The People's Choice TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on NBC about a city Councilman (Socrates "Sock" Miller) who cared very much about helping the people in his district. Unfortunately, Mayor John Peoples wanted him to "go along" with his agenda and be a "good politician". That attitude was typically in conflict with the communitie's best interests and caused conflict between the Councilman and the Mayor. To make matters worse, Sock was dating Mayor People's daughter without the blessings of the Mayor! The funniest part of the series was when Sock's pet Basset Hound, "Cleo" would have thoughts about the predicaments that Sock got into and the audience could hear those thoughts!
Broadcast History:1st Season - Thursdays at 8:30 PM (eastern) on NBC
2nd & 3rd Season - Thursdays at 9:00 PM (eastern) on NBC
The People's Choice Cast:Jackie Cooper ............ Socrates "Sock" Miller
Pat Breslin .............. Amanda "Mandy" Peoples Miller
Margaret Irving .......... Aunt Gus
Paul Maxey ............... Mayor John Peoples
John Stephenson .......... Roger Crutcher (1955-57)
Leonid Kinskey ........... Pierre (1955-56)
Dick Wesson .............. Rollo (1956-58)
Bernadette ............... Cleopatra "Cleo" - The Basset Hound
Mary Jane Croft .......... Cleo's Voice
The People's Choice Trivia:
Besides being a councilman, Sock Miller was an ornithologist with the Bureau of Fish and Wildlife. An ornithologist is a person who studies birds.
The city where Sock was a Councilman was Barkerville, California.
In episode #13, "An Adventure of Sock", audiences learned that Sock got Cleo, his Basset Hound by winning her in a poker game while serving in the Army in Korea as a Corporal.
Jackie Cooper also starred in another popular comedy series titled, "Hennesey". Long before that, in the 1930s, Jackie was a top box office movie star as one of the legendary "Little Rascals". He played the role of "Jim Hawkins" in the 1934 classic film, "Treasure Island". Jackie was also one of only four actors to appear in all four Superman movies from the 1970s and 80s. He played the role of "Perry White" in those films. Only Christopher Reeve (Clark Kent/Superman), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), and Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen) joined Jackie on all four films.
On February 9th and November 23rd of 1957; Jackie Cooper (as Sock), Bernadette (as Cleo), and Mary Jane Croft (as Cleo's Voice) appeared on "The Perry Como Show" to do a charity promo for the March of Dimes.
While most sources say that The People's Choice didn't win any awards or even get any nominations, that's not altogether true. Bernadette (as Cleo) won a PATSY Award in 1958. PATSY is an acronym for "Picture Animals Top Star of the Year).
Sock and Mandy got married at the end of the second season. They did it secretly because the Mayor (Mandy's father) didn't approve of them even dating. In the final season after Sock graduated from law school, they finally told everyone about their marriage.
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Episodes List With Original Air Dates
The First Season
The Second Season
The Third Season
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