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Love On A Rooftop

1 9 6 6 – 1 9 6 7 (USA)
26 x 30 minute episodes

This sitcom from ABC/Columbia told the stories of a pair of newlyweds living on the top floor of an apartment block in San Francisco.

The couple got together when the guy accidentally dropped his liverwurst on pumpernickel sandwich into the girl’s purse, their eyes met and, after five days of dating, in a surprise move, she proposed to him (even though he had already written up a long list of reasons never to get married).

21-year-old Art student Julie (Judy Carne) came from a wealthy family – her dad, Fred (Herb Voland) owned nine very successful automobile dealerships – but when she met David (Peter Deuel) – an apprentice architect at Bennington and Associates – it was love at first sight.

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Dave, being the independent type, insisted that they live on his income (a meagre salary of $85.37 a week). Aspiring artist Julie agreed and relinquished her world of luxury

They married and the newlyweds then spent their first night together in a tent on a rooftop.

They then moved into a small, windowless, top-floor walk-up apartment above Loomis’ Gift Shop at 1400 McDoogal Street in San Francisco.

Its only asset was an adjacent stairway which led to the roof, and a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Julie called the roof their “patio”.

The downstairs busybody neighbours were Stan (Rich Little) and Carol Parker (Barbara Bostock). Stan was an “ideas” man who composed menus for a living.

The Parkers also imposed upon the Willises to babysit for chinchillas and pigeons.

While Julie’s mother, Phyllis Hammond (Edith Atwater), was hoping only the best for Julie and Dave, Fred firmly believed that Dave would never be able to support her.

Charles Lane appeared as Dave’s boss, Bert Bennington and Hope Summers played his wife, Bertha Bennington. David’s co-worker, Jim, was played by Sandy Kenyon.

Re-runs of the 1966 – 1967 series were aired in the US during the summer of 1971.

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Deuel went on to star in Alias Smith & Jones before taking his own life in 1971.

David Willis 
Pete Deuel
Julie Willis (Hammond)

Judy Carne
Stan Parker 

Rich Little
Carol Parker 

Barbara Bostock
Phyllis Hammond 

Edith Atwater
Fred Hammond 

Herb Voland
Bert Bennington
Charles Lane
Bertha Bennington
Hope Summers
Jim Lucas 
Sandy Kenyon