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1 | 2
Release Date:
10 September 1967 (USA) See more »
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Roger and Kaye live next door to Eve and Herb. Eve and Herb's daughter Suzie marries Roger and Kaye's son Jerry... See more »
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Despite it's short hiatus,this was solid proof that this show had incredible talent that succeeded where ratings fail See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Eve Arden ... Eve Hubbard (56 episodes, 1967-1969)

Kaye Ballard ... Kaye Buell (56 episodes, 1967-1969)
Herbert Rudley ... Herb Hubbard (56 episodes, 1967-1969)
Jerry Fogel ... Jerry Buell (56 episodes, 1967-1969)

Deborah Walley ... Suzie Hubbard Buell (56 episodes, 1967-1969)

Roger C. Carmel ... Roger Buell (30 episodes, 1967-1968)

Richard Deacon ... Roger Buell (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
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Series Directed by
Elliott Lewis (35 episodes, 1967-1969)
Desi Arnaz (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Writing credits
Bob Carroll Jr. (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
Madelyn Davis (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
Fred S. Fox (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Seaman Jacobs (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Fisher (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Arthur Marx (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Sydney Zelinka (3 episodes, 1967-1969)
Elaine Di Bello Bradish (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bill Idelson (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harvey Miller (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bill O'Hallaren (2 episodes, 1967)
Bruce Howard (2 episodes, 1969)

Series Produced by
Desi Arnaz .... executive producer (56 episodes, 1967-1969)
Al Lewis .... producer (6 episodes, 1967)
Elliott Lewis .... producer (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Original Music by
Wilbur Hatch (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Cinematography by
Henry Freulich (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Henry Cronjager Jr. (5 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin (1 episode, 1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
Howard Hollander (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Carl Braunger (5 episodes, 1967)

Eugene Harris (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Costume Design by
Marjorie Henderson (56 episodes, 1967-1969)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1967-1968)
Elaine Stone .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1967)
Beth Langston .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Production Management
Douglas Hines .... post-production supervisor (11 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Shyer .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1967)
Stanley J. Brooks .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Art Department
Everett Israelson .... property master (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Kimbell .... property master (4 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (56 episodes, 1967-1969)
Cam McCulloch .... sound engineer (6 episodes, 1967)
Eldon Campbell .... sound engineer (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Terrance Emerson .... sound cable man (4 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (26 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Sousa .... camera coordinator (11 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Music Department
Ed Norton .... music editor (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Wilbur Hatch .... conductor / music supervisor (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Other crew
Herbert Klynn .... title designer (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Carroll Jr. .... script consultant (2 episodes, 1967)
Madelyn Davis .... script consultant (2 episodes, 1967)
 

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30 min (56 episodes)
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The show was only moderately successful during its first season. NBC agreed to renew it on the condition that costs be held to the 1967 level, effectively freezing the talents' salaries. Producer Desi Arnaz obtained agreements from everyone on the cast and crew with the sole exception of Roger C. Carmel who held fast to a contractual point providing him with a raise upon renewal. Arnaz pleaded with him, pointing out that the livelihood of dozens of people were essentially at stake but he wouldn't budge, despite his then-decent $2,000 per week salary and the promise of residuals and was released. Carmel was replaced (by Richard Deacon) and the show sank miserably in the 1968 Neilsen's and was canceled. As a result, Carmel was effectively blackballed from the TV industry for several years.See more »
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Despite it's short hiatus,this was solid proof that this show had incredible talent that succeeded where ratings fail, 28 December 2012
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Despite mixed reviews,"The Mothers-In-Law" was executive producer Desi Arnaz' last stand at producing another half-hour situation comedy that lasted two seasons. Not only that it had astounding talent,it had two of the greatest comedy television writers ever,the spectacular team of Bob Carroll,Jr. and Madelyn Davis(who were the creators as well as having full production control during the show's entire run),the same team who wrote many of the hilarious scripts for "I Love Lucy","The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour","The Lucy Show",and "The Ann Sothern Show". For the 56 color episodes that it produced,"The Mothers In-Law" was placed on NBC's Sunday Night Schedule sandwiched in the 8:30PM/EST time slot between "The Wonderful World of Disney","Bonanza",and "The High Chapparal". When it premiered on September 10,1967,the show was placed opposite the long-running "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS,and the crime drama series "The FBI" that was produced by Quinn Martin over at ABC which didn't help it in the ratings. Maybe if the powers that be over at NBC,put "The Mothers-In-Law" at another time slot it would be progressed into some more,but it didn't. This was a series that have some great comedy chemistry between it's two stars....one was Eve Arden,and the other was Kaye Ballard. Along with Roger C.Carmel and Herbert Rudley and you had to major hit. However the chemistry between Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard was much as the same as Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance did for "I Love Lucy". The magic between these two actresses was phenomenal. Even some of the physical predicaments or the comical situations these two ended up in were priceless in the age of situation comedy shows of the mid-1960's. Another great piece of casting were the newlyweds(Jerry Fogel and Deborah Walley)and from there you have a television classic that was funny then as it was when audiences saw it back in 1967. However,during the first season,actor Roger C. Carmel(Roger Buell)appeared in only 30 episodes airing September 10,1967 until April 28,1968. Carmel's final appearance on the series was in "How Not To Manage A Rock Group"(aired April 28,1968 with musical guests "The Seeds"). His replacement for the show's second season? He was replaced in Season 2 by Richard Deacon who was a fine veteran of many classic television shows. Deacon was Fred Rutherford on "Leave It To Beaver",and he was also Mel Cooley from "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Deacon appeared in 26 episodes of the series running from September 15,1968 until the show's final episode on April 13,1969.

Though the show never fails to provide laughs,there are some that really stand out that were the best of the series....

"A Night To Forget"(Season 1,Episode 4:airing October 1,1967)-where Eve and Kaye get locked in a department store. They try to call their husbands for help but get a wrong number in Barcelona,Spain!

"Through the Lurking Glass"(Season 1,Episode 12:airing November 26,1967) -Roger is writing for a TV show about the Masked Martian. So,he dresses up in the costume and jumps out at people in the park in order to gauge their reactions for his script. Naturally,he gets arrested and has trouble trying to explain since he is dressed up as a martian. So,he calls for help only to get Eve and Kaye coming in dressed by grasshoppers followed by Herb in an "Arabian Nights" type costume,then Jerry and Suzy dressed as a kangaroo and a rabbit.

"You Challenge Me To What?"(Season 1,Episode 12:airing December 17,1967)

"The Hombre Who Came To Dinner"(Season 1:airing January 14,22,1968)-a two part episode that had special guest star Desi Arnaz.

"Didn't You Used To Be Ozzie Snick"(Season 2,Episode 13:airing December 22,1968)-with special guest star Ozzie Nelson.

When "The Mothers-In-Law" was canceled by NBC on April 13,1969 after 56 episodes,the executives didn't take long to find a replacement when "The Bill Cosby Show" took over the time slot that was once "The Mothers-In-Law"...that show lasted two seasons as well.

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