The Growing Paynes
|The Growing Paynes|
|Created by||Pat Fay|
|Starring||John Harvey (1948-1949)
Judy Parrish (1948-1949)
Edward Holmes (1949)
Elaine Stritch (1949)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||October 20, 1948– August 3, 1949|
One of the first sitcoms to air in the United States, the 30-minute series was broadcast live. Advertisements for the show's sponsor, Wanamaker's Department Store, were worked into the early stories.
Harvey and Parrish, who were husband and wife in real life, left the show in 1949 and were replaced by Edward Holmes and Elaine Stritch as Mr. and Mrs. Payne. This series marked Stritch's television debut.
The setting is the Payne family's apartment. Comedic situations deal with the trials of an insurance salesman, George Payne (played by Harvey), his screwball wife, Laraine Payne (played by Parrish), and their young son, John Payne (played by Anderson). Often it is their maid, Birdie (played by Sullivan), who saves the day.
- John Harvey as George Payne (1948-1949)
- Judy Parrish as Laraine Payne (1948-1949)
- David Anderson as John Payne
- Ann Sullivan as Birdie
- Lester Lonergan, Jr.
- Warren Parker
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