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After "I Love Lucy" left the air, the show's creator, Jess Oppenhiemer, created a new sitcom about a young French woman who marries an American man.  Much like "I Love Lucy", language problems and culture changes were often the source of humor.  The show did not do well and lasted only one season.  Does anyone remember it?  What was the name of the show and who were the two stars?  Hint:  The male star would go on to star in a TV series set in a jungle.

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Angel starred French actress Annie Fargé who was married to the American actor Marshall Thompson.

 

I never would have guessed that Oppenheimer created it because the premise and writing was weak, despite the Holly Golightly presence of Annie Fargé.

 

I think Angel barely lasted one season on CBS.

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A couple of guesses here.  "The Jean Arthur Show" starred the former movie star as an attorney in a partnership with her son.  However, that was mid-sixties (1966) and only lasted half a season.

 

 Another guess is "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" from 1962 and based on the old James Stewart movie.  The show starred Fess Parker, who was in between assignments playing Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

 

If these guesses are incorrect, then I think we need another clue or two.

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A couple of guesses here. "The Jean Arthur Show" starred the former movie star as an attorney in a partnership with her son. However, that was mid-sixties (1966) and only lasted half a season.

 

Another guess is "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" from 1962 and based on the old James Stewart movie. The show starred Fess Parker, who was in between assignments playing Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

 

If these guesses are incorrect, then I think we need another clue or two.

Hint: The theme song of the sitcom was closely associated with the actor's ethnicity, for which he was famous for, and with an iconic movie star who was a colleague and a close friend of the actor's.

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Hint: The theme song of the sitcom was closely associated with the actor's ethnicity, for which he was famous for, and with an iconic movie star who was a colleague and a close friend of the actor's.

 

without this clue, I would've never thought of Harrigan and Son..with Pat O'Brien...?

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without this clue, I would've never thought of Harrigan and Son..with Pat O'Brien...?

 

That's an excellent answer. I watched it every week and I loved singing that song from Yankee Doodle Dandy.

 

I bet you can guess that my next clue would have been Miss Torso. LOL

 

Shutoo, it's your turn to amaze us--

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sitcom characters: some actors showed up in a lot of sitcoms over the years; below are 12 examples..the clues are the 'jobs' they had in a sitcom (could be recurring..could be memorable one shot)..they are listed in order (oldest first) and the programs range from the early 50s to the present. Name as many as you like, and for genius points, the three tv shows that are referenced. (hint--they are not the stars in any of the examples)

1. nightclub manager...school principal...banker
2. east coast housekeeper...west coast housekeeper...mother with a very clean home(EDIT..one of these roles was not a sitcom, but the actress did add comical touch..sorry for my oversight)
3. talent agent...deli owner...carpenter
4. talent agent...hotel manager...college professor
5. bird watcher...secretary...retired store detective
6. talk show host...speech writer...photographer
7. newstand owner...meddling mother...grade school teacher
8. radio station manager...ran an actor's workshop...landlord
9. an admiral...retired surgeon...doctor (general practice)
10. school principal...private school headmistress...etiquette instructor
11. Haverville housewife...worked in a grocery store...worked in a grocery store
12. a foreign agent...magazine writer...apothecary

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1) Lucille Ball's straight man: Gale Gordon

I Love Lucy, Our Miss Brooks, The Lucy Show, (Life with Lucy)

 

3) Sid Melton

Make Room for Daddy and Green Acres

 

5) Nancy Kulp

Love That Bob and The Beverly Hillbillies

 

10) Eleanor Audley

The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, ( My Three Sons)

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1. right Princess! Gordon was Ricky's boss, Mr Littlefield; was principal Osgood Conklin on radio, tv and film version of Our Miss Brooks; ​and went back to Lucy as Mr. Mooney

 

3. Sid Melton is correct--he was Danny Thomas's agent; the deli owner Bert with a crush on Sally on ​The Dick Van Dyke Show; he was half of the Monroe Brothers construction company (Alf) on ​Green Acres

 

​4. MilesArcher nailed it--Porter was Ann Sothern's boss twice---first as NY agent Peter Sands, then as manager of the Bartley House hotel, James Devery; an English prof at UCLA who spent most of his time worrying about his daughter, Gidget. The original author of the book that triggered the film/series was Frederick Kohner, who was actually a professor at Pepperdine.

 

5. right..Nancy Kulp hunted birds and Bob Cummings; she was, of course, the efficient Jane Hathaway; she returned to sitcom land for five appearances as May Hopkins--mother of a policeman in the area and a former store detective on ​Sanford and Son.

 

​10. She's a great character, but not the one (I don't think Mrs. Billings (​Dick Van Dyke Show) was a principal..think she was president of the PTA...) but you're very close...

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So...numbers 2, and 6 through 10 are still open!

 

(Note..number 2 has edit..just caught my mistake)

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For number 10, I wanted to say Doris Packer, who was Mrs. Chatsworth Osborne on Dobie Gillis, AKA " Mumsy ", but I didn't think that she fit all of the criteria.

 

Although, I believe she was Beaver's principal.

 

I screwed nimber ten up...(Beaver principal, etiquette guide in Andy Griffith okay; 2nd clue wrong..list I wrote and pasted from got jumbled)

 

Well, this isn't going well, is it?  If no guesses, I'll add some more to the lists..bigger roles, whatever...

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I screwed nimber ten up...(Beaver principal, etiquette guide in Andy Griffith okay; 2nd clue wrong..list I wrote and pasted from got jumbled)

 

Well, this isn't going well, is it? If no guesses, I'll add some more to the lists..bigger roles, whatever...

Then are you saying neither Doris nor Eleanor are correct for number 10?

 

One more mistake like that one Sergeant Shutoo, and you'll have to go back to being one of Tom Barnaby's Constables.

 

I, for one, would love to be one of Tom Barnaby's Constables.

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it just got easier...I added something to each clue ...original post question and remaining unanswered: 

 

sitcom characters: some actors showed up in a lot of sitcoms over the years; below are 12 examples..the clues are the 'jobs' they had in a sitcom (could be recurring..could be memorable one shot)..they are listed in order (oldest first) and the programs range from the early 50s to the present. Name as many as you like, and for genius points, the three tv shows that are referenced. (hint--they are not the stars in any of the examples)


2. east coast housekeeper(apartment)...west coast outspoken housekeeper in a crime/drama...short mother with a very clean home(EDIT..one of these roles was not a sitcom, but the actress did add comical touch..sorry for my oversight)

 

6. talk show host in NYC...speech writer/his lovestruck brother...San Francisco photographer

 

7. coffee shop adjacent newsstand owner...meddling mother...Midwest grade school teacher

8. LA radio station manager...ran an actor's workshop in NYC...grumpy neighbor turned landlord

9. an admiral...retired surgeon who frets about his daughter...doctor (general practice) who makes house calls in NYC

11. Haverville housewife...worked in a small grocery store...worked in a larger grocery store, and talked about it often

12. a foreign agent of an evil organization...NYC magazine writer/later also neighbor to star...apothecary

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No. 2   Nancy Walker - "Family Affair", "McMillan And Wife", and "Rhoda" ?

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right! Walker was added in the last season of Family Affair; was the wise-cracking Mildred that evidently came as part of Sally McMillan's 'dowry' (never really understood this...but it went downhill when she left the series), and of course, was Rhoda's mom (first on ​The Mary Tyler Moore Show--on which she mentioned a son who evidently vanished, and was the mother of a different Brenda) 

 

Yes, she had a strong Mary Tyler Moore link..and in fact, the six left unanswered ALL have a link to Mary..either in a MTM production, or appearing with her on another show (but not necessarily the clues listed)...hmmmmmm

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Ouch--this is going nowhere....so below in the original posts, I've added in bold type​ new clues to each that should wrap this up...

it just got easier...I added something to each clue ...original post question and remaining unanswered: 

 

sitcom characters: some actors showed up in a lot of sitcoms over the years; below are 12 examples..the clues are the 'jobs' they had in a sitcom (could be recurring..could be memorable one shot)..they are listed in order (oldest first) and the programs range from the early 50s to the present. Name as many as you like, and for genius points, the three tv shows that are referenced. (hint--they are not the stars in any of the examples)

 

added 8/8: the six left unanswered ALL have a link to Mary..either in a MTM production, or appearing with her on another show (but not necessarily the clues listed)...hmmmmmm
 

 

6. talk show host in NYC...speech writer/his lovestruck brother...San Francisco photographer..​all three have a link to Mary Tyler Moore

 

7. coffee shop adjacent newsstand owner...​won four Emmy's for playing a meddling mother ...Midwest grade school teacher

8. LA radio station manager...ran an actor's workshop in NYC...grumpy neighbor turned landlord...​but his MTM link was as a dog groomer

9. an admiral...retired surgeon who frets about his daughter...doctor (general practice) who makes house calls in NYC​ to a neat hypochondriac 

11. Haverville housewife...worked in a small grocery store...worked in a larger grocery store, and talked about it often ​in Chicago

12. a foreign agent of an evil organization...NYC magazine writer/later also neighbor to star...apothecary to witches

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6. Doris Roberts ?

7. Nancy Dussault ?

 

I'm gonna assume you switched the numbers...because 7=Doris Roberts--She owned the newsstand next to the café where her title daughter Angie ​worked; she won her Emmy's for portraying the wonderfully overbearing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond; she continued to haunt Patricia Heaton on ​The Middle.  ​Her MTM link is a small one, but fellow addicts of ​The Mary Tyler Moore Show ​might recall that she played the employment office employee that interviews a hapless Cloris Leachman when Phyllis needs a job.

 

still unanswered...6, 8, 9, 11 and 12....anybody?

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I think no. 8 is Billy De Wolfe from "Good Morning World".  He played a dog groomer on an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show".

 

No. 11 may be Florida Friebus, the mom on "Dobie Gillis".   She had a recurring role on "The Bob Newhart Show", which was an MTM production.

 

Shutoo, this question may be a bit too involved.  It's been up for about two weeks.  Maybe it's time to move on.

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I think no. 8 is Billy De Wolfe from "Good Morning World".  He played a dog groomer on an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show".

 

No. 11 may be Florida Friebus, the mom on "Dobie Gillis".   She had a recurring role on "The Bob Newhart Show", which was an MTM production.

 

Shutoo, this question may be a bit too involved.  It's been up for about two weeks.  Maybe it's time to move on.

 

Okay:

 

6.  Richard Schaal was talk show host Stevie Parsons on The Dick Van Dyke Show; he was both Howard and Paul Arnell in The Mary Tyler Moore Show ​(and was once Chuckles the Clown in full makeup); he was a regular on the spinoff ​Phyllis 

 

8.  Billy De Wolfe was the station manager in ​Good Morning World ​(first tv credits for Goldie Hawn); he ran the Jules Benedict workshop on ​That Girl, ​ and he was the annoyed neighbor who bought the building in ​The Doris Day Show.

 

9.  Bill Quinn was the 'recurring admiral' on ​McHale's Navy; ​he was Mary's newly retired dad on the MTM Show; ​NYC hypochondriac= Felix Unger...he was Dr. Melnitz on several episodes of ​The Odd Couple.

 

11.  When The Goldbergs moved from NYC to the 'burbs, Florida Friebus was one of the first neighbors Molly met; she was the mom on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis​, and spent 6 years as part of the therapy group on The Bob Newhart Show.

 

12.  Bernie Kopell was KAOS agent Seigfried on Get Smart; he worked with Don Hollinger, and eventually moved next door to That Girl; there aren't many witches in sitcoms...he was the apothecary to the witches on Bewitched. ​(not in initial question, but his MTM link was as her blind date, arranged by Rhoda's mother)

 

Open post...bye bye...

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In the early sixties, Jackie Gleason had a variety show that was on Saturday nights for two seasons.  He frequently had a band made up of brothers as musical guests.  They were his discovery.  The lead singer of the band was rather young at the time.  He would go on to become a very well known entertainer.  Do you know who that young man was?  

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