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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 32

    Don't Defrost the Alligator

    Aired 4/21/66

  • S 1 : Ep 31

    I Have This Friend Who . . .

    Aired 4/14/66

  • S 1 : Ep 30

    A Hard Night's Night

    Aired 4/7/66

  • S 1 : Ep 29

    Ask Helpful Hannah

    Aired 3/31/66

  • S 1 : Ep 28

    One More for the Road

    Aired 3/24/66

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sally Field

    Francine Elizabeth "Gidget" Lawrence

  • Don Porter

    Professor Russell Lawrence

  • Pete Duel

    John Cooper (as Pete Deuel)

  • Betty Conner

    Anne Cooper

  • Lynette Winter


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  • Gidget was based on the 1959 movie of the same name. While the original had Sandra Dee as Gidget, this series had Sally Field in the title role. The sitcom was first seen in September of 1965 and centered around Francine Lawrence. Francine was her real first name but everyone called her Gidget. She lived with her father, Professor Russ Lawrence, who was a widower in Southern California. Stories revolved around Gidget and her life as a teenager growing up on the Pacific coast. Recurring characters included, Anne Cooper, Gidget's sister, who tended to take the role of mother and was often overprotective of Gidget. John was Anne's psychology student of a husband who often read much to much into situations. Larue was Gidget's best friend while Jeff was Gidget's boyfriend who was talked about more than he was seen since he was away at college. ABC pulled the plug on the series in the spring of 1966 due to the fact that the series hadn't found an audience. This was an unfortunate event, because that summer, ABC aired reruns, and finally an audience was found. However, it was too late, the series had already been canceled. Reruns boosted the series' popularity in the 80's which resulted in a new series, The New Gidget. This series introduced a young Sally Field to the television audience and led the way for her next TV role as Sister Bertrille on another ABC sitcom, The Flying Nun. Theme Song: "Gidget" Written by: Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller Sung by: Johnny Tillotson Broadcast History September 15, 1965-January 1966----Wednesdays----8:30 p.m. January-September 7, 1966----Thursdays----8:00 p.m. Ratings never hit the top 25moreless

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  • Quotes (29)

    • Gidget: Funny thing about life. A few hours ago, I hit the lowest point of my whole absolute existence. And now I’m riding so high, I can’t even see Cloud 9 when I look down. John would say that shows a lack of maturity, and I can’t argue with him. When you’re young, it’s not easy to level off and fly right. It’s too bad you can’t be born with maturity… and then lose it later on when you’re old enough not to need it anymore. (gasps) I wonder if thinking about stuff like that means I’m a philosopher. (yawning) Oh, I hope not. Because I’m too tired for all that jazz.

    • Gidget: Now Jeff has me exactly where he wants me. And when I think it was my idea… Russell: Your idea? Gidget: You don’t think Jeff would suggest it? When it comes to things like that, he’s not square. He’s cube.

    • Gidget: (narrating) I was telling myself to face facts. I was not Sofia Loren. Good grief. Even she would have to think twice about Cornbread.

    • John: I don’t suppose there’s anything I could say. Russell: John, for the first time, you and I are in complete agreement.

    • Gidget: Well, I’ve learned my lesson. I’m through with Jeff once and for all. Larue: You’re through with him? Then what are we doing at the beach? Gidget: I’m gonna give him a second chance.

    • Gidget: (narrating) Meanwhile, to pass the time of day, I decided to make some extra entries in my diary. (reading from diary) “And then, dear diary, I knew I had no choice but to give in, and he kissed me as he’s never kissed me before.” (thinking of what to write next) And I… And I got goose pimples all over. Blech. And I fainted dead away? Yech. Sank into nothingness. (sinks down to the floor with a smile)

    • Anne: Dad. You’re being entirely too permissive with Gidget. John: She’s right, Russ. Permissiveness is out. Strong discipline is in. Russell: Okay. How about disciplining yourself to pay me $3.75?

    • Gidget: (narrating) I’ll never forget the first time he told me he loved me. (They’re both on a surfboard, Gidget’s in front) Jeff: Hey, what was your name again? (Gidget turns her head and makes a face at him) Jeff: You know somethin’? You are kinda cute. (Gidget, with a smile, falls off the surfboard)

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    Notes (23)

    • There are several different things in this episode than in the rest of the series.. 1st Ann has Black hair not Red 2nd Gidget's front room, the stairs go to the left instead of the right and the front door is in a different place 3rd Gidget's bed is a double not 2 twin beds 4th The outside of Gidget's house is Major Nelson's house on I Dream of Jeannie..But, later its the house from Leave It to Beaver.

    • Martin Milner is better known for his roles on Route 66 and Adam-12.

    • Look for Joy Harmon (Treasure from episode "In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust")in a dance scene.

    • The late Noam Pitlik is better know for the recurring role Officer Swanhauser on Sanford and Son or as Mr. Victor Gianelli on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1973).

    • Actor Kevin O'Neal is Ryan O'Neal's brother.

    • Pay attention to Gidget's kitchen and dining room..they are the same as on tv's Hazel.

    • Look for Judy Carne from future Laugh-In fame as Pat Taylor.

    • Trivia:The film that Gidget was watching is "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939).

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    Trivia (6)

    • Watch the girl called "Treasure" when she talks with Ann at the luau. She says Panther should be locked in a cage and the next shot is of her across the beach dancing!

    • It seems they forgot to put on the blue filter to film the night scene as Mr. Lawrence and the cop enter the driveway. It's 11 PM and it's bright as day! Then Mr. Lawrence gets to the front door and it's night again!

    • Bonnie Franklins character is Jean in this episode. However, in earlier episodes its Janie.

    • As Gidget enters her math class with the other students and says "hello" to several of them, a male student can very clearly be heard saying "Hi, Sally!" instead of "Hi, Gidget".

    • Robert Beach's character from here on out is named Toby. However he played Pete in episode Chivalry isn't Dead.

    • Tim Rooney's plays Ken in this episode.However he played Tommy in episode Operation Shaggy Dog.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Gidget: "When it comes to things like that he's not Square he's Cube"
      Square was a term used in the 60's for someone not being cool.

    • Gidget: "I was telling myself to face facts..I was not Sophia Loren"
      She was a popular sex symbol of the time.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Don't miss out on some clean fun and laughs with this charming series.

    By gidgetinla, Dec 10, 2006

  • The show is about a teenager "Gidget" living with her father (a college professor)and her wacky adventures with her best friend"Larue". Then ther is her sister, Anne and her husband John, a college student, trying make a marriage and going to colle

    By dcelest78, Jan 24, 2006

  • Gone Before It's Time

    By brewsblingsteen, Jul 14, 2005

  • Sally Fields first tv show! Look for Pete Duel in a supporting role as the over-protective, psychologist brother-in-law.

    By TVIcons, Jul 18, 2005

  • Gidget in The Netherlands! It blew my mind! As far as I know I still am the only 1 in Holland listening to that name. But I was told that my mum gave me name from another movie. Is that possible?

    By 5gidget5, Nov 02, 2005

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