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Release Date:
24 September 1968 (USA) See more »
There's a great Day coming. Tuesday nights. (season 1) See more »
After spending most of her life in big cities, widow Doris Martin decides to move back to the family ranch. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more »
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WHAT WILL BE WILL BE DELIGHTFUL! See more (14 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 162)

Doris Day ... Doris Martin / ... (128 episodes, 1968-1973)
Philip Brown ... Billy Martin (75 episodes, 1968-1971)
Todd Starke ... Toby Martin (75 episodes, 1968-1971)

Denver Pyle ... Buck Webb (53 episodes, 1968-1970)

Series Directed by
William Wiard (22 episodes, 1969-1973)
Bruce Bilson (11 episodes, 1968-1972)
Denver Pyle (10 episodes, 1970)
Gary Nelson (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Coby Ruskin (9 episodes, 1969-1970)
Bob Sweeney (7 episodes, 1968)
Reza Badiyi (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Marc Daniels (7 episodes, 1971-1973)
Lee Philips (7 episodes, 1971-1973)
Harry Falk (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Kinon (5 episodes, 1971-1973)
Norman Tokar (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Roger Duchowny (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Frederick De Cordova (4 episodes, 1970)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Hal Cooper (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1969)
Peter Baldwin (2 episodes, 1971)
Jerry London (2 episodes, 1971)
Irving J. Moore (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Writing credits
James Fritzell (93 episodes, 1968-1973)
Sidney Morse (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Elinson (27 episodes, 1969-1971)
Norman Paul (27 episodes, 1969-1971)
Budd Grossman (16 episodes, 1969-1971)
Arthur Julian (16 episodes, 1971-1973)
Laurence Marks (15 episodes, 1971-1973)
William Raynor (6 episodes, 1969-1973)
Myles Wilder (6 episodes, 1969-1973)
Don Genson (6 episodes, 1970-1973)
Richard Powell (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Rick Mittleman (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
Phil Sharp (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Dick Bensfield (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Joseph Bonaduce (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jerry Devine (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Perry Grant (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bruce Howard (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bruce Johnson (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
E. Duke Vincent (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Harry Winkler (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Arthur Alsberg (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Don Nelson (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Doug Tibbles (2 episodes, 1970)
Courtney Andrews (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Laurie Samara (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Charlotte Brown (2 episodes, 1972)

Series Produced by
Terry Melcher .... executive producer (55 episodes, 1969-1972)
George Turpin .... associate producer (54 episodes, 1968-1970)
Jack Elinson .... producer (51 episodes, 1969-1971)
Norman Paul .... producer (51 episodes, 1969-1971)
Edward H. Feldman .... producer (48 episodes, 1971-1973)
Richard Dorso .... producer (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Martin Melcher .... executive producer (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Bob Sweeney .... producer (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jerry London .... associate producer / co-producer (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
Doris Day .... executive producer (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Don Genson .... executive producer (23 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Original Music by
Jimmie Haskell (99 episodes, 1969-1973)
William Loose (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Mersey (4 episodes, 1968)
Series Cinematography by
Richard L. Rawlings (127 episodes, 1968-1973)
Series Film Editing by
Cliffe Oland (13 episodes, 1968-1971)
Michael Kahn (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Casting by
Don Genson (16 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson II (99 episodes, 1968-1973)
Series Set Decoration by
James Hassinger (98 episodes, 1968-1973)
Series Makeup Department
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist (97 episodes, 1968-1973)
Harry Maret .... makeup artist (97 episodes, 1968-1973)
Series Production Management
Abby Singer .... production manager (98 episodes, 1968-1973)
Don Genson .... executive in charge of production (6 episodes, 1972)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis B. Appleton Jr. .... assistant director (74 episodes, 1970-1973)
Robert Daley .... assistant director (54 episodes, 1968-1970)
Series Art Department
William Skammes .... property master (43 episodes, 1970-1973)
Sam Loreno Sr. .... property master (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
V.E. 'Ted' Ross .... property master (23 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Sound Department
Bill Ford .... sound mixer (94 episodes, 1969-1973)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor (52 episodes, 1969-1971)
Woodruff H. Clarke .... sound mixer (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack A. Finlay .... sound effects editor (24 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound effects editor (21 episodes, 1971-1972)
Leon M. Leon .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1971)

Jim Bullock .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bob Overbeck .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Edney .... costumer: women / costume supervisor: women (94 episodes, 1968-1973)
Leonard Mann .... costumer: men / costume supervisor: men (93 episodes, 1968-1973)
Joseph Magnin .... wardrobe (66 episodes, 1969-1973)
Series Editorial Department
Howard French .... supervising film editor (100 episodes, 1968-1973)
Series Music Department
Ray Evans .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song "Que Sera, Sera" (128 episodes, 1968-1973)
Jay Livingston .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song "Que Sera, Sera" (128 episodes, 1968-1973)
Earle Dearth .... music editor (100 episodes, 1969-1973)
Jimmie Haskell .... conductor (65 episodes, 1969-1973)
William Loose .... conductor (24 episodes, 1968-1969)
Don Genson .... music consultant (9 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Mersey .... conductor (4 episodes, 1968)
Series Other crew
Maggie Lawrence .... script supervisor (94 episodes, 1968-1973)
Remi Kramer .... main titles: The Haboush Co. / main titles: The Harboush Co. (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Kay Stewart .... dialogue coach (28 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Elinson .... script consultant (24 episodes, 1969-1971)
Norman Paul .... script consultant (24 episodes, 1969-1971)

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30 min (128 episodes)
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At the end of the show's fifth season, with CBS ready to renew it for at least another year, Doris Day in effect "cancelled" her own series. She held a press conference and announced that in five years, she believed "all that could be done with this material" had been done, and she was uninterested in continuing to work on it. Day subsequently retired from acting.See more »
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Doris Day, the number one female box-office attraction of all-time, smoothly segued into television in September of 1968. Although she had not planned to do a series, her late husband Marty Melcher had committed her to a deal with the eye network and as Day always said, "...a deal is a deal..." Despite stellar ratings the first week, the series faltered somewhat during the following weeks as viewers became frustrated at seeing Doris, who had achieved tremendous cinema success as a working, strong-minded woman, relegated to living on a farm. She was a delight as a widow with two young sons, a father, farm hand and housekeeper, but the scripts gave her little to do but smile. She took control of the show during the second season, had her character, Doris Martin get a job at a magazine in San Francisco, and ratings shot through the roof. The second through fifth seasons were certainly notable for many reasons. "The Doris Day Show" averaged 35-35 million viewers each Monday evening. It was largely due to Day's tremendous likeability and effortless skill as an actress and comic. The situations, while often uproariously funny, were never so slapstick that they bordered on caricature. She wisely surrounded herself with a wonderful supporting cast and guest stars that complimented her inherent skills. Maclean Stevenson, Rose Marie, Kaye Ballard, Bernie Kopell, Billy DeWolfe and others, were all given ample opportunity to shine, Day never feeling she wanted all the focus to be on her. There were wonderful guest stars and a look-see at the series will give you a chance to watch a young Jodie Foster and a venerable Estelle Winwood, well into her 80's at the time she appeared on the series several times. Henry Fonda, Day's "Midnight Lace" co-star John Gavin, Lew Ayres, Tony Bennett, Peter Lawford, and Patrick O'Neal are just a handful of those who graced the tube with the freckle-faced dynamo. Continuing her big-screen role as an independent woman who wouldn't take flack from anyone, instead building a successful career in what was often a man's world, prior to the so-called cutting edge "Mary Tyler Moore Show", Day was a woman of strength and determination although never submerging her femininity and becoming hard or cold. Occassionally Doris Day even let lose with a song or two, harmonizing with Bennett to "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", chirping with Larry Storch to "Harvest Moon" or singing a perfectly beautiful "Silver Bells" during a Christmas episode. Always garbed beautifully, Day had a great time sending up her own image as in an episode where her character, Doris Martin, won a Doris Day look-alike contest. While the show underwent some changes of cast and locale each season, her character continued her job at Today's World, and always maintained her integrity and sense of humor. In the Spring of 1973, following a successful five year run of almost 130 episodes, Day decided not to renew her contract for another season feeling that she had done what she could with the role. Offers continued to pour in for various series but Day felt the series stood on its own merits. A look at the show today shows that she was savvy in walking away when she did. It remains funny, charming, very watchable, and Day remains a surefire treat, the glue that keeps everything nicely together.

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