The Paul Lynde Show
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The Paul Lynde Show
The Paul Lynde Show
Created byRon Clark
Sam Bobrick
Based onHowie
by Phoebe Ephron
Directed byWilliam Asher
Bruce Bilson
Jack Donohue
Jerry London
Oscar Rudolph
Coby Ruskin
George Tyne
StarringPaul Lynde
Elizabeth Allen
Jane Actman
ComposerShorty Rogers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producerHarry Ackerman
ProducerWilliam Asher
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22-24 minutes
Production companiesAshmont Productions
Screen Gems
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1972 (1972-09-13) -
March 14, 1973 (1973-03-14)

The Paul Lynde Show is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC. The series starred comedian Paul Lynde and aired for one season, with original episodes airing from September 13, 1972, to March 14, 1973. The program can be currently be seen in syndication on Antenna TV, Saturday Nights at 2:30am. The program was added to Antenna TV on July 2018.


The series starred Lynde as Paul Simms, a general-practice attorney and the father of a family that consisted of his wife Martha (Elizabeth Allen) and daughters Barbara (Jane Actman) and Sally (Pamelyn Ferdin). The Simms family lived in the fictional city of Ocean Grove, California.

It also starred John Calvin as Barbara's husband, Howie Dickerson, an eccentric university student who was of genius intelligence (IQ 185) and was a whiz with everything and full of advice, but inexplicably, he could not manage to hold down a job, and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara as Howie's parents, Barney and Grace Dickerson. Howie's misadventures around the house and his lack of steady employment brought his father-in-law to a state of slow-burn anger and drove him to distraction.

Critics perceived the show as derivative of All in the Family, then television's most popular primetime program, and the Paul Simms role bore similarities to Lynde's best-known film role, that of Harry MacAfee from the film and musical Bye Bye Birdie. For his role in the series, Lynde was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe.



Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Howie Comes Home to Roost"William AsherSam Bobrick & Ron ClarkSeptember 13, 1972 (1972-09-13)
2"Whiz Kid Sizzles as Quiz Fizzles"William AsherEd JuristSeptember 20, 1972 (1972-09-20)
3"The Landlord"William AsherS.A. LongSeptember 27, 1972 (1972-09-27)
4"No Nudes Is Good Nudes"William AherBob Fisher & Arthur MarxOctober 4, 1972 (1972-10-04)
5"To Commune or Not to Commune"Bruce BilsonBob Fisher & Arthur MarxOctober 11, 1972 (1972-10-11)
6"How to Be Unhappy, Though Poor"William AsherS.A. LongOctober 18, 1972 (1972-10-18)
7"Pollution Solution"Jack DonohueBob Fisher & Arthur MarxOctober 25, 1972 (1972-10-25)
8"To Wed or Not to Wed"Ernest LossoBud GrossmanNovember 1, 1972 (1972-11-01)
9"Unsteady Going"Jack DonohueBob Fisher & Arthur MarxNovember 8, 1972 (1972-11-08)
10"Whose Lib?"Ernest LossoBob Fisher & Arthur MarxNovember 22, 1972 (1972-11-22)
11"Meet Aunt Charlotte"George TyneEd Jurist,
Stan Dreben
November 29, 1972 (1972-11-29)
12"An Affair to Forget"George TyneBob Fisher & Arthur MarxDecember 6, 1972 (1972-12-06)
13"Martha's Last Hurrah"Jack DonohueWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderDecember 13, 1972 (1972-12-13)
14"Paul's Desperate Hour"Bruce BilsonBen StarrDecember 20, 1972 (1972-12-20)
15"No More Mr. Nice Guy"George TyneBernie KahnDecember 27, 1972 (1972-12-27)
16"The Bare Facts"George TyneRobert Fisher & Arthur MarxJanuary 3, 1973 (1973-01-03)
17"Howie's Inheritance"Jerry LondonLawrence MarksJanuary 10, 1973 (1973-01-10)
18"P.S. I Loathe You"Jack DonohueBob Carroll Jr. & Madelyn DavisJanuary 17, 1973 (1973-01-17)
19"The Congressman's Son"George TyneLeo RifkinJanuary 24, 1973 (1973-01-24)
20"Out of Bounds"Oscar RudolphWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderJanuary 31, 1973 (1973-01-31)
21"Is This Trip Necessary?"George TyneRobert Fisher & Arthur MarxFebruary 7, 1973 (1973-02-07)
22"Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Mother-in-Law But Were Afraid to Ask"Coby RuskinRobert Fisher & Arthur MarxFebruary 14, 1973 (1973-02-14)
23"Back Talk"Oscar RudolphPhil SharpFebruary 21, 1973 (1973-02-21)
24"Barbara Goes Home to Mother"Jerry LondonStory by : S.A. Long
Teleplay by : S.A. Long & Marilyn Miller & Monica McGowan
February 28, 1973 (1973-02-28)
25"Togetherness"Ernest LossoBarry E. BlitzerMarch 7, 1973 (1973-03-07)
26"Springtime for Paul"Ernest LossoS.A. LongMarch 14, 1973 (1973-03-14)


Scheduled opposite the first half of the Top 30 hit The Carol Burnett Show on CBS and the Top 20 hit Adam-12 on NBC, the first episode proved to be a major hit; strong negative reactions led to bad word of mouth and a resulting collapse in ratings.[1] The show was canceled after a single 26-episode season.


The show was based on the play Howie, about a lawyer, played by Lynde, whose daughter marries a slacker named Howard, or "Howie". The Lynde character despises him as he is not interested in earning money or traditional pursuits. Howie was developed for CBS in 1962, as a replacement for The Dick Van Dyke Show, but when that series was saved from cancellation, plans for Howie were shelved.[2]

William Asher later resurrected the Howie concept for ABC and Screen Gems as a replacement for Bewitched. Asher and then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery were contractually obligated for two more seasons of Bewitched for ABC. Montgomery was not interested in continuing the series (she and Asher were also on the verge of divorcing), and Lynde was also under contract to ABC. The Paul Lynde Show (along with the first incarnation of Temperatures Rising) was created to fulfill the contracts. Lynde had appeared numerous times on Bewitched as "Uncle Arthur". Asher designed The Paul Lynde Show to be ABC's counterpart to CBS's All In The Family; however, the show lacked the controversial and topical issues brought up by All In The Family, due to ABC's continued restriction on social issues at the time. This was despite Lynde's rewrite of the show's dialog in an effort to make the series more lively and comedic.[2]

The show was filmed before a live audience, with a laugh track added during post-production for "sweetening" purposes. Unusual for such a series, the production included a frequently seen backyard set with a fully functional swimming pool, which Lynde would occasionally fall into.

The next season, ABC would cast Lynde as the lead on the re-tooled Temperatures Rising over Asher's objections. That series lasted until 1974. ABC would burn off Lynde's contract by placing him in variety shows such as The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Donny & Marie.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bruce Vilanch on "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special". Archive of American Television Interviews via YouTube (August 2, 2016). Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Film Threat: "The Bootleg Files: The Paul Lynde Show"

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