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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
26 September 1968 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The misadventures of a man disguised as a female model in London, UK to be with a woman he loves. Full summary »
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Cast

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Peter Kastner ... Timothy 'Timmie' Blair (18 episodes, 1968-1969)

Patricia Brake ... Julie Renfield (18 episodes, 1968-1969)

Gary Marshal ... Gene Blair (18 episodes, 1968-1969)
Nicholas Parsons ... David Courtney (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
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Series Directed by
Ray Austin (1 episode, 1968)
James Frawley (1 episode, 1968)
E.W. Swackhamer (1 episode, 1968)
Jerry Davis (1 episode, 1969)
Peter Duffell (1 episode, 1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert Kaufman (18 episodes, 1968-1969)
Brad Ashton (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

Series Produced by
Harry Ackerman .... executive producer (18 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jerry Davis .... producer (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Harry Woolveridge .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Original Music by
Shorty Rogers (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Cinematography by
Brian Rhodes (2 episodes, 1968)
Wilkie Cooper (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bernard Balmuth (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Casting by
Paul Lee Lander (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Art Direction by
Seamus Flannery (14 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Hazel Peiser (10 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Production Management
Robert K. Hagel .... production executive (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Gilbert .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Editorial Department
Norman Colbert .... film editor (1 episode, 1968)
 
Series Music Department
Howard Greenfield .... composer: theme music / composer: title song (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Helen Miller .... composer: theme music / composer: title song (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Carole Bayer Sager .... composer: songs and love theme (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
George Fischoff .... composer: songs and love theme (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Other crew
Robert Kaufman .... executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Brad Ashton .... story editor (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
30 min (20 episodes)
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Twenty episodes were produced. The ABC Television Network (U.S.) canceled the show after 17 episodes. The three unaired episodes did air on network television in Australia.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Classic Hollywood Dogpile, in more ways than one, 26 August 2008
Author: eschwartzkopf from Palm Springs, Calif.

Anyone who's made it this far on IMDb to The Ugliest Girl in Town likely knows that this is considered one of the worst American TV series of all time. This is a tag often given out by people who've never watched a minute of the show; it just sounds good to trash it, based on its iffy premise and the fact that, well, everyone else trashed it.

It's also unfair. TUGIT, to be sure, is a pretty mediocre entry in the spectrum of TV series – let along sitcoms – but it's time to quit the blind bashing. If anything, it offers fair warning that intercontinental transplants of shows and concepts can be risky business, and that part often isn't heeded. (Coupling, anyone?) The leads of Peter Kastner and Patricia Blake are an engaging couple, having more than a few giggles making the best of Kastner's cross-dressing antics as Timmy/Timmie. In a situation where he can't possibly take himself seriously, Kastner's portrayal of a Hollywood talent agency young-man-on-the-hustle (think Mike Ovitz with a goofy streak) who's sidetracked by love at first sight is just about believable, due to his self-deprecating style. The pilot even dips into an effective bit of pathos as he sees the new love of his life jet off from LAX to London forever, except that ….

The real problem comes with trying to merge the wittier (certainly compared to U.S. standards) British sitcom style with the hit-them-over-the-hammer joking of American sitcoms that derived from various Lucille Ball vehicles. It's balancing the subtle with the shtick, which really didn't work until five guys (at just about the same time) down at the BBC hit the solution by going absurd with Monty Python's Flying Circus.

It's not that Americans didn't stop trying, as the same kind of U.S./U.K. TV comedy merger went another round with From a Bird's Eye View, which tanked two years later in Britain and whiled away as one of those NBC import summer time-burners (unlike better series such as Strange Report).

The Ugliest Girl in Town wasn't the best execution of a concept, but it had its funny moments with likable leads romping through the last vestiges of Swinging London. There are hundreds of shows (and I swear I've seen most of them) that offered far worse and escaped the constant dead-horse beating this one gets.

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