Window on Main Street

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Window on Main Street
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Roswell Rogers
Written by Mathilda Ferro
Theodore Ferro
Henry Garson
Joel Malone
Roswell Rogers
Tommy Tomlinson
Andy White
Directed by Richard Dunlap
Starring Robert Young
Ford Rainey
Constance Moore
Tim Matheson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 34
Producer(s) Eugene B. Rodney
Robert Young
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Rodney-Young Productions
FKB Productions (pilot episode)
Temopic Enterprises
Distributor Viacom
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 2, 1961 (1961-10-02) – May 23, 1962 (1962-05-23)

Window on Main Street is an American half-hour comedy-drama television series starring Robert Young, which aired on CBS during the 1961-1962 season. Created by Roswell Rogers, Window on Main Street was produced by its star, Robert Young.


Young, whose Father Knows Best had ended production a year earlier, was cast as Cameron "Cam" Garrett Brooks, a widower-author, who returns to his hometown of fictional Millsberg, possibly in New England, but no state is ever given as the location of the series. Cam renews his friendship with Lloyd Ramsey, the editor of the local newspaper, portrayed in eleven episodes by Ford Rainey. The people of Millsberg become the subjects of Cam's stories.

Tim Matheson starred as 13-year-old Roddy Miller in an undetermined number of episodes. Constance Moore appeared ten times as Cam's blonde female friend Christina "Chris" Logan, who had remained behind years earlier, when she was known as "Tina", as he had left Millsberg for points undisclosed.

The series aired a sentimental holiday episode "Christmas Memory" on December 18, 1961, in which Cam recalls a foolish dispute with his late wife over the gift of a butter churn. Film star Coleen Gray guest starred as Miss Wycliffe in the series finale, "A Job for the Summer", which aired on May 23, 1962.

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Production notes[edit]

The series premiered on Monday, October 2, 1961, following the second and final season of the sitcom, Pete and Gladys, and preceding The Danny Thomas Show. The program filled the time slot vacated the previous season by the unsuccessful sitcom, Bringing Up Buddy, starring Frank Aletter. Window on Main Street was paired opposite The Price Is Right starring Bill Cullen on NBC and Chuck Connors in The Rifleman on ABC.[1]

Father Knows Best was still on the CBS schedule on Wednesdays in prime time repeats during the 1961-1962 season; so Young was featured in two network comedies the same season.

Along with his Father Knows Best producer Eugene B. Rodney, Young worked in the writing and production of some of the episodes of Window on Main Street.

DVD releases[edit]

Every DVD boxed sets of Young's previous series Father Knows Best contains one episode of Window on Main Street. Also, one episode was included in Shouts! Merry Sitcom Christmas Classics from TV's Golden Age. A complete episode of Window On Main Street is also found on YouTube titled "The Teacher" and is complete with commercials.

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Return" (pilot) October 2, 1961
1-2 "The Teacher" October 9, 1961
1-3 "A Doctor Comes To Town" October 16, 1961
1-4 "The Woman Behind Chapter Four" October 23, 1961
1-5 "College" October 30, 1961
1-6 "The Haunted House" November 6, 1961
1-7 "The Editor's Daughter" November 13, 1961
1-8 "The Big Spender" November 20, 1961
1-9 "A Day in the Life of the Editor" November 27, 1961
1-10 "$1.19 Thief" December 4, 1961
1-11 "The Double Life Of Julia Cosgrove" December 11, 1961
1-12 "Christmas Memory" December 18, 1961
1-13 "The Charity Drive" December 25, 1961
1-14 "Arny's Revolt" January 1, 1962
1-15 "The Mixing Bowl" January 8, 1962
1-16 "Persevering Villain"" January 15, 1962
1-17 "Girl-Rose Colored Eyes" January 22, 1962
1-18 "Front Page Hero" January 29, 1962
1-19 "A Case For Justice" February 5, 1962
1-20 "The Boy Who Laughed Too Much" February 14, 1962
1-21 "Time Runs Back" February 21, 1962
1-22 "The Rainmaker" February 28, 1962
1-23 "The Rumor on the Campus" March 7, 1962
1-24 "The Exclusive Story" March 14, 1962
1-25 "Ours Is A Nice House" March 21, 1962
1-26 "The Big Chance" March 28, 1962
1-27 "It's Blessed To Receive" April 4, 1962
1-28 "The Fast Shuffle" April 11, 1962
1-29 "To You, From Me" April 18, 1962
1-30 "A Classroom Romance" April 25, 1962
1-31 "A Voice in the Tree" May 2, 1962
1-32 "The Free Soul" May 9, 1962
1-33 "The Magic Lamp" May 16, 1962
1-34 "A Job for the Summer" May 23, 1962


  1. ^ 1961-1962 United States network television schedule

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