1 9 6 1 – 1 9 6 6 (USA)
134 x 30 minute episodes
This primetime American sitcom was based on a series of cartoons in the Saturday Evening Post (drawn by Ted Key) and starred Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Booth as Hazel Burke.
123 Marshall Road, Hydsberg, New York, was the residence of the Baxter family: George (“Mr B”) – an attorney with the firm of Butterworth, Hatch and Noell, his wife, Dorothy, their son, Harold, and their housekeeper, Hazel.
George was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned home from the office he entered the world of Hazel. She ran the Baxter household more efficiently than George ran his office.
She was always right, knew exactly what needed doing, and pre-empted his authority with alarming, though justified, regularity.
The Johnsons were the Baxter’s nutty neighbours, a very naive retired couple. Smiley was the family dog.
When the show moved from NBC to CBS in 1965, the series got a new theme and Hazel worked for a new family of supporting cast players. 325 Sycamore Street, Hydsberg, New York, was the residence of Steve Baxter, George’s younger brother (a real-estate salesman), his wife, Barbara and their daughter, Susie.
Viewers were told that George had been transferred to the Middle East on business, forcing him and Dorothy to relocate and leave Harold in the care of Steve and Barbara to prevent interference to his education.
Hazel became their maid and stories follow the original format, with Steve plagued by Hazel’s intervention in his business affairs.
Robert P Lieb
Robert B. Williams