55th Anniversary of It’s a Man’s World

It’s a Man’s World celebrates its 55th anniversary today. The drama ran for 19 episodes on NBC during the 1962-1963 season. It debuted on Monday, September 17th, 1962 to critical acclaim but low ratings. Many fans still remember the short-lived series and hope to one day see it again. My in-depth article about the series can be found here.

Glenn Corbett starred as 22-year-old Wes Macauley, a college student raising his 14-year old brother Howie (played by Mike Burns). The brothers live on a houseboat with their friends Tom-Tom DeWitt (played by Ted Bessell). The three young men were soon joined by Vern Hodges (played by Randy Boone), a wannabe folksinger.

It’s a Man’s World Title Card
Copyright 1962 Revue Studios

When NBC announced plans to cancel It’s a Man’s World, creator Peter Tewksbury sprang into action. He hoped to inspire fans to write letters to the network in support of the series. Members of the cast joined him, as did some critics took up the cause. The “save our show” campaign didn’t work and the series soon disappeared.

Later this month, I’ll be reviewing the series premiere for my Retro Review column.


Did you watch It’s a Man’s World on NBC when it premiered 55 years ago? Did you join the campaign to save the series after NBC cancelled it? Hit the comments with your memories.


1 Comment

  • Patrick McNamara says:

    You’d never be able to get away with a title like that today. And that could have been what hurt the show in it’s day.

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