Meet Corliss Archer

Season 1 Episode 15

Corliss, The Cheerleader

Aired Saturday 6:30 PM Unknown on
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Corliss, The Cheerleader
Corliss talks Dexter into asking the handsome, charming Head Cheerleader – Finly Roberts – To Coach her on her Cheerleading techniques. After the dashing gentleman wows Corliss, Dexter tries, in vain, to make her jealous, then finally has to get tough, when it seems that he’s losing his best girl.moreless

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  • One way to make an early sitcom, this episode comes off as a series of related skits to modern viewers because the theme is vague.

    Corliss decides to try out for cheerleading, but she needs training by a handsome young man.

    The storyline here is really pretty unoriginal, the old saw of the jealous boyfriend trying to win his girl back, with a loose football theme thrown in. The episode abounds with 50s, everything from the ambiguous relationship between Corliss and Dexter, the shopping mania of Corliss's mother, the all-knowing wise father. It's often not hard to understand why the young male protagonists are confused in these sitcoms, they tend to be completely goofy and have a stronger relationship with the father of the girl than the girl herself.

    As far as the program itself, the second (syndicated) version of "Corliss Archer" is characterized by narrator interludes with cartoon panels, and these actually work better than expected. Aside from these, my favorite part of this installment is that when Dexter takes another girl to the drive-in to make Corliss jealous - the girl is so lukewarm to the idea that she sits in the back seat.

    Ann Baker does have a cheerful playfullness that's endearing, but, overall, other than serving as an interesting example of early family comedy, this one might be perceived as lacking a strong point.moreless
David Bair

David Bair

Finly Roberts

Guest Star

Nancy Hale

Nancy Hale

College Girl

Guest Star

Brad Brown

Brad Brown

College Football Player

Guest Star

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