The Betty White Show
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|The Betty White Show|
John Hillerman and Betty White, 1977
|Created by||Ed. Weinberger|
|Developed by||David Lloyd|
|Directed by||James Burrows|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||14 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Stan Daniels|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||MTM Enterprises|
|Original release||September 12, 1977 –|
January 2, 1978
The Betty White Show is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from September 12, 1977, to January 9, 1978. Fourteen episodes were broadcast. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises. Note: This program should not be confused with two earlier television programs that had the same title—a daytime talk show that ran on NBC February 8, 1954 – December 31, 1954, and a prime-time comedy variety show that ran on ABC February 5, 1958 – April 30, 1958.
Joyce Whitman (Betty White), a middle-aged actress, lands the lead in a fictitious police series, Undercover Woman (a parody of Angie Dickinson's Police Woman). Joyce is thrilled with the show, but less pleased to learn that the director is her ex-husband, John Elliot (John Hillerman), whom she unfondly refers to as "old pickle puss". He responds in kind, supplying his star with an oversized male double named Hugo (Charles Cyphers), a sexy, much younger onscreen sidekick (Caren Kaye), and dialogue not nearly as sharp as her tongue. Also on hand are Joyce's best friend, Mitzi Maloney (Georgia Engel), co-star actor Fletcher Huff (Barney Phillips) and network penny-pincher Doug Porterfield (Alex Henteloff).
The series was scheduled opposite ABC's Monday Night Football and The NBC Monday Movie and failed to generate viewers. The show was canceled after fourteen episodes. Nick at Nite and TV Land briefly reran the show during the 1990s.
- Betty White as Joyce Whitman, a sharp-tongued actress.
- John Hillerman as John Elliot, Joyce's ex-husband and director of her show.
- Georgia Engel as Mitzi Maloney, Joyce's naive best friend/roommate.
- Caren Kaye as Tracy Garrett, Joyce's younger, sexier co-star.
- Charles Cyphers as Hugo Muncy, Joyce's hunky stunt double, who is over-sized.
- Barney Phillips as Fletcher Huff, Joyce's co-star.
- Alex Henteloff as Doug Porterfield, a network executive who oversees Undercover Woman.
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|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Undercover Police Woman"||Bill Persky||David Lloyd||September 12, 1977|
|2||"Mitzi's Cousin"||Doug Rogers||Bob Ellison||September 19, 1977|
|Mitzi convinces Joyce to let her recently-divorced cousin, Wilma (Janis Paige), to stay with them while she visits Los Angeles. But Wilma ends up falling for John, and soon wants to move to Los Angeles.|
|3||"Make Yourself at Home...Steal Something"||James Burrows||Earl Pomerantz||September 26, 1977|
|While Mitzi throws a surprise party for Joyce, her diamond necklace goes missing.|
|4||"Doug Gets Fired"||Noam Pitlik||David Lloyd||October 3, 1977|
|5||"We're Not Divorced: Part 1"||Harvey Medlinsky||David Lloyd||October 10, 1977|
|Joyce and John are shocked to find during a tax audit that their divorce was never finalized. Meanwhile, Joyce is upset when Tracy writes a script for the show that makes her look bad.|
|6||"We're Not Divorced: Part 2"||Harvey Medlinsky||David Lloyd||October 17, 1977|
|7||"Mitzi's Jealousy"||Doug Rogers||David Lloyd||October 24, 1977|
|8||"Good Night, Sweet Fletch"||Burt Brinckerhoff||Glen Charles & Les Charles||October 31, 1977|
|9||"John's Mother"||James Burrows||Dale McRaven||November 7, 1977|
|John's mother (Elizabeth Kerr) comes to visit her son. Since she does not know about John and Joyce's divorce, they have to pretend to be a happy couple for her.|
|10||"Joyce, The Matchmaker"||Jay Sandrich||David Lloyd||November 14, 1977|
|11||"Joyce's Wedding"||Burt Brinckerhoff||Bill Idelson||December 12, 1977|
|When Joyce begins dating a race car driver (Philip Carey), John suspects he is using her to break into show business.|
|12||"Fletcher's Decision"||Noam Pitlik||Sheldon Bull||December 19, 1977|
|Joyce and Mitzi have Fletcher and his wife Marian (Florence Halop) as houseguests, while their home is being repainted. However, the couple soon overstay their welcome.|
|13||"Play Misty for John"||James Burrows||Earl Pomerantz||January 2, 1978|
|14||"The Stunt Woman"||Noam Pitlik||David Lloyd||January 9, 1978|
|A rumor begins that Undercover Woman may be cancelled, though Joyce initially dismisses it. But when Doug discovers the rumor is correct, Joyce throws a party to convince the network heads to save the show. Meanwhile, Hugo is upset that John has hired a stunt woman for Tracy, and believes her hiring caused bad luck that got the show cancelled.|