Peter Loves Mary and Mrs. G Goes to College on getTV Tomorrow

Diginet getTV planned to start airing one season wonder Peter Loves Mary (NBC, 1960-1961) last November. However, unexpected “broadcast challenges” forced getTV to pull the series from its schedule. The sitcom makes its getTV debut tomorrow (March 20th) at 6:40AM ET.

Peter Loves Mary starred Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy–who were married in real life–as Peter and Mary Lindsey. The two were nightclub entertainers who move their family from Manhattan to the suburbs. Mary quickly learns to love suburban life but Peter misses the hustle and bustle of the big city. Bea Benaderet played Wilma, their housekeeper. Merry Martin and Gil Smith played their two children, Leslie and Steve.

getTV also begins airing another one season wonder tomorrow morning: Mrs. G Goes to College (CBS, 1961-1962). It airs prior to Peter Loves Mary at 6:00AM ET. Gertrude Berg, creator and star of The Goldbergs on radio and television, starred Sarah Green, a widow who decides to go to college at the age of 62.

Cedric Hardwicke co-starred as Professor Crayton, Sarah’s English professor. The recurring cast included Mary Wickes as Maxfield, owner of the boarding house where Sarah lived; Skip Ward as Joe Caldwell, one of Sarah’s fellow freshman; and Marion Ross as Susan Green, Sarah’s married daughter. In January 1962, CBS renamed the series The Gertrude Berg Show.

Here are getTV promotional spots for the two forgotten sitcoms:



Peter Loves Mary ran for 32 episodes while Mrs. G Goes to College/The Gertrude Berg Show ran for 26 episodes.


6 Comments

  • David says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this news! I am excited about seeing both these shows. I will set my DVR tonight.

  • Lurky McLurkson says:

    This is the route ME-TV should be taking, rather than running the same damn shows over and over.

    • David says:

      I agree, Lurky. When I was watching the first episodes of these two series last night, I thought how great it is to be able to see series that lasted only one season, and then were most likely never seen again. To me, these are like new shows, because I am getting the opportunity to see them for the first time, after only reading about them in reference books, contemporary newspapers and magazines and trade publications, and online. To be fair, MeTV does broadcast some series that have not gotten much (if any) airings for an extremely long time. “Our Miss Brooks” is one example. I have been enjoying watching this series, which, as far as I know, has not been syndicated or shown on any specialty networks in my lifetime. But, yes, there are shows on MeTV that I really like, but I have seen them so many times over so many decades that I have no desire to watch them again.

      • Carl Warren says:

        I grew up in an area that had two network stations. There are quite a few shows from the mid-50’s until 1971, when we finally got the third network station, that were not shown in our area, even in re-runs. I enjoy watching some of the older programs and they are really new to me. I hope MeTV and COZI TV continue to bring out older shows.

    • Days of Broken Arrows says:

      Yeah, and Antenna TV should be doing this too.

      One commenter noted that MeTV is running “Our Miss Brooks” as pretty much its only obscurity. Antenna TV has one too, “Good Morning, World,” which airs Saturdays at 1 a.m.

      This comedy — which starred a pre-fame Goldie Hawn — isn’t totally unknown. I remember the USA Network airing episodes in early 1985. But it’s good to see something other than usual fare.

      I just wish these networks had kept broadcasting “Route 66,” even if they did show it at odd hours. What a cool show!

  • Bob says:

    I’m happy ME-TV is finally airing the “ABC” COLUMBO movies. They reran the NBC movies over and over until COZI-TV finally took them away.

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