The Tammy Grimes Show

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The Tammy Grimes Show
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Genre Situation comedy
Created by George Axelrod
Directed by Don Taylor
Starring Tammy Grimes
Hiram Sherman
Dick Sargent
Maudie Prickett
Theme music composer John Williams
Composer(s) John Williams
Warren Barker
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s) William Dozier
Producer(s) Richard Whorf
Alex Gottlieb
Cinematography Ralph Woolsey
Running time 22–26 minutes
Production company(s) Greenway Productions
Tamworth Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television (current)
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Mono
Original release September 8 (1966-09-08) – September 29, 1966 (1966-09-29)

The Tammy Grimes Show is an American sitcom starring Broadway actress Tammy Grimes that aired during the 1966–67 season on the ABC network. The Tammy Grimes Show was one of the few prime time series of the era canceled after only four episodes.


Grimes portrayed the role of Tammy Ward, a spendthrift heiress under the financial thumb of her uncle Simon (Hiram Sherman). The series also stars Dick Sargent (billed as Richard) as Tammy's uptight twin brother Terrance with whom she works at their Uncle Simon's bank. Maudie Prickett appeared as Tammy's nosy housekeeper.[1]


Upon its September 8, 1966 premiere, the series received generally negative reviews and failed to find an audience. In an unusual move for a major television network at the time, ABC opted to cancel the series after just four episodes.[2][3][4] The Tammy Grimes Show is one of the few prime time series of the era that was canceled after one month as major networks, at the time, generally allowed a series to run a full thirteen weeks.[4]

In a 1967 interview, executive producer William Dozier called the series an "organized disaster". He added, "It was the wrong idea for the wrong person at the wrong time. Movies were not for Mary Martin; television was not for Tammy Grimes."[5]

Production notes[edit]

The Tammy Grimes Show was created by George Axelrod and executive produced by William Dozier. The series was produced by Richard Whorf and Alex Gottlieb and filmed at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, Los Angeles.[6]

The theme was written by composer John Williams (credited as "Johnny Williams"), with Lionel Newman. Williams also wrote the incidental music, except for the first episode which was scored by Warren Barker.[7]


Episode list[edit]

ABC aired four episodes of the series. The original pilot episode, written by Axelrod (in which Tammy posed as a "Texas millionaire" in order to apply for the bank's credit card, sparking a spending spree), was never shown; scenes from it were presented during ABC's "fall preview" presentation at their annual affiliate meeting in the summer of 1966. A fifth episode entitled "The Great Charge Account War" was scheduled to air on October 6, 1966 but ABC pulled the episode from its lineup after it canceled the series in late September 1966. Scripts for nine additional episodes were written but were never produced.[8]

Episode # Episode title Writer Original airdate[8] Synopsis Guest actors
1 "Officer's Mess" Ralph Goodman September 8, 1966 Tammy gets stuck on a naval ship. Henry Jones, Philip Ober
2 "How To Steal A Girl, Even If It's Only Me" Roland Wolpert September 15, 1966 Tammy supposedly gets kidnapped. Jesse White, Paul Mantee, Monroe Arnold, Richard Bakalyan, Damian O'Flynn
3 "Tammy Takes Las Vegas, Or Vice Versa" September 22, 1966 Tammy tries to win a bundle at the casinos. Max Mellinger
4 "Positively Made In Paris" September 29, 1966 In order to keep her from spending money on clothes, Tammy is exiled to a rural hamlet. Philip Coolidge, Maurice Marsac, Harry Harvey Sr., Cherie Fister, Bryan O'Brynne
5 "George Washington Didn't Sleep Here" Jack Raymond, Sid Morse Never aired To help publicize a friend's hotel, Tammy spreads a rumor claiming the "Marchinoness of Mull" is to be an honored guest.
6 "The Great Charge Account War" Bill O'Hallaren Never produced
7 "The Ski's The Limit" Charles Marion, Irving Cummings Never produced
8 "Give Her Back To The Indians" George F. Slavin, Stanley Adams Never produced
9 "How I Saved The Opera, Or Did I?" Harry Winkler, Hannibal Coons Never produced
10 "Send A Rich Girl To Camp This Summer" Gene Thompson Never produced
11 "Tammy Plays Cupid" Stan Dreben, Howard Merrill Never produced
12 "Diamonds Are A Bird's Best Friend" John Barbour, Whitey Mitchell Never produced
13 "Tamantha Nightingale Rides Again" Al Gordon, Hal Goldman Never produced
14 "A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To The Studio" Bob Reitman, Don Garey Never produced


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (9th ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1172. ISBN 978-0345497734. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "A.B.C.-TV Ax Falls On 'Tammy Grimes'". New York Times. September 28, 1966. 
  3. ^ John Wilson. "The Tammy Grimes Show". TV Party. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lowry, Cynthia (September 29, 1966). "Tammy Grimes Show Being Dumped". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 16. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Leonard, Vince (January 11, 1967). "Life's Rosier For Bill Dozier". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 82. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948–1979: A Complete Guide. McFarland. p. 180. ISBN 978-0786468126. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Warren Barker on Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ a b Rina Fox; et al. "The Tammy Grimes Show". Classic TV Archive. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 

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