Actor, singer, and writer Tab Hunter died yesterday at the age of 86. Famous for many things, he’s likely best remembered for his starring role in the 1958 movie Damn Yankees (based on the 1955 Broadway musical). Few recall his failed NBC sitcom The Tab Hunter Show, which ran for 32 episodes during the
1961-1962 1960-1961 season. Hunter played Paul Morgan, a cartoonist who based his popular newspaper strip “Bachelor-at-Large” on his own life as a carefree bachelor living it up in sunny Malibu. Richard Erdman and Jerome Cowan co-starred.
I haven’t seen any episodes of The Tab Hunter Show and you probably haven’t, either. As far as I know, the show never aired in syndication. None of the big TV archives/museums (The Paley Center, The Library of Congress, The Museum of Broadcast Communications, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive) have episodes in their collections. I believe two or three circulate among private collectors, although the source for those episodes remains a mystery. So, too, do the whereabouts of the remaining episodes.