Melba (TV series)

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Genre Sitcom
Created by Barry Harman
Marshall Karp
Written by Larry Balmagia
Laurie Gelman
Directed by Mel Ferber
Starring Melba Moore
Jamilla Perry
Gracie Harrison
Barbara Meek
Lou Jacobi
Evan Mirand
Opening theme "We're Sisters" performed by Melba Moore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Saul Ilson
Producer(s) Larry Balmagia
Bob Peete
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Saul Ilson Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Original release January 28 (1986-01-28) – September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)

Melba is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from January 28, 1986 until September 13, 1986. The series was a vehicle for singer/actress Melba Moore.


The show was about the home and work life of Melba Patterson (Moore), a divorced mother who was the director of New York's Manhattan Visitors Center. Melba was raising her 9-year-old daughter Tracy (Jamilla Perry) with the help of her mother Rose (Barbara Meek) and her white "sister", Susan Slater (Gracie Harrison). Melba and Susan had been close since childhood, since Rose was Susan's family's housekeeper when they were growing up. Jack (Lou Jacobi) and young Gil (Evan Mirand) worked for Melba at the visitors' center.


The show premiered on January 28, 1986, the day of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Perhaps in part due to the tragedy, the premiere episode ranked as the lowest-rated program of the week, and CBS immediately pulled the show from its schedule. The remaining episodes were later aired during the summer.



  1. Manhunt (January 28, 1986)
  2. Mother and Other Strangers (August 2, 1986)
  3. The Triangle (August 9, 1986)
  4. Mother Knows Best (August 16, 1986)
  5. My Shadow and Me (September 6, 1986)
  6. The Girls Are Back in Town (September 13, 1986)

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