Needles and Pins (TV series)

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Needles and Pins
Needles and Pins title card 1973.JPG
Title card
Created byAdele Styler
Burt Styler
StarringNorman Fell
Bernie Kopell
Deirdre Lenihan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s)David Gerber
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Screen Gems
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 21 (1973-09-21) –
December 28, 1973 (1973-12-28)
The cast. Bottom, from left: Deirdre Lenihan, Norman Fell. Top, from left: Bernie Kopell, Sandra Deel, Louis Nye.

Needles and Pins is an American sitcom about a women's clothing manufacturer and his employees in New York City that aired from September 21, 1973 to December 28, 1973.[1]



Nathan Davidson is the owner of Lorelei Fashion House, a manufacturer of women's clothing located in New York City's Garment District. His business partner is his dilettante brother-in-law, Harry Karp. Wendy Nelson, the daughter of a friend of Nathan's, has just moved to New York City from Nebraska and taken a job with Lorelei as a fashion designer; she must adjust to the hectic pace of life in New York City in general and in the fashion industry in particular. Also working at Lorelei are Sonia Baker, the bookkeeper and secretary; Charlie Miller, the salesman; Max Popkin, the fabric cutter; and Myron Russo, the patternmaker. Julius Singer, Nathan's archenemy, runs another fashion company that is Lorelei's chief competitor.[2][3][4]

Production notes[edit]

Deirdre Lenihan was a newcomer to television, and Needles and Pins gave her a prominent role in which to showcase her talents; her appearance during the opening credits is twice as long as that of any other featured character.[2][3]

Needles and Pins aired on NBC on Friday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time throughout its run.[2][3]

Episode directors were Hy Averback, Peter Baldwin, George Tyne, and Ernest Losso.


Sources list 14 Needles and Pins episodes. Ten of them aired in 1973. Apparently, the remaining four copyrighted in early 1974 after the show's last telecast were never broadcast.[4]

Season # Episode # Title Plot/Notes Original air date
1 1 "The Girl From 7th Avenue" Wendy, certain that she is talented enough to become a famous fashion designer, arrives in New York City from Nebraska and visits Lorelei to get a feel for the fashion industry; mistaken for a fashion model, she sells 600 copies of a dress she tries on, and Nathan hires her. During Wendy's first day on the job, Nathan must get rid of 3,000 yards of gingham that Harry bought by mistake, and decides to pass it off to Julius as the latest trend so that Julius will buy it.[4][5] September 21, 1973
1 2 "The Spy Who Came In On a Hanger" Julius' company produces one of Lorelei's dress designs, and an angry and suspicious Nathan wants to know who sold the dress to him.[5] September 28, 1973
1 3 "It Was a Very Good Line" Nathan falls for a glamorous new fashion designer and fails to notice that her business ideas and work habits are bankrupting his company. Barbara Perry and Rhonda Fleming guest-star.[4][5] October 5, 1973
1 4 "Do Your Own Thing" Wanting an heir to one day take over the Lorelei company, Nathan pressures his nephew to join the fashion industry – but the young man would rather study Oriental philosophy and has no interest in or talent for the fashion business. Danny Goldman and Michael Margotta guest-star.[4][5] October 26, 1973
1 5 "The Break-Up" Harry decides to leave Lorelei to become a show business producer, and Nathan looks forward to Harry's departure so that he can run the business without having to deal with Harry's incompetence.[4][5] November 2, 1973
1 6 "Union Trouble" After Nathan lets the non-union Wendy use a company sewing machine to sew dresses, Lorelei's outraged union employees go on strike. Harold Gould, Murray Hamilton, Virginia Paris, Penny Santon, Gina Alvarado, and Joshua Shelley guest-star.[4][5] November 9, 1973
1 7 "The Endangered Species" One of Lorelei's wealthy clients wants to marry Charlie and pursues him aggressively. Nita Talbot guest-stars.[5] November 23, 1973
1 8 "The Wife You Save May Be Your Own" Harry's strong-willed wife Eleanor finds her independence and wants freedom – and a divorce. Joan Rivers guest stars as Eleanor Karp.[5] December 7, 1973
1 9 "The Great Blizzard" A blizzard strikes New York City, trapping the Lorelei staff with their archenemy Julius.[5] December 21, 1973
1 10 "A Woman Has a Right" Sonia finally finds love and plans to move away – with a married man.[5] December 28, 1973
1 11 "King For a Day" ? Never (copyrighted January 11, 1974)[4]
1 12 "No Way To Treat a Relative" Nathan's father disrupts Lorelei's operations with his muddled efforts to help out. David Opatoshu guest-stars.[6] Never (copyrighted January 18, 1974)[4]
1 13 "With Such Enemies" ? Never (copyrighted January 25, 1974)[4]
1 14 "Charlie's Ego Trip" ? Never (copyrighted February 1, 1974)[4]


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 838. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ a b c d McNeil, Alex, Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming From 1948 to the Present, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, p. 593.
  3. ^ a b c d Brooks, Tim, and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, Sixth Edition, New York: Ballantine Books, 1995, ISBN 0-345-39736-3, p. 734.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Needles and Pins
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Needles and Pins
  6. ^ Needles and Pins Episodes on NBC: Episode Detail: No Way To Treat a Relative

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