My Mother the Car

 
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My Mother the Car

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NBC | Release Date: September 14, 1965
Summary: Show Type: Situation Comedy
First Telecast: September 14, 1965 Last Telecast: September 6, 1966
Episodes: 30 Color Episodes My Mother the Car may very well be known as the most notorious short-lived sitcom of all time and it's solely due to its premise, a talking car. The series was first seen in September of 1965 on NBC and joined
Show Type: Situation Comedy
First Telecast: September 14, 1965 Last Telecast: September 6, 1966
Episodes: 30 Color Episodes

My Mother the Car may very well be known as the most notorious short-lived sitcom of all time and it's solely due to its premise, a talking car. The series was first seen in September of 1965 on NBC and joined the ranks of other "fantasy" driven sitcoms of the time, including Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan's Island, and Mister Ed, to name a few.

The pilot episode introduces us to the world of Dave Crabtree. Dave is your ordinary family man, married to wife Barbara and they have two children, Randy and Cindy. However, it's when he purchases a 1928 Porter, that he discovers that another family member is living with him, his deceased mother. It seems Dave Crabtree's mother has been reincarnated as a car. The voice of Dave's mother was provided by actress Ann Sothern and the only person the car would talk to was Dave.

Also in the cast was Captain Mancini. Mancini was a car collector who was always trying to find a way to purchase the Porter. Despite being quite unique, and low ratings, NBC dropped the series in the fall of 1966.

In 2002, TV Guide named My Mother the Car the second worst show of all time. It was beat only by The Jerry Springer Show.

NBC Broadcast History
September 1965-September 1966----Tuesdays----7:30 p.m.

Nielsen Ratings:
(Top 30 or Better)
Never hit the top 30

Theme song: "My Mother the Car"
Written and sung by Paul Hampton

Everybody knows in a second life, we all come back sooner or later.
As anything from a pussycat to a man eating alligator.
Well you all may think my story, is more fiction than it's fact.
But believe it or not my mother dear decided she'd come back. As a car...
She's my very own guiding star.
A 1928 Porter.
That's my mother dear.
'Cause she helps me through everything I do and I'm so glad she's near.
My Mother the Car.
My Mother the Car.
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Creator: Chris Hayward and Allan Burns
Genre(s): Comedy
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