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
Producer(s) Jess Oppenheimer
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Filmways Television
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 situation comedy which aired on the NBC television network during the 1969-70 television season. The series was produced by Filmways.


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]

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.


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

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