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This Is the Life 

The Fisher Family (original title)
Long-running religious series featuring dramatizations of contemporary problems and how they were resolved using a Christian solution.




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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Nelson Leigh ...  Pastor Martin / ... 7 episodes, 1952-1967
Kathy Garver ...  Alice / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1984
John Bryant ...  Don Griffin / ... 4 episodes, 1952-1968
Mary Ellen Kay ...  Joan Bentley 3 episodes, 1955-1966
Paul Carr ...  Alfred / ... 3 episodes, 1968-1980
Yale Summers ...  Dr. Ted Hines / ... 3 episodes, 1970-1978
Leslie Wing 2 episodes, 1985
Richard Gates Richard Gates ...  Young minister 2 episodes, 1983-1985
Robert Rockwell ...  Bill Westover / ... 2 episodes, 1964-1969
Patience Cleveland ...  Kay Bryson 2 episodes, 1953-1967
Burr DeBenning ...  Alex Stanton / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1985
Joan Pringle 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Henry Darrow ...  Minister 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Lyle Bettger ...  Professor Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
James Hong ...  Yuan Tai 2 episodes, 1967-1985
Barry Truex Barry Truex ...  Paul Crocker 2 episodes, 1957-1967
Jan Arvan ...  Balthasar / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1967
Walter Brooke ...  Dr. Armstrong / ... 2 episodes, 1967-1977
Ron Masak ...  Claude, 'The Clown' 2 episodes, 1976-1984
Lynn Ann Leveridge ...  Carol / ... 2 episodes, 1983-1985
Joel Colodner Joel Colodner ...  Greg Stanton 2 episodes, 1984-1985
Cheryl Waters ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1984


Each week, "This is the Life" presented dramas dealing with contemporary problems and how they were resolved using a Christian solution. Examples might include a professional baseball player who had betrayed the trust of his team; a college student who was mourning the loss of his girlfriend in a car accident; a recovering alcoholic struggling with the temptation to jump off the wagon; and a couple contemplating divorce. In the early years, the program featured the Fisher family, a "typical family" from Middleburg in an unnamed Midwestern state; in later years, the programs featured new characters and settings. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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11 April 2021 | by mentummikeSee all my reviews

This series is most succinctly summarized in a recent TV program menu description: "Contemporary problems are resolved using a Christian solution." Those not old enough to remember this program, replayed on Sunday mornings in my neck of the woods in the 1960's-1970's, will find some very interesting appearances among the episodes currently being played in syndication. The new host for the series, Pastor Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, says it best:

"Starting in the late 1950's, Lutheran Hour Ministries aired a television program called "This Is The Life", in an effort to bring Christ to the nations. It was a critically acclaimed show that used story and drama to convey eternal truths . . . And it featured actors who were just getting started in their careers. Recently, Lutheran Hour Ministries, in partnership with Main Street Living, remastered and brought to HD-quality about 50 of these programs. You may notice some young actors who become very famous, and even though the props and styles are of the 1960's and '70's, the subject matter's still very relevant."

What the good Pastor does not mention is the fact that many of the character actors who appeared in this series already had long resumés, faces that were familiar both then and now. Some were already famous for acting in TV series from the era, shows like "The Andy Griffith Show", "Lost In Space" and "My Three Sons". Perhaps not surprisingly, some of these actors are barely recognizeable, a testimony to their talent and flexibility for different roles. Therein lies the strength of this series. However, it was not only the acting, but also the professional quality of the production and direction that I personally always found mesmerizing.

These days, there is also the same entertainment value one might find in watching any old films. As I said in one of my episode reviews, "most of the series is now 50+ years old, and often hysterically dated." But younger film and trivia buffs may get a kick out of this show, and those who paid attention when they were young will definitely experience some nostalgia.

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9 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Burbank, California, USA See more »

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