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The Debbie Reynolds Show (1969-70)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
John King, New York Tom Alger, Rina Fox
references:
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THE DEBBIE REYNOLDS SHOW
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Harmon Productions/ Raymax Productions, Inc.
in association
Filmways TV Productions
for
NBC (Tuesdays 8:00pm)
Created and Produced by Jess Oppenheimer
US Comedy series 1969-70   26 episodes x 30 min color film
US release date 16Sep69 / UK release date 10Jan70
starring
Debbie Reynolds
as Debbie Thompson
Don Chastain as Jim Thompson (husband)
Patricia Smith as Charlotte Landers (sister)
Tom Bosley as Bob Landers (brother-in-law)
Bobby Riha as Bruce Landers (nephew)

Premise:
Jim Thompson (Don Chastain) was a sportwriter for the Los Angeles Sun. 
Much to his dismay, his wife Debbie (Debbie Reynolds) also wants to be
a writer for the newspaper.  Other characters included Debbie's sister
Charlotte (Patricia Smith, The Bob Newhart Show), her husband Bob
(Tom Bosley, Happy Days), and their son Bruce (Bobby Riha). 
Note:
Debbie steps out of character at the end of each episode to address the audience,
and thank them for watching. Debbie was originally signed to a 2-year contract, but
she was so upset when the sponsor turned out to be a cigarette company (she was
anti-smoking) that she opted out after one season. [RL]

Directors included: Ezra Stone

Theme song 'With a Little Love' sung by Debbie Reynolds

Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 1 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 2 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 3 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 4 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 5 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 6 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 7 of 8
Tom Bosley - Archive Interview Part 8 of 8

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CBS Tuesdays 8:00 pm Eastern

 1.01 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THAT'S DEBBIE
16Sep69 NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm
Guest cast:
Roland Winters ......... Governor Bartholomew
Harold Gould ........... Whitaker
Roy Roberts ............ General Arbuckle
Synopsis:
Debbie sees a way to launch herself with a scoop:
finding out if Governor Bartholomew is going to run
for the Senate. [TA]

1.02 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: IT'S A BIRD - IT'S A PLANE - IT'S DEBBIE
23Sep69 NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm
Guest cast:
Arch Johnson ........... Tex
George Furth ........... Matthew Keller
Synopsis:
Jim's intention to go stunt flying in preparation for
a sports column ignites varied reactions from Debbie
... cajolery, funereal gloom and finally a threat to
take costly flying lessons herself! [TA]
 
1.03 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: IN THE SOUP
30Sep69 NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm (rerun 12May70)
Guest cast:
William Schallert ...... Patterson
Ruth McDevitt .......... Mrs. Patterson
Bernie Kopell .......... Announcer
Craig Huebing .......... Hayakawa
Alberto Isaac .......... Garcia
Synopsis:
Debbie tries to finesse her way out of a faux pas. After doing a
glowing TV testimonial for a soup company, she learns that a rival
firm wants to sponsor her husband Jim's sports show. [TA]

1.04 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: MARRIED WE CAN ALWAYS GET
07Oct69 NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm (rerun 19May70)
Guest cast: [RF]
Bobby Riha ............. Bruce
Synopsis:
After 11 years together, Debbie and Jim decide to legally marry. Actually,
she's found a flaw in their license and they must rerun the wedding -
with Debbie pushing for the splashy affair they missed the first
time. [TA]

1.05 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: A PRESENT FOR JIM
14Oct69 NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm
Guest cast:
Peter Leeds ........... Gustavson
Will MacKenzie ........ policeman
Synopsis:
Debbie's derring-do reaches an all-time high as she
engineers the robbery of Jim's new golf clubs. Why?
She got the clubs free on a publicity deal she didn't
fulfill, and now the manufacturer wants his product
back - pronto! [TA]

1.06 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THE BODYGUARD
21Oct69 NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm
Guest cast:
Hal Baylor ............ Tiger Trabert
Cliff Norton .......... policeman
Synopsis:
Debbie is reduced to a blithering bundle of nerves,
thanks to Jim's column criticizing temperamental Tiger
Trabert, a 240-pound hockey player. She fully expects
the brusier to break down their door and exact his revenge. [TA]

1.07 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THE PAPER BUTTERFLY
28Oct69 NBC, Tuesday
Guest Cast:
Kenneth Mars .......... Elia Stanislaus
Elvia Allman .......... Terrible Tessie
Patty Regan ........... Strangler Stella
Sonny Mars ............ Honest Joe Orloff
Synopsis:
Shades of George Plimpton when would-be writer Debbie tries to get
a story on wrestling. She's learning to be a lady wrestler - and
actually plans to get into the ring for a real bout! [TA]
(Note: The episode title, "The Paper Butterfly," is a
reference to George Plimpton's book "Paper Lion.")


1.08 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: TO AND FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Pt. 1
04Nov69 NBC, Tuesday (rerun 26May70)
Guest Cast:
Nita Talbot .......... Olga Trenova
Fabian Dean .......... Tutsi
Jonathan Hole ........ Gourmet Proprietor
Synopsis:
First of a two-part story. The Thompson household is rocked by a defecting
female track star, who wants to use their suburban home as a sanctuary
against agents from her homeland. [RF]

1.09 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: TO AND FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Pt. 2
11Nov69 NBC, Tuesday (rerun 02Jun70)
Guest Cast:
Nita Talbot .......... Olga Trenova
Fabian Dean .......... Tutsi
Synopsis:
Conclusion. Harried hostess Debbie continues to hide two extraordinary house
guests: track star Olga Trenova and her lover Tutsi, a pair of jittery
defectors who assume all the Thompsons' callers are pursuers. [RF]

[--] 18Nov69 - pre-empted for "The Wolf Men," a science
special about scientists who are trying to save the
wolf from extinction.


1.10 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: YOU BET YOUR WIFE
25Nov69 NBC, Tuesday
Synopsis:
Debbie loves the game show YOU BET YOUR WIFE and wants to go on the show, but
her own husband plays the game very poorly. However, neighbor Bob Landers
(Tom Bosley) is terrific at the game, and so Debbie and Bob try to deceive
the producers of the show into thinking that they are married to get on the
show and win lots of cash prizes. [RL]

1.11 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THE SWINGING SINGLES
02Dec69 NBC, Tuesday

1.12 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S WORST FRIEND
09Dec69 NBC, Tuesday

1.13 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: CASANOVA'S KITTENS
16Dec69 NBC, Tuesday
Guest cast:
Barbara Stuart ....... Mother Kitten
Synopsis:
Debbie and her sister surprise their husbands by becoming sexy nightclub hostesses. [RF]

1.14 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: GU-RUVY (or "Guru-vy")
23Dec69 NBC, Tuesday
Guest Cast:
Richard Gautier

1.15 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: YOU SHOULDN'T BE IN PICTURES
30Dec69 NBC, Tuesday (rerun 23Jun70)
Guest cast:
Neil Hamilton ........ Darryl F. Ziegfeld
Synopsis:
Debbie receives a telephone call from a movie mogul which sparks a fantasy
sequence of Debbie as a pampered film star (singing the torchy, "My Man"). [RF]

1.16 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THE GAMES MARRIED PEOPLE PLAY
06Jan70 NBC Tuesday
Guest cast:
Frank Campanella .... Murphy
Synopsis:
Jim tries to quash Debbie's fantasies about the newspaper business. [RF]

1.17 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: HURRAY FOR OUR SIDE
13Jan70 NBC, Tuesday / 04Apr70 BBC1 UK, Sat
Guest cast:
Jesse White ......... Mayor Keiselbach
Charles Lane ........ Samson
Brian Dewey ......... Alan
Synopsis:
Backed by nephew Bruce and his baseball buddies, Debbie spearheads a crash
 campaign against the mayor - who plans to turn the kids' sandlot into a flower garden. [TA]

1.18 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: ADVICE AND DISSENT
20Jan70 NBC Tue
Guest Cast:
Carl Ballantine ....... Newman
Ceil Cabot ............ Mrs. Newman
Mary Wickes ........... Aunt Harriet
Synopsis:
Debbie temporarily becomes the newspaper's advice columnist and quickly
turns a question into a crisis. Disaster looms when she sends the wrong
solution to the wrong couple. [TA]

[--] 27Jan70 pre-empted for "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus special"

1.19 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
03Feb70 NBC Tuesday (rerun 28Jul70)
Cameo Appearance: Dean Martin
Guest Cast:
Lloyd Bochner ......... Lord Farnsworth
Kate Woodville ........ Heather Conway
Doris Singleton ....... Joyce Barrett
Synopsis:
Jim is the target of a jealous Debbie and an angry British Lord. Both think
he has more than a casual interest in tennis star Heather Conway. [TA]

1.20 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: MISSION: IMPROBABLE
10Feb70 NBC, Tuesday (rerun 04Aug70)
Guest cast:
Billy De Wolfe ........ Delbert Deloy
Synopsis:
Debbie, Charlotte and Bob team up to retrieve a newspaper article from the
heavily guarded vault of the Weitz-Porterhouse accounting firm. [RF]

[--] 17Feb70 - no details  - probably pre empted

1.21 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show:
HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE STOCK MARKET WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
24Feb70 NBC, Tuesday
Guest Cast:
Jerome Cowan ........... Lowenfeld
Robert H. Harrris ...... Bill Larkin
Synopsis:
Strong men weep and two husbands learn a lesson when Debbie and Charlotte take
 a mad fling in the stock market - investing $100 in a company they never heard of. [TA]

1.22 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THOSE DANGEROUS YEARS
03Mar70 NBC, Tuesday
Guest cast:
Shirley Mitchell ........ Marion)
Renie Riano ............. Miss Hamilton
Synopsis:
Debbie and Charlotte learn a neighbor is leaving his wife after 20 years.
Char is soon convinced that her husband is plotting a similar step. [TA]

 1.23 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: DEBBIE GETS JIM FIRED
10Mar70 NBC Tue
Guest cast:
Herbert Rudley .......... Crawford
Synopsis:
Debbie has a painful problem: her scheme to get Jim a raise has instead gotten
him fired. Now she must inform her husband of his un-employment - but how? [RF]

1.24 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: DEBBIE'S RETURN
17Mar70 NBC Tue
Synopsis:
Tax time at the Thompsons finds Debbie in more than her usual frenzy. She's
got a social problem: brother-in-law Bob, who figures their tax returns,
must not see the receipts from a party to which he wasn't invited. [RF]

 [--] 24Mar70 "The Producer" - postponed ?

[--] 31Mar70 The Debbie Reynolds show was postponed for
Bing Crosby Special entitled "Goldilocks"
featuring his young daughter Mary Frances Crosby as Goldilocks.


1.25 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: THE PRODUCER
31Mar70 ??  NBC, Tuesday (copyright date 24Mar70)
(postponed from 24Mar70 & again 31Mar70)
Guest cast:
Winifred Coffin ........... Grandma Morton
Robert Street ............. clown
Roy Fitzell ............... clown
Synopsis:
Debbie performs her night-club clown act in this episode, which
chronicles the ladies' planning of a PTA variety show. [TA]

[--] 07Apr70 - pre-empted for the special "Pollution Is Matter of Choice"
                                               
1.26 [--] The Debbie Reynolds Show: WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S NO WAY
14Apr70 NBC, Tuesday / (copyright date 31Mar70)
(postponed from 07Apr70)
Guest Star:
Larry Storch .......... the photographer [RL]
Synopsis:
Family upset ensues when Charlotte's son elects to
spend a week with friends - instead of Aunt Debbie.
Little did the boy know that his choice means Debbie
can't become a legal guardian. [TA]
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Summer Reruns NBC Tuesdays (21Apr70-01Sep70)
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[--] 21Apr70 - no details
[--] 28Apr70 - no details
[--] 05May70 - no details
[--] 12May70 rerun of #1.3 "In the Soup" (first aired 30Sep69)
[--] 19May70 rerun of #1.4 "Married Men can always get" (first aired 07Oct69)
[--] 26May70 rerun of #1.8 "To and From Russia with Love Pt. 1" (first aired 04Nov69)
[--] 02Jun70 rerun of #1.9 "To and From Russia with Love Pt. 2" (first aired 11Nov69)
[--] 09Jun70 - no details
[--] 16Jun70 - no details
[--] 23Jun70 rerun of #1.15 "You Shouldn't be in Pictures" (first aired 30Dec69)


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