Home Television Comedy Me and the Chimp

Me and the Chimp

1 9 7 2 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Mike Reynolds (Ted Bessell) had a successful dental practice while his wife Liz (Anita Gillette) was a stay-at-home mother, raising their two kids, Scott (Scott Kolden) and Kitty (Kami Cotler) in San Pascal, California.

While visiting the local park one day, they encountered an abandoned chimpanzee, which they brought home with the intention of finding its rightful owner.

They contacted all of the zoos in California and placed newspaper ads but to no avail.

Even though Mike objected, “Buttons” – so-named because of his fascination with any device or household appliance that had buttons – became a member of the Reynolds family.

Buttons was played by a three-and-a-half-year-old chimpanzee named Jackie.

Producer Garry Marshall survived this fiasco and went on to success with Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley.

Mike Reynolds
Ted Bessell
Liz Reynolds
Anita Gillette
Scott Reynolds
Scott Kolden
Kitty Reynolds
Kami Cotler
Buttons
Jackie