Home Television Comedy Shirley


1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
13 x 60 minute episodes

Deciding to make good on a dream of her late husband Jake, attractive widow Shirley Miller (Shirley Jones) relocated her four children from New York to a small town in Placer County on the shores of the California/Nevada resort, Lake Tahoe, where she got a job as a substitute teacher.

Unfortunately, her 17-year-old stepson Bill (Peter Barton) felt he was neither needed nor wanted, and 16-year-old daughter Debra (Rosanna Arquette) pined for her boyfriend back east and behaved in a fairly obnoxious fashion.


The other siblings were 10-year-old Hemm (Bret Shryer) and 8-year-old Michelle (Tracey Gold). Oregano was the family dog.

Helping Shirley were the kindly but worrisome housekeeper, Charlotte McHenry (Ann Doran), and her estranged husband, Dutch (John McIntire), who ran a boat rental business.

Shirley’s handsome ski instructor friend, Lew (Patrick Wayne), was the potential new man in her life.

NBC was certain it had a winner. Unfortunately, CBS’s Incredible Hulk had other ideas and killed the terminally cute sitcom in the ratings.

Shirley Miller
Shirley Jones
Debra Miller
Rosanna Arquette
Bill Miller
Peter Barton
Michelle Miller
Tracey Gold
Hemm Miller
Bret Shryer
Charlotte McHenry
Ann Doran
Ethan ‘Dutch’ McHenry
John McIntire
Lew Armitage
Patrick Wayne
Tracey McCord
Cindy Eilbacher