Season Cast 42

  1. Joan Hotchkis

    Joan Hotchkis

    Ellen Monroe (26 Episodes)

  2. William Windom

    William Windom

    John Monroe (26 Episodes)

  3. Henry Morgan

    Henry Morgan

    Philip Jensen (26 Episodes)

  4. Lisa Gerritsen
  5. Mary Grover

    Mary Grover

    Miss Skidmore (26 Episodes)

  6. Lew Gallo

    Lew Gallo

    (3 Episodes)

  7. Buddy Lester

    Buddy Lester

    (2 Episodes)

  8. Sheldon Leonard

    Sheldon Leonard

    (2 Episodes)

  9. Stuart Margolin

    Stuart Margolin

    (2 Episodes)

  10. Arthur Hunnicutt

    Arthur Hunnicutt

    (2 Episodes)

  11. Danny Arnold

    (2 Episodes)

  12. Douglas Fowley

    Douglas Fowley

    (2 Episodes)

  13. Lee Meriwether

    Lee Meriwether

    (1 Episode)

  14. Paul Ford

    Paul Ford

    (1 Episode)

  15. Frank De Vol

    Frank De Vol

    (1 Episode)

  16. Jesse White

    Jesse White

    (1 Episode)

  17. Joe Besser

    Joe Besser

    (1 Episode)

  18. James Gregory

    James Gregory

    (1 Episode)

  19. Lee Philips

    Lee Philips

    (1 Episode)

  20. Larry Storch

    Larry Storch

    (1 Episode)

  21. Marvin Kaplan

    Marvin Kaplan

    (1 Episode)

  22. Bill Erwin

    Bill Erwin

    (1 Episode)

  23. Queenie Smith

    Queenie Smith

    (1 Episode)

  24. Bobo Lewis

    (1 Episode)

  25. Allyn Ann McLerie

    Allyn Ann McLerie

    (1 Episode)

  26. Milton Selzer

    Milton Selzer

    (1 Episode)

  27. Ruth McDevitt

    Ruth McDevitt

    (1 Episode)

  28. Neva Patterson

    Neva Patterson

    (1 Episode)

  29. Danny Bonaduce

    Danny Bonaduce

    (1 Episode)

  30. Alan Oppenheimer

    Alan Oppenheimer

    (1 Episode)

  31. Oscar Beregi Jr.

    Oscar Beregi Jr.

    (1 Episode)

  32. Ed Peck

    Ed Peck

    (1 Episode)

  33. Kerry MacLane

    (1 Episode)

  34. Dave Shelley

    (1 Episode)

  35. Royal Dano

    Royal Dano

    (1 Episode)

  36. Frank Aletter

    Frank Aletter

    (1 Episode)

  37. Vic Tayback

    Vic Tayback

    (1 Episode)

  38. Percy Helton

    Percy Helton

    (1 Episode)

  39. Joseph V. Perry

    Joseph V. Perry

    (1 Episode)

  40. Eldon Quick

    (1 Episode)

  41. Tom D'Andrea

    Tom D'Andrea

    (1 Episode)

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Season Crew 18

Directing

  1. John Rich

    John Rich

    Director (8 Episodes)

  2. Danny Arnold

    Director (4 Episodes)

  3. James Sheldon

    Director (3 Episodes)

  4. Alan Rafkin

    Director (2 Episodes)

  5. Lee Philips

    Lee Philips

    Director (2 Episodes)

  6. Melville Shavelson
  7. Sheldon Leonard

    Sheldon Leonard

    Director (2 Episodes)

  8. Allen Baron

    Director (1 Episode)

Production

  1. Danny Arnold

    Producer (26 Episodes)

  2. Sheldon Leonard

Writing

  1. Danny Arnold

    Writer (6 Episodes)

  2. Lawrence Marks

    Writer (3 Episodes)

  3. Marion Hargrove

    Writer (2 Episodes)

  4. Lila Garrett

    Writer (2 Episodes)

  5. Carl Kleinschmitt

    Writer (2 Episodes)

  6. Paul Wayne

    Writer (2 Episodes)

  7. John McGreevey

    Writer (1 Episode)

  8. Harvey Bullock

    Writer (1 Episode)

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Episodes 26

September 15, 1969

When Lydia complains to her father about the dullness of her history lesson at school, John tells her his own version of the story of Generals Grant and Lee at Appomattox, a version that plays fast and loose with the facts. After Lydia repeats John's fanciful take on the story in class, her beautiful teacher pays John a visit at home.

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September 22, 1969

When the noise from the freight elevator beside his office becomes intolerable, John decides to try working at home, only to be confronted by Lydia, who is unhappy with her seat at school. She decides to run away into Manhattan to stay with her bohemian Aunt Kate--accompanied by her worried father.

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In order to get closer to her father, with whom she seems to share little in common, Lydia learns how to play chess from her mother and begins seriously beating John at the game. He enlists the help of Oscar, a chess expert who works at The Manhattanite, to beat her, but to no avail. So John imagines the results of three increasingly bizarre plans to win out over his daughter.

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Christabel

October 6, 1969

John has dog problems with just about everyone: Greeley, over a magazine piece about his childhood family pet who bit people; Ellen, who makes him sleep on the couch after an argument about animals' eyes; and Lydia, who wants a new puppy. Then Christabel, the family's ancient poodle, becomes ill, and everyone seems to hold John at fault.

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October 13, 1969

When Lydia comes down with a bad cold, John takes the opportunity to try to show her that people with vivid imaginations are better off than those who approach life from a more ""realistic"" point of view. The story of ""The Unicorn in the Garden"" doesn't seem to work, so John relates the story of his great-grandfather, who not only was a prolific storyteller but managed to get the fire department called out when he was trying to attend to young John's sniffles.

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October 20, 1969

After Greeley once again fails to understand the humor in one of John's cartoons, John quits his job with The Manhattanite and returns home, where he begins to wonder what he'll do for money now. He settles on playing the stock market and fantasizes about a meeting with J.P. Morgan.

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October 27, 1969

John, finding himself bothered by the ordinariness of his life, fantasizes about being involved in a tale of espionage involving pickle forks and a malevolent dragon.

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November 3, 1969

Greeley rejects yet another of John's cartoons which he doesn't understand, one involving a seal in the bedroom of a married couple. Ellen and Lydia agree with Greeley, and when John tells Phil about his problem, Phil suggests the seal might represent John's mother who is visiting the Monroes. Naturally this provokes a fantasy in which John's mother, who showed up at the house wearing a sealskin coat, actually becomes a seal.

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November 10, 1969

After being bitten by the family cat, Dimity Ann, John takes her away and leaves her in a new housing developement. Lydia believes the cat ran away because of a dislike for her, while Ellen's suspicions come nearer the truth. John fantasizes about being on trial before a real judge for his ""crime.""

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November 17, 1969

The Monroe's new neighbor, Paul Morton, who is also a cartoonist, challenges John's more sophisticated humor by pitting him against the town's answer to Will Rogers, Zeph Leggin. To John's distress, Ellen and Lydia are taken with Zeph's more rustic humor, and even in his fantasy world John has trouble winning out.

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November 24, 1969

The Monroes have a new maid who for some reason has a phobia about modern appliances, and Ellen tells John to be kind to her and keep up appearances while she's away. But the maid finds John, who is working in the attic, as distracting as the appliances.

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Native Wit

December 1, 1969

John finally manages to get his revenge on Zeph Leggin by studying old jokes and using them to defeat the local humorist in a battle of wit. So Zeph decides it's time to move away from the Connecticut village, and a guilty John feels compelled to convince him to remain.

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December 8, 1969

When Greeley decides to dedicate an entire issue of The Manhattanite to children's book author George Lindsay Lockhart, John, who despises people who write for children, is outraged--even more when he discovers that Greeley will be staying in his house as they collaborate. John's ire is raised even more when Ellen and Lydia take a liking to Lockhart. But when the two men start working together, John discovers Lockhart isn't quite the saccharine, optimistic soul he had expected.

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December 15, 1969

Frustrated while trying to buy a Christmas present for Lydia, John makes the unfortunate choice of an American flag as her gift. Lydia is not pleased, and when the people in the neighborhood learn of John's inappropriate gift, a group of them show up at the Monroe's accusing him of having his holidays confused.

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December 22, 1969

During a sixteenth anniversary party for the Jensens at the Monroe's house, Phil loses his temper when his wife Ruth interrupts one of his stories, and when he accidentally spills a martini on her, war is declared. After a skirmish in the grocery store, battle lines are drawn and Ruth throws Phil out of their house, which causes the men, including Hamilton Greeley and a fellow writer named J.J. Howard, to gather at a bar and decide how to prevail.

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December 29, 1969

Lydia is supposed to go to a dance with a boy named Elbert, but when a bully beats him up and insists that Lydia go to the dance with him, John takes the side of the underdog and tries to talk Elbert into retaliating.

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January 5, 1970

Lydia is concerned about nightmares, so John tells stories about his family during his childhood in Columbus, Ohio. He recalls several eccentric relatives, including his Aunt Hester, who was so afraid of burglers that she put her household good outside her bedroom door every night so no one would break in to steal them.

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January 12, 1970

When a neighborhood boy tries to tell Lydia about the facts of life, she responds by punching him in the mouth. While Ellen is mostly concerned that Lydia has given the boy a loose tooth, John attempts to discuss the concepts of inferiority and superiority with his daughter

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January 19, 1970

When both Ellen and Lydia's teacher Miss Skidmore agree that John's cartoons are causing his daughter acute embarrassment, John goes to the school and ends up in the office of the principal, who John imagines as a Nazi out of a World War II melodrama.

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January 26, 1970

When Ellen and Lydia go on an overnight trip, leaving John home alone, he finds himself interrupted in his work by a pair of movers and goes into a fantasy concerning him and his beautiful new neighbor.

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February 2, 1970

John suggests The Manhattanite use marriage as the theme of its anniversary issue, and he has his own ideas on the subject. After he elaborates on his thoughts on marriage, including the tendency of wives to tardiness, he ends up being late for a lunch date with Ellen.

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February 9, 1970

When John begins collaborating on a book with a female writer, Ellen suspects he may really be having an affair instead.

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February 16, 1970

John is suffering from cartoonist's block, making him irritable at work and then later at home. In his frustration he chases Lydia out of his study, causing her to fall and accidentally break her arm. Everyone seems to want to take the blame for Lydia's injury, and Ellen thinks she has a solution, at least to John's feelings of guilt.

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February 23, 1970

John once again has to deal with rejection, not only by Greeley, who can't find the humor in one of John's cartoons, but by the young editor of Lydia's sixth-grade school newspaper. John is upset by this double rejection, but his attempts to plead his case don't go the way he wants.

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March 2, 1970

After both Ellen and Greeley accuse John of hating women, John becomes unable to think of any other kinds of cartoons to meet his deadline than ones which back up their accusations.

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Child's Play

March 6, 1970

When Phil gives in to his son's wishes because of feelings of guilt, John chastises him for being weak, but when John himself misses a picnic he'd planned to take with Lydia, he imagines the negative consequences of his forgetfulness by conjuring up three possible Lydias of the future, none of them better off for his neglect.

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