The Good Life (1971 TV series)

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The Good Life
Genre Sitcom
Created by Lawrence J. Cohen
Fred Freeman
Directed by Claudio Guzmán
Starring Larry Hagman
Donna Mills
David Wayne
Hermione Baddeley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15
Executive producer(s) Lee Rich
Producer(s) Claudio Guzmán
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Humble Productions
Lorimar Productions
Screen Gems
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel NBC
Original release September 18, 1971 (1971-09-18) – January 8, 1972 (1972-01-08)

The Good Life is an American situation comedy which was aired on NBC as part of its 1971-72 lineup. The series stars Larry Hagman and Donna Mills, and was produced by Lorimar, in association with Screen Gems.


The Good Life is the story of a middle class American couple, the Millers (Hagman and Mills), who had tired of their mundane existence. However, instead of following the time-honored premise of "hitting the road" to seek adventure or engaging in a stereotypical period activity such as joining a communal farm, they decided to seek new employment as the live-in butler and cook of millionaire industrialist, Charles Dutton. He noticed that they were not particularly talented at their jobs but found them to be agreeable enough. Their limited skills most definitely were not enough for his stuffy sister Grace, however, and she constantly worked to get them fired. Dutton's teenaged son Nick was the only one aware of what the Millers were doing in their new roles but found great fun in their situation and he began helping them to become accustomed to the social etiquette of high society and the wealthy in an effort to improve their skills in their roles.

The theme song was the 1962 pop song The Good Life, written by Sacha Distel & Jack Reardon, and sung under the titles by Tony Orlando.

This program did not garner much of an audience and it was cancelled at midseason. It was replaced by the action drama, Emergency!.

A decade later, Hagman and Mills were reunited onscreen when he guest starred on Knots Landing, on which Mills had become a series regular in 1980. Being a spin-off from Dallas, Knots Landing featured Hagman in the role of J. R. Ewing, who was often in cahoots with Mills' character Abby Cunningham. Both series were also Lorimar productions. David Wayne would also reunite with Hagman on Dallas where he originated role of Willard "Digger" Barnes.

The British television series released as Good Neighbors in American syndication was originally titled The Good Life in the United Kingdom, but changed its name for American audiences to avoid confusion with this earlier series.



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