Tammy (TV series)

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For the 2014 movie, see Tammy (film). For the "Tammy" movies of the 1950s and 1960s, see Tammy (film series).
Star of Tammy, Debbie Watson
Genre Sitcom
Written by Robert V. Barron
Cid Ricketts Sumner
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Sidney Miller
Starring Debbie Watson
Denver Pyle
Donald Woods
Dorothy Green
Theme music composer Jay Livingston
Ray Evans
Opening theme "Tammy"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Location(s) Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Uni-Bet Productions
Universal Television
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 17, 1965 (1965-09-17) – March 11, 1966 (1966-03-11)
Followed by Tammy and the Millionaire

Tammy is an American sitcom, starring Debbie Watson in the title role. Produced by Universal City Studios, 26 color half-hour episodes were aired on ABC from September 17, 1965 to March 11, 1966.

Tammy was loosely based on the three Tammy films; Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) starring Debbie Reynolds; Tammy Tell Me True (1961); and Tammy and the Doctor (1963) both starring Sandra Dee. The films themselves were adaptations of novels by Cid Ricketts Sumner. The series was also partially influenced by other rural themed TV sitcoms such as The Beverly Hillbillies. In particular, there are similarities between Tammy's Cletus Tarleton and The Beverly Hillbillies' Jethro Bodine.


The premise of the program revolves around Tammy Tarleton, an 18-year-old country girl who moves back and forth between her country family, which lives on a bayou houseboat, and the wealthy Brents, who own a plantation and pancake business. Tammy is hired as a secretary by a powerful industrialist with a handsome young son. A high society dame who wants her own daughter to marry the son, repeatedly but unsuccessfully tries to smear Tammy’s reputation.

As with Gidget, there are many differences between the series and films that inspired it. In the movies, Tammy's full name is Tambrey Tyree, shortened to Tammy. The Tyree was changed to Tarleton. Also, Tammy Tyree had no family other than her grandfather, who was occasionally picked up by revenuers for fabricating "corn-likker".

Tammy lasted for one season (26 episodes), and was cancelled in 1966.

Main cast[edit]


Tammy and Cousin Cletus.
Episode # Episode title Original airdate Episode summary
1 "Tammy Leaves Home" September 17, 1965 Tammy is in trouble when she's tricked into inviting her riverfolk relatives to a white-tie affair.
2 "The Aristocratic Tates" September 24, 1965 Tammy is scorned by Lavinia Tate as not well-born for her son until the Tate kinfolk arrive.
3 "Tammy Plays Cupid" October 1, 1965 Tammy tries to bring romance into her grandfather's life.
4 "The Poker Game" October 8, 1965 Uncle Lucius insists on joining a high-stakes poker game with a man who has vowed to get even with him.
5 "The Tarleton Land Grant" October 15, 1965 Lavinia Tate is planning on taking the Tarleton property for back taxes until Grandpa finds an ancient document.
6 "Prophet and Loss" October 22, 1965 Lavinia Tate's stock investments are affected by the prophecy of Tammy's Aunt Hannah.
7 "Will the Real Dwayne Whitt Please Stand Up?" October 29, 1965 With an assist from Tammy, Dwayne gets a writing assignment, and weekends at the houseboat to absorb the authentic atmosphere.
8 "Still Waters" November 5, 1965 Tammy's visiting Uncle Cully takes a job as a gardener to John Brent after he's warned to stay away from stills.
9 "Mind Your Manners" November 12, 1965 When Lavinia Tate learns that Tammy has organized a surprise birthday party for John Brent, she decides to take over the event as hostess.
10 "Grandpa's Old Flame" November 19, 1965 Grandpa learns that his former fiancee is coming to see him based on her impression that he is rich.
11 "The Riverfyin' of Billy Joe Morgan" November 26, 1965 Tammy and Steven Brent are left in charge of an obstreperous young house guest.
12 "Grandpa's Secret Love" December 3, 1965 Since Grandpa's new dog is a secret, John and Dwayne think his endearments are meant for a pretty girl entering the houseboat.
13 "Cletus Comes Callin'" December 10, 1965 The stranger Grandpa rescues from the river turns out to be Tammy's wheeler-dealer cousin.
14 "The Enoch Bowl" December 17, 1965 The Tarleton mule quits eating when an antique collector makes off with his bowl.
15 "A Severe Case of Matrimony" December 24, 1965 Lavinia uses her handsome cousin to make Tammy look like a giddy youngster.
16 "T' Know Me Is T' Love Me" December 31, 1965 Cletus discovers oil seeping from the ground and predicts the Tarleton's will be millionaires.
17 "The Law and Mr. Tarleton" January 7, 1966 Amos Potts tickets the Tarleton mule for illegal parking.
18 "Lavinia's Wedding Day" January 14, 1966 Tammy and Cletus arrange Lavinia's nuptials with the wrong bridegroom.
19 "Two For Tee Pee" January 21, 1966 An Indian chief arrives to make Cletus keep a promise and marry his daughter.
20 "Blue Nose, Wet Nose" January 28, 1966 Lavinia Tate goes all out to have her ill-behaved poodle defeat her rival's dog at obedience trials.
21 "The Monster From Catfish Bend" February 4, 1966 Cousin Cletus battles to land Big Luke, a 300-pound catfish.
22 "Larnin' Works Wonders" February 11, 1966 To keep his teaching credentials, Dwayne Whitt holds classes on Grandpa's houseboat.
23 "Tammy Goes to Paris" February 18, 1966 Lavinia invites herself and Gloria along on John Brent's trip to France.
24 "The Cinemazation of Tammy Parker" February 25, 1966 Tammy is chosen to act in a TV commercial, but Lavinia plots to get the assignment for her daughter Gloria.
25 "Uncle Lucius Returns" March 4, 1966 Grandpa Tarleton and his brother Lucius quarrel bitterly at their reunion.
26 "Uncle Lucius, the Business Man" March 11, 1966 The Tarletons enter Beulah, a cow that only gives milk when Uncle Lucius sings her favorite song, in a milking contest.

Tammy and the Millionaire[edit]

In 1967, a cinema movie called Tammy and the Millionaire was released which included all the main TV cast (except Cletus Tarleton) and was a re-edit from four half-hour 1965 Tammy TV episodes.

International airings[edit]

Tammy was originally broadcast in several countries, including Japan, Germany, and Australia. The Tammy series was especially popular in Germany.

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