List of Gidget (TV series) episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of the American sitcom Gidget. The Screen Gems series aired for a single season on ABC[1] and struggled to find an audience during its initial run.[2]

Episodes 1–17 originally aired on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. opposite The Beverly Hillbillies on CBS, which was popular with teenagers. ABC moved Gidget to Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning with Episode #18 ("Like Voodoo"), where it performed poorly opposite CBS's Gilligan's Island.[2]

1966 summer reruns catapulted the show to the Top 10, as viewers looked for shows they had not seen during their original fall/winter broadcasts. However, ABC had already cancelled Gidget, and consequently, scrambled to retain its newfound audience by starring Sally Field in a new show in September 1967, The Flying Nun.[1]

Season # Episodes TV season
1 32 1965-1966

Season 1 (1965–1966)[edit]

# Title Director Air date
1-01 "Dear Diary-et al" William Asher September 15, 1965 (1965-09-15)
15½-year-old Gidget falls in love with a surfer and with surfing, discovering a new sport and a new lifestyle along with it; Anne reads Gidget's fanciful diary and assumes that all of her sister's outlandish entries ("...and I sink into nothingness") are true.
1-02 "In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust" William Asher September 22, 1965 (1965-09-22)
Anne is worried when Gidget asks her husband John to be her date to a luau; John, wanting to fit in with the surfing crowd, tries so hard to be hip that Gidget's friends immediately pin him as a poseur.
1-03 "The Great Kahuna" William Asher September 29, 1965 (1965-09-29)
Gidget becomes infatuated with a rootless surfer bum called Kahuna and wants nothing more than to accompany him around the world to the greatest surfing sites. She changes her mind after inviting him home for dinner and discovering he has middle class aspirations
Guest star: Martin Milner as Kahuna
1-04 "Daddy Come Home" William Asher October 6, 1965 (1965-10-06)
Gidget encourages her widowed father Russell to start dating again. His first date goes well but worries Gidget when stays out late without calling.
Guest star: Harvey Korman as Joe Hanley
1-05 "Gidget Gadget" E.W. Swackhamer October 13, 1965 (1965-10-13)
Gidget plays marriage counselor for John and Anne.
1-06 "A Hearse, A Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse" William Asher October 20, 1965 (1965-10-20)
Gidget decides she needs her own transportation and buys an old hearse with 99,000 miles, then enrolls in Auto Shop at school.
1-07 "Gidget is a Proper Noun" Oscar Rudolph October 27, 1965 (1965-10-27)
Gidget in convinced that her English teacher expects more of her than his other students because she is the daughter of his former English professor, Russell.
Guest star: Noam Pitlik as Donald Hardy.
1-08 "Image Scrimmage" William Asher November 3, 1965 (1965-11-03)
Gidget has a crush on Larue's cousin Roger from New York, and goes to extremes in hopes of being invited to his "kidnap" party.
1-09 "Is It Love, or Symbiosis?" William Asher November 10, 1965 (1965-11-10)
Anne and John convince Russ that he has become too dependent on Gidget and suggest he send her to a private school in Paris.
1–10 "All the Best Diseases are Taken" E.W. Swackhamer November 17, 1965 (1965-11-17)
Gidget leads a protest over rising movie ticket prices by getting protest singer Billy Roy Soames to perform.
Guest star: Henry Jaglom as Billy Roy Soames.
1–11 "My Ever Faithful Friend" Gene Reynolds November 24, 1965 (1965-11-24)
Gidget gives Larue a makeover, but becomes alarmed when she thinks Russ has become attracted to her.
1–12 "Chivalry Isn't Dead" E. W. Swackhamer December 1, 1965 (1965-12-01)
Gidget and her friends hold a slumber party in order to teach their boyfriends some chivalry.
1–13 "The War Between Men, Women and Gidget" E.W. Swackhamer December 8, 1965 (1965-12-08)
An isolated beach cove becomes the object of a battle between the boys, Gidget and the girls.
1–14 "Gidget's Foreign Policy" Jerrold Bernstein December 15, 1965 (1965-12-15)
Gidget educates Swedish college student and bride-to-be in the "American Way", resulting in a transformation from meek to man-chaser.
Guest star: Walter Koenig as Gunnar
1–15 "Now There's a Face" E.W. Swackhamer December 22, 1965 (1965-12-22)
Gidget falls for a photographer who believes she is the face of her generation, not realizing he is engaged.
1–16 "Too Many Cooks" Oscar Rudolph December 29, 1965 (1965-12-29)
Gidget unintentionally makes a dance date with the dueling Cook cousin, unaware that Moondoggie will also be in town the same weekend.
1–17 "I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I Think" William Asher January 5, 1966 (1966-01-05)
Gidget develops a crush on a surfer over the summer; only to discover in the fall that he is her new math teacher.
1–18 "Like Voodoo" E.W. Swackhamer January 13, 1966 (1966-01-13)
When Gidget becomes accident-prone, she believes a fortune-telling gypsy who stole her surfboard has put a curse on her.
1–19 "Gidget's Career" E.W. Swackhamer January 20, 1966 (1966-01-20)
Gidget accompanies a shy Larue to her guitar class, and ends up joining a band who gets a shot on television—provided Larue is removed.
1–20 "Ego a Go-Go" Jerrold Bernstein January 27, 1966 (1966-01-27)
Gidget decides to date the class nerd and invites him to the Spinster Hop—where his ego balloons.
Guest star: Richard Dreyfuss as Durf the Drag.
1–21 "In and Out with the In-Laws" Bruce Bilson February 3, 1966 (1966-02-03)
A nervous Gidget has a luncheon date to meet Jeff's parents, but causes confusion when she switches sweaters with friend Della Mae who accompanies her to the meeting.
Guest star: Hal March as Jim.
1–22 "We Got Each Other" William Asher February 10, 1966 (1966-02-10)
Russ begins to date again, causing Gidget to become jealous—despite her best efforts to prove she is not.
1–23 "Operation Shaggy Dog" Hal Cooper February 17, 1966 (1966-02-17)
Gidget mounts a public relations campaign to save her favorite restaurant, The Shaggy Dog, from being demolished to build a new museum—unaware that Russ is on the museum committee.
1–24 "Ring-a-Ding Dingbat" Hal Cooper February 24, 1966 (1966-02-24)
Gidget and Larue scheme to meet the popular British rock group the Dingbats.
1–25 "Love and the Single Gidget" Hal Cooper March 3, 1966 (1966-03-03)
While Russ is out of town, Gidget attends a surfing tournament in Oceanside with Anne and John's blessing—unaware that they have hired a college student to look after her.
1–26 "Take a Lesson" Jerrold Bernstein March 10, 1966 (1966-03-10)
Gidget is lured out of her house—in her pajamas—to join a friend on a surprise car buying trip in Pasadena, which is complicated by her repeated attempts at contacting Russ to keep him informed of her whereabouts.
Guest star: Paul Lynde as Herman Marshall.
1–27 "Independence — Gidget Style" Bruce Bilson March 17, 1966 (1966-03-17)
When Gidget gets a job at a local teenage diner in order to buy Russ a birthday present, the family mistakenly believe she is actually working at the Tomcat Club, a local Gentlemen's Club.
1–28 "One More for the Road" Bruce Bilson March 24, 1966 (1966-03-24)
Gidget gets a job driving a floral delivery truck, except she does not have a driver's license.
1–29 "Ask Helpful Hannah" Lee Philips March 31, 1966 (1966-03-31)
Gidget gets involved with bringing two lovebirds together after she taking over the "Helpful Hannah" teen advice column on the school newspaper.
1–30 "A Hard Night's Night" Don Porter April 7, 1966 (1966-04-07)
Gidget and Larue find themselves spooked while unknowingly sharing the house with a friend of Russ's whom he had chance meeting with at the airport—all during a raging thunderstorm.
Guest star: Frank DeVol as Stu.
1–31 "I Have This Friend Who . . ." Christopher Cary April 14, 1966 (1966-04-14)
The father of Gidget's latest boyfriend insists on coming along on their date as a chaperone, so they scheme to find a way to be alone.
1–32 "Don't Defrost the Alligator" Jerrold Bernstein April 21, 1966 (1966-04-21)
Gidget places a deceased frozen alligator in the freezer without mentioning it to anybody, causing chaos when it is discovered.


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