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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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 Lily Ruskin (157 episodes, 1954-1959)
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 Ruth Henshaw (156 episodes, 1954-1959)
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 Matt Henshaw (156 episodes, 1954-1959)
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 Pete Porter (156 episodes, 1954-1959)
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 Hilda Crocker (156 episodes, 1954-1959)
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Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for her. Running comedy bits included neighbor Porter's complaints about his (heard but unseen) wife Gladys. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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This long-running half-hour CBS sitcom debuted on 4 October 1954 and was last broadcast on 20 April 61. Mostly remembered today for featuring neighbor 'Harry Morgan' as Pete Porter, who complained constantly about his unseen wife, Gladys. They'd eventually get their own show as a spin-off in the fall of 1960. See more »

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A long-forgotten gem
11 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 9 years old when this show premiered and, if my memory serves me, it followed "I Love Lucy," providing an hour of solid comedy. But even if my gray cells are faulty, I remember "December Bride" as being one of the best sitcoms of the 1950s.

Spring Byington played Lily Ruskin, who lived him her daughter and son-in-law. The comedy was based largely on Lily's adventures with her close friend Hilda Crocker (Verna Felton), which often left son-in-law Matt Henshaw (Dean Miller) exasperated.

The icing on the cake was provided by Harry Morgan ("M*A*S*H") as next-door neighbor Peter Porter, whose sardonic remarks about wife Gladys (who is never seen on camera) rarely failed to trigger guffaws.

This was a show that the whole family could watch, and I'm saddened that it is not available for home viewing. It's a treasure that is likely to languish in studio vaults for a long, long time.


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