Channing (TV series)

Channing (also known as The Young and the Bold) is an hour-long American drama series that aired at 10:00 p.m. on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 8, 1964.[1] The series depicted life at fictitious Channing College, with Jason Evers in the lead role of Professor Joseph Howe, and Henry Jones as Fred Baker, the dean of the institution.[2]

title card for Channing
Also known as''The Young and the Bold''
Written byTheodore Apstein
Robert Kaufman
Ken Kolb
StarringJason Evers
Henry Jones
Composer(s)Jack Marshall
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producer(s)Stanley Rubin
Producer(s)Jack Laird
Running time4548 minutes
Production company(s)Revue-Betford
DistributorNBC Universal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1963 (1963-09-18) 
April 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)

Channing, a production of Revue Studios, aired during the same time frame as the first season of NBC's somewhat similar offering, Mr. Novak.


According to the story line, Professor Howe had served in the Korean War and was writing a novel in his spare time. In a 1964 episode entitled "The Trouble with Girls", Keir Dullea and Mark Goddard appear as roommates who clash over a girl, Lynn Walton, played by Joey Heatherton. Dullea's character has a nervous breakdown and leaves college.

Don Gordon played Mario Saccone, a 37-year-old soldier who returns from South Vietnam and enters Channing College. This is more than a year before the large United States troop commitment to Southeast Asia and the subsequent breakdown in campus order at many institutions. Gordon is interested in the younger wife of an older political science professor named Jonathan Kobitz, played by Jacqueline Scott and Wendell Corey, respectively. Robert Lansing appeared as an alcoholic professor wrapped in self-pity. Rip Torn appeared as a graduate student with multiple degrees who remains at Channing because of his social life.

Channing was broadcast at 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays after Ben Casey. Its competition was The Eleventh Hour on NBC and The Danny Kaye Show, a variety show on CBS.[3]


Notable guest stars


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Message from the Tin Room"TBATBASeptember 18, 1963 (1963-09-18)
2"Exercise in a Shark Tank"TBATBASeptember 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)
3"An Obelisk for Benny"TBATBAOctober 2, 1963 (1963-10-02)
4"No Wild Games for Sophie"TBATBAOctober 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)
5"Dragon in the Den"TBATBAOctober 23, 1963 (1963-10-23)
6"Potato Bash World"TBATBAOctober 30, 1963 (1963-10-30)
7"Collision Course"TBATBANovember 6, 1963 (1963-11-06)
8"A Patron Saint for the Cargo Cult"TBATBANovember 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)
9"Beyond His Reach"TBATBANovember 27, 1963 (1963-11-27)
10"A Doll's House with Pompoms and Trophies"TBATBADecember 4, 1963 (1963-12-04)
11"A Window on the War"TBATBADecember 11, 1963 (1963-12-11)
12"The Last Testament of Buddy Crown"TBATBADecember 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)
13"A Hall Full of Strangers"TBATBADecember 25, 1963 (1963-12-25)
14"Memory of a Firing Squad"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)
15"A Rich, Famous, Glamorous Folk Singer Like Me"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1964 (1964-01-08)
16"Swing for the Moon"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1964 (1964-01-15)
17"Another Kind of Music"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1964 (1964-01-22)
18"Ou Sont Les Neiges...?"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1964 (1964-02-12)
19"The Face in the Sun"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1964 (1964-02-19)
20"A Claim to Immortality"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1964 (1964-02-26)
21"Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot"TBATBAMarch 4, 1964 (1964-03-04)
22"The Trouble With Girls"Alan Crosland Jr.Ken KolbMarch 11, 1964 (1964-03-11)
23"Wave Goodbye to Our Fair-haired Boy"TBATBAMarch 18, 1964 (1964-03-18)
24"A Bang and a Whimper"TBATBAMarch 25, 1964 (1964-03-25)
25"Christmas Day Is Breaking Wan"TBATBAApril 1, 1964 (1964-04-01)
26"My Son, the All-American"TBATBAApril 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)

Production notes

Stanley Rubin (Bracken's World) was the executive producer; Jack Laird (Ben Casey and Kojak), the producer, and Bob Rafelson (the film Five Easy Pieces), the associate producer.


  1. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 154
  2. Adams, Val (January 1, 1964). "A.B.C.-TV TO DROP '77 SUNSET STRIP' / Also Discontinuing 3 Other Series Before April". The New York Times, p.41. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  3. 1963-1964 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television
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