The Bing Crosby Show (1964)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This short-lived 1964 series ran on ABC, and marked crooner Bing Crosby's second foray into network television after a 1954 variety show. Unlike its predecessor, this one was a conventional sitcom; it starred Crosby as Bing Collins, a onetime singer who had years ago left show business to live a quiet life as an electrical engineer, supporting his wife Ellie (Beverly Garland) and children. Bing could never quite escape from the limelight, however, as Ellie herself nurtured showbiz aspirations and thus brought about continual reminders of the life her husband had left behind. The couple had two very different daughters: 10-year-old Janice (Carol Faylen), a brainiac little girl with an intellect which suggested that she might be better suited for university life; and Joyce (Diane Sherry), a 15-year-old adolescent very much into boys. Willie Walters (Frank McHugh) was the handyman who, oddly enough, lived full time with the Collins family. Bing typically sang at least one number on each episode.