Nanny and the Professor

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Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor.jpg
GenreSituation comedy
Created byAJ Carothers
Thomas L. Miller
StarringJuliet Mills
Richard Long
David Doremus
Trent Lehman
Kim Richards
Composer(s)Charles Fox
Arthur Morton
Country of originUS
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes54
Production
Producer(s)Charles B. Fitzsimons
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time24 min.
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original runJanuary 21, 1970 (1970-01-21) – December 27, 1971 (1971-12-27)
 
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Nanny and the Professor
Nanny and the Professor.jpg
GenreSituation comedy
Created byAJ Carothers
Thomas L. Miller
StarringJuliet Mills
Richard Long
David Doremus
Trent Lehman
Kim Richards
Composer(s)Charles Fox
Arthur Morton
Country of originUS
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes54
Production
Producer(s)Charles B. Fitzsimons
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time24 min.
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original runJanuary 21, 1970 (1970-01-21) – December 27, 1971 (1971-12-27)

Nanny and the Professor is an American fantasy situation comedy created by AJ Carothers and Thomas L. Miller for 20th Century Fox Television. During pre-production, the proposed title was Nanny Will Do.[1]

Premise[edit]

Playing upon the popular successes of Mary Poppins and other magical nannies of literature, this TV series posited another ostensibly magical British nanny taking care of a family in need of direction. Unlike the candid "magicality" of its forebears, this Nanny's paranormal nature was less overt and only implied. The Nanny's young wards, as well as the audience, were left intentionally unsure of the nature of Nanny's "powers," if any.

Nanny and the Everett Family.

The series starred Juliet Mills as Nanny Phoebe Figalilly, Richard Long as Professor Harold Everett, and Elsa Lanchester in the recurring role of Aunt Henrietta. Figalilly was apparently psychic, and had regular flashes of what was often more than intuition; she frequently knew who was ringing the doorbell before the bell even rang. There was the vague suggestion that she may have been at least several hundred years old and more than human, which the children thought they discovered in an episode after they saw a photo of Phoebe that looked like it was taken a century earlier.

Figalilly watched over Professor Everett and his three children: Hal, the intellectual tinkerer, played by David Doremus; Butch, the middle child, played by Trent Lehman; and Prudence, the youngest, played by Kim Richards. Patsy Garrett had the recurring role of nosy neighbor Mrs. Fowler whose daughter Francine, had a crush on Hal. Midway through the brief first season, a yellow 1930 Model A Ford, "Arabella," was added to the series.

In character, Mills sometimes wore a navy blue Inverness cape and cap that resembled a deerstalker; the program's opening titles showed animations of both.

Paranormal phenomena[edit]

The "magical" Nanny shows up unbidden after the single dad's mischievous children have just driven away another housekeeper (as reprised in Nanny McPhee). She seems to know the names of all strangers she meets, and can tell that the phone or doorbell is about to ring. Each time a bit of "magic" occurs a ding-a-ling sound is made (compare Samantha's nose-twitch sound on Bewitched). When something the father has to do interferes with the children's lives, often the phone or doorbell will ring (in conjunction with the ding-a-ling signal), and he will be told that the interference has been cancelled or postponed.

Characters[edit]

The first five named appear in all 54 episodes.

The Nanny's relatives[edit]

From time to time, some of the Nanny's relatives dropped by the Everett home for a visit. They include:

Ratings and cancellation[edit]

The series first aired as a mid-season replacement on January 21, 1970, on ABC and was last telecast on December 27, 1971. The series enjoyed initial success due to its Friday night timeslot when it was scheduled between The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family, which were similar shows, aimed largely at young children and pre-teens. Ratings suffered in the third season when ABC moved the series to Monday night opposite Gunsmoke and Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. After it was canceled, the show had a brief run in syndication.

The first two seasons are presently available for viewing on Hulu, but three episodes of season two are not included. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, which produced the show, has not released the series on DVD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weiner, Ed; Editors of TV Guide (1992). The TV Guide TV Book: 40 Years of the All-Time Greatest Television Facts, Fads, Hits, and History. New York: Harper Collins. p. 174. ISBN 0-06-096914-8. 

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