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The Doris Day Show is an 128-episode American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 1968 until September 1973. In addition to showcasing Doris Day, the show is remembered for its many abrupt format changes over the course of its five-year run.
Day had been a popular film actress in the 1950s and early 1960s. In this gentle sitcom, she was cast as Doris Martin, a widow and mother of two young sons who, when the series premiered, had just moved back to a rural ranch outside of San Francisco after having lived in big cities for most of her adult life.
Other characters during this initial phase of the program included Doris's father Buck (played by Denver Pyle) and their hired hand on the ranch, Leroy (played by James Hampton).
In the 1969-70 TV season, the Doris Martin character began to commute from the ranch to San Francisco, where she worked as a secretary for a magazine. New workplace characters were added. McLean Stevenson (who would later leave the series to star in MASH) played her boss, and her friend and coworker, Myrna Gibbons, was played by Rose Marie in a role similar to her more famous Sally Rogers role on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
At the start of the 1970-71 season, Doris and her sons moved from the ranch to San Francisco, where they lived above an Italian restaurant. Doris began writing articles for the magazine at which she worked, Today's World. Most of the characters from the previous season remained.
The fourth season, 1971-72, saw the most radical change in the series. Perhaps inspired by the success of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Day's character suddenly became a swinging single career woman. The entire cast, other than Day herself, was gone; even Doris Martin's two sons were no longer in the cast (or even referred to). Doris Martin now had a new editor, Cy Bennett, and she was no longer a secretary, but rather a full-time staff writer. The series continued with this format until it was canceled in 1973.
The Doris Day Show was considered a rather lightweight comedy, and was never a huge ratings success (although it was popular enough to survive on primetime TV for five seasons). Even though it premiered at a time when rural comedies such as Green Acres were still the norm, it continued into the era when topical, relevant sitcoms like All in the Family prevailed. In fact, The Doris Day Show was once, in 1971, referred to in an episode of All in the Family. As the bigoted white character Archie Bunker awkwardly attempts to make small talk with his new African American neighbor Louise Jefferson, he asks her: "Er, how did you like the Julia show last night?" Louise Jefferson replies, "Fine. How did you like Doris Day?"
One implication of this exchange was that the sunny sitcom Julia, starring Diahann Carroll as a middle-class African American nurse, a show considered rather groundbreaking at the time by many white Americans, was in fact no more relevant for black Americans than the lightweight Doris Day Show was relevant for whites.
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|Last Airing||Sep 10, 1973|
|Premiere||September 24, 1968|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Aggie Thompson (1968)
Kaye Ballard.... Angie Palucci (1970-1971)
Phillip Brown.... Billy Martin (1968-1971)
Denver Pyle.... Buck Webb (1968-1970)
Doris Day.... Doris Martin
Jackie Joseph.... Jackie Parker (1971-1973)
Naomi Stevens.... Juanita (1968-1969)
James Hampton.... Leroy B. Simpson (1968-1969)
Bernie Kopell.... Louie Palucci (1970-1971)
McLean Stevenson.... Michael Nicholson (1969-1971)
Rose Marie.... Myrna Gibbons (1969-1971)
Paul Smith.... Ron Harvey
John Dehner.... Sy Bennett (1971-1973)
Todd Starke.... Toby Martin (1968-1971)
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