Here is yet another TV & Movies blog on the Cozy Mystery site that has absolutely nothing to do with mysteries. The reason I chose to write about That Girl is because it is one of the shows from the late 1960s/early 1970s that I hope isn’t lost amongst the huge array of shows available now.
We moved into our house fifteen years ago— and I remember that That Girl was one of the shows my daughter and I watched together when Nickelodeon offered it (I think that they aired it during the Nick at Night time block… even before there was a TV Land channel!)
That Girl starred Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie, an aspiring, “struggling” actress. The use of quotation marks on the word “struggling” refers to the fact that Ann Marie’s apartment was absolutely phenomenal… large enough for a family of four in New York City, and her clothes were even more “absolutely phenomenal” than her apartment. BUT remember that this is a TV show, and just accept the fact that in the world of make-believe>>>Who Cares!?!
That fact is that despite a few little glitches, the show really is a good show to share with your daughters, nieces, granddaughters, or just you alone! (As I am doing now that my daughter doesn’t live with us…)
Ann’s personality is bubbly, fun, positive, in short… refreshing. Her boyfriend (Donald…played perfectly by Ted Bessell) is her anchor”’ but not her protector. Ann doesn’t need a protector,. She”s a strong, independent woman.
That Girl- Season One (1966-1967) included thirty episodes, in which we get introduced to the recurring characters. Ann’s father (Lou) was played by the wonderful Lew Parker… He is every young daughter’s father: over-protective and loving at the same time. Rosemary DeCamp exudes patience in her roll as Ann’s mother Helen Marie… She is Ann’s champion and runs interference between her leaving-the-nest Ann and her you-should-stay-at-home father.
For those of you like me who enjoyed the show when it first aired, you’ll be familiar with some of the great guest stars the show managed to get: Ethel Merman, Merle Milton, Danny Thomas, and some very young guest stars who went on to become big names: Sally Kellerman, Dabney Coleman, George Carlin.
If you’re worried about “adult situations,” let me just tell you that inn the episode “Rain, Snow and Rice,” Donald and Ann are snowed in with their friends in a hotel— the girls end up sharing one room and the boys share the other room… and the other couple is on their honeymoon!
Season Two (1967/1968) also had thirty episodes. (Unbelievable by today’s standard!) My daughter and I enjoyed watching these a year or two ago… and I am guessing that at 22, she would still enjoy Ann Marie’s antics. (I will pass on my DVDs when I am finished with them…)
Season Three (1968/1969) had 26 episodes and one of them had (almost!) the entire Thomas family. “My Sister’s Keeper” had guest appearances by Marlo’s dad (Danny), Sister (Terre), and brother Tony. What’s not to like?!?
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