Karen (1975 TV series)

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Karen
Genre Sitcom
Created by Gene Reynolds
Larry Gelbart
Starring Karen Valentine
Charles Lane
Dena Dietrich
Oliver Clark
Alix Elias
Will Seltzer
Aldine King
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century-Fox Television
Release
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 30 (1975-01-30) – May 8, 1975 (1975-05-08)

Karen is an American sitcom that aired on ABC beginning in January, 1975. A mid-season replacement, Karen was designed as a starring vehicle for actress Karen Valentine. The show was canceled after four months due to low ratings.

Plot[edit]

Karen Angelo is an ambitious, enthusiastic worker for Open America, a liberal citizen’s lobby in Washington, D.C.. Karen is assisted in finding (and uncovering) corrupt politicians by Dale Busch, the cantankerous founder of Open America (played by Denver Pyle in the pilot episode, Charles Lane would later play the role).[1]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Original Airdate Episode Summary
1 "Karen" January 30, 1975 Karen prepares for an appearance before a House subcommittee in government reorganization.
2 "Them" February 6, 1975 Karen discovers that her home is being bugged and suspects that the office of Open America is as well.
3 "The Visitors" February 13, 1975 Karen's high school friend and her husband are visiting from California and Karen is in for a big surprise.
4 "Love and Other Issues" February 20, 1975 A dashing public relations man win Karen's heart until she realizes that his motives are suspect.
5 "Whistle Blowing" February 27, 1975 An employee of a large company is on the verge of exposing his firm's shady practices through conversations with Karen, but is getting cold feet because of potential reprisals.
6 "Hartford Revisited" March 6, 1975 Congressman Hartford asks Karen to marry him, which puts the uncertain Karen in a tight situation.
7 "Busch's Breakup" March 13, 1975 Dale has a fight with his wife and stays with Karen, who has to play marriage counselor and deal with his eccentricities.
8 "I Gave at the Office" March 20, 1975 Karen has to decide between two men who are seeking her affection.
9 "What Are Friends For?" March 27, 1975 Karen comes down with an illness, but her home becomes a madhouse as all her friends try to offer help.
10 "Capitol Capers" April 10, 1975 Karen heads to the Pentagon to obtain information on a specific government contract.
11 "A Day in the Life" April 17, 1975 Karen and Congressman Blakemore face off against each other over consumer protection when they appear on a late-night talk show.
12 "The Karen Report" May 1, 1975 Karen has to do background work on Congressman Hartford, but the discoveries she makes startle even him.
13 "Dena Might" May 8, 1975 After dating for 10 years, Dena finally receives a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Barney, who's finally decided to divorce his wife. However, Dena is uncertain and asks Karen for advice.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 726–727. ISBN 0-345-49773-2. 

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