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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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Storyline

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 »

Also Known As:

Doris Day in... See more »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

At the end of the show's fifth season, with CBS ready to renew it for at least another year, Doris Day, in effect, cancelled her own series. She held a press conference, and announced that in five years, she believed "all that could be done with this material" had been done, and she was uninterested in continuing to work on it. Day subsequently retired from acting. See more »

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Featured in What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar (2009) See more »

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What ever will be will be!
19 October 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

How this show lasted five years is amazing considering each year the show was about something else. Her trademark theme song said it each week: 'What ever will be will be!' The show aired between 1968 and 1973, a time when women's roles changed in society and on television. "The Doris Day Show" reflected these changes beginning with Doris as a "modern housewife:" a widowed mother of two living in the country, and evolved into a pre-Mary Richards role model for single women in the work place (the first ever on television!) Because each year brought a different look (and different cast) to the show, it is difficult to sell in syndication but perhaps Nick-at-Night which prides itself in the evolution of such shows will have fun with it some day. (My suggestion: Do one of those five nights a week summers where Monday has the first year, Tuesday has the second year, and so forth...each year really was an entity unto itself.) The bottom line is that it features America's sweetheart Doris Day and that's really all that it needed. What ever will be will be.


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