The Patty Duke Show

The Patty Duke Show

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The Patty Duke Show

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The Patty Duke Show is an American sitcom which ran on ABC from September 18, 1963, until May 4, 1966, with reruns airing through August 31, 1966. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty Duke. A total of 104 episodes were produced, most written by Sidney Sheldon.


Patty Lane (Duke) is a normal teenager living in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City (and as the lyrics to the theme song point out--"Patty loves to rock 'n' roll, a hot dog makes her lose control!"). Her father is the managing editor of the New York Daily Chronicle. In the unaired pilot episode, her "identical cousin" Cathy Lane (also played by Duke), whose father also works for the Chronicle as a foreign correspondent, arrives in the United States from Scotland to live with Patty's family and attend school.

The show's premise is that Cathy is more worldly and demure than identical looking cousin Patty. The remarkable physical resemblance that Patty and Cathy Lane share to each other is explained by their fathers being identical twin brothers.

Duke played a third lookalike role in the second season episode "The Perfect Hostess", in which Patty and Cathy come face to face with their southern belle doppelganger when distant cousin Betsy visited from Chattanooga, Tenn.

Characters and cast

Rounding out the cast were William Schallert as Patty's father Martin Lane (Schallert also played Cathy's father Kenneth in a handful of episodes), Jean Byron as...
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