Meet Corliss Archer

(ended 1955)




Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • The Christmas Story
      In the midst of preparations for the big day, through a series of unfortunate events, Corliss and Dexter make quite a mess of the Archers' tree and decorations, while Janet is determined to find her present that Harry has hidden.
    • How To Handle Women
      After Corliss and Dexter break up, Harry and Janet try to give the heartbroken Dexter some advice on how to handle the situation, each relating - Through some rather exaggerated flashbacks - Their own versions of how they handled a similar situation during their courtship.
    • Janet Goes to College
      After Corliss and Harry encourage her to take some college courses, Janet flatly refuses, on the grounds that she's much too busy running a household to make time for them. But, she changes her mind, after Harry indicates that housework isn't as tough as it looks, and she and Mary decide to teach their men a lesson, by leaving them, and Corliss and Dexter in charge, while they go for a formal education.moreless
    • The Personality Test
      When a personality test from a magazine supposedly makes her incompatible with Dexter, Corliss decides to end their relationship. After unsuccessfully trying to make Corliss jealous, the heartbroken Dexter has decided to give up, until Harry and Janet cooperate in a spur-of-the-moment plan to get them back together.
    • Harry, The Photographer
      Determined to save money, and to prove to Bill Franklin that he's as good as a professional photographer, Harry tries his hand at making his own family portrait, with disappointing results.
    • Dexter Borrows Harry's Car
      Dexter's jalopy is broken down again, and, after he borrows Harry's car, so that he can go to see a friend about borrowing a car, so that he and Corliss will have transportation to the big dance, one unfortunate coincidence leads to another, leaving both Harry and Dexter in frustrating and embarrassing situations.moreless
    • Harry Gives Advice
      Harry Gives Advice
      Episode 33
      After Dexter and his friends agree to donate a month's allowance to charity, Corliss must resign herself to 'moneyless' dates. Then, Harry suggests that - Until Dexter is back in the money - Corliss be the one to pay for their dates. But his idea backfires, when it starts a trend, with the rest of the girls in the neighborhood.moreless
    • Harry, The Dictator
      After being branded a 'dictator', Harry turns the Archer household into a Democracy, but soon finds himself on the short end of the majority. Then, after Dexter is incorporated into the family, both Harry and Corliss 'lobby' for his vote.
    • The Fortune Teller
      The Fortune Teller
      Episode 31
      After Corliss, Dexter, and Janet are duped by a phony clairvoyant, Harry enlists Dexter's help in exposing the fraudulent soothsayer.
    • President of the Garden Club
      After Janet and Mary nominate each other for election to the recently-vacated position of President of their local garden club, friction between the Archers and the Franklins causes tempers to flare. But the ex-President quite unintentionally winds up solving the problem for both sides.
    • The Pain In The Neck
      Convinced that his stiff neck is caused by some kind of psychological condition, Harry studies up on psychiatry, and diagnoses not only his own condition, but comes to the conclusion that Janet, Corliss, and Dexter also have psychological problems, and offers his advice on how to cure them.
    • Miffy's Overnight Painting
      After the Franklins contract with an old gentleman to have the interior of their house painted, the Archers offer them a place to stay, until the paint dries. But too much closeness causes them to get on one another's nerves, and, when tempers flare, Corliss and Dexter work up a plan to get them to reconcile.moreless
    • Boat Builders
      Boat Builders
      Episode 27
      Disaster ensues, when Harry and Bill - Despite their original resolution not to interfere - Insist on helping Corliss and Dexter with their pet project: The construction of a new boat.
    • Friends Forever?
      Friends Forever?
      Episode 26
      The Franklins decline a dinner invitation to the Archers’, under false pretenses, so that they can get together with the Wilsons, to plan a surprise party for Harry. But feelings get hurt, when the Archers find the Franklins and the Wilsons socializing, and complications develop when the Franklins must reveal their secret, to restore the peace.moreless
    • A Date For Doris
      A Date For Doris
      Episode 25
      Harry and Janet try to help Dexter, when Corliss talks him into finding a rush week date for her heavy, homely, bespectacled friend, Doris Patterson.
    • Harry and the Soap Opera Queen
      The Archers buy 2 additional TV sets, when Harry begins to miss his favorite programs, due first, to Corliss's and Dexter's addicition to a soap opera, then to Janet's obsession with a cooking show.
    • The New Neighbors
      The New Neighbors
      Episode 23
      Dexter and the Archers – Though well-meaning – Make the Wilsons' first day in their new home quite an unpleasant experience.
    • A Party for Corliss
      After talking Harry and Janet into letting them plan a big party for their friends, Corliss and Dexter quickly find that playing host and hostess to a gang of teenagers is much more hard work than fun.
    • Money Matters
      Money Matters
      Episode 21
      Suddenly feeling the pressures of inflation, Harry initiates a plan to cut back on household expenses, that turns out to be even more costly than before.
    • Male Ego
      Male Ego
      Episode 20
      Bested by the Archer women, in electrical work, and horseshoes, Harry and Dexter set out to prove that the ‘superior’ sex can do anything as well as, or better than the ‘inferior’ sex. But, when the going gets tough, they do what they have to do to win: They cheat.
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      Episode 19
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    • Dexter's Masquerade Costume
      Harry and Janet double-date with Dexter and Corliss to a masquerade ball, and Dexter’s costume – a suit of medieval armor – causes quite a bit of trouble both before and after the ball.
    • Dexter Becomes a Man
      Tired of being taken advantage of, Dexter decides to take a stand, and become a man, beginning with his purchase of a wild new suit.
    • The Archers Get A Maid
      When Harry sees that Janet is overworked, he suggests hiring a maid. Janet is against it, at first, but soon finds and hires one. But the prim-and-proper Domestic’s term of employment in the Archer household is short-lived.
    • 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.
    • The Vase That Came to Dinner
      Janet picks up what she thinks is a rare find, at a nick-nack shop – An ugly little $8 vase, which causes quite a bit of trouble and confusion in both the Archer and Franklin homes.
    • Harry's Diet
      Harry's Diet
      Episode 13
      With a friend's wedding only 5 days away, and having gained a few pounds since he last wore his cutaway suit, Harry bets that he can lose enough weight to get back into it, in time to attend the ceremony.
    • The Best Policy
      The Best Policy
      Episode 12
      Janet’s advice on the benefits of openness and honesty in a relationship, has both Dexter and Harry at odds with the Archer women. Harry is determined to hold out, and tries to get Dexter to be strong, but both soon weaken, give in, and apologize.
    • Dexter, The Helper
      Dexter, The Helper
      Episode 11
      After Dexter breaks the window of Corliss’s bedroom, Harry is determined not to let his bumbling future son-in-law make the repair. But Dexter is just as determined to show Harry how ‘handy’ he can be.
    • Harry's Cold
      Harry's Cold
      Episode 10
      Through a series of coincidences, friends and neighbors get the mistaken impression that the Archers have gone broke, and a call goes out to help the ‘needy’ family in the neighborhood.
    • Dexter's Job
      Dexter's Job
      Episode 9
      Dexter's noisy old jalopy is in dire need of a muffler, and Bill makes a deal with Dexter: Get a job, hold on to it for at least a week, and Bill will pay for a new muffler.
    • The Phone Fumble
      The Phone Fumble
      Episode 8
      Harry's efforts to make an important phone call are hampered by the loss of the phone number, the loss of the phone, itself, Corliss's housework, and Dexter's visit, with gifts of food.
    • Quaranteened
      Episode 7
      When Corliss comes down with the measles, Dexter is exposed, and, much to Harry’s dismay, must be quarantined in the Archer home, for several days.
    • The Algebra Problem
      A problem in Corliss’s algebra book has the Archers, the Franklins, and even a certified public accountant, stressing over how to get 17 prisoners and 9 policemen from the jail to the courthouse in one police car in 5 round trips.
    • Dexter's Surprise Party
      One coincidence leads to another, when Corliss and Dexter - After they see Harry hiding Dexter's birthday presents in a closet, in the Archer home - Get the mistaken impression that Harry is a kleptomaniac.
    • Dexter, The Director
      Dexter is chosen to direct the annual Student/Family play, and gets himself into quite a touchy situation, when it comes to casting the lead roles.
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      Episode 3
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    • Harry, Child Psychiatrist
      In an effort to teach their kids the benefits of saving for the future, Harry and Bill make a deal with Corliss and Dexter, to match their earnings, dollar-for-dollar.
    • No Clothes for the Party
      Corliss needs an evening wrap, and Dexter needs a tuxedo, for the big formal dance. But, neither can gather the nerve to ask Mr. and Mrs. Archer if they can borrow the items, and confusion ensues, as they try to make other arrangements.