|The Paul Lynde Show|
|Created by||Ron Clark|
(based on a play by Phoebe Ephron)
|Directed by||William Asher|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Original release||September 13, 1972 -|
March 14, 1973
The Paul Lynde Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC. The series starred comedian Paul Lynde and aired for one season, with original episodes airing from September 13, 1972, to March 14, 1973. It has recently been added to the weekend schedule on the Antenna TV network.
The series starred Lynde as Paul Simms, a general-practice attorney and the father of a family that consisted of his wife Martha (Elizabeth Allen) and daughters Barbara (Jane Actman) and Sally (Pamelyn Ferdin). The Simms family lived in the fictional city of Ocean Grove, California.
It also starred John Calvin as Barbara's husband, Howie Dickerson, an eccentric university student who was of genius intelligence (IQ 185) and was a whiz with everything and full of advice, but inexplicably, he could not manage to hold down a job, and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara as Howie's parents, Barney and Grace Dickerson. Howie's misadventures around the house and his lack of steady employment drove his father-in-law to distraction and got him in a slow-burn anger.
Critics perceived the show as derivative of All in the Family, then television's most popular primetime program, and the Paul Simms role bore similarities to Lynde's best-known film role, that of Harry MacAfee from the film and musical Bye Bye Birdie. For his role in the series, Lynde was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe.
|Nº||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Howie Comes Home to Roost"||William Asher||Sam Bobrick & Ron Clark||September 13, 1972|
|2||"Whiz Kid Sizzles as Quiz Fizzles"||William Asher||Ed Jurist||September 20, 1972|
|3||"The Landlord"||William Asher||S.A. Long||September 27, 1972|
|4||"No Nudes Is Good Nudes"||TBA||TBA||October 4, 1972|
|5||"To Commune or Not to Commune"||Bruce Bilson||Bob Fisher & Arthur Marx||October 11, 1972|
|6||"How to Be Unhappy, Though Poor"||William Asher||S.A. Long||October 18, 1972|
|7||"Pollution Solution"||Jack Donohue||Bob Fisher & Arthur Marx||October 25, 1972|
|8||"To Wed or Not to Wed"||Ernest Losso||Bud Grossman||November 1, 1972|
|9||"Unsteady Going"||Jack Donohue||Robert Fisher & Arthur Marx||November 8, 1972|
|10||"Whose Lib?"||TBA||TBA||November 22, 1972|
|11||"Meet Aunt Charlotte"||George Tyne||Ed Jurist & Stan Dreben||November 29, 1972|
|12||"An Affair to Forget"||TBA||TBA||December 6, 1972|
|13||"Martha's Last Hurrah"||TBA||TBA||December 13, 1972|
|14||"Paul's Desperate Hour"||TBA||TBA||December 20, 1972|
|15||"No More Mr. Nice Guy"||George Tyne||Bernie Kahn||December 27, 1972|
|16||"The Bare Facts"||TBA||TBA||January 3, 1973|
|17||"Howie's Inheritance"||Jerry London||Lawrence Marks||January 10, 1973|
|18||"P.S. I Loathe You"||TBA||TBA||January 17, 1973|
|19||"The Congressman's Son"||George Tyne||Leo Rifkin||January 24, 1973|
|20||"Out of Bounds"||TBA||TBA||January 31, 1973|
|21||"Is This Trip Necessary?"||TBA||TBA||February 7, 1973|
|22||"Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Mother-in-Law But Were Afraid to Ask"||TBA||TBA||February 14, 1973|
|23||"Back Talk"||TBA||TBA||February 21, 1973|
|24||"Barbara Goes Home to Mother"||TBA||TBA||February 28, 1973|
|25||"Togetherness"||TBA||TBA||March 7, 1973|
|26||"Springtime for Paul"||TBA||TBA||March 14, 1973|
Scheduled opposite the first half of the Top 30 hit The Carol Burnett Show on CBS and the Top 20 hit Adam-12 on NBC, the series garnered low ratings and was canceled after one season (26 episodes). After the series ended, Lynde continued as center square on The Hollywood Squares until leaving the show in 1979.
The show was based on the play Howie, about a lawyer, played by Lynde, whose daughter marries a slacker named Howard, or "Howie". The Lynde character despises him as he is not interested in earning money or traditional pursuits. Howie was developed for CBS in 1962, as a replacement for The Dick Van Dyke Show, but when that series was saved from cancellation, plans for Howie were shelved.
William Asher later resurrected the Howie concept for ABC and Screen Gems as a replacement for Bewitched. Asher and then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery were contractually obligated for two more seasons of Bewitched for ABC. Montgomery was not interested in continuing the series (she and Asher were also on the verge of divorcing), and The Paul Lynde Show (along with the first incarnation of Temperatures Rising) was created to fulfill the contract. Lynde had appeared numerous times on Bewitched as "Uncle Arthur". Asher designed The Paul Lynde Show to be ABC's counterpart to CBS's All In The Family; however, the show lacked the controversial and topical issues brought up by All In The Family, due to ABC's continued restriction on social issues at the time. This was despite Lynde's rewrite of the show's dialog in an effort to make the series more lively and comedic.
The show was filmed before a live audience, with a laugh track occasionally added during post-production. Unusual for such a series, the production included a frequently seen backyard set with a fully functional swimming pool, which Lynde would occasionally fall into.
The next season, ABC would cast Lynde as the lead on the re-tooled Temperatures Rising over Asher's objections. That series lasted until 1974.