The Snoop Sisters

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The Snoop Sisters
The Snoop Sisters Title Card.jpg
The Snoop Sisters title card
Created byAlan Shayne
StarringHelen Hayes
Mildred Natwick
Lou Antonio
Art Carney (Pilot)
Bert Convy
Lawrence Pressman (Pilot)
Charlie Callas
Opening themeJerry Fielding
Country of originUSA
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (+ 1 TV movie)
Executive producer(s)Leonard B. Stern
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time90 min.
Production company(s)Talent Associates-Norton Simon, Inc.
Universal Television
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseDecember 19, 1973 (1973-12-19) – March 19, 1974 (1974-03-19)
Related showsNBC Wednesday Mystery Movie

The Snoop Sisters is an American comedy-mystery television show that aired on NBC during the 1973–1974 season.

The series aired on a monthly rotation (referred to as a "wheel") as part of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie, trading timeslots with Banacek, Tenafly, and Faraday and Company. Of these series, only Banacek demonstrated any longevity.


The show stars Hollywood film actresses Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as two elderly sisters, Ernesta Snoop and Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson, who routinely stumbled across mysteries which they solved. Predating Murder She Wrote, both sisters were mystery novelists. They first appeared on ABC in a TV movie titled The Snoop Sisters (later retitled The Female Instinct), which aired December 16, 1972.

The series followed the 1971 ABC television movie Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate, which also starred Hayes and Natwick working together as amateur sleuths.

Guest stars during the series' brief run included: Joan Blondell, Art Carney, Jill Clayburgh, Alice Cooper, William Devane, Tammy Grimes, George Maharis, Roddy McDowall, Eve McVeagh, Geraldine Page, Walter Pidgeon, Vincent Price, Fritz Weaver and, in her final screen appearance, Paulette Goddard.


  • Helen Hayes as Ernesta Snoop
  • Mildred Natwick as Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson
  • Lou Antonio as Barney
  • Bert Convy as Lt. Steve Ostrowski

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
0"The Female Instinct"Leonard B. SternAlan Sharp,
Leonard B. Stern,
Hugh Wheeler
December 18, 1972 (1972-12-18)
Series pilot: A spinster and her widowed sister, who are both mystery writers, try to track down the killer of a former movie star.
1"Corpse and Robbers"Leonard HornDon Ingalls,
Leonard B. Stern
December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19)
Ernesta receives a telephone call from an old gentleman friend — surprising, since he's been dead for months.
2"Fear Is a Free-Throw"Boris SagalDorothy HeraldJanuary 29, 1974 (1974-01-29)
Gwendolyn is the prime suspect after a basketball star is poisoned by an antacid tablet she gave him.
3"The Devil Made Me Do It!"Leonard HornTony Barrett,
Robert Foster
March 5, 1974 (1974-03-05)
The Snoop sisters uncover a satanic cult when they endeavor to unravel the murder of an airline passenger.
4"A Black Day for Bluebeard"David FriedkinTony Barrett,
Jackson Gillis
March 19, 1974 (1974-03-19)
Vincent Price guests as a washed-up horror movie star suspected of murdering his wealthy wife.


Both Natwick and Hayes were nominated for an Emmy Award for their work on the program; Natwick won. Only four 90-minute episodes of the series were ever produced.

Although the series did not last, it made an attempt to cover timely material by featuring musician Alice Cooper, essentially as himself, but called "Prince", in an episode entitled "The Devil Made Me Do It", which aired March 5, 1974.[1]

DVD releases[edit]

Visual Entertainment released The Snoop Sisters- The Complete Series on DVD in Canada on March 15, 2011;[2] and in the US on June 7, 2011.[3] Madman Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Australia (Region 4) on March 16, 2011.[4]

DVD Name Release dates
Region 1 (US) Region 1 (CAN) Region 4
The Complete Series June 7, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 16, 2011


  1. ^ The Devil Made Me Do It "The Snoop Sisters"
  2. ^ "The Snoop Sisters DVD news: Announcement for The Snoop Sisters – The Complete Series". 2007-05-25. Archived from the original on 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  3. ^ "The Snoop Sisters DVD news: Release Date for The Snoop Sisters – The Complete Series in the USA". Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  4. ^ "Snoop Sisters, The – The Complete Series (3 Disc Set)". 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-09-21.

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