George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned from the office at day's end, to... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Shirley Booth ...  Hazel Burke 154 episodes, 1961-1966
Bobby Buntrock Bobby Buntrock ...  Harold Baxter 154 episodes, 1961-1966
Don DeFore ...  George Baxter 125 episodes, 1961-1965
Whitney Blake ...  Dorothy Baxter 122 episodes, 1961-1965
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George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned from the office at day's end, to his wife Dorothy, and his young son Harold, he entered the world of Hazel. Hazel was the maid and housekeeper who ran the Baxter household more efficiently than George ran his office. She was always right, knew exactly what needed doing, and pre-empted his authority with alarming, though, justified regularity. Written by Anonymous

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28 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Adèle See more »

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Screen Gems Television See more »
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(154 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Black and White | Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The vocal version of the theme song (sung by The Modernaires) was heard over the end credits of the series' first eight episodes. From episode nine to the end of the series, the theme was played in instrumental form only. See more »

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Referenced in Mad About You: Maid About You (1993) See more »

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Hazel
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by The Modernaires
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A Lost Gem of the 60s is Back in Reruns
10 June 2012 | by hfan77See all my reviews

When I was growing up in New Jersey in the 60s, I remember watching the reruns of Hazel on Channel 5. It was a very good sitcom, thanks to the outstanding performance of Shirley Booth as the title character. It was her breakout TV role that won her a couple of Emmys.

Also adding to the show's success was Don DeFore as George (Mr. B) Baxter, Whitney Blake, who later went on to co-create the hit CBS sitcom One Day at a Time as his wife Dorothy aka "Missy" and Bobby Buntrock as their young son Harold. Sadly, Buntrock was killed in a car accident at the age of 21.

Not only was Hazel an outstanding maid, she was also a really good bowler. I remember the episode where she competed in a bowling tournament.

Unfortunately, I don't remember any of the fifth season episodes, where DeFore and Blake were replaced by Ray Fulmer as Steve and Lynn Borden as Barbara. Those two have rarely been heard from in years.

Coming from Screen Gems, who had a hit with another sitcom based on the comic strip Dennis the Menace, Hazel ran for five years and ended its run, not because of declining ratings but because Booth was tiring of the role. The show was in reruns for years and later disappeared. But fear not, thanks to the new digital broadcast network Antenna TV, viewers can finally see this lost gem of the 60s.

As the theme song stated early in the run "Who's the gal that's everybody's pal? It's Hazel."


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