The Farmer's Daughter (TV series)

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The Farmer's Daughter
Logo of The Farmer's Daughter's 3rd season
Genre Sitcom
Starring Inger Stevens
William Windom
Composer(s) Van Alexander
George Duning
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 101
Executive producer(s) Harry Ackerman
Producer(s) Bob Claver
Peter Kortner
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Associated Arts, N.V.
Screen Gems
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white (1963-65)
Pathécolor (1965-66)
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 20, 1963 (1963-09-20) – April 22, 1966 (1966-04-22)
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.

Inger Stevens (holding baby) and Beverly Garland, 1963.

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.[1]

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.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1964 Golden Globe Award Winner Best TV Star - Female Inger Stevens
TV Guide Award Winner Favorite Female Performer Inger Stevens[2]
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



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