Broadcast Log for From a Bird’s Eye View

Here’s another show where most of the episode guides available online conflict with contemporary listings published in newspapers. From a Bird’s Eye View was a British sitcom created by Sheldon Leonard. The series starred Millicent Martin and Patte Finley as airline stewardesses–one British, one American–working in Europe.

A total of 16 episodes were produced. They originally aired in the United Kingdom from September 1970 through January 1971, with a final episode airing months later in April 1971. In the United States, From a Bird’s Eye View debuted on NBC on March 29th, 1971 and aired through July, with repeats continuing through mid-August.

The following is hopefully an accurate list of From a Bird’s Eye View‘s NBC run. I’ve checked listings in six different newspapers and all of them confirm that the 16 episodes aired on NBC from from April to July with one pre-emption in June followed by four weeks of repeats.

As always, I should stress that newspaper television listings are not always accurate. It is entirely possible NBC decided to pre-empt certain episodes and air them later in the season.

Season 1: 1975-1976
Ep. # Title Airdate
1. “The Difficult Passenger” 03/29/1971
2. “Millie’s Moveable Feast” 04/05/1971
3. “Nobody Sleeps on a Honeymoon” 04/12/1971
4. “Russian Roulette — Millie Style” 05/19/1971
5. “Wife Trouble” 04/26/1971
6. “Hate-In” 05/03/1971
7. “All in a Day’s Work” 05/10/1971
8. “Never Put It In Writing” 05/17/1971
9. “Hurricane Millicent” 05/24/1971
10. “Home is Where the Heart Is” 05/31/1971
11. “Highland Fling” 06/07/1971
12. “Millie the Matchmaker” 06/14/1971
PRE-EMPTED: “White House Wedding Album” 06/21/1971
13. “Sicilian Affair” 06/28/1971
14. “Witness for the Persecution” 07/05/1971
15. “I Too Was a Novice” 07/12/1971
16. “Family Tree”* 07/19/1971
REP “Millie’s Moveable Feast” 07/26/1971
REP “Nobody Sleeps on a Honeymoon” 08/02/1971
REP “Russian Roulette — Millie Style” 08/09/1971
REP “Wife Trouble” 08/16/1971

The episode “Family Tree” was originally scheduled to air on June 21st but was pre-empted for a special about Tricia Nixon’s wedding.


2 Comments

  • David says:

    I adored this show! I vaguely remember anything concrete about it, but I still recall that it was one of my favorites at the time. I was in third grade when it premiered in the US, and have no idea if I would still enjoy it now as I did then. However, it had a good cast, and I suspect it would still hold up well.

  • Alvaro Leos says:

    This was a really snakebitten show. It was British TV impressario Lew Grade’s attempt to launch a sitcom that would be popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and he hired legendary producer Sheldon Leonard (Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, etc.). It was supposed to air in the US in 1969, but they got cold feet and pulled it. Even if it had been a ratings success (it wasn’t), there’s almost no way it could have pulled off a second season.

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