The Farmer's Daughter (TV series)
|The Farmer's Daughter|
Inger Stevens (holding baby) and Beverly Garland, 1963.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||101|
|Executive producer(s)||Harry Ackerman|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Associated Arts, N.V.
|Picture format||Black-and-white (1963-65)
|Original release||September 20, 1963– April 22, 1966|
|Preceded by||The Farmer's Daughter|
The Farmer's Daughter is a filmed American situation comedy series that was produced by Screen Gems Television and aired on ABC from September 20, 1963 to April 22, 1966. It was sponsored by Lark Cigarettes and Clairol, for whom the two leading stars often appeared at show's end promoting the products. (The commercials were also filmed.) It also enjoyed a brief run in syndication when it aired on CBN Cable in the 1980s.
The series, which was based on the 1947 RKO motion picture of the same name, stars Inger Stevens as Katy Holstrum, a young Swedish woman who becomes the housekeeper for widowed U.S. Congressman Glen Morley, played by William Windom. Glen also had two sons, Steve (age 14 at the time of its premiere), played by Mickey Sholdar, and Danny (age 8 at the time of its premiere), played by Rory O'Brien. Cathleen Nesbitt played the Congressman's mother, Agatha Morley.
In its first season, The Farmer's Daughter competed against Twilight Zone on CBS and the short-lived Larry Blyden series, Harry's Girls, on NBC. During its first two years, although the series never cracked the top 30, it received respectable ratings and proved to be moderately successful. In the last episode of the second season, Katy and Glen were engaged.
The third season brought some changes to the format as the series began filming episodes in color. On Monday, November 1, 1965, Katy Holstrum and Glen Morley were finally married in a wedding ceremony which was attended by 300 invited guests. When the couple went on its honeymoon, the network censors objected to the original script that had Glen bringing his new bride to a hotel room with twin beds, then saying, "But I asked for a double bed!" Forbidding use of the word "bed," the censors allowed it to be replaced with "accommodations," along with a glance at the bed.
However, after the wedding episode, the ratings had slipped. ABC canceled The Farmer's Daughter. In the final episode, Katy adopted Glen's sons, thereby providing the series closure as well as a "happy ending."
Unlike the 1947 film, Katy never ran for (nor was elected to) Congress in the series.
- Inger Stevens as Katrin "Katy" Holstrum
- William Windom as Glen Morley
- Mickey Sholdar as Steve Morley
- Rory O'Brien as Danny Morley
- Cathleen Nesbitt as Agatha Morley
- Philip Coolidge as Cooper, the butler (1963–1964)
Awards and nominations
|1964||Golden Globe Award||Winner||Best TV Star - Female||Inger Stevens|
|TV Guide Award||Winner||Favorite Female Performer||Inger Stevens|
|Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy or Variety||Jerry Davis, Steve Gethers, Lee Loeb, and John McGreevey|
|Nominated||Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Comedy||
|Nominated||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy||Paul Nickell, William D. Russell, and Don Taylor|
|Nominated||Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)||Inger Stevens|
- "TV Guide Award to Stevens". European Stars and Stripes (United Press International). May 5, 1964.
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