Status of My Living Doll

Over the years there have been plenty of rumors about how many episodes of this CBS sitcom still survive. It ran for 26 episodes during the 1964-1965 season. My article about the series can be found here. At one point, I recall reading that only two episodes were know to exist. That was clearly incorrect because at least six episodes circulated among private collectors.

According to one rumor, the original film elements for the series were discarded or destroyed!

When I first put this status guide together back in February 2009, I was able to confirm that the UCLA Film & Television Archive had six episodes of My Living Doll in its collection while the Museum of Broadcast Communications had three. That left 17 episodes unaccounted for. UCLA later acquired three additional episodes.

In March 2012, MPI Home Video released 11 episodes of My Living Doll on DVD as part of The Official Collection Volume One. At the time, those were the only episodes known to exist. So far, a second volume hasn’t been released. Hopefully, the remaining 15 episodes are still out there somewhere, waiting to be found.

(Complicating matters is the fact that many episodes have more than one title. Perhaps that’s due to early titles used on scripts or during production that changed prior to broadcast. I believe the following episode titles are accurate.)

# Episode Title Airdate Status
1 “Boy Meets Girl” 09/27/1964 DVD/UCLA
2 “Rhoda’s First Date” 10/04/1964 DVD/UCLA
3 “Uninvited Guest” 10/11/1964 DVD/MoB
4 “Lesson in Love” 10/18/1964
5 “Rhoda’s Debut” 10/26/1964
6 “Something Borrowed, Something Blew”* 11/01/1964 DVD/MoB
7 “The Love Machine” 11/08/1964 DVD/UCLA
8 “The Beauty Contest” 11/15/1964 DVD/UCLA
9 “Leave ‘Em Laughing” 11/22/1964
10 “My Robot, the Warden” 11/29/1964 DVD/MoB/UCLA
11 “Just Lucky, I Guess” 12/06/1964
12 “The Language Barrier” 12/13/1964
13 “Little White Lies” 12/16/1964
14 “I’ll Leave It To You” 12/23/1964 DVD/UCLA
15 “The Perfect Woman” 12/30/1964
16 “The Pool Shark” 01/06/1965 DVD/UCLA
17 “Color Me Trouble” 01/13/1965
18 “The Kleptomaniac” 01/20/1965 DVD/UCLA
19 “The Lie” 01/27/1965
20 “Robotic Astronaut” 02/03/1965
21 “The Witness” 02/10/1965 DVD/UCLA
22 “Boy Gets Robot” 02/17/1965
23 “Dancing Doll” 02/24/1965
24 “The Mannequin” 03/03/1965
25 “Murder He Says” 03/10/1965
26 “Brother Harry” 03/17/1965

*The episode “Something Borrowed, Something Blew” is included as a bonus on the Volume One DVD set due to the quality not being as good as the other episodes.

Revised April 1st, 2016


5 Comments

  • rcbrad says:

    There was some fairly regular discussion about this on the online site Sitcomsonline.com. Someone who claimed to be affiliated with the show said that all of the episodes have been found, if I remember correctly. There were plans to bring this out on DVD. There have been no updates in at least a year, despite the fact that several people have asked for an update from this individual. Hope it comes out sometime. I hope that more shows like this come out on DVD. Likely they would not be big sellers, but I would not think that the cost to make them available to DVD studios that would issue these shows would not be real expensive, since they are older and not very well known.

  • RGJ says:

    I remember that thread and actually conversed with the person who started it. If I had to guess, I would say that either he wasn’t as successful at gathering all the necessary elements for a DVD release as he had hoped or, after a hard look at the numbers, it was determined that releasing the show on DVD simply wasn’t economically feasible.

    I certainly hope prints of all the episodes were found (or were never lost), even if they haven’t been released yet.

  • Ian Edwards says:

    I am in desperate need of the episode on DVD titled ‘Rhoda & the VIP”/aka Rhoda’s debut. It guest starred my top fave, Ms. Lisa Gaye. I have tried all selling sites for this episode, which has eluded thus far. Perhaps, I will have luck in future. Is there anyone out there who can help? = Ian Edwards =

  • Michael Alden says:

    Over half the show remains unaccounted for, in spite of what has been posted. I’m sure there are prints that are buried somewhere in some warehouse. Just a matter of whether or not anyone will ever find them.

  • willmer says:

    And what about the chapters in Mexico dubbed in Spanish, which he sold to the television, you can find there all season of 26 episodes. I m from Venezuela ..

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