The Alan Young Show

The Alan Young Show is an American radio and television series presented in diverse formats over a nine-year period and starring Vancouver born comedian Alan Young.

The Alan Young Show
GenreVariety, comedy
Written byLeo Solomon
David R. Schwartz
Alan Young
StarringAlan Young
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
Producer(s)Ralph Levy
Richard Linkroum
Original releaseApril 6, 1950 (1950-04-06) 
June 21, 1953 (1953-06-21)


The series began on NBC Radio as a summer replacement situation comedy in 1944, featuring vocalist Bea Wain. It then moved to ABC Radio with Jean Gillespie portraying Young's girlfriend Betty. The program was next broadcast by NBC for a 1946-47 run and was off in 1948. When it returned to NBC in 1949, Louise Erickson played Betty and Jim Backus was heard as wealthy and snobbish playboy Hubert Updike III, a character he later adapted as Thurston Howell III in Gilligan's Island.


In 1950 The Alan Young Show moved to CBS television as a variety, sketch comedy show. Each program typically contained a monologue, one or two songs by a vocalist and two skits.[1] Regulars included Polly Bergen, Ben Wright, Joseph Kearns, Mabel Paige, Phillips Tead and the Lud Gluskin Orchestra.[2] Nina Bara was also a featured comedienne.[3] The show finished at No. 22 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1950-1951 season.[4]

The show went on hiatus in March, 1952. When it returned for its final season in February, 1953, the tone and format of the show changed into the more conventional sitcom, with Young playing a bank teller with Dawn Addams cast as his girlfriend and Melville Faber portraying his son. The show alternated weeks with Ken Murray's The Ken Murray Show under the title Time to Smile. In the last two weeks of the season, the format returned to its earlier style, but it was cancelled at the end of the season. The Alan Young Show received two Emmy Awards during its run.

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  1. Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  2. Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1 A-E). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  3. Staff, “Space Girl ‘Tonga’ to Appear At White-Barne Grand Opening,” The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Wednesday 17 November 1954, Volume LXI, Number 67, page 8.
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