Please Don't Eat the Daisies (partially found television sitcom; 1965-1967)
Please Don't Eat the Daisies is a television family sitcom that aired on NBC from 1965 to 1967. The series was loosely based on both the 1960 film of the same name starring Doris Day and David Niven, as well as the Jean Kerr authored book from 1957. It starred Mark Miller and Patricia Crowley, and was one of the top-rated new shows of the year upon it's debut, coming in during a trend of movie-based television shows.
Despite starting off with good audience viewership, as well as having special guests from shows and acts such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. and The Righteous Brothers, the series was panned critically from the very start of its run, being judged for bad writing, being unoriginal in following the standard family sitcom format, and having nonsensical plots.
The show was spared from cancellation in 1966 and renewed for a second season despite being unpopular. Ratings for the series dropped to 89th place, and it was cancelled in March of 1967, being replaced momentarily by Maya before Get Smart took the slot in 1968.
The series follows that Nash family, where Joan Nash (Patricia Crowley) is a journalist and housewife who tries to keep things organized in her life with her kids, dog, and husband Jim (Mark Miller) starting antics and being slightly demanding. She publicizes her marriage which often embarrasses her husband, who works as a college professor. From the kids, the neighbours, or the couple themselves, trouble always seems to be in the household which leads to comedic situations.
While no full episodes of the series have surfaced online, snippets of some guest appearances can be found on YouTube. Screenbugs on recordings of the show confirm claims that Tuner South did air the show in the 1990's through the early 2000's. Other claims state that the show was available in it's entirety on Warner Archive Instant before the service went defunct. Ten episodes are known to be in the hands of private collectors, while another five are held at the Library of Congress, and one held at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
- A newspaper article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel that mentions the show being based off the movie and book of the same name. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article from the Greenfield Recorder-Gazette that mentions the Trendex and Arbitron rating systems placing the series towards the top. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article from the Desert Sun talking about the movie-based television trend in the mid-60s. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article stating that the series had low-quality writing. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article from The Times Record criticizing the unoriginality of the series. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article from a New York newspaper calling the show nonsensical, welcoming the interruption from the New York mayoral election of 1965. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- A newspaper snippet stating that the series was spared the axe and had been renewed. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article about Get Smart detailing the change in the time slot that Please Don't Eat the Daisies was situated. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article in The Record Newspapers interviewing PAtricia Crowley and her role in the show. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- An article outlining the general plot of the show. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- A page claiming that the series was put onto Warner Archive Instant before going defunct. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- A document showcasing episodes of shows held at the Library of Congress, where Please Don't Eat the Daisies can be found on page 462. Retrieved 02 Nov '19
- The UCLA listing for the episode held in the Film and Television Archive. Retrieved 02 Nov '19