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The Doris Day Show 

After spending most of her life in big cities, widow Doris Martin decides to move back to the family ranch.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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
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This light and fluffy sitcom changed formats and producers almost every season. Originally it was about widow Doris Martin and her two young sons who left the big city for the quiet and peace of her family's ranch, which was run by her dad Buck and ranchhand Leroy. Later Doris, Buck and sons Billy and Toby moved to San Francisco, where Doris got a job as a secretary to bumbling magazine publisher Michael Nicholson. In Season Three, the Martin family moved into an apartment above the Paluccis' Italian restaurant, and Doris began writing features for Today's World magazine. Finally, the kids, family, Nicholson, the Paluccis' and all other cast members vanished, and Doris became a single staff writer for Today's World, where her new boss was stentatorial-voiced Cy Bennett. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Doris joins the harried hordes of commuters. As she accepts an exciting magazine assignment in the big city. Come on along. (season 2) See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Doris Day in... See more »

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Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(128 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Doris Day Show was known for changing its premise and cast regulars just about every season. Doris went from mother to working girl that kept changing jobs every season. See more »

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The series has aged well (Season 1)
30 August 2017 | by mathmaniacSee all my reviews

I don't think this generation realizes how successful an actress and singer Doris Day was in the 50s and 60s (for starters). She starred in movies with some of the greatest leading men of the day. She was a talented jazz singer. She was a fashion icon. She seemed to have no 'dark side' or addictions. And then she had this television series.

From what I've read in scattered reviews of books about her, she didn't want to be a television actress. However, the ineptitude of her husband's managing her career put her so deep in debt that she had to perform in a television series because he had signed a contract obligating her to do so. Such is the danger of power of attorney!

Scriptwriters veered toward the sickeningly sweet dialogue and plots sometimes. When I watched the old 'Doris Day Show,' season 1, there was not much of that defect in the stories. Later, I think the writers fell into bad habits, but early on, Doris just seems to play Doris. That person is just a really nice person, one you love and want to know.

I enjoy seeing these old episodes of Season 1. Doris loves her animals and she loves her family! You would think these themes would be enough. Less talented writers forgot these important things but for a while, the series had the actress coming through as a very natural self, with high aspirations for her parenting role and a commitment to live on the ranch with her family. Nostalgic? Yes. But it's that lovely nostalgia that doesn't prompt you to laugh but instead miss all those 'family values' that used to rule television.


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