Home Television Comedy Tom Ewell Show, The

Tom Ewell Show, The

1 9 6 0 – 1 9 6 1 (USA)
32 x 30 minute episodes

Tom Potter (Tom Ewell in his television series debut) was a bumbling California real estate agent who lived in a female-centric household (even the pet dog, Mitzi, was female) at 611 Elm Street in Las Palmas, California.

His wife Fran (Marilyn Erskine) and his daughters 15-year-old Carol (Cindy Robbins), 11-year-old Debbie (Sherry Alberoni) and 7-year-old Sissie (Eileen Chesis) kept things lively.

The presence of his sceptical live-in mother-in-law Irene (Mabel Albertson) – who Tom called “Mother Brady” – was the icing on the cake.

Plotlines were fairly standard 60s fare; Tom cutting off his wife and daughters from credit cards in order to teach them a lesson about finances; Tom trying to teach his wife to drive; daughter Debbie learning to play the tuba much to the chagrin of the Potter family; Tom finding part-time jobs for his daughters; arguments over hogging the family telephone; and various sibling squabbles and boyfriend troubles.

The CBS sitcom aired between September 1960 and May 1961 on Tuesday nights at 9.00 pm and was broadcast in black & white

Tom Potter
Tom Ewell
Fran Potter
Marilyn Erskine
Irene Brady 
Mabel Albertson
Carol Potter
Cindy Robbins (Cynthia Chenault)
Debbie Potter
Sherry Alberoni
Sissie (Catherine) Potter
Eileen Chesis
Howie Fletcher
Norman Fell


Tom Cuts Off the Credit | Debbie Takes Up the Tuba | The Safety Lesson | Tom Takes Over | Tom Puts the Girls to Work | The Second Phone | The Handwriting on the Wall | The Spelling Bee | Site Unseen | The Friendly Man | Salesmanship Lesson | Advice to the Lovelorn | Try It on For Size | No Fun in the Sun | Mr Shrewd |  The Middle Child | The Trouble With Mother | A Fellow Needs a Friend | Out of Left Field | Storm Over Shangri-La | I Don’t See It | The Old Magic | Mrs Dynamite | The Prying Eye | The Chutney Caper | Put It On, Take It Off | Big Brother | Handy Man | Passenger Pending | Never Do Business with Relatives