The Debbie Reynolds Show

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The Debbie Reynolds Show
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by Ezra Stone
Starring Debbie Reynolds
Don Chastain
Tom Bosley
Patricia Smith
Opening theme "With a Little Love (Just a Little Love)"
Composer(s) Jack Marshall
Tony Romeo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Jess Oppenheimer
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Filmways Television
Release
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 16, 1969 (1969-09-16) – April 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)

The Debbie Reynolds Show is an American sitcom which aired on the NBC television network during the 1969–70 television season. The series was produced by Filmways.

Synopsis[edit]

Debbie Reynolds portrayed Debbie Thompson, a housewife married to Jim, a successful sportswriter for the Los Angeles Sun. Jim was portrayed by actor Don Chastain, his boss by longtime television actor Tom Bosley. Reynolds' attempts to amuse herself were regarded as being reminiscent of those of Lucille Ball on Here's Lucy.

Creator/producer Jess Oppenheimer was the original producer and co-creator of I Love Lucy. The show also employed Bob Carroll Jr., and Madelyn Davis, two longtime Lucy writers.

The series only lasted one season because NBC was selling ad-time to cigarette commercials against Reynolds' wishes. Because Reynolds signed a two-year contract with NBC and owned half of the program, she was unable to be fired so she walked away from the show instead.[1]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"That's Debbie"TBATBASeptember 16, 1969 (1969-09-16)
2"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Debbie"TBATBASeptember 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
3"In the Soup"TBATBASeptember 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
4"Married Men Can Always Get"TBATBAOctober 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
5"A Present for Jim"TBATBAOctober 14, 1969 (1969-10-14)
6"The Bodyguard"TBATBAOctober 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
7"The Paper Butterfly"TBATBAOctober 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
8"To and From Russia with Love: Part 1"TBATBANovember 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
9"To and From Russia with Love: Part 2"TBATBANovember 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
10"You Bet Your Wife"TBATBANovember 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
11"The Swinging Singles"TBATBADecember 2, 1969 (1969-12-02)
12"Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Friend"TBATBADecember 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
13"Casanova's Kitten"TBATBADecember 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
14"Guru-vy"TBATBADecember 23, 1969 (1969-12-23)
15"You Shouldn't Be in Pictures"TBATBADecember 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
16"The Games (Married) People Play"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
17"Hurry for Our Side"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
18"Advice and Dissent"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1970 (1970-01-20)
19"Nothing but the Truth"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
20"Mission Improbable"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1970 (1970-02-10)
21"How to Succeed in the Stock Market Without Really Trying"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1970 (1970-02-24)
22"Those Dangerous Years"TBATBAMarch 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
23"Debbie Gets Jim Fired"TBATBAMarch 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
24"Debbie's Return"TBATBAMarch 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
25"The Producer"TBATBAMarch 24, 1970 (1970-03-24)
26"Where There's a Will, There's No Way"TBATBAApril 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)

In popular culture[edit]

Monty Python's Flying Circus spoofed the series in a sketch primarily written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman entitled "The Attila the Hun Show". It pokes fun at The Debbie Reynolds Show (the opening title sequence in particular), as well as American comedy in general.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (p. 34). McFarland & Co.

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