The Doris Day Show

The Doris Day Show

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The Doris Day Show is an American 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. It is also remembered for Day's claim, in her autobiography Doris Day: Her Own Story (1975), that her husband Martin Melcher had signed her to do the TV series without her knowledge, a fact she only discovered when Melcher died of heart disease on April 20, 1968. The TV show premiered on September 28, 1968.

Series run

Season 1

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 Billy and Toby, 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). Their housekeeper initially was Aggie Thompson, portrayed by Fran Ryan, who left after the first 10 episodes to replace Barbara Pepper in Green Acres as Doris Ziffel. The character left without any explanation and was replaced by Juanita, played by Naomi Stevens.

Season 2

In the 1969-70 TV season, the Doris Martin character began to commute from the ranch to San Francisco, where she...
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