|Mrs. G. Goes to College|
Hardwicke and Berg, 1961.
|Also known as||The Gertrude Berg Show|
|Written by||Gertrude Berg|
James B. Allardice
|Theme music composer||Herschel Burke Gilbert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||24–25 minutes|
|Original release||October 4, 1961 -|
April 5, 1962
Mrs. G. Goes to College (retitled The Gertrude Berg Show starting with episode 14) is a 26-episode American sitcom which aired on CBS from October 4, 1961, to April 5, 1962. The series starred Emmy Award-winning actress Gertrude Berg.
Having previously starred in the long-running radio and television series The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg returned to episodic television as Sarah Green, a 62-year-old widow who enters college. The character of Sarah Green (very similar to "Molly Goldberg") had been previously introduced to viewers as "Aunt Sarah" on Jackie Cooper's Hennesey sitcom on CBS earlier in 1961. English actor Cedric Hardwicke played Professor Crayton, and popular character actress Mary Wickes portrayed landlady Winona Maxfield.
Skip Ward was cast as fellow student Joe Caldwell, and Marion Ross appeared in five episodes as Berg's daughter, Susan Green. Aneta Corsaut (the future Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show) appeared in 13 episodes as Irma Howell, a professor's wife. Karyn Kupcinet played a young fellow student of Sarah Green. Her role is very small, and she is heard saying very little dialogue.
The plot centers around Sarah Green, a widow in her early sixties, who decides to acquire higher education, matriculates in her hometown college and interacts with, among others, her Cambridge University exchange professor (Cedric Hardwicke) and next-door neighbor George Howell Paul Smith, a character analogous to Smith's Roy Norris from Fibber McGee and Molly, complete with a no-nonsense wife (Aneta Corsaut).
The series aired during the 9:30 Eastern slot on Wednesdays, under the sponsorship of General Foods, following CBS's Checkmate. Mrs. G. Goes to College aired during the second half of ABC's Hawaiian Eye and NBC's Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall. Nielsen ratings were mediocre. After thirteen episodes, a midseason move from Wednesday to Thursday night, along with a title change designed to emphasize Berg's name, The Gertrude Berg Show, did not improve the Nielsen ratings for the remaining thirteen episodes. CBS abruptly cancelled the series in April 1962 without showing any repeats.
Co-star Cedric Hardwicke, in a 1962 TV Guide article that focused on his work in the series, and references him as "Sir Cedric," is quoted as commenting, "If you're going to work in rubbish, you might as well get paid for it."
|1||"The First Day"||October 4, 1961|
|2||"First Test"||October 11, 1961|
|Guest star Peter Lorre.|
|3||"Sam's Car"||October 18, 1961|
|4||"Lonely Sunday"||October 25, 1961|
|5||"Mrs. G. Meets Dr. Hennessey"||November 1, 1961|
|6||"The Baby Affair"||November 8, 1961|
|7||"Crayton on TV"||November 15, 1961|
|8||"Red, Red Rose"||November 22, 1961|
|9||"Romance for Maxie"||November 29, 1961|
|10||"The Trouble with Crayton"||December 6, 1961|
|Guest star Peter Lorre.|
|11||"The Teacher"||December 13, 1961|
|12||"Mrs. G. Meets the Faculty"||December 20, 1961|
|13||"Mrs. G.'s Private Telephone"||December 27, 1961|
|14||"Maxie's Silent Partner"||January 11, 1962|
|Starting with this episode the series is called The Gertrude Berg Show.|
|15||"Mrs. G. Versus the Kingston Trio"||January 18, 1962|
|16||"Sunday Dinner"||January 25, 1962|
|17||"The Mother Affair"||February 1, 1962|
|Guest star Arlene Francis.|
|18||"Peace Corps"||February 8, 1962|
|Guest star Fabian Forte.|
|19||"Goodbye Mr. Howell"||February 15, 1962|
|Guests William Windom, Doris Singleton and Ken Berry.|
|20||"How Now, Brown Cow?"||February 22, 1962|
|21||"High Finance"||March 1, 1962|
|22||"One of Our Books Is Missing"||March 8, 1962|
|Guest Vaughn Taylor.|
|23||"Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight"||March 15, 1962|
|24||"Gentleman Caller"||March 22, 1962|
|25||"Dad's Day"||March 29, 1962|
|26||"The Bird"||April 5, 1962|
The show received two Emmy nominations, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) for Gertrude Berg and Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress for Mary Wickes.
|1962||Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress||Mary Wickes|
|American Cinema Editors||Best Edited Television Program||Chandler House|
(For episode "A Lonely Sunday")