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 Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 1

 Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 2


Show Type: Comedy Anthology

First Telecast: September 29, 1969

Last Telecast: January 11, 1974

Broadcast History:

September 1969 – January 1970, Monday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

January 1970 – September 1970, Friday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

September 1970 – January 1971, Friday 9:30-10:00 on ABC

January 1971 – January 1974, Friday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

Repertory Company

Mary Grover (1969-1970)

Stuart Margolin (1969-1973)

Buzz Cooper (1969-1970)

Barbara Minkus

Bill Callaway (1969-1971)

Lynne Marta (1969-1970)

Tracy Reed (1969-1970 / 1972-1974)

Phyllis Davis (1970-1974)

Jaki DeMar (1970-1972)

Richard Williams (1970-1972)

Jim Hampton (1971-1974)

Clifton Davis (1971)

James A. Watson, Jr. (1972-1974)

Jed Allan (1973-1974)


This imaginative anthology was a collection of short comedy playlets, starring all sorts of big names, and dealing with the all-important subject of love. Love was seen from all sides, young and old, rich and poor, unmarried, just married, long married, and multi-married. Generally three or four playlets were presented on each episode, interspersed with short comic "blackouts" by a repertory company of six or seven young performers. In 1972, a tasteful "Lovemate of the Week" centerfold was also added, featuring a different girl each week.

A short list of those appearing in Love, American Style reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood: Phyllis Diller, Nanette Fabray, Tammy Grimes, Ann Sothern, Paul Ford, Pat Paulsen, Milton Berle, Sonny & Cher, the Lemon Sisters, George Gobel, Dorothy Lamour, Wally Cox, Tony Randall, Paul Lynde, Burt Reynolds, Harry Morgan, Rich Little, Ozzie & Harriet, Tiny Tim (as a suspected vampire), Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Jacqueline Susann, and Martha Raye. Ronnie Howard and Anson Williams appeared in a skit entitled "Love and the Happy Days," which served as the pilot for the hit series, Happy Days.

The first telecast, on September 29, 1969, was typical of the show's format. Act I, "Love and a Couple of Couples": Michael Callan is a suitor about to propose when his ex-wife turns up, spies the ring, tries it on – and can't get it off. Act II, "Love and the Hustler": Flip Wilson is pool shark "Big Red," who undertakes to instruct a young lady in the fine points of the game. Act III, "Love and the Pill": Bob Cummings and Jane Wyatt are parents worried about their daughter's plans to embark on a "swinger's tour" of Europe with her boyfriend.

Love, American Style reruns were seen in ABC daytime from June 1971 to May 1974.

An updated series of romantic vignettes, titled New Love, American Style, was produced for ABC's weekday daytime lineup more than a decade later, running from December 1985 to August 1986.