Tammy (TV series)

Tammy is an American sitcom, starring Debbie Watson in the title role. Produced by Universal City Studios, 26 color half-hour episodes were aired on ABC from September 17, 1965 to March 11, 1966.

Star of Tammy, Debbie Watson
Written byRobert V. Barron
Cid Ricketts Sumner
Directed byLeslie Goodwins
Sidney Miller
StarringDebbie Watson
Denver Pyle
Donald Woods
Dorothy Green
Theme music composerJay Livingston
Ray Evans
Opening theme"Tammy"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Producer(s)Dick Wesson
Production location(s)Universal Studios, Universal City, California, United States
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)Uni-Bet Productions
Universal Television
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1965 (1965-09-17) 
March 11, 1966 (1966-03-11)
Followed byTammy and the Millionaire

Tammy was loosely based on the three Tammy films; Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) starring Debbie Reynolds; Tammy Tell Me True (1961); and Tammy and the Doctor (1963) both starring Sandra Dee. The films themselves were adaptations of novels by Cid Ricketts Sumner. The series was also partially influenced by other rural-themed TV sitcoms such as The Beverly Hillbillies. In particular, there are similarities between Tammy's Cletus Tarleton and The Beverly Hillbillies' Jethro Bodine.


The premise of the program revolves around Tammy Tarleton, an 18-year-old country girl who moves back and forth between her country family, which lives on a bayou houseboat, and the wealthy Brents, who own a plantation and pancake business. Tammy is hired as a secretary by a powerful industrialist with a handsome young son. A high society dame who wants her own daughter to marry the son, repeatedly but unsuccessfully tries to smear Tammy’s reputation.

As with Gidget, there are many differences between the series and films that inspired it. In the movies, Tammy's full name is Tambrey Tyree, shortened to Tammy. The Tyree was changed to Tarleton. Also, Tammy Tyree had no family other than her grandfather, who was occasionally picked up by revenuers for fabricating "corn-likker".

Tammy lasted for one season (26 episodes), and was cancelled in 1966.

Main cast


Title Air date
1"Tammy Leaves Home"September 17, 1965 (1965-09-17)
Tammy is in trouble when she's tricked into inviting her riverfolk relatives to a white-tie affair.
2"The Aristocratic Tates"September 24, 1965 (1965-09-24)
Tammy is scorned by Lavinia Tate as not well-born for her son until the Tate kinfolk arrive.
3"Tammy Plays Cupid"October 1, 1965 (1965-10-01)
Tammy tries to bring romance into her grandfather's life.
4"The Poker Game"October 8, 1965 (1965-10-08)
Uncle Lucius insists on joining a high-stakes poker game with a man who has vowed to get even with him.
5"The Tarleton Land Grant"October 15, 1965 (1965-10-15)
Lavinia Tate is planning on taking the Tarleton property for back taxes until Grandpa finds an ancient document.
6"Prophet and Loss"October 22, 1965 (1965-10-22)
Lavinia Tate's stock investments are affected by the prophecy of Tammy's Aunt Hannah.
7"Will the Real Dwayne Whitt Please Stand Up?"October 29, 1965 (1965-10-29)
With an assist from Tammy, Dwayne gets a writing assignment, and weekends at the houseboat to absorb the authentic atmosphere.
8"Still Waters"November 5, 1965 (1965-11-05)
Tammy's visiting Uncle Cully takes a job as a gardener to John Brent after he's warned to stay away from stills.
9"Mind Your Manners"November 12, 1965 (1965-11-12)
When Lavinia Tate learns that Tammy has organized a surprise birthday party for John Brent, she decides to take over the event as hostess.
10"Grandpa's Old Flame"November 19, 1965 (1965-11-19)
Grandpa learns that his former fiancee is coming to see him based on her impression that he is rich.
11"The Riverfyin' of Billy Joe Morgan"November 26, 1965 (1965-11-26)
Tammy and Steven Brent are left in charge of an obstreperous young house guest.
12"Grandpa's Secret Love"December 3, 1965 (1965-12-03)
Since Grandpa's new dog is a secret, John and Dwayne think his endearments are meant for a pretty girl entering the houseboat.
13"Cletus Comes Callin'"December 10, 1965 (1965-12-10)
The stranger Grandpa rescues from the river turns out to be Tammy's wheeler-dealer cousin.
14"The Enoch Bowl"December 17, 1965 (1965-12-17)
The Tarleton mule quits eating when an antique collector makes off with his bowl.
15"A Severe Case of Matrimony"December 24, 1965 (1965-12-24)
Lavinia uses her handsome cousin to make Tammy look like a giddy youngster.
16"T' Know Me Is T' Love Me"December 31, 1965 (1965-12-31)
Cletus discovers oil seeping from the ground and predicts the Tarleton's will be millionaires.
17"The Law and Mr. Tarleton"January 7, 1966 (1966-01-07)
Amos Potts tickets the Tarleton mule for illegal parking.
18"Lavinia's Wedding Day"January 14, 1966 (1966-01-14)
Tammy and Cletus arrange Lavinia's nuptials with the wrong bridegroom.
19"Two for Tee Pee"January 21, 1966 (1966-01-21)
An Indian chief arrives to make Cletus keep a promise and marry his daughter.
20"Blue Nose, Wet Nose"January 28, 1966 (1966-01-28)
Lavinia Tate goes all out to have her ill-behaved poodle defeat her rival's dog at obedience trials.
21"The Monster from Catfish Bend"February 4, 1966 (1966-02-04)
Cousin Cletus battles to land Big Luke, a 300-pound catfish.
22"Larnin' Works Wonders"February 11, 1966 (1966-02-11)
To keep his teaching credentials, Dwayne Whitt holds classes on Grandpa's houseboat.
23"Tammy Goes to Paris"February 18, 1966 (1966-02-18)
Lavinia invites herself and Gloria along on John Brent's trip to France.
24"The Cinemazation of Tammy Parker"February 25, 1966 (1966-02-25)
Tammy is chosen to act in a TV commercial, but Lavinia plots to get the assignment for her daughter Gloria.
25"Uncle Lucius Returns"March 4, 1966 (1966-03-04)
Grandpa Tarleton and his brother Lucius quarrel bitterly at their reunion.
26"Uncle Lucius, the Business Man"March 11, 1966 (1966-03-11)
The Tarletons enter Beulah, a cow that only gives milk when Uncle Lucius sings her favorite song, in a milking contest.

Tammy and the Millionaire

In 1967, Universal Pictures released a cinema movie called Tammy and the Millionaire which included all the main TV cast (except Cletus Tarleton) and was, in fact, a re-edit from four half-hour 1965 Tammy TV episodes.

International airings

Tammy was originally broadcast in several countries, including Japan, Germany, and Australia. The Tammy series was especially popular in Germany.

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