The Couple Takes a Wife

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The Couple Takes a Wife
Written bySusan Silver
Directed byJerry Paris
StarringBill Bixby
Paula Prentiss
Myrna Loy
Music byDick DeBenedictis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerGeorge Eckstein
Production locationsUniversal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California
CinematographyF. Bud Mautino
EditorsBill Brame
Aaron Stell
Running time73 minutes
Production companyUniversal Television
Original networkABC
Original release
  • December 5, 1972 (1972-12-05)

The Couple Takes a Wife is a 1972 American TV film. It was directed by Jerry Paris.[1]


A married couple who both work get in a woman, Jennifer, to work as a housekeeper.



The show aired in December 1972. It was the 17th highest rated program of the week with ratings of 24.2 and a share of 37.[2]

The New York Times thought it had some "genuine charm" but was "done in by the last half hour."[3] The Los Angeles Times called it "slick, sophisticated."[4]


  1. ^ Wanted: A Reliable Rabbit for Paula Haber, Joyce. Los Angeles Times 10 Oct 1972: d11
  2. ^ HOLIDAY SPECIALS AT TOP OF NEW NIELSENS Los Angeles Times 22 Dec 1972: d24.
  3. ^ TV: Young Marrieds: 'Couple Takes a Wife,' Movie on A.B.C., Has Charm Here and There Thompson, Howard. New York Times 5 Dec 1972: 95.
  4. ^ TV REVIEW: Menage a Trois vs. Traditional Marriage Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 5 Dec 1972: c19.

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