I Married Joan

NBC (ended 1955)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 26

    The Jail Bird

    Aired 3/23/55

  • S 3 : Ep 25

    The Cowboy

    Aired 3/16/55

  • S 3 : Ep 24

    How to Win Friends

    Aired 3/9/55

  • S 3 : Ep 23

    The Lady and the Prizefighter

    Aired 3/2/55

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    Ladies Prison

    Aired 2/23/55

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joan Davis

    Joan Stevens

  • Jim Backus

    Judge Bradley 'Brad' Stevens

  • Hal Smith

    Charlie Henderson

  • Dan Tobin (I)

    Roger Tobin

  • Sheila Bromley

    Janet Tobin

  • show Description
  • I Married Joan is the epitome of the 1950s family sitcom. An upstanding, sensible husband (Judge Bradley Stevens) is married to a wacky, well-meaning wife (Joan Stevens) who causes problems with her hare-brained schemes. Early episodes opened with Judge Stevens in the courtroom relating to the parties involved some similar situation he had endured with his wife, Joan. Then the action would shift to the Stevens' story. (In syndication most of the opening courtroom scenes were edited out.) Slapstick and physical comedy was at the core of the show with lots of mugging, waving of arms, and crazy situations. Joan did everything from jitterbugging with a chimp to getting tangled in a harp. To say this series was patterned after TV's #1 show I Love Lucy would be an understatement. It was not uncommon to find whole chunks of Lucy plots lifted and re-purposed on this series, or physical business originally performed by Lucille Ball re-enacted by Joan Davis. The show featured several different actors and actresses as the friends of the Stevens' including Hope Emerson, Hal Smith and Dan Tobin. Also featured in seasons two and three was Beverly Wills, Joan Davis' real-life daughter, playing Joan's kid sister, Beverly.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Joan: Think after all these years of marriage he could run off with another woman? Drop me just like that? Aunt Vera: If I were you I’d demand at least two weeks notice. Joan: If I was his pet dog I’d get more consideration. Before he left me he’d have to first place me with a nice family.

    • Aunt Vera: Joan, for heaven sakes, how long is Brad going to be gone? Joan: Just two days. Why? Aunt Vera: You’re packing like he’s leaving for good. Joan: Brad’s very fussy. He likes a clean change of shirt. Aunt Vera: He’ll be able to change every five minutes. Joan: (smelling a bottle of shaving lotion) Oh, I just love this shaving lotion of Brad’s. (holds it out for Aunt Vera to smell) When he wears it he’s just irresistible. (puts the lid back on it and puts it in the suitcase) Aunt Vera: I think it’s just as well if he does change his shirt every five minutes. Joan: Huh? Aunt Vera: If he’s doing that, he won’t be doing anything else. Joan: Well, Aunt Vera, what on earth are you talking about? Why shouldn’t Brad have fun with the fellows in his class? Aunt Vera: Joan, there were also girls in his class.

    • (in her daydream) Joan (on the phone): Oh, hiya, Pres. What? U.S. Treasury is a little low and you’re worried about the budget? Two billion be enough? Glad to do it, glad to. Oh, uh, by the way, one little formality, uh, what are you putting up for collateral? Oh, I see, you’ll put up Texas. Well, I’m sorry. I’m already holding Texas for what the last boy borrowed.

    • Joan (thinking): Imagine me, head of the largest cosmetic firm in the world, sitting in my office, the largest office in the world. What power I’d have, the whole country at my feet, the largest feet in the world.

    • Joan: Well, if I had had half the chance, I could have done just as well as those other girls. I was just as smart in school as they were. Brad (laughs): Now, Joanie. Joan: Well, I was too! Now, you take Minnie Shultz, for instance. If it hadn’t been for me, she would have gotten the lowest mark in Algebra class. Brad: You helped her? Joan: Yes. I got the lowest mark.

    • Joan: Don’t you touch me! Not after the nasty thing you did to me! Brad: Nasty thing? What did I do? Joan: You married me!

    • Joan: (imitating her old teacher) Joanie, you’re going to be a dummy all your life.

    • Joan: (talking about a girl she went to high school with) She was the flighty one of the bunch. Brad: Uh, what were you of the bunch? Joan: Me? Oh, I was the normal one. (Brad chokes on his coffee)

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    Notes (26)

    • I Love Lucy Plot?:
      In several episodes, Lucy complains that Ricky is standing in the way of her showbiz career by keeping her at home scrubbing and cleaning. Here, Joan declares that Brad is "stifling me" with "cooking, washing and scrubbing" when she could be a great actress.
      In a classic Lucy episode, Ricky is on the phone describing the type girl he wants for his show. Lucy responds by pretending to be taller, shorter--even brunette. Here, the director is discussing the type of girl he wants. As he mentions short, tall, or fat, Joan raises, lowers and puffs herself up to fit each type.

    • I Love Lucy Redux?: Lucy did battle with a ballet teacher in the episode The Ballet.

    • The same gag involving the wife opening her husband's mail and a self-inflating raft popping out is repeated almost a decade later on the episode The Curious Thing About Women on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1/10/1962).

    • I Love Lucy Plot?: In the episode The Fur Coat, Lucy finds a coat Ricky has hidden and thinks it's a gift for her. Here, Joan finds a hidden gown and thinks its a gift for her. To get even with Ricky, Lucy takes a fake fur and restyles it into an eyesore using a huge pair of scissors. She even cuts off the sleeves. Here, Joan restyles the gown into an eyesore using a huge pair of scissors. She even cuts off the sleeves.

    • Geraldine Carr would become a recurring cast member next season portraying Joan's friend Mabel.

    • This episode was repeated on the network 8/18/1953.

    • I Love Lucy Redux?: Lucy had jumped to conclusions and assumed Ricky had been drafted when he got a letter from the military in the episode Drafted.

    • I Love Lucy Redux?: Lucy and her women's club had staged an operetta in the episode The Operetta.

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    Trivia (20)

    • This marks the first appearance on the series of Sandra Gould. She would play numerous different supporting character, many unnamed, before settling into the recurring role of Mildred Webster later in the run.

    • Joan is engrossed in the radio series The Adventures of Mr. Twilight.

    • Brad and Joan appear on the TV show America Speaks.

    • In Joan's phony murder scheme, she poisons Bradley.

    • The postman points out that it costs three cents to mail a letter.

    • Joan and Brad Stevens live at 133 Stone Drive.

    • The noisy neighbors who have been keeping Brad and Joan awake for six years are the Carstairs.

    • Brad is running for reelection. His campaign slogan is "Honest Brad Always Keeps His Promises."

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • I LOVE both women, Lucille Ball AND Joan Davis

    By DebraKuzma, Sep 21, 2012

  • This show has similarities to I Love Lucy, yes, but I think Joan is a character all her own and her husband played by Jim Backus was definitely different from Ricky.

    By Xander72, Jul 23, 2006

  • Lucy, you can't be in the show! But Joan Davis can rip you off in one of her own!

    By jaynashvil, Dec 12, 2005

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