The Farmer's Daughter (TV series)

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The Farmer's Daughter
The Farmer's Daughter (TV series).jpg
Opening title card of The Farmer's Daughter's 3rd season
Genre Sitcom
Starring Inger Stevens
William Windom
Theme music composer Barry Mann
Cynthia Weil
Composer(s) Van Alexander
George Duning
Jerry Fielding
Charles Aubertine
Dave Grusin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 101
Production
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
Distributor Sony Pictures Television (syndication)
Release
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)
Chronology
Preceded by The Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer's Daughter is a filmed American situation comedy series, loosely based on the identically titled 1947 film, 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.

Overview[edit]

The series starred Inger Stevens as Katy Holstrum, a young Swedish woman who becomes housekeeper for a widowed U.S. Congressman, Glen Morley (played by William Windom). In the series Glen has two sons, aged 14 and 8 at the time of the premiere. Steve, the older of the two boys, was played by Mickey Sholdar, while Danny was played by Rory O'Brien. The Congressman's mother, Agatha Morley, was played by Cathleen Nesbitt.

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. The series never broke into the top 30, but during its first two years it earned respectable ratings and proved to be moderately successful. The last episode of the second season featured the two leads becoming 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 married in a wedding ceremony 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]

After the wedding episode the show's ratings fell, and 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.

Cast[edit]

The Farmer's Daughter wedding
Cathleen Nesbitt in The Farmer's Daughter

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1963–64)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Speechmaker: Part 1"Ralph NelsonJohn McGreeveySeptember 20, 1963 (1963-09-20)
22"The Speechmaker: Part 2"Don TaylorSteven GethersSeptember 27, 1963 (1963-09-27)
33"Where's Katy?"Don TaylorCharles WoolfOctober 4, 1963 (1963-10-04)
44"An Enterprising Young Man"William D. RussellSteven GethersOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11)
55"An Affair of State"Don TaylorJerry Davis & Lee LoebOctober 18, 1963 (1963-10-18)
66"The Washington Spotlight"William D. RussellBud GrossmanOctober 25, 1963 (1963-10-25)
77"The Stand-In"Gene NelsonSteven GethersNovember 1, 1963 (1963-11-01)
88"Comes the Revolution"Mel FerrerJohn McGreeveyNovember 8, 1963 (1963-11-08)
99"Miss Cheese"William D. RussellJerry DavisNovember 15, 1963 (1963-11-15)
1010"The Editorial Wheel"Paul NickellJerry DavisNovember 29, 1963 (1963-11-29)
1111"I Am the Most Beautiful"Mel FerrerSteven GethersDecember 4, 1963 (1963-12-04)
1212"One Rainy Night"Paul NickellJerry DavisDecember 11, 1963 (1963-12-11)
1313"The Simple Life"William D. RussellSteven GethersDecember 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)
1414"The Gypsy Love Song"Mel FerrerSteven GethersDecember 25, 1963 (1963-12-25)
1515"Mrs. Golden's Opportunity"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)
1616"Nobody's Perfect"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1964 (1964-01-08)
1717"Mr. Smith and the Birds"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1964 (1964-01-15)

Season 2 (1964–65)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
371"The Waiting Game"Don TaylorSteven GethersSeptember 18, 1964 (1964-09-18)
382"The Mink Machine"Don TaylorStan CutlerSeptember 25, 1964 (1964-09-25)
393"Real Live Congressman"William D. RussellWilliam CowleyOctober 2, 1964 (1964-10-02)
404"Past Perfect"Don TaylorSteven GethersOctober 9, 1964 (1964-10-09)
415"Scandal in Washington"William D. RussellJerry Seelen & Jack RaymondOctober 16, 1964 (1964-10-16)
426"Love on the Picket Line"William D. RussellRichard PowellOctober 23, 1964 (1964-10-23)
437"The Name of the Game"William D. RussellRichard PowellOctober 30, 1964 (1964-10-30)
448"Help Not Wanted"Don TaylorMae Day & Peggy Chandler DickNovember 6, 1964 (1964-11-06)
459"Big Sultan, Little Sultan"William D. RussellPeggy Chandler DickNovember 13, 1964 (1964-11-13)
4610"Katy's 76th Birthday"Don TaylorJerry DavisNovember 20, 1964 (1964-11-20)
4711"The Neutral"Don TaylorStan CutlerNovember 27, 1964 (1964-11-27)
4812"Speak for Yourself, John Katy"William D. RussellPeggy Chandler DickDecember 4, 1964 (1964-12-04)
4913"Matter of Honor"Fred de CordovaStan Cutler & Martin DonovanDecember 11, 1964 (1964-12-11)
5014"The Helping Hand"Leonard HornStan CutlerDecember 18, 1964 (1964-12-18)
5115"Like Father, Like Son"Bob ClaverPeggy Chandler DickDecember 25, 1964 (1964-12-25)
5216"Another Country Heard From"Gene NelsonStan Cutler & Martin DonovanJanuary 1, 1965 (1965-01-01)
5317"Follow the Leader"Gene NelsonStan Cutler & Martin DonovanJanuary 8, 1965 (1965-01-08)
5418"The Oscar Hummingbird Story"Gene NelsonStan Cutler & Martin DonovanJanuary 15, 1965 (1965-01-15)
5519"The Nesting Instinct"Gene NelsonPeggy Chandler DickJanuary 22, 1965 (1965-01-22)
5620"A Plague on Both Their Houses"Alan RafkinStan Cutler & Martin DonovanJanuary 29, 1965 (1965-01-29)
5721"Katy by Moonlight"Gene NelsonPhil Leslie & Keith FowlerFebruary 5, 1965 (1965-02-05)
5822"Exit Katy"William ColleranPeggy Chandler DickFebruary 12, 1965 (1965-02-12)
5923"Rich Man, Poor Man"Gene NelsonStan Cutler & Martin DonovanFebruary 19, 1965 (1965-02-19)
6024"Crime of Passion"Fred de CordovaStan Cutler & Martin DonovanMarch 5, 1965 (1965-03-05)
6125"Why Don't They Ever Pick Me?"Bob ClaverStan Cutler & Martin DonovanMarch 12, 1965 (1965-03-12)
6226"Katy's New Job"Herb WallersteinPeggy Chandler DickMarch 19, 1965 (1965-03-19)
6327"Katy's Campaign"Bob ClaverStan Cutler & Martin DonovanMarch 19, 1965 (1965-03-19)
6428"The Woman Behind the Man"Fred de CordovaJoanna Lee & Howard MerrillApril 2, 1965 (1965-04-02)
6529"Katy the Diplomat"Edmond LevyJames Allardice & Tom AdairApril 16, 1965 (1965-04-16)
6630"Katy's Castle"William D. RussellWarner LawApril 23, 1965 (1965-04-23)
6731"Never Listen to Rumors"William D. RussellPhil LeslieApril 30, 1965 (1965-04-30)
6832"Ja, Ja, a Thousand Times, Ja"William D. RussellStan Cutler & Martin DonovanMay 7, 1965 (1965-05-07)
6933"Nej, Nej, a Thousand Times, Nej"William D. RussellPeggy Chandler DickMay 14, 1965 (1965-05-14)
7034"The Hottest Ticket in Town"William D. RussellStan Cutler & Martin DonovanMay 21, 1965 (1965-05-21)
7135"Why Wait 'Till November?"Bob ClaverStan Cutler & Martin DonovanMay 28, 1965 (1965-05-28)

Season 3 (1965–66)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
721"Here Comes the Bride's Father"TBATBASeptember 13, 1965 (1965-09-13)
732"Babe in the Woods"TBATBASeptember 20, 1965 (1965-09-20)
743"Stag at Bay"TBATBASeptember 27, 1965 (1965-09-27)
754"Sleeping Beauty Revisited"TBATBAOctober 11, 1965 (1965-10-11)
765"Forever Is a Cast Iron Mess"TBATBAOctober 18, 1965 (1965-10-18)
776"Powder Puff Invasion"TBATBAOctober 25, 1965 (1965-10-25)
787"To Have and to Hold"TBATBANovember 5, 1965 (1965-11-05)
798"Crisis at Crystal Springs"TBATBANovember 12, 1965 (1965-11-12)
809"A Sonny Honeymoon"TBATBANovember 19, 1965 (1965-11-19)
8110"High Fashion"TBATBANovember 26, 1965 (1965-11-26)
8211"The Platinum Swizzle Stick"TBATBADecember 3, 1965 (1965-12-03)
8312"Steve, Boy Lovelorn"TBATBADecember 10, 1965 (1965-12-10)
8413"Jewel Beyond Compare"TBATBADecember 17, 1965 (1965-12-17)
8514"Glen-a-Gogh-Goh"TBATBADecember 24, 1965 (1965-12-24)
8615"Simple Joys of Nature"TBATBADecember 31, 1965 (1965-12-31)
8716"Moe Hill and the Mountains"TBATBAJanuary 7, 1966 (1966-01-07)
8817"Oh, Boy, Is the Honeymoon Over?"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1966 (1966-01-14)
8918"The Fall and Rise of Steven Morley"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1966 (1966-01-21)
9019"Have You Ever Thought of Building?"TBATBAJanuary 28, 1966 (1966-01-28)

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
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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

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sL00AAAAIBAJ&sjid=jIcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3515,163122&dq=the-farmer's-daughter&hl=en
  2. ^ "TV Guide Award to Stevens". European Stars and Stripes (United Press International). May 5, 1964.

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