Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: September
September 1, 1966
Music: Sung by Johnny Tillotson
September 1965 - January
1966, Wednesday 8:30-9:00 on ABC
January 1966 - September
1966, Thursday 8:00-8:30 on ABC
Cooper..... Peter Deuel
was lots of California sun and surf in this frothy comedy about the adventures
of a bright, winsome teenager. Gidget was age 15 1/2, the daughter of Prof. Russ Lawrence,
a widower. Despite the best
efforts of her overly protective older sister, Anne, and Anne's husband
John (a psychology student who practiced on the family), Gidget and her
best friend Larue managed to find endless fun. Gidget's boyfriend, Jeff (Stephen
Mines) was "off to college" and seldom seen.
Field was plucked from obscurity for the starring role in this series.
Only 18 when the show began, she had enrolled in a Columbia Pictures
actors' workshop as a summertime lark after completing high school and
before beginning college. It proved to be a direct path to TV and,
later, movie stardom.
Based on the Gidget series of movies, the first of which
(1959) starred Sandra Dee
in the title role.