Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife and two daughters has his life turned upside down when his eldest daughter's new husband, Howie, takes up residence in the ... See full summary »
Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife and two daughters has his life turned upside down when his eldest daughter's new husband, Howie, takes up residence in the Simms' household which drives Paul to distraction. Written by
Elizabeth Allen visited Washington, D.C., during a tour to promote the series. When told that the local ABC affiliate, WMAL-TV Channel 7 (now WJLA-TV), aired the series on weekend afternoons rather than in its scheduled prime time slot, she exclaimed rhetorically "How do they expect us to get good ratings?!" See more »
Dad, how's the rat race?
The rats are winning.
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For years,Paul Lynde was one of the biggest stars of Broadway,films and television. His style of comedy was sharp and witty and often times downright hilarious to boot. Lynde had successfully played an uptight father griping about the younger generation in the Broadway and Hollywood versions of the musical "Bye,Bye,Birdie". It was also his guest appearances on several sitcoms including "The Munsters", "The Dick Van Dyke Show","I Dream Of Jeannie","F-Troop",earned his reputation as one of the funniest comedians of the 1960's and 1970's. But his greatest fame was about to come,playing the uncanny Uncle Arthur opposite Elizabeth Montgomery in "Bewitched",which lasted several seasons. Not to mention his regular guest spots of several shows as well including "The Hollywood Squares",and not to mention the talk show-circuit as well with included "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson","The Mike Douglas Show","The Merv Griffin Show",and not to mention "The Dick Cavett Show". And was also the voice-over for several animated cartoon characters for Hanna-Barbera,including Templeton for the animated feature,"Charlotte's Web".
But it wasn't until September of 1972,when producers William Asher and Harry Ackerman(the team behind the array of the Screen Gems-Columbia Pictures Television Shows which produced "Bewitched",& "The Flying Nun")gave Paul Lynde has own weekly situation comedy show which lasted one season and produced 26 episodes for ABC-TV ending its run in May of 1973. The show was created by Ron Bobrick and Sam Clark,in which William Asher served as executive producer of this series along with Harry Ackerman. Paul Lynde plays Paul Simms,who is a respectable attorney living with his wife(Elizabeth Allen),and his two daughters (the oldest-Jane Actman,and the youngest-Pamelyn Ferdin). And judging for the format of this series,its no wonder THE PAUL LYNDE SHOW lasted only one season. For one,Lynde was all wrong here for this show,since some of the talent that he had was completely zapped from this show since Asher believe him would triumph on television,but it was all wrong from the get-go. The chemistry between him and the other actors was never connected,basically treating them like they were people of other stuffs,and it was the case in just about every episode of the series. Lynde became famous because he was just that--fey and iconoclastic which by the way could never head a typical family oriented sitcom.
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