Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV series)

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Sandra Warner Fess Parker Mr.Smith Goes to Washington 1962.JPG
Sandra Warner and Fess Parker as Pat and Eugene Smith.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Hal Stanley, based on the 1939 theatrical movie
Starring Fess Parker
Sandra Warner
Red Foley
Theme music composer Irving Taylor
Hal Stanley
Opening theme "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington"
Composer(s) Jimmie Haskell
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 25
Producer(s) Hal Stanley
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 24 mins.
Production company(s) Starstan-Fespar Productions
Distributor Screen Gems
Columbia Pictures Television
Colex Enterprises
Columbia Tri-Star Television
Sony Pictures Television (current)
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 29, 1962 (1962-09-29) – March 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)
Preceded by Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is an American sitcom that aired on ABC starring Fess Parker. The series, which aired from October 1962 to March 1963, was based on the 1939 Frank Capra film of the same name, starring James Stewart in the title role.


Fess Parker as Eugene Smith, an honest but unsophisticated U.S. senator from an unidentified small-populated state. According to the story line, Eugene Smith is elected to a Senate vacancy after the death of an incumbent. The series also features Sandra Warner as Parker's wife, Pat Smith; country music singer Red Foley as the senator's Uncle Cooter, Rita Lynn as Smith's secretary, Miss Kelly, and Stan Irwin as Smith's chauffeur, Arnie.[1]

Guest stars[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Washington Hostess" September 29, 1962
1-2 "Bad Day At Cuttin' Corners" October 6, 1962
1-3 "....But What Are You Doing For Your Country?" October 13, 1962
1-4 "The Musicale" October 20, 1962
1-5 "The Country Sculptor" October 27, 1962
1-6 "The Senator and the Pageboy" November 3, 1962
1-7 "The Fork in the Road" November 10, 1962
1-8 "First Class Citizen" November 17, 1962
1-9 "The Senator Baits A Hook" November 24, 1962
1-10 "For Richer Or Poorer" December 1, 1962
1-11 "Man's Best Friend" December 8, 1962
1-12 "The Sleeping Sentry" December 22, 1962
1-13 "Without A Song" December 29, 1962
1-14 "That's Show Business" January 5, 1963
1-15 "Miss Ida's Star" January 12, 1963
1-16 "Think Mink" January 19, 1963
1-17 "The Resurrection of Winesap Corners" January 26, 1963
1-18 "Oh, Pioneers!" February 2, 1963
1-19 "Grand Ol' Opry" February 9, 1963
1-20 "And Still the Champ" February 16, 1963
1-21 "Citizen Bellows" February 23, 1963
1-22 "The Kid From Brooklyn" March 2, 1963
1-23 "To Be Or Not To Be" March 9, 1963
1-24 "High Society" March 16, 1963
1-25 "The Lobbyist" March 23, 1963

Production notes[edit]

The series, a Screen Gems Production (Screen Gems was owned by Columbia Pictures, which produced the film), aired at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday. It followed ABC's short-lived The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, a Western comedy and variety show, and preceded the long-running The Lawrence Welk Show. Its competition on CBS was the legal drama The Defenders and NBC's The Joey Bishop Show.[2]


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 561
  2. ^ Total Television, appendix

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