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My Favorite Husband (1953-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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MY FAVORITE HUSBAND
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CBS, Inc. Production
for
CBS (Saturdays 9:30 pm EST)(1953-55) (season 1,2)(live)
CBS (Tuesdays 10:30 pm EST)(fall 1955) (season 3)(filmed)
Produced by Edmund Hartmann, Norman Toker
Directed by George Cahan (husband of co-star Alix Talton)
Based on the radio series of the same name
US Comedy series 1953-55 78 ? episodes x 30 min bw
(12Sep53-27Dec55)
(some season 3 episodes were rerun on CBS in the Summer of 1957)
Starring
Barry Nelson as George Cooper(1953-55)
Joan Caulfield as Liz Cooper #1 (1953-55)(seasons 1,2)
Vanessa Brown as Liz Cooper #2 (fall 1955)(season 3)

Alix Talton as Myra Cobb/Myra Shepard (1953-55)
Bob Sweeney as Gilmore Cobb (1953-55)
Dan Tobin as Oliver Shepard (1955)
David Burns as Uncle Norman Fildew (1955)
Announcer: Dick Joy
Premise:
The trials and tribulations of the Coopers; George, a young banker and
Liz, his scatterbrained Wife.
Background:
Original radio version starred Lucille Ball.

############ My Favorite Husband ############
############## season 1 1953-54 ##############
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CBS Saturdays 9:30 pm Eastern (live)

1.01 [--] My Favorite Husband:
12Sep53 CBS Sat
DEBUT: A domestic comedy series. George Cooper's old flame burns up his
wife Liz, but Liz gets the bouquets in the end. [JB]

1.02 [--] My Favorite Husband:
19Sep53 CBS Sat
George, who is a banker, receives a flattering offer to go into the peanut
business. [JB]

1.03 [--] My Favorite Husband:
26Sep53 CBS Sat
George decides to go duck hunting with his pals but when wife Liz finds
out, feathers fly at home. [JB]

1.04 [--] My Favorite Husband:
03Oct53 CBS Sat
George Cooper plays cupid for his mother-in-law and "fixes" a date for her.
[JB]

1.05 [--] My Favorite Husband:
10Oct53 CBS Sat
Liz Cooper finds making a will is a confusing business. [JB]

1.06 [--] My Favorite Husband:
17Oct53 CBS Sat
Liz Cooper's cousin pays her a visit, but rapidly wears out her welcome. [JB]

1.07 [--] My Favorite Husband:
24Oct53 CBS Sat
Liz Cooper decides that her husband doesn't dress according to her taste
and she promptly overhauls his wardrobe from ties to shoes. [JB]

1.08 [--] My Favorite Husband:
31Oct53 CBS Sat
Wedding bells are breaking up George's old gang. [JB]

1.09 [--] My Favorite Husband:
07Nov53 CBS Sat
George attends a convention, but wife Liz is the one who has the
conventional wild time. [JB]

1.10 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE LIE
14Nov53 CBS Sat
After berating Liz for telling white lies, George tells one so incongruous
that the consequences impair Liz' health. [JB]

1.11 [--] My Favorite Husband:
21Nov53 CBS Sat
Liz wants to cut her hair short, but typical husband George opposes it. [JB]

1.12 [--] My Favorite Husband:
28Nov53 CBS Sat
Liz Cooper makes the most of an opportunity to turn hubby George green with
envy at their college reunion. [JB]

1.13 [--] My Favorite Husband:
05Dec53 CBS Sat
George becomes annoyed when he learns that his wife Liz is trying to raise
money for a benefit. [JB]

1.14 [--] My Favorite Husband:
12Dec53 CBS Sat
George, Liz, Myra and Gilly plan a "perfect" weekend trip to commune with nature. [JB]

1.15 [--] My Favorite Husband:
19Dec53 CBS Sat
No information available

1.16 [--] My Favorite Husband:
26Dec53 CBS Sat
Secret admirer in George's office causes complications. [JB]

1.17 [--] My Favorite Husband:
02Jan54 CBS Sat
George sets out to build bookshelves. [JB]

1.18 [--] My Favorite Husband:
09Jan54 CBS Sat
At the local country club it's strictly stag on Saturdays. Some of the
women are provoked to action by the situation. Liz tries to convince
George women are at home with golf clubs as well as skillets. [JB]

1.19 [--] My Favorite Husband:
16Jan54 CBS Sat
George decides he and Liz must slow down the pace of their lives. [JB]

1.20 [--] My Favorite Husband:
23Jan54
No information available

1.21 [--] My Favorite Husband: DOES MARRIAGE KILL ROMANCE
30Jan54 CBS Sat
George and Liz have a dispute. [JB]

1.22 [--] My Favorite Husband:
06Feb54 CBS Sat
George is furious when a noted artist chooses Liz as an ideal subject. [JB]

1.23 [--] My Favorite Husband:
13Feb54
No information available

1.24 [--] My Favorite Husband:
20Feb54 CBS Sat
The Coopers are invited to a hayride by a 17-year-old and take it as a
compliment to their youthful appearances. [JB]

1.25 [--] My Favorite Husband:
27Feb54
No information available

1.26 [--] My Favorite Husband:
06Mar54 CBS Sat
Liz and George decide to have their fortunes told at a charity bazaar. [JB]

1.27 [--] My Favorite Husband:
13Mar54 CBS Sat
Liz becomes skeptical of George's prescription for relaxing. [JB]

1.28 [--] My Favorite Husband:
20Mar54 CBS Sat
On the seventh anniversary of the day they met Liz wears the dress she wore
then. But George's memory isn't jogged. [JB]

1.29 [--] My Favorite Husband:
27Mar54
No information available

1.30 [--] My Favorite Husband:
03Apr54 CBS Sat
Liz's girl friends starts referring to George as "the perfect husband,"
and their husbands start giving George the cold shoulder. [JB]

1.31 [--] My Favorite Husband:
10Apr54 CBS Sat
Friends and relatives report to Liz that George is philandering, and Liz
finds it hard to convince them they're wrong. [JB]

1.32 [--] My Favorite Husband:
17Apr54 CBS Sat
Liz and George "go to the dogs." [JB]

1.33 [--] My Favorite Husband:
24Apr54 CBS Sat
Liz meets an ex-sweetheart of George's who tells her that George married
her on the rebound. [JB]

1.34 [--] My Favorite Husband:
01May54
No information available

1.35 [--] My Favorite Husband:
08May54 CBS Sat
Liz visits a resort without George and finds she is the only attractive and
unattached woman in the place. [JB]

1.36 [--] My Favorite Husband:
15May54 CBS Sat
Liz commits the unforgivable sin-she beats George at golf. This unthinkable
blunder completely disrupts the domestic bliss of the Coopers. [JB]

1.37 [--] My Favorite Husband:
22May54 CBS, Saturday
Synopsis 1:
Liz makes the bold decision to budget her time and get her
household better organized. But George finds the regimentation
definitely uncomfortable. (TV Guide)
Synopsis 2:
Liz decides to organize her time. [JB]

1.38 [--] My Favorite Husband:
29May54 CBS Sat
George and Liz go to New York on business. [JB]

1.39 [--] My Favorite Husband:
05Jun54 CBS Sat
A smashed fender and a traffic ticket bring Liz a rousing lecture from
George on careless driving, and she vows never to drive again. [JB]

1.40 [--] My Favorite Husband:
12Jun54 CBS Sat
Liz and George plot some matchmaking. Liz hatches a careful plan to
introduce a new bachelor neighbor to unmarried girl friend of hers. The
amazed George hatches a counterplot to introduce the bachelor to a dumb
blonde. [JB]

1.41 [--] My Favorite Husband:
19Jun54
No information available

1.42 [--] My Favorite Husband:
26Jun54 CBS Sat
Liz's uncle and aunt, two very proper Bostonians, come to visit on the
night of a costume ball. To impress them, George decides to dress as a knight. [JB]

1.43 [--] My Favorite Husband:
03Jul54 CBS Sat
It's rehearsal time at the Junior League fashion show, and Liz makes the
mistake of telling the Leaguers about George's dream that he was chasing another woman. [JB]

1.44 [--] My Favorite Husband:
10Jul54 CBS Sat
Riled at Liz's interfering with his purchase of a suit, independent George
selects the flashiest garment in the store. [JB]

(Last Show of the First Season 45? episodes)

############ My Favorite Husband ############
############## season 2 1954-55 ##############
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CBS Saturdays 9:30 pm Eastern (live)

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
11Sep54 CBS Sat
Liz organizes a movement to free women from the dictatorship of fashion
designers. Liz's plan is impaired by her friend Myra's return from Paris
with new creations [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
18Sep54 CBS Sat
Liz cooper discovers psychiatry and fears that her marriage is in jeopardy.
Her fears nearly become reality when she starts experimenting with analyses
of her husband George. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
25Sep54 CBS Sat
Liz buys George a do-it-yourself kit and encourages him to become a handyman.
Note: this episode was listed as being broadcast in "color" [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: FOR THE LOVE OF MINK
02Oct54 CBS Sat
George innocently remarks that Liz "doesn't care for mink," whereupon Liz
does her best to show her husband how wrong he is. In her attempt to
reconcile a mink coat with the family budget, however, Liz has quite a large job. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
09Oct54 CBS Sat
George Cooper decides to ignore the alarm clock and spend a lazy day in bed.
By the end of the day George isn't too sure whether a day at the bank
wouldn't have been far more restful. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
16Oct54 CBS Sat
Liz Cooper agrees to chaperone the teenage daughter of a relative while
George is out of town for a few days. To entertain her "shy" young charge,
Liz suggests a party for Flora and her girl friends. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
23Oct54 CBS Sat
Competing for the attention of a visiting author, Liz Cooper resorts to
telling a white lie, and invents an adventurer uncle. Everyone is impressed
by Liz's long-lost relative, including George. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
30Oct54 CBS Sat
Liz and George Cooper have a spat and Liz goes home to tell mother the sad
tale. Meanwhile, back at the golf course, George gives his version of the
argument to his neighbor and fellow golfer Gilly Cobb. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
06Nov54 CBS Sat
George wins a promotion at the bank but Liz, though she is proud of him,
decides he has become a hard-hearted banker. Liz's campaign to make George
more human begins when he turns down a request for a loan with what she feels
is cold-blooded indifference. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
13Nov54 CBS Sat
George relents under Liz's pressure and allows her to buy a second-hand car.
The slick salesman thinks Liz a perfect customer for a sleek foreign auto.
George feels that the Coopers are much more the used-car type. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: THE UNTRIED
20Nov54 CBS Sat   
Liz's feminine curiosity is aroused when George suddenly showers her with
gifts. He brings home a new hat and an expensive gown and she begins to
wonder about the motive behind the generosity. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
27Nov54 CBS Sat   
After six years of marriage Liz feels that she is losing her own identity.
She explains to George that she resents being just plain Mrs. Cooper,
housewife and chattel. [JB]

04Dec54
No information available

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
11Dec54 CBS Sat
Liz bangs up the family car and starts a very unusual family squabble. George
decides not to scold his wife for the accident and Liz takes her husband's
generosity as a personal affront. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
18Dec54 CBS Sat
George Cooper arouses his wife's criticism when his conversation for an
entire evening consists of asking her to change the TV channel. To remedy
this deplorable situation Liz starts her own one-woman campaign to bring
back the lost art of conversation. [JB]
(Note: See 15Jan55 this episode postponed)

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
25Dec54 CBS Sat
Liz feels that George is taking her for granted, and plans some action
guaranteed to shake him up a bit. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
01Jan55 CBS Sat
George makes such a dignified appearance at a party at Gilly's house, Liz
decides George should loosen up and let down his hair. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
08Jan55 CBS Sat
Being the neighborly type, Liz, Myra and Lydia pay a "Courtesy visit" to a
handsome and well-dressed bachelor who has just moved into town. Meanwhile,
only a short distance away, George, Gilly and Ed are blissfully unaware of
what effect this little visit is going to have on their homes, happiness and
wardrobes. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
15Jan55 CBS Sat
George Cooper arouses his wife's criticism when his conversation for an
entire evening consists of asking her to change the TV channel. To remedy
this deplorable situation Liz starts her own one-woman campaign to bring
back the lost art of conversation. [JB]
(Postponed from 18Dec54)

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
22Jan55 CBS Sat
Liz comes to the earth-shaking conclusion that George needs a vacation from
marriage. Mrs. Cooper grants her husband complete freedom for all of 24 hours! [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
29Jan55 CBS Sat
The gossips have their day when handsome bachelor Jeff Saunders is seen in
a restaurant with a mysterious woman in black. Liz and George Cooper solve
the problem of neighborhood talk. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
05Feb55 CBS Sat
From out of the past comes an old admirer of Liz who threatens to destroy
the Coopers' nuptial bliss. But George proves he's a match for any adventurer. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
12Feb55 CBS Sat
Though Jeff Sanders is happy enough with his unmarried state, Liz, Myra and .
Lydia consider it a personal challenge. The three women vie for the honor
of matching their choice with the eligible bachelor. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
19Feb55 CBS Sat
Bachelor Jeff Saunders writes a novel which starts each neighborhood wife
envisioning herself as the heroine. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
26Feb55 CBS Sat
The neighborhood is up in arms about the subject of Monday-night poker
sessions and the Coopers are right in the middle of the melee. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: GEORGE'S FAVORITE AUNT
05Mar55 CBS Sat   
George's aunt pays a visit and Liz tries to make a good impression. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
12Mar55 CBS Sat
On a cruise to Hawaii, the Coopers learn some facts about shipboard romance. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
19Mar55 CBS Sat
George Cooper is enthusiastic about Hawaii that he really goes native. Liz,
tired of competing with the lure of soft music and pineapple juice, rebels [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
26Mar55 CBS Sat
George and his pals decide to go duck hunting, and everyone but lucky Mr.
Cooper has to "bribe" his wife for the privilege. George's luck changes
when Liz learns about what she's missing by being generous. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
02Apr55 CBS Sat
During a parlor game, the neighborhood men pick Liz Cooper as "the woman
they'd most like to be alone with on a desert island with." This puts Liz
in a rather embarrassing position with her admirers' wives. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
09Apr55 CBS Sat
Liz feels that George should take advantage of the promotion offered him at
the bank; but George doesn't like the idea of being "tied to a desk." [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
16Apr55 CBS Sat
Liz and Myra decline their husbands' invitation to go fishing until they
learn that a beautiful young girl is going on the trip. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
23Apr55 CBS Sat
Liz anticipates an elaborate present from George on the occasion of her  birthday. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
30Apr55 CBS Sat
To impress an old schoolmate, Liz hires a staff of servants and invites the
town socialite to dinner. [JB]

07May55
No information available

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
14May55 CBS Sat
George Cooper plans his annual barbecue. The neighbors don't appreciate
George's culinary talents and would rather not be trapped into attending. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
21May55 CBS Sat
Liz cooper learns that many of her women friends are infatuated with her
husband. She discusses this with George, who agrees he should make himself
appear less attractive to the ladies. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: (title unknown)
28May55 CBS Sat
For years George has been listening to Liz rave about an old boy friend. One
day the Adonis pays an unexpected visit. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Favorite Husband: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
04Jun55 CBS Sat
Liz discovers that George's story about "Love at First Sight" on his part is
a slight exaggeration. An old army buddy of his tells Liz he is the one who
spent days trying to persuade George to propose. [JB]
(Last Show of the Season)

############# My Favorite Husband ############
############# season 3 Fall 1955 ############
################ (final season) ##############
CBS Tuesdays 10:30 pm Eastern
13 episodes (filmed)
Vanessa Brown replaces Joan Caulfield as Liz Cooper

3.01 [--] My Favorite Husband: PERFECT MAID (filmed)
(copyright title "The Maid")
04Oct55    CBS Tue   
Liz decides to hire a maid much against George's protest. But it's Liz who
protests when the maid showers attention on hubby George. [JB]

3.02 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE SIXTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (filmed)
11Oct55 CBS Tue       
Liz and George Cooper celebrate their sixth anniversary by returning to the
scene of their honeymoon. But their attempt to recapture the bliss of
newlyweds runs into a snag. [JB]

3.03 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE BANK ROBBERY (filmed)
18Oct55 CBS Tue   
Liz broadcasts to one and all about George's "heroism" when confronted by
an armed bandit. She soon regrets her enthusiasm when a very pretty girl at
the country club becomes enamored of the hero. [JB]

3.04 [--] My Favorite Husband: EXERCISE (filmed)
25Oct55 CBS Tue       
A professional athlete who was George's roommate at college pays the Coopers
a visit. He accuses George of being out of shape physically, but George tries
valiantly to prove him wrong. [JB]

3.05 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE TEA ROOM (filmed)
01Nov55 CBS Tue   
Against George's protests, Liz takes a job as a waitress. When she suspects
George is flirting with his secretary, Liz makes a date with one of her
customers. Dick Foran as Liz's date. [JB]

3.06 [--] My Favorite Husband: LUCKY DAY (filmed)
08Nov55 CBS Tue   
The Coopers discover the big drawback of winning a large estate in a raffle.
It costs money to keep it up! [JB]

3.07 [--] My Favorite Husband: LIZ EXPRESSES HERSELF (filmed)
15Nov55    CBS Tue
George Cooper and Myra Shepard gallantly agree to the scheme of their
respective spouses, Liz and Oliver, to retire to a secluded ranch for
collaboration on a great literary effort. But once there the would-be authors
find it wasn't such a good idea. [JB]

3.08 [--] My Favorite Husband: JURY DUTY (filmed)
22Nov55 CBS Tue   
George Cooper finds himself in hot water when he accepts a friend's offer
to get him off jury duty. [JB]

3.09 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE PAINTING (filmed)
29Nov55 CBS Tue   
Synopsis 1:
The Coopers take up painting in order to enter an amateur art contest.
Friendly rivalry is strained when Liz objects to the subject George has
decided to paint. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Inspired by Liz's efforts at the Wednesday Art Study Group, George Cooper
decides to try his hand at painting. He uses the pretty girl at the local
art-supply shop as his model, much to Liz's dismay. [JB]

3.10 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE STATUE (filmed)
06Dec55 CBS Tue   
George is irate when Liz brings home two grotesque antique lamps from an
auction. He demands the return of their money from the auctioneer. [JB]

3.11 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE CHILD (filmed)
13Dec55    CBS Tue
Synopsis 1:
George and Liz Cooper fall for a tale of international intrigue and agree
to take care of a child overnight. The Coopers soon come to the conclusion
the "parents" of the child are really kidnapers. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Liz has decided that she and George should adopt a child. George isn't as
enthusiastic as his spouse, and is quite upset when Liz arranges to have a
small girl visit with them. [JB]

3.12 [--] My Favorite Husband: THE GREAT WALDO (filmed)
(copyright title "The Astrologer")
20Dec55    CBS Tue
The Great Waldo, an astrologer, becomes a big influence in the life of Liz
Cooper. Under his spell, Liz is even encouraged to dabble in the stock market. [JB]

3.13 [--] My Favorite Husband: PARKING TICKET (filmed) (Last Show of the series)
27Dec55 CBS Tue   
George protests so violently over a one-dollar parking ticket, the judge is
forced to take more severe measures. [JB]


############ My Favorite Husband ############
############ CBS Reruns Summer 1957 ##########
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Summer 1957 Repeats CBS Sunday 7:30pm:

23Jun57    Perfect Maid (original air date 04Oct55)
30Jun57    Jury Duty (original air date 22Nov55)
07Jul57    Exercise (original air date 25Oct55)
14Jul57    The Statue (original air date 06Dec55)
21Jul57    The Sixth Wedding Anniversary (original air date 11Oct55)
28Jul57    Lucky Day (original air date 08Nov55)
04Aug57    The Painting (original air date 29Nov55)
11Aug57    The Tea Room (original air date 01Nov55)
18Aug57    The Bank Robbery (original air date 18Oct55)
25Aug57    Liz Expresses Herself (original air date 15Nov55)
01Sep57    The Child (original air date 13Dec55)
08Sep57    The Great Waldo aka The Astrologer (original air date 20Dec55)

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