I got hold of a copy of a few episodes.
It's actually very charming and warm hearted.
Kim Richards was adorable, so was the nanny, with her very sweet English accent.
The father was sexy and handsome.
Is it ever run any more in the USA?
So many of these old kids shows are awful to see many years later. This does not fall into that category.
Didn't one of the boys commit suicide?
Friday nights were the best!
Nanny and the Professor
Don't remember much about Nanny and the Professor - guess the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family were more colorful.
Sadly the actor who played the younger son hanged himself in the playground of his old highschool. Being another Eldergay, I also have fond memories of this show. Richard Long (the father) had been starring with Babs Stanwyck in the Big Valley - bit of change from Juliet Mills as Nanny !!
Was this show another candidate for the Dead Mommies Club?
Every 60s show seemed to belong to The dead Mommies Club.
Next, Dead Daddies.
My God, I had forgotten about this dreck. I had repressed memories of this one since high school. What a shiteous show. It was as bad as The Brady Bunch and Partidge Family for banality. Horrid tripe!
Didn't the Nanny, Phoebe Figililly, have magical powers?
It was a rather clever takeoff on Bewitched with a bit of the Bradys thrown in. I hated it when they moved it to Mondays. It was pre-empted for Monday Night Football all the time. It ran until 1972 not 71. I have no doubt that the Professor and Nanny would have got married if the show ran a couple more years. This show is absolutely a brilliant masterpiece compared to the shit that passes for a network sitcom today!
I vaguely remember it being on Wednesday nights paired with either Eddie's Father or The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
(R5) I don't think the target audience were High School students - a bit old. Shame you had repressed memories and were forced to watch it. Certainly not Seinfeld or 30 Rock!
It was a gentle take-off of Mary Poppins. Had a surprising number of older actor guest stars e.g. Elsa Lanchester, Ida Lupino, John Mills etc
Not to everybody's taste, but harmless and loved by some.
Richard Long was hot. He had the greatest voice.
Not a great show, but my how I had a crush on Richard Long. Such a handsome man. it did have a great theme song. So 70s!
It's rerun on either MeTV or ANTENNA TV on your cable channel.
As soon as I saw my first episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I immediately recognized "Prudence" (Kim Richards).
To the person posting that "Nanny" was on Friday nights, I don't remember it being in the lineup. That Friday night lineup was classic:
The Odd Couple
Love American Style
I remember it - I was more a fan of the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family, but I liked Nanny and loved the theme song.
It was gay, and the kid killed himself.
It was quite the scandale at the time when "Nanny" Juliet Mills married much younger (18 years) and HOT HOT HOT Maxwell Caulfield.
They've now been married for over 20 years.
Juliet turned up last week on "Hot in Cleveland" as Jane Leeves' Mum, looking good for a woman over 70...
The "kid" was Trent Lehman, and he killed himself when he was only 20.
I was talking with a friend today about this thread and he said the reason ABC dropped the show like a hot potato was because Juliet Mills appeared nude in the film Avanti. I don't see why they would care, it would bring more publicity to the show.......or they could have hired Joan Collins(!), Suzy Kendall or Judy Geeson as a replacement "Nanny". That oldest son also looked like he would have been quite hunky!
Costume Malfunctions were over the line back then. Wait, what am I saying? They hadn't been invented!
Richard Long, who played the professor, died on Dec. 21, 1974 only four days after turning 47. He suffered multiple heart attacks.
This show had only 54 episodes which meant that it got played out rather quickly in syndication.
There are 36 of the episodes on Hulu for free kids!!!!!!!!!!!!
Had a crush on David Doremus back in the day. He played the oldest son.
Here's another vote for the theme song. Still sounds good.
The Ghost & Mrs Muir has held up less well.
r23 is a pedophile.
Wide and ethnic and poor and wonderful
Is a mystical magical Manny...
Since the day that Manny came to stay with us
Such ethnic things keep happening
Is there really Judaism in what he does
Or is love the only magic thing, that Manny brings
You know our Manny told us, plant a tree in Israel
Manny showed us, how to steal land from Palestinians.
Maury Goldstein is such an ethnic name
And so many Jewish things keep happening
What is this magic thing about Manny
Is it love, or is it Judaism?????/
R25, I was 10 years old.
This show would make a great remake -and they could have Juliet Mills make guest appearances.
The FCC will not allow the show to be seen because Phoebe Figalily is a silly name.
I remember seeing Tranny & the Professor among the titles in a gaytlv catalog.
[quote]I vaguely remember it being on Wednesday nights paired with either Eddie's Father or The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
Me too. I just looked it up. It premiered January 21 1970 which is a Wednesday. Season 2 was Friday.
I'm trying to remember a show from the late 60s-early70s.
The intro featured a blonde British actress dressed as Sherlock Holmes and featured her magnifying glass.
I was never allowed to watch it, but I loved her apartment.
I wonder how "Long" his "Richard" was.
I have only one memory of this show that stands out: One of the other characters had addressed Prudence by name which prompted my mother to say, "Prudence - that's a terrible name. It sounds like 'prunes.'"
I was 10 and watched Nanny and the Professor, on Friday nights on ABC which had the best line-up of good shows ever. They had Brady Bunch, Nanny, Partridge Family, Odd Couple, Room 222, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Love American Style... It was all good until they started fucking with a good thing in 1974 by canceling Brady Bunch and Partridge Family changing times and days. Brady and Partridge should have gone on at least two more years. So Fridays turned to shit in 1974-75 and I was sad. Life became dull again. ABC had fucked me. Check out the grid schedule and see each season for all the good classic TV shows that were on.
I loved it as a child. Even though I haven't heard the theme song in 40 years, I can still sing it from memory. I watched a LOT of tv.
My great grandmother was named Nana, so when I was a kid I thought Nanny was really old and that was part of her magical powers.
I vaguely remember it, but it must have been aired in syndication, because I couldn't have remembered it from 1971.
I do have some memories of being a kid, playing outside on a Friday night, and then coming in to watch the Bradys and Partridges. So that was probably '72-'73. Probably my earliest memories.
Phoebe Figalilly is a silly name...and SO many silly things keep happening...do do do do do...
Those '70s theme songs were the best.
The '70s were such a different time, I find it hard to believe that ABC would cancel a series just because a British actress had a nude scene in a Billy Wilder film.
[quote]I find it hard to believe that ABC would cancel a series just because a British actress had a nude scene in a Billy Wilder film.
I don't. I think if an actress wants to hold down a long running TV role she need to be very cautious about the choices she makes, if they clash with the persona of her TV character.
IMBD says Edward Mulhare of The Ghost and Mrs Muir died a confirmed bachelor. Wonder if he and Charles Nelson Reiley, bumped uglies?
R4 -- widows outnumber widowers significantly in the general population, but on 50s/60s sitcoms not so much. A Dead Daddies Roll wouldn't be nearly so unusual.
And she's got a great body. I still disagree, R42. Two completely different audiences.
I kind of remember it...was it only on for a year? I loved Richard Long.
Wikipedia says it was cancelled because the ratings took a nosedive after ABC moved it from Friday to Monday, opposite [italic]Gunsmoke[/italic] and [italic]Laugh-In.[/italic]
I was a die hard Laugh-In viewer from a tender age but I remember watching Nanny too on occasion. I remember Francine the pretty blonde girl who lived down the block who had a thing for Hal and her zany mom who became the chow chow chow lady.
[quote]Sadly the actor who played the younger son hanged himself in the playground of his old highschool.
Trent Lehman who played Butch also played 7 year old George Jorgensen Jr who became Christine Jorgensen in "The Christine Jorgensen Story". He committed suicide at 20.
Phoebe Figililly was a silly name.. and so many silly things kept happening
r35 the beatles had the song "dear Prudence" .. wont you come out to play. It was kinda a name from that time
I read on-line (I know...) that Richard Long was actually gay. Anyone else hear this?
"Avanti" was a fairly important film at the time. After all, it was a Jack Lemmon-Billy Wilder pic. Hard to believe that was the main reason the show was canceled. Low-ish ratings were more likely the culprit.
Oh, and I had a "Nanny and the Professor" Colorforms set. (Remember those?) Now, how gay is that? Wish I'd kept it.
[quote]I read on-line (I know...) that Richard Long was actually gay. Anyone else hear this?
No, actually...but when I started this thread I knew several people would say he was. It was a cert.
I heard he was gay for Prudence. But she turned him down and he was gay for that one kid and he killed himself.
Then he was gay for Phoebe Snow but she had a tard for a kid. So he just got AIDS.
I was gay for the oldest boy, what was his name, "Hal"? Seriously. It's okay, we were about the same age, at the time.
This is funny. I don't remember ever having crushes on boys on the TV.
If I had, it wouldn't have been Hal.
"I don't remember ever having crushes on boys on the TV. If I had, it wouldn't have been Hal."
But he was sooo cute back then.
He's since become very straight and boring. (Okay, maybe he was always very straight and boring.)
"He once indicated that he wanted to attend the University of Southern California and aspired to become a dentist. Since 1980, Doremus, [now 55,] has been in the mobile electronics business. He is married to Erin Colleen Doremus (born 1959) and is the father of four children."
Trent Lehman also played young George (Christine) Jorgensen in The Christine Jorgensen Story. I remember a scene of him wearing a dress with mommy's lipstick smeared on his face was prominent in print ads.
Richard Long also died young - still in his 40s - in 1974, only three years after Nanny and Prof. He had some kind of heart disease.
Juliet looked nice in Avanti. Jack Lemmon naked was another story....shudder.
In 1974, Juliet starred in the Italian schlock-horror fest [italic]Beyond the Door,[/italic] a shameless ripoff of [italic]The Exorcist.[/italic]
"He once indicated that he wanted to attend the University of Southern California and aspired to become a dentist."
Apparently, David "Hal" Doremus's boyhood idol was Hermey the Elf. Come to think of it, they even looked alike.
R52, I have never read that Richard Long was gay. I have read interviews with his second wife and it sounds like they had a very intense and volatile relationship. I've also read that he was a heavy drinker and smoker.
I still think he was a very handsome man. If he had been gay, I'd have tried to hit it!
Gawd, what an awful show! I had forgotten this one.
Juliet Mills just guest starred on "Hot In Cleveland" as Jane Leeves mother. She was a head shorter than anyone on set. I was surprised to see her so tiny, I always thought she was tall.
There's something funny about these very English actresses like Juliet Miills & Lynn Redgrave who moved to America and stayed there forever.
In those days they were so loved and respected in America for the way they sounded and behaved. They didn't know what had hit them.
Toast is ready!
R66. Don't forget they both came from British acting "royalty", so to make it on their own talents, America was an obvious choice. The "Mills" & "Redgrave" families did not mean as much to the average American. Juliet has certainly done quite well, check out the number of award nominations in theatre, film and T.V. She has garnered over the years. Has won a few too.
I used to know a woman who dated Richard Long in college or high school. All she said about him was that he was a gentleman & her parents liked him.
Maggie Smith presenting John Mills with an Oscar. Juliet is seated beside him.