The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show - Season 1

NBC (ended 1968)


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Episode Guide


  • 12/22/1968
    Episode 16
    Phyllis Diller's guests are actor Chuck Connors, the Pair Extraordinaire, the Pearce Sisters and bejeweled pianist Liberace. Sketches: Liberace informs house cleaners Diller and Connors that the vase they've uncovered is valuable; Conners and Norm Crosby have a pistol duel for the hand of Miss Diller; Phyllis is the exasperated babysitter of the young Pearce Sisters; and the finale is a salute to Buffalo Bill. Musical Highlights: Liberace performs a George Gershwin medley and then performs a duet with Phyllis; "This Guy's in Love With You" and "Come Back to Me" (Pair Extraordinaire); "When the Saints Go Marching In" (Pearce Sisters)moreless
  • 12/15/1968
    Episode 15
    Phyllis Diller's guests are Jack Benny, Gail Martin, and the Pearce Sisters. Highlights: Jack pesters the Pearce Sisters to hire him as their manager; Diller performs the "seven ages of man" from Shakespeare; the finale is a "tribute" to Benny.Musical Highlights: Martin joins the dancers to "Rose of Washington Square".moreless
  • 12/8/1968
    Episode 14
    Phyllis Diller's guests this week are comic/pianist Victor Borge, ventriloquist Shari Lewis and actor/NFL legend Jim Brown. Sketches: Brown, as "Jimbo the Magnificent", will read Phyllis' mind; a spoof of Brown's film The Dirty Dozen; Brown and Borge join Diller, as a gun moll, plotting their next heist. Musical Highlights: Diller joins Borge for a piano duet.moreless
  • 11/24/1968
    Episode 11
    Phyllis Diller's guests this week are Arte Johnson from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, singer Lou Rawls and his four-year-old son Lou Rawls, Jr. Sketches: a take-off of newscasters Chet Huntley and David Brinkley; production number salute to sewing machine inventor Elias Howe.
  • 11/17/1968
    Episode 10
    Phyllis Diller's guests this week are actress Maureen O'Hara, actor Noel Harrison, dancers Hines, Hines and Dad, and actor George O'Hanlon. Sketches: an airport customs inspection reveals Phyllis trying to smuggle a valuable egret feather with Harrison and O'Hanlon; a tennis match as a soap opera; the musical finale salutes dictionary guru Noah Webster. Musical Highlights: Maureen O'Hara sings a medley from Finian's Rainbow.moreless
  • 11/10/1968
    Episode 9
    Phyllis Diller's guests this week are musical group the 5th Dimension, singers the Pearce Sisters, and actor Peter Lawford. Sketches: Phyllis as Lady Bird Johnson on moving day at the White House; a "dirty movie" edited for television; the musical finale is a salute to anti-alcohol crusader Carry Nation. Musical highlights: Phyllis joins Rip Taylor and the 5th Dimension for "Learn How to Fly".moreless
  • 11/3/1968
    Episode 8
    Phyllis Diller's guests this week include singer Dionne Warwick and actor Fess Parker. Sketches: Parker and Diller play a backwoods couple celebrating an anniversary; Warwick and Diller attempt to pass a driving test; Parker plays a magician performing slight of hand; and the musical finale salutes P. T. Barnum. Musical Highlights: "Honey" (Parker); a medley of hits including "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" (Warwick)moreless
  • 10/20/1968
    Episode 6
    Phyllis Diller's guests are singers Glen Campbell, Kate Smith, and actor Ricardo Montalban.

    Sketches: Montalban is filming a bullfighting film and Phyllis tries hard to "horn" in on the scene; a production number paying tribute to the explorer who searched for the "Fountain of Youth", Ponce De Leon.

    Musical Highlights: "Just in Time" (Kate Smith); "Wichita Lineman" (Campbell); "Spanish Anyone?" (Cast)moreless
  • 10/13/1968
    Episode 5
    Phyllis Diller's guests this week include Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor from Green Acres. Sketches: Phyllis tries to talk Eva into trading hairdressers; Eva runs a ritzy dress shop and isn't sure she wants a customer with Phyllis' taste; and in the finale, a salute to Luther Burbank.
  • 10/6/1968
    Episode 4
    Phyllis Diller's guests include actor Hugh O'Brian, Barbara Feldon from Get Smart, comic Pat Paulsen from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and vocalists the Pearce Sisters. Sketches: Phyllis, with Norm Crosby, discovers that her new next door neighbor is eligible bachelor Hugh O'Brian; Feldon and Diller take up jogging; Pat Paulsen joins Phyllis in the "talk spot"; the finale production salutes Susan B. Anthony.moreless
  • 9/29/1968
    Episode 3
    Phillis Diller's guests are musical group The Doodletown Pipers, Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, designer Rudi Gernreich, and Dorothy Malone from Peyton Place. Sketches: Sassoon and Gernreich join ever-fashionable Phyllis to rib current fashions and hairstyles; Malone gives Diller modeling lessons; Nimoy recites "Everyday Housewife" as Phyllis mimes to the words; in a slapstick bit, Nimoy and Malone exchange their TV characters; and in the finale, a "salute" to birdman James Audubon.moreless
  • 9/22/1968
    Episode 2
    Phyllis Diller's guests are Raymond Burr, Teddy Neely and the Blossoms, Hugh Hefner and his Playboy Bunnies, and Goldie Hawn from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Sketches: Burr and Phyllis team for a "non-violent" version of Julius Caesar's untimely end; Phyllis and Goldie encounter autograph hunters and Raymond plays an unwilling guest in Phyllis' home. Musical Highlights: Goldie sings "The Look of Love"; Teddy sings, "Hallelujah Baby" and "How About Me?" All join in for the (Samuel) "Gompers Stomp" finale.moreless
  • 9/15/1968
    Episode 1
    Phillis Diller's guests for the series premiere are Johnny Carson, Sonny and Cher, the Pearce Sisters, and Rowan and Martin. Sketches: Carson welcomes Phyllis to NBC by presenting her with gifts from other network stars: a hand-knitted corrective body stocking from Barbara Eden and a Walter Cronkite dart board from Huntley/Brinkley; Carson does a routine as a caterer who's been hired for the wedding reception of President Johnson's daughter; at the Diller home, Paul of Pasadena and Phyllis are visited by Mrs. Stone of the welfare department checking on the working conditions of the Pearce Sisters. Musical Highlights: "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" (Sonny & Cher); Tiger Rag (Pearce Sisters)moreless