1 9 7 9 (USA)
4 x 30 minute episodes
This situation comedy about a middle-aged woman who served as surrogate den mother to a quartet of rambunctious boarding school girls debuted in August 1979 in the 8:30 PM time slot on Friday nights. The series was named after its star, Broadway veteran Dorothy Loudon.
Dorothy Banks (Loudon) was an effervescent and liberated former Broadway showgirl who took a job teaching music and drama at the Hannah Huntley School for Girls, a somewhat old-fashioned institution in Connecticut.
While some of the faculty – like French teacher Miss Cathcart (Priscilla Morrill) and biology instructor Mr. Landis (Kip Gilman) – found Dorothy’s methods unorthodox and off-putting, her students, including streetwise Frankie (Linda Manz), brunette Margo (Michele Greene), blonde Cissy (Elissa Leeds) and nerdy Meredith (Susan Brecht), thought she was wonderful.
Frankie looked and spoke like a street urchin, but had a vaguely identified patron whose charity kept the school from closing, and therefore from expelling her.
While the near identical NBC show The Facts of Life, became a long-running hit that lasted for seven seasons and enjoyed a strong syndicated afterlife, Dorothy, on CBS, vanished into obscurity after its initial batch of four episodes were broadcast.
Headmaster Burton Foley