Pruitts of Southampton, The (The Phyllis Diller Show)

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (USA)
30 x 30 minute episodes

The Pruitts of Southampton were just like the Rockefellers or the Vanderbilts, except for two things: they're broke, and Mrs Pruitt looks, dresses and acts like Phyllis Diller.

For reasons that don't matter very much, the Pruitts were obliged to keep up appearances of wealth while trying to reconcile themselves to the squalid life of a family with only eight rooms, one butler and one car.

Phyllis had to do the cooking, which gave her an opportunity to stuff a turkey while wearing full-length gloves, then put it into the washer to cook.

Each episode involved Phyllis trying a new harebrained scheme to raise money and keep it from the IRS, while Diller clowned her way through the role of the tapped-out society matron with all the delicacy of a bulldozer.

Guest stars included John Astin, Ann B. Davis, Arte Johnson,  Ted Cassidy, Paul Lynde and Bob Hope.

Phyllis Pruitt
Phyllis Diller
Uncle Ned Pruitt
Reginald Gardiner
Regina Wentworth
Gypsy Rose Lee