoch (portrayed by Guy Raymond), who greeted the residents and visitors to 90 Bristol Court. After Harris Against the World and Tom, Dick and Mary aired their last episodes on January 4, 1965, 90 Bristol Court ceased to be a programming entity, and handyman Murdoch disappeared from Karen as well.

Karen lasted the entire 1964-1965 television season, but was not renewed by NBC for 1965-1966. The last episode was repeated on August 30, 1965.


  • Karen (10/5/1964) - pilot episode
  • Surfer's Aide (10/12/1964)
  • The Wig (10/19/1964)
  • Home, James (10/26/1964)
  • No Boys Allowed (11/2/1964)
  • Beethoven or Baseball (11/9/1964)
  • Father-Daughter Dance (11/16/1964)
  • Karen's Simplicity Complex (11/23/1964)
  • Teacher's Romance (12/7/1964)
  • Hollywood Hound (12/14/1964)
  • The Infernal Triangle (12/28/1964)
  • New Year's Eve (1/4/1965)
  • Good Neighbor Policy (1/11/1965)
  • The Formal (1/18/1965)
  • Karen Robs the Cradle (1/25/1965)
  • Avery's Coming (2/1/1965)
  • Who's Seymour? (2/8/1965)
  • Young at Heart (2/15/1965)
  • Holiday in Ski Valley (2/22/1965)
  • Civic Duty (3/1/1965)
  • The Karen Babysitter (3/8/1965)
  • Sergeant Grandma (3/15/1965)
  • Substitute Father (3/22/1965)
  • Big Bad Jim (3/29/1965)
  • The Beverly Beat (4/5/1965)
  • The Understudy (4/12/1965)
  • Mimi's First Love (4/19/65)


  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (2003) ISBN 0-345-45542-8
  • TV Guide Guide to TV 2006 (2006) ISBN 0-7607-7572-9

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