The Doris Day Show




The Doris Day Show Cast


Series Description

The Doris Day Show was a comedy series on CBS that began about a widow with two children who left the big city to return to her roots on the family farm. The funny parts revolved around her difficulty in adjusting to rural life. In the second season, Doris took a job in the city as an executive secretary to the editor of Today's World Magazine. She continued living on the family farm, however. In season three, Doris moved herself and her children back to the city as her job required more attention from her and commuting became difficult. Then, for the fourth and final season, drastic changes were made! Doris became a single writer and news reporter and all but two members of the rest of the cast disappeared!

Doris Day Show Cast

Doris Day .... Doris Martin
Paul Smith .... Ron Harvey
Patrick O'Neal .... Jonathan Rusk
Klair Bybee .... Assistant Plant Manager
Billy De Wolfe .... Willard Jarvis (1969-1973)
Philip Brown .... Billy Martin (1968-1971)
Todd Starke .... Toby Martin (1968-1971)
Denver Pyle .... Buck Webb (1968-1970)
Rose Marie .... Myrna Gibbons (1969-1971)
McLean Stevenson .... Michael Nicholson (1969-1971)
Peter Lawford .... Dr. Peter Lawrence (1971-1973)
John Dehner .... Cy Bennett (1971-1973)
Jackie Joseph .... Jackie Parker (1971-1973)
James Hampton .... Leroy B. Simpson (1968-1969)
Naomi Stevens .... Juanita (1968-1969)
Kaye Ballard .... Angie Palucci (1970-1971)
Bernie Kopell .... Louie Palucci (1970-1971)
Carol Worthington .... Ethel (1970-1971)
Fran Ryan .... Aggie Thompson (1968)


Doris Day Show Broadcast History:

Season 1: Tuesday evenings on CBS from 9:30 to 10:00 PM.
Seasons 2-4: Monday evenings on CBS from 9:30 to 10:00 PM.


Doris Day Show Trivia

A full decade and a half before the Doris Day Show went on the air, there was a Doris Day radio show!

Doris Day set a record at the time for her contract with CBS to do the Doris Day Show. CBS paid her production company several million dollars to get her to sign her contract. That was by far the largest "up-front" fee paid to date!

During the second season, when the Doris Day Show was drawing the biggest audiences, the number of weekly viewers was estimated to be between 13 and 13 1/2 million! At that time, it was the #10 show on the air.

CBS actually wanted to renew the Doris Day Show for a sixth season. The reason the series went off the air is that Doris Day felt everything that could be done with the series had been done in five seasons and she had no further interest in working on the show any longer.

Probably due to the changing storylines throughout the series, the Doris Day Show has only been seen once since it went off the air for a brief time in the 1980s on a Christian network that aired some of the family-oriented season 1 episodes. In sydication, often only the most popular episodes get re-broadcast. With a maximum of 48 episodes (the last two seasons) with exactly the same storyline to choose from, the stations probably had no interest in syndicating the show.


Doris Day Show Theme Song

Title: "Que Sera Sera"

Written By: "Jay Livingston" and "Ray Evans"

Note: This was a shortened version as it was heard on the show. The full version was originally written for Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 re-make Of his 1934 film, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and was sung by Doris Day. Miss Day recorded the song and while it never did that well on the U.S. charts, it was popular for many years and it did very well on most international charts. It was, for example, the #8 recording in the United Kingdom in 1956! Que Sera Sera became Miss Day's signature tune.

Que Sera Sera, Sera Sera,
What ever will be will be,
The future is not ours to see,
Que Sera Sera.

What will be will be.


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1
  1. Dinner For Mom (9/28/1968)
  2. The Uniform (10/1/1968)
  3. The Friend (10/8/1968)
  4. The Matchmakers (10/22/1968)
  5. The Songwriter (10/29/1968)
  6. The Antique (11/12/1968)
  7. Leroy B. Simpson (11/19/1968)
  8. The Black Eye (11/26/1968)
  9. The Librarian (12/3/1968)
  10. The Camping Trip (12/10/1968)
  11. The Job (12/17/1968)
  12. Buck's Girl (12/24/1968)
  13. The Relatives (12/31/1968)
  14. Love a Duck (1/7/1969)
  15. Let Them Out of the Nest (1/21/1969)
  16. The Clock (1/28/1969)
  17. The Buddy (2/4/1969)
  18. The Fly Boy (2/11/1969)
  19. The Tournament (2/18/1969)
  20. Love Thy Neighbor (3/4/1969)
  21. The Con Man (3/11/1969)
  22. The Musical (3/18/1969)
  23. The Baby Sitter (3/25/1969)
  24. The Still (4/1/1969)
  25. The Gift (4/8/1969)
  26. The Tiger (4/15/1969)
  27. The Date (4/22/1969)
  28. The Five Dollar Bill (4/29/1969)
Season 2
  1. Doris Gets a Job (9/22/1969)
  2. A Frog Called Harold (9/29/1969)
  3. Married for a Day (10/6/1969)
  4. The Woman Hater (10/13/1969)
  5. The Chocolate Bar War (10/20/1969)
  6. The Health King (11/10/1969)
  7. Doris the Model (11/17/1969)
  8. Doris Strikes Out (11/24/1969)
  9. Singles Only (12/8/1969)
  10. Togetherness (12/15/1969)
  11. A Two-Family Christmas (12/22/1969)
  12. You're as Old as You Feel (12/29/1969)
  13. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1/5/1970)
  14. Doris vs. the Computer (1/12/1970)
  15. Hot Dogs (1/19/1970)
  16. Today's World Catches the Measles (1/26/1970)
  17. The Gas Station (2/2/1970)
  18. Kidnapped (2/9/1970)
  19. Buck's Portrait (2/16/1970)
  20. Doris Hires a Millionaire - Part 1 (2/23/1970)
  21. Doris Hires a Millionaire - Part 2 (3/2/1970)
  22. A Woman's Intuition (3/9/1970)
  23. Doris Meets a Prince (3/16/1970)
  24. The Duke Returns (3/23/1970)
  25. The Office Troubleshooter (3/30/1970)
  26. Colonel Fairburn Takes Over (4/6/1970)
Season 3
  1. Doris Finds an Apartment (9/14/1970)
  2. The Feminist (9/21/1970)
  3. How Can I Ignore the Man Next Door? (9/28/1970)
  4. Dinner for One (10/5/1970)
  5. Doris Leaves Today's World - Part 1 (10/12/1970)
  6. Doris Leaves Today's World - Part 1 (10/19/1970)
  7. The Fashion Show (10/26/1970)
  8. Lost and Found (11/2/1970)
  9. Duke the Performer (11/9/1970)
  10. Doris the Spy (11/16/1970)
  11. Tony Bennett is Eating Here (11/23/1970)
  12. Cousin Charlie (11/30/1970)
  13. Love Makes the Pizza Go Round (12/7/1970)
  14. Buck Visits the Big City (12/14/1970)
  15. It's Christmas Time in the City (12/21/1970)
  16. Doris vs. Pollution (12/28/1970)
  17. The Forward Pass (1/11/1971)
  18. Duke's Girlfriend (1/18/1971)
  19. Jarvis' Uncle (1/25/1971)
  20. Lassoin' Leroy (2/1/1971)
  21. Colonel Fairburn Jr. (2/8/1971)
  22. Billy's First Date (2/15/1971)
  23. Doris Goes to Hollywood (2/22/1971)
  24. Skiing Anyone? (3/1/1971)
  25. The Father-Son Weekend (3/8/1971)
  26. Young Love (3/15/1971)
Season 4
  1. And Here's ... Doris (9/13/1971)
  2. Mr. and Mrs. Raffles (9/20/1971)
  3. When in Rome, Don't (9/27/1971)
  4. Charity Begins in the Office (10/4/1971)
  5. A Weighty Problem (10/11/1971)
  6. The People's Choice (10/18/1971)
  7. A Fine Romance (10/25/1971)
  8. The Albatross (11/1/1971)
  9. Have I Got a Fellow for You (11/8/1971)
  10. To England With Doris (11/15/1971)
  11. The Sheik of Araby (11/29/1971)
  12. Doris and the Doctor (11/29/1971)
  13. Happiness is Not Being Fired (12/6/1971)
  14. Whodunnit, Doris (12/13/1971)
  15. The Wings of an Angel (12/27/1971)
  16. Doris at Sea (1/3/1972)
  17. The Sorrows of Sangapur (1/10/1972)
  18. The Blessed Event (1/17/1972)
  19. Who's Got the Trenchcoat (1/24/1972)
  20. Doris' House Guest (1/31/1972)
  21. Crapshooter Who Would Be King (2/7/1972)
  22. Cover Girl (2/21/1972)
  23. Gowns by Louis (2/28/1972)
  24. There's a Horse Thief in Every Family Tree (3/6/1972)
Season 5
  1. No More Advice ... Please (9/11/1972)
  2. The Great Talent Raid (9/18/1972)
  3. Just a Miss (9/25/1972)
  4. The Press Secretary (10/2/1972)
  5. Peeping Tom (10/9/1972)
  6. Forgive and Forget (10/16/1972)
  7. Debt of Honor (10/23/1972)
  8. Jimmy the Gent (11/6/1972)
  9. The Music Man (11/13/1972)
  10. Detective Story (11/20/1972)
  11. The Co-Op (11/27/1972)
  12. Anniversary Gift (12/11/1972)
  13. The New Boss (12/18/1972)
  14. Follow That Dog (1/1/1973)
  15. The Hoax (1/8/1973)
  16. The Last Huzzah (1/15/1973)
  17. Hospital Benefit (1/22/1973)
  18. It's a Dog's Life (1/29/1973)
  19. Family Magazine (2/5/1973)
  20. A Small Cure for Big Alimony (2/12/1973)
  21. Magificant Fraud (2/19/1973)
  22. Meant for Each Other (2/26/1973)
  23. Welcome to Big Sur (3/5/1973)
  24. Byline ... Alias Doris (3/12/1973)




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