Delilah (TV series)
|Written by||Bryan Barney|
|Directed by||Ron Meraska|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||4 October 1973 –|
3 January 1974
Delilah marked the CBC's first situation comedy in prime-time, having aired its previous sitcom Toby in daytime.
Delilah (Terry Tweed) moves out of the city and becomes a small community's first female barber. Her barbershop was intended to be given to her younger brother Vincent (Miles McNamara), but he must first graduate from school.
Other series characters include Delilah's Aunt Peggy (Barbara Hamilton), the town's newspaper editor T.J. (Eric House), family friend Franny Tree (Peter Mews), Frances (Kay Hawtrey), Mavis (Joyce Gordon) and Isabel (Paulle Clark).
This half-hour series was broadcast on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) from 4 October 1973 to 3 January 1974.
The series generally received poor reviews and negative audience reception. It was cancelled after a single 13-episode season. However, CBC's next sitcom, King of Kensington, fared much better and became a multi-year success. Toronto Star television critic Jim Bawden declared the series as "Worst Canadian Sitcom", declaring the scriptwriting to be "appalling" and discovered an absence of laughter from the audience when he attended a taping of an episode.
- Miller, Mary Jane (1987). Turn Up the Contrast - CBC Television Drama Since 1952. Vancouver: UBC Press / CBC Enterprises. pp. 125, 133–135. ISBN 0-7748-0278-2.
- Corcelli, John (August 2005). "Delilah". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Bawden, Jim (10 October 1992). "Roasting turkeys". Toronto Star. p. SW4.