The Doris Day Show : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 1968
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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  • Summary: The Doris Day Show was first seen in September of 1968 and quickly became a series marked for it's constant premise changes, with only one constant, Doris Day played Doris Martin for all five years. During the first season, Doris Martin was a widow raising two young sons, Billy and Toby, onThe Doris Day Show was first seen in September of 1968 and quickly became a series marked for it's constant premise changes, with only one constant, Doris Day played Doris Martin for all five years. During the first season, Doris Martin was a widow raising two young sons, Billy and Toby, on her own. The Martins lived on a family ranch and much of the storylines revolved around them adjusting to rural living. The ranch was run by Buck Webb, Leroy B. Simpson was the hired hand and Aggie was the housekeeper who was replaced by Juanita in late 1968. The second season saw a few changes. Doris got a job as a secretary for a magazine in San Fancisco, called Today's World. Thus, she commuted daily to work from the ranch. New characters were added, Michael Nicholson was the editor and boss, Ron Harvey was the assistant editor and Myrna Gibbons was another secretary.

    The third season had additional changes in that Doris, Toby, Billy and their dog, Lord Nelson, moved into an apartment in San Francisco. The apartment was owned by Angie Palucci and her husband Louie who also ran an Italian restaurant on the first floor. This season also saw Doris moving on up and she began writing some stories for the magazine.

    The fourth season saw the most dramatic change yet, Doris was still working for Today's World but now she was a single, staff writer, who no longer had children or a dog. She was a single working girl. Cy Bennett was her new boss and Jackie Parker was his secretary. After a long line of changes, both the fourth and fifth season stayed the same, premise-wise.

    Theme Song: "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)"
    Written by: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
    Sung by: Doris Day

    Nielsen Ratings:
    (Top 30 or Better)
    #30 in the 1968-1969 Season
    #10 in the 1969-1970 Season
    #20 in the 1970-1971 Season
    #24 in the 1971-1972 Season
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  • Genre(s): Comedy

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  1. Mar 27, 2016
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    I was 12 back in 1968 the year the USA seemed to have a nervous breakdown. The Doris Day Show was one of those dated bad tired shows. In aI was 12 back in 1968 the year the USA seemed to have a nervous breakdown. The Doris Day Show was one of those dated bad tired shows. In a year when hip was anything different it didn't have to be good. And this show was an example. Doris was an attractive blonde back in her day (no pun intended). Never liked her music (before my time). She had the voice for hoaky torch songs Liberace fans and old drag queens would love. But as an actress at least on this horrible comedy her voice was grating. A forgettable waste of time. Never thought twice of this turkey until Decades TV Network brought it out of TV hell. This network has a love affair for featuring some God Awful bad TV for their binge weekends. Doris Day Show was a binge weekend from hell several months ago. But wait! There's more! Since the old German gal will celebrate her 94th. birthday April 3rd; guess what? We get another Doris Day Show binge weekend. This classic crud TV show kicks off with the Que Serra Serra theme. Always hated this song. Then in the opening theme you see Ms. Day prancing across the streets of "San Fran Sicko," wearing dorky knee high yellow socks. The only thing her foot ware lacks is Hello Kitty. She's a working girl secretary. Oh boy! She has two boys and an old codger goat played by Denver Pyle. Thats one season. She also has a boring shaggy dog with her boring boys and the old goat.That's one season. Next season she lives in San Fran. Her boss is McClean Stephenson, Her crib is a tenement above an Italian restaurant named Paluccis. What a bad name. Palucci sounds like polution. Remember, it's the late 60's early 70's when the ecology movement got started in earnest. The stereotypical Paison aged couple with the polluted surname own the restaurant and the tenement Doris Day croaks Que Serra, Serra. In the later season there's no more boring boys and no more doggy. Hmmm the Paluccis had their special recipe Italian delight dishes. Vapid boys and shaggy dog are "Abondazza." The Doris Day Show along with The Loretta Young Show, Love American Style and The Love Boat would be great weapons o torture to use against Isis and their ilk. There's so much outstanding classic TV in Decade's vault why torture us with The Doris Day Show? Expand