is a one-hour dramatic series
starring James Franciscus
(1934-1991) in the title role, which aired on NBC
for two seasons, 1963-1965.
The series followed John Novak, an idealistic first-year English teacher
at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles
who often got involved in the lives of his students and fellow teachers. Franciscus himself held a bachelor of arts
degree in English from Yale University
. Principal Albert Vane was played by Dean Jagger
(1903-1991), who was nominated for an Emmy Award
in 1964 and 1965 for his performance. When Jagger left the series in 1964, Burgess Meredith
played new principal Martin Woodridge.
The show, produced by MGM Television
, was broadcast on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time). In its first season, Mr. Novak'
s principal competition was the ABC
war series Combat!
starring Rick Jason
and Vic Morrow
, and the second half of the hour-long The Red Skelton Show
. In the second season, the competition was still Combat!
on ABC, and the documentary series World War One
on CBS. Skelton was moved a half-hour later in December of 1964.
During the first season of Mr. Novak
, ABC ran a 26-week series about life on a college
starred Jason Evers
as English Professor
Joseph Howe and Henry Jones
as Fred Baker, the dean of fictitious Channing College.
- Peter Helm appeared three times, including the lead guest-star role in "The Private Life of Douglas Morgan, Jr."......