The Tab Hunter Show

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The Tab Hunter Show
GenreSitcom
Created byStanley Shapiro
Written byDan Beaumont
Michael Fessier
Shirley Gordon
Alex Gottlieb
Directed byWilliam J. Hole, Jr.
Richard Kinon
Philip Rapp
Norman Tokar
StarringTab Hunter
Richard Erdman
Jerome Cowan
Reta Shaw
Theme music composerPete Rugolo
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes32
Production
Producer(s)Dick Clayton
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Shunto Productions
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1960 (1960-09-18) –
April 30, 1961 (1961-04-30)

The Tab Hunter Show is an American sitcom starring Tab Hunter. The series ran new episodes on NBC from September 18, 1960, to April 30, 1961; rebroadcasts then aired from May until September 17.

It was Hunter's first recurring role in a television series, although he had appeared on the medium numerous times.

Synopsis[edit]

Hunter stars as Paul Morgan, a 29-year-old cartoonist whose comic strip Bachelor at Large profiles his amorous adventures around Malibu Beach, California; the program also starred Jerome Cowan as Hunter's boss; John Larsen, the owner of Comics, Inc.; Richard Erdman as his best friend, the rich playboy Peter Fairfield, III; and character actress Reta Shaw as Hunter's housekeeper, Thelma, who disapproved of his lifestyle.

The Bachelor at Large comic strips seen on camera were drawn by veteran cartoonist Zeke Zekley, who had worked closely with George McManus on the strip Bringing Up Father from 1935 to 1954.

Cast[edit]

  • Tab Hunter - Paul Morgan
  • Jerome Cowan - John Larson
  • Richard Erdman - Peter Fairchild, III
  • Reta Shaw - Thelma

Notable guest stars[edit]

Guest stars Sally Todd and Dean Miller in the episode "Happily Unmarried"

Scheduling and reception[edit]

Hunter was looking to star in a TV series but could not find a script he liked, especially as he did not want to do Westerns, he eventually picked this sitcom.[1]

The Tab Hunter Show was scheduled at 8:30 Eastern on Sundays, under the sponsorship of Lorillard Tobacco (Newport cigarettes) and General Time's Westclox division, and featured a selection of guest stars. Norman Tokar produced.[2]

All the episodes had the same theme and similar plots. The Tab Hunter Show followed National Velvet, based on a successful film of the same name on the Sunday evening schedule, it preceded The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.[3]

The Los Angeles Times called the show "well written, nicely played by Mr Hunter and very funny".[4]

The show failed to compete effectively with CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show, and was canceled after one season.

Selected episodes also aired on BBC Television in 1961.[5]

Reception[edit]

The failure of the show hurt Hunter's career. "Hollywood has a tendency to drink the blood from your veins and then discard what's left," he said. "It can be devastating. Obviously, I wasn't really working at that point; so I ran off to Europe and started working there; the important thing was to keep working, to be a survivor."[6]

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "One Blonde Too Many" September 18, 1960
1-2 "For Money or Love" September 25, 1960
1-3 "My Brother, The Hero" October 2, 1960
1-4 "Be My Guest" October 9, 1960
1-5 "Operation Iceberg" October 16, 1960
1-6 "The Matchmaker" October 23, 1960
1-7 "I Love a Marine" October 30, 1960
1-8 "Double Trouble" November 6, 1960
1-9 "The Doll in the Bathing Suit" November 13, 1960
1-10 "Hot and Cold" November 20, 1960
1-11 "My Darling Teacher" November 27, 1960
1-12 "One Night in Paris" December 4, 1960
1-13 "Devil to Pay" December 11, 1960
1-14 "How to Lose a Girl" December 18, 1960
1-15 "Happily Unmarried" December 25, 1960
1-16 "Portia Go Home" January 1, 1961
1-17 "Turnabout" January 8, 1961
1-18 "Weekend on Ice" January 15, 1961
1-19 "Girl Overboard" January 22, 1961
1-20 "The Art Patron" January 29, 1961
1-21 "The Golden Arrow" February 5, 1961
1-22 "Galatea" February 12, 1961
1-23 "Me and My Shadow" February 19, 1961
1-24 "The Movie Set" February 26, 1961
1-25 "Sultan for a Day" March 5, 1961
1-26 "Holiday In Spain" March 12, 1961
1-27 "Italian Riviera" March 19, 1961
1-28 "Crazy Over Horses" March 26, 1961
1-29 "Dream Boy" April 9, 1961
1-30 "Personal Appearance" April 16, 1961
1-31 "Those Happy College Days" April 23, 1961
1-32 "The Invitation" April 30, 1961

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tab Takes TV Plunge in Comedy: Tab Will Make Plunge Into Comedy on TV Barnes, Aleene. Los Angeles Times 18 Sep 1960: L2.
  2. ^ FILMED TV SHOW FOR TAB HUNTER: He Will Star in a Comedy Series on N.B.C. -- Brasselle Program Ends in June By VAL ADAMS. New York Times 19 Apr 1960: 75.
  3. ^ 1960-1961 American network television schedule
  4. ^ TV REVIEWS: NBC Wins Twice in New Season Derby Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 19 Sep 1960: A11.
  5. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/40a5afc022024349b06fda0dfc98851d
  6. ^ TAB HUNTER: FROM HUNK TO HONCHO IN 'LUST': Miller, Ron. Chicago Tribune 24 Feb 1985: 9.

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