The Don Knotts Show

NBC (ended 1971)


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • April 13, 1971
      April 13, 1971
      Episode 24
      Don's guests are TV personality Steve Allen, comedic actor Tom Poston, comedian Louis Nye and The Establishment.
    • April 6, 1971
      April 6, 1971
      Episode 23
      Don's guests are comedian-actor Tony Randall, singer Claudine Longet and The Three Degrees.
    • March 23, 1971
      March 23, 1971
      Episode 22
      Don's guests are singer Barbara McNair, comedienne Edie Adams, comedian Louis Nye and The Mob. Highlights: Edie sings a medley then joins Louis for a duet. Edie plays Don's wife in a sketch and appears as Don's date in another sketch where he tries to prove "he's not like all the others" when he dates a go-go dancer.moreless
    • March 16, 1971
      March 16, 1971
      Episode 21
      Don's guests are actor Richard Crenna, dancer Juliet Prowse and Cajun singer Doug Kershaw.
    • March 9, 1971
      March 9, 1971
      Episode 20
      Don's guests are actor Michael Landon, singer John Davidson, singer Gloria Loring and comedian Charles Nelson Reilly. Highlights: Michael Landon portrays a hometown hero who returns home but can't remember a little guy (Don) who keeps tagging after hime. Charles Nelson Reilly is an NBC tour guide who brings tourists to Don's set but has trouble finding any stars. "The Small World of Jesse Fender" finds Linda (Elaine Joyce) dropping Jesse to date their boss. John sings "Make Your Own Kind of Music". Gloria does a song then duets with John.moreless
    • February 2, 1971
      February 2, 1971
      Episode 19
      Don's guests are comedian Bob Newhart, singer Mary Costa and musical group The Dillards. Highlights: Newhart's monologue describes a man who is trying to return Christmas toys to a department store in April. Bob portrays a man in charge of a dancing studio who sells Don the complete course. Bob joins Don and Elaine Joyce in a police sketch. Mary Costa sings the aria "Ah, Je Veux Vivre". Mary and Don duet with "Why Do I Love You?" The Dillards play and sing "One A.M." and are joined by Mary in "Ebo Walker".moreless
    • January 26, 1971
      January 26, 1971
      Episode 18
      Don's guests are comedian Tommy Smothers, Broadway singer-dancer-actress Gwen Verdon and The King Cousins. Highlights: Tommy Smothers is on the show because he believes Don is his brother Dick. Tommy dishes up some organic food for Don in a sketch at a health bar. Gwen performs "I Won't Dance". Gwen and Don duet with "Do You Love Me?" Gwen plays Don's cleaning lady who doesn't understand English and her performance is complete with castanets and flamenco dancing. Gwen sings and dances "It's a Fine, Fine Day". The King Cousins perform "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and join Don, Tommy and Gwen in "Mame".moreless
    • January 19, 1971
      January 19, 1971
      Episode 17
      Don's guest is comedian-actor Bill Cosby. Highlights: Bill introduces a rare bird which mates every six years. In the "Front Porch" sketch, Bill and Don discuss computer dating. A crowded elevator scene reveals that one of them has forgotten to dress completely. In another sketch, Don and Bill take over a small band in a bar to render "Honeysuckle Rose". Elaine Joyce does her first song and dance on the show to the tune of "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma" accompanied by dancers and Nick Perito and his orchestra.moreless
    • January 12, 1971
      January 12, 1971
      Episode 16
      Don's guests are Lloyd Bridges and his sons Jeff and Beau in their first television appearance together. Also guesting are singer Nancy Wilson and Pop star Tommy Roe. Highlights: The Bridges family and Don form a barbershop quartet for a rendition of "Lida Rose". Lloyd helps Don with final funeral arrangements and Beau gives Don a flying lesson. Nancy sings "I've Got Love" and "Joe". Tommy performs "We Could Make Music".moreless
    • January 5, 1971
      January 5, 1971
      Episode 15
      Don's guests are Family Affair actor Sebastian Cabot, comedian-actor Louis Nye and The Lennon Sisters. Highlights: Sebastian and Don play off each other like the North and South Poles. The Lennon Sisters sing "Yellow River" and "Come Saturday Morning". Don as Jesse Fender, the dauntless defender of the public library finds himself responsible for a missing $40,000 book. Louis and Don do a slapstick version of a cheap foreign movie. In another sketch Don and Louis play cops in pursuit of a purse-snatcher Sebastian Cabot.moreless
    • December 29, 1970
      December 29, 1970
      Episode 14
      Don's guests are comedian Sid Caesar, The Virginian actor Doug McClure and British singer Lulu. Highlights: Doug plays a cowboy long enough to demonstrate his singing ability. Caesar plays a sheik in a silent movie routine with Don. Don receives cooking lessons from Sid. Doug and Don are brave western soldiers in a spoof. Don adds another chapter to the life of Jesse Fender, library security officer. Lulu sings "I Got Life" and does a duet with Doug.moreless
    • December 22, 1970
      December 22, 1970
      Episode 13
      Don's guests are Italian film actress Gina Lollobrigida, stage and screen actor Van Johnson and musical group The Dillards. Highlights: In a trial sketch, defendant Gina works her charms and magic on prosecuting attorney Van Johnson. In another sketch Gina gives Don a hard time in a foreign movie takeoff. Don and Van play a couple of parachuters in a skit. Don plays his character Jesse Fender in another sketch. The Dillards perform "Tennessee Breakdown" and "Dooley".moreless
    • December 15, 1970
      December 15, 1970
      Episode 12
      Don's guests are Ironside star Raymond Burr, comedic legend Jimmy Durante and singer-actress Connie Stevens. Highlights: Jimmy Durante asks for help in a Carnegie Hall performance of the old "Inka-Dinka-Doo". Connie Stevens gives husband Don Knotts a rough time in one skit and plays the mother of a youngster Don is about to sneak into an adult movie theater. Shipping line magnate Raymond Burr calls his designer Don on the carpet to explain the sinking of the Titanic. Don as Jesse Fender is a security man for the public library.moreless
    • December 1, 1970
      December 1, 1970
      Episode 11
      Don's guests are Mama Cass Elliot, Steve Lawrence and Louis Nye. Highlights: Don introduces a new character in "The Small World of Jesse Fender" sketch. Louis Nye leads off with his version of a U.N. interpreter, a linguistic wonder in a sketch with Don.
    • November 24, 1970
      November 24, 1970
      Episode 10
      Don's guests are Donald O'Connor, Barbara Feldon and Freda Payne. Highlights: Donald O'Connor dances in a "Top Hat and Tails" routine and portrays Don's boss in a restaurant sketch. Donald and Don do a pantomime sketch in a woman's dress shop. Barbara Feldon sings a medley including "Look at That Face" and "The Look of Love". Freda Payne sings "Band of Gold" and "Deeper and Deeper". In a sketch Barbara appears in a Parisian seting with American tourist Don Knotts.moreless
    • November 17, 1970
      Don's guests are Andy Griffith, Jo Ann Pflug and The Celebration. Highlights: Andy cannont divorce Don from the Barney Fife image and joins him in a "Front Porch" discussion of modern radio. Andy gives Don a lesson in square dance calling and listens to Don recite the Gettysburg Address. Andy in a cafeteria sketch gets lessons from Don on how to succeed in a singles bar. Jo Ann Pflug hears Don's impression of her movie hit, "M-A-S-H" and sings "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Goin' Out of My Head". Jo Ann and Don do a prison reform sketch.moreless
    • November 10, 1970
      Don's guests are Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson and Florence Henderson. Highlights: Bill Cosby plays a Baseball manager pulling pitcher Don Knotts out in the first inning. Bill and Don chat about investments in "The Front Porch" sketch. Bill takes Don on a tour of heaven. Don in an "Airplane Mime" is joined by Bill and Flip. Don lectures on sex education to young ladies. Florence sings two songs. Glenn Ash strums his guitar and Don plays on his ukulele.moreless
    • October 27, 1970
      October 27, 1970
      Episode 7
      Don's guests are Chuck Connors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Highlights: Chuck and Don talk about girls in "The Front Porch" sketch. Don is a panicked expectant father with Chuck calming him down. Don and Elaine are in a sketch about a couple dealing with boarder problem named Chuck. Roy Rogers sings "Money Can't Buy Love". Dale Evans sings "Snowbird". They both do Western medley featuring Roy's yodeling.moreless
    • October 20, 1970
      October 20, 1970
      Episode 6
      Don's guests are Dennis Weaver, Lesley Ann Warren and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Highlights: Dennis and Don are in a sketch about a "rare plant" and also portrays a hotel desk clerk in another sketch in which Don finds a horse in his bed. Dennis and Don do "The Front Porch" sketch on moon rocks. Lesley Ann gets a few lessons in disguise from Don and sings "Goodbye Joe". Smokey Robinson and the Miracles perform "Tears of a Clown" and "The Long and Winding Road".moreless
    • October 13, 1970
      October 13, 1970
      Episode 5
      Don's guests are Irene Ryan, Bobby Sherman, Jack Weston, Ann Elder and The Tapestry, a singing group making their first television appearance. Highlights: Elaine Joyce as Don's girlfriend persuades him not to cancel his show merely because his own hometown didn't watch it. Bobby Sherman sings "Julie, Do You Love Me". Irene Ryan represents the "Women's Lib" in a subway sketch with Don and Jack as unsuspecting victims of Irene's bitterness. Ann Elder makes a special appearance to aid women's equality. Other songs include "Make Your Own Kind of Music", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Hard to Handle".moreless
    • October 6, 1970
      October 6, 1970
      Episode 4
      Don's guests are Jill St. John, Robert Morse and The Association. Highlights: Don conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra with an assist from Robert Morse and Nick Perito and his orchestra to a version of "Peter and the Wolf". Robert Morse dusts off a show stopper, "I Believe in You" from his hit musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Jill St. John heralds the winter season in her singing rendition of "Snowbird". Jill joins Robert, Don and Elaine Joyce in a "blind date" sketch. Another comedy sketch is about a meeting for those who have successfully quit smoking. Don's attempt to find a seat in the theater and a visit with a modern cultural professor. The Association perform.moreless
    • September 29, 1970
      Don's guests are Chuck Connors, Mac Davis and The Lennon Sisters. Highlights: In "The Porch" sketch Don and Chuck sip apple juice and discuss drunkenness. In another skit Chuck lets dynamic Don take charge in a lifeboat. In a restaurant skit Chuck watches Don "protecting his plate". Don attends a banquet and can't find his seat, and tries to teach Louie, the Wonder Dog tricks. Mac Davis sings "In the Ghetto" and "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife".moreless
    • September 22, 1970
      Don's guests are Dan Blocker, Leslie Uggams and Tommy Roe. Highlights: Leslie Uggams sings "Everybody's Talkin'". Tommy Roe performs "We Can Make Music". Don tries his tried and true technique of first aid on Dan Blocker, his patient. In a Western sketch, Dan plays a Bad guy bully intimidating Don, the saloon bartender. Don plays a loner who never stops bragging until he gets help from Dan.moreless
    • September 15, 1970
      Don Knott's premiere with guests Eydie Gorme, Anthony Newley, The Carpenters and dozens of familiar characters from "Disney on Parade". Highlights: Chet Huntley makes a cameo appearance at the opening of Don's program. Eydie Gorme and Anthony Newley offer a medley of songs. Eydie sings "My World is Getting Smaller Every Day". Anthony Newley sings "There's No Such Thing As Love". The Carpenters perform "Close to You". Don and Elaine duet with "One More Time". Don and Anthony Newley do a ventriloquist act with a dummy as Tony gives Don a few pointers. Walt Disney characters make their debut; including Alice in Wonderland portrayed by Merilee Magnuson, the Mad Hatter and Mickey Mouse of course. A sketch with Don buying a "killer dog" to protect him goes totally awry when the dog tries to lick everyone to death. Andy Williams pops up at the show's closing.moreless
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