Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Synopsis of TV Show

Smiling, cookie-baking moms are the stuff of 1950’s and 60’s sitcoms. But what happens when Mom can’t bake? What happens when she sleeps in late and doesn’t care what the snobby suburbia queen bees say? The sitcom Please Don’t Eat the Daisies gave you a pretty good idea. It was based on the best-selling book by Jean Kerr—her tales from a quirky Americana upbringing—which was made into a 1960 movie starring Doris Day and David Niven.

Father/husband character Jim Nash was an English professor at the nearby college, and his wife Joan was a freelance newspaper columnist. Joan had deadlines galore and was always sneaking off to finish a column or do wacky research for a column upcoming. The only problem was, she also had four boys (two of them twins), a gigantic sheepdog named Ladadog, and an old, turreted manse that was always serving up a hearty share of house trouble.

Joan may not have cared that the other ladies on the block sneered (and make no mistake, soccer moms know how to sneer), but she loved her family fiercely. And between irritating her critics and pleasing her family, there was plenty of comedy middle ground. Enough for two seasons on NBC’s prime time lineup, anyway, after which Joan and family hopefully gave those ladies an off-screen what-for.

Release History of Prime Time Show

9/14/65 - 9/2/67 NBC

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Television Studio

MGM Television

TV Cast

Joan Nash Pat Crowley
Jim Nash Mark Miller
Kyle Nash Kim Tyler
Joel Nash Brian Nash
Tracey Nash Jason Fithian
Trevor Nash Jeff Fithian
Marge Thornton Shirley Mitchell
Herb Thornton (1965-66) Harry Hickox
Herb Thornton (1966-67) King Donovan
Ed Hewley (1965-66) Dub Taylor
Martha O'Reilly Ellen Corby
Dean Gerald Carter (1966-67) Bill Quinn
Ethel Carter (1966-67) Jean Vander Pyle

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