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23 September 1969 (USA) See more »
The relationship between a widowed state governor and his hip daughter J.J. Full summary »
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 14)

Dan Dailey ... Gov. William Drinkwater (39 episodes, 1969-1970)

Julie Sommars ... Jennifer Jo Drinkwater (39 episodes, 1969-1970)

James T. Callahan ... George Callison (23 episodes, 1969-1970)
Nora Marlowe ... Sara Andrews (22 episodes, 1969-1970)

Neva Patterson ... Maggie McLeod (22 episodes, 1969-1970)

Series Directed by
Alan Rafkin (17 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jay Sandrich (7 episodes, 1969-1970)
Leonard Stern (4 episodes, 1969)
Dan Dailey (4 episodes, 1970)
Lee Philips (2 episodes, 1969)
George Tyne (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Writing credits
Leonard Stern (39 episodes, 1969-1970)
Arne Sultan (38 episodes, 1969-1970)
Earl Barret (19 episodes, 1969-1970)
Chris Hayward (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Barbara Avedon (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Bill Manhoff (2 episodes, 1970)

Series Produced by
Budd Cherry .... associate producer (39 episodes, 1969-1970)
Leonard Stern .... executive producer (39 episodes, 1969-1970)
Arne Sultan .... producer (39 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Original Music by
Jerry Fielding (33 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Cinematography by
William T. Cline (33 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Film Editing by
Douglas Hines (1 episode, 1970)
Series Casting by
Pat Harris (16 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson II (8 episodes, 1970)
Series Set Decoration by
Donald J. Sullivan (7 episodes, 1970)
Series Makeup Department
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1970)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1970)
Series Production Management
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor (33 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hap Weyman .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1970)
Series Sound Department
Cam McCulloch .... sound mixer (8 episodes, 1970)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (31 episodes, 1969-1970)
Gil Clasen .... camera coordinator (8 episodes, 1970)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men (8 episodes, 1970)
Dorothy H. Rodgers .... costumer: women (8 episodes, 1970)
Series Music Department
Gene Feldman .... supervising music editor (8 episodes, 1970)
Don B. Ray .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 1970)
Bruce Broughton .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Other crew
Earl Barret .... story editor (38 episodes, 1969-1970)
Harry R. Sherman .... production executive (32 episodes, 1969-1970)
Reza Badiyi .... title visualization (8 episodes, 1970)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1970)

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30 min (39 episodes)
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Because the state is deliberately never mentioned, whenever a state flag would be used, a flag bearing the governor's seal is used instead. It's usually impossible to read the text on the seal, but the end credits begin with a brief full screen view of the seal. The text reads "The great seal of the governor of the state."See more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Better Show Than Nielsen Ratings, 22 December 2006
Author: getyourdander from United States

This show starred Dan Dailey & Julie Sommars as a Governor (father) & a wild teenage daughter (Sommars). Both the principals did well in their roles. Dailey made a very convincing Guv while Julie at still less than 30 was still young enough to pass as a teen age daughter. She could pore on the charm too, which this passion seemed to be gone by the time she did Matlock.

The series was smartly produced by Leonard Stern & Arnie Sultan who also were producing Get Smart. The scripts were funny, and the veteran cast was excellent in support too. For some reason it never got any traction & lasted only 1 season. In a way too bad as there were worse programs around.

I remember the protest theme being touched in 1 episode, when a rock singer had a hit on the radio called "Hang It Mr Govenor!" & the daughter was listening to it. For some reason, this show never got any respect, but it was well done.

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