The Debbie Reynolds Show

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The Debbie Reynolds Show
GenreSitcom
Created byJess Oppenheimer
Directed byEzra Stone
StarringDebbie Reynolds
Don Chastain
Tom Bosley
Patricia Smith
Opening theme"With a Little Love (Just a Little Love)"
ComposersJack Marshall
Tony Romeo
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
ProducerJess Oppenheimer
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companyFilmways Television
DistributorMGM Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 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 and brother-in-law was played 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.

NBC was selling advertising time for cigarette commercials against Reynolds' wishes (even though she was assured no cigarette ads would be seen during the program). After Reynolds threatened to quit the show, American Brands (formerly known as American Tobacco) withdrew sponsorship. To make up for NBC's lost ad revenue, Reynolds agreed to give back to the network their guarantee of a second year of airing the program, as well as an NBC-backed film in which she would have starred, and her ownership in a subsequent NBC-produced series.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"That's Debbie"Ezra StoneJess OppenheimerSeptember 16, 1969 (1969-09-16)
2"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Debbie"Ezra StoneGene Thompson and Stanley Ralph RossSeptember 23, 1969 (1969-09-23)
3"In the Soup"Ezra StoneUnknownSeptember 30, 1969 (1969-09-30)
4"Married Men Can Always Get"UnknownUnknownOctober 7, 1969 (1969-10-07)
5"A Present for Jim"Ezra StoneUnknownOctober 14, 1969 (1969-10-14)
6"The Bodyguard"UnknownUnknownOctober 21, 1969 (1969-10-21)
7"The Paper Butterfly"UnknownUnknownOctober 28, 1969 (1969-10-28)
8"To and From Russia with Love: Part 1"UnknownJoseph Bonaduce & Ann MarcusNovember 4, 1969 (1969-11-04)
9"To and From Russia with Love: Part 2"UnknownJoseph Bonaduce & Ann MarcusNovember 11, 1969 (1969-11-11)
10"You Bet Your Wife"Ezra StoneJoseph Bonaduce & Ann MarcusNovember 25, 1969 (1969-11-25)
11"The Swinging Singles"UnknownUnknownDecember 2, 1969 (1969-12-02)
12"Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Friend"UnknownUnknownDecember 9, 1969 (1969-12-09)
13"Casanova's Kitten"UnknownUnknownDecember 16, 1969 (1969-12-16)
14"Guru-vy"Ezra StoneJoseph Bonaduce & Ann MarcusDecember 23, 1969 (1969-12-23)
15"You Shouldn't Be in Pictures"UnknownJoseph Bonaduce & Ann MarcusDecember 30, 1969 (1969-12-30)
16"The Games (Married) People Play"UnknownUnknownJanuary 6, 1970 (1970-01-06)
17"Hurry for Our Side"UnknownUnknownJanuary 13, 1970 (1970-01-13)
18"Advice and Dissent"UnknownUnknownJanuary 20, 1970 (1970-01-20)
19"Nothing but the Truth"UnknownUnknownFebruary 3, 1970 (1970-02-03)
20"Mission Improbable"UnknownUnknownFebruary 10, 1970 (1970-02-10)
21"How to Succeed in the Stock Market Without Really Trying"UnknownUnknownFebruary 24, 1970 (1970-02-24)
22"Those Dangerous Years"UnknownUnknownMarch 3, 1970 (1970-03-03)
23"Debbie Gets Jim Fired"UnknownUnknownMarch 10, 1970 (1970-03-10)
24"Debbie's Return"UnknownUnknownMarch 17, 1970 (1970-03-17)
25"The Producer"UnknownUnknownMarch 24, 1970 (1970-03-24)
26"Where There's a Will, There's No Way"UnknownUnknownApril 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, which the Pythons closely caricatured), as well as American comedy in general.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV Guide, January 31, 1970, "Debbie Said Yes", (p.18).
  2. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (p. 34). McFarland & Co.

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