1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 6 (USA)
32 x 30 minute episodes
Not to be confused with their popular and controversial variety show, this CBS sitcom featured Dick Smothers as a publishing executive at prestigious Pandora Publications.
His life was falling into place nicely when his brother Tommy – who had drowned at sea in a boating accident two years earlier – suddenly showed up at Dick’s bachelor pad (452 Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles).
Tommy was now an angel (known as Agent 009) and he was trying to earn his wings by doing good deeds on earth.
It took Tommy a while to convince Dickie, but with the help of some “angel magic” and a phone call from the Assistant Section Chief for Temporarily-Assigned Angels (whose name was Ralph), Dick became a believer.
Most episodes focused on the good deeds Tommy was attempting, but always managed to screw up.
Tommy was such a bumbler that it appeared he would be on earth – and living in Dick’s apartment – for a long time.
Ann Elder played Dick’s girlfriend, Janet.
Other regular characters included Dick’s boss, Leonard J. Costello (Roland Winters); his wife Mrs Costello (Harriet MacGibbon); their daughter Diane (Marilyn Scott).
The Smothers Brothers were reportedly very uncomfortable doing a scripted show and both were secretly very relieved when the show was cancelled after one season.
This CBS show aired at 9:30 pm on Friday nights between September 1965 and September 1966. Sponsors included Alberto-Culver and Tareyton Cigarettes.
Leonard J. Costello