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The Life of Riley (1949) - Season 1

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NBC (ended 1950)

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  • Five Dollar Bill
    Five Dollar Bill
    Episode 26
    3/28/50
    0.0

    Riley swears he gave Peg $20 which she hid in the creamer. Since there's only $15 in it now, that can only mean one thing: their son stole a five dollar bill. Junior declares he's innocent, but Riley, always happy to overreact, will hear none of it.

  • The Banned Book
    The Banned Book
    Episode 25
    3/21/50
    7.0

    Riley learns that Babs is reading a raunchy book that's being banned. He snags The Lady Jezebel from her room, reads it himself, and finds the story perfectly harmless. That's because Babs had switched its book jacket with that of the kids' novelLucy Lawrence, Camp Fire Girl.

  • Junior and the Bully
    3/14/50
    5.5

    After Junior gets a black eye from a neighborhood bully, Riley is determined to make the boy fight. He breaks out the boxing gloves and brings in a punch-drunk ex-fighter to teach him the ropes. Riley can't understand that Junior has a good reason for not decking the boy.

  • Riley's Quarrel
    Riley's Quarrel
    Episode 23
    3/7/50
    0.0
  • South American Job
    South American Job
    Episode 22
    2/28/50
    0.0

    Riley hits the roof when Gillis is promoted to his supervisor. He storms to his boss' office and is given a raise and named supervisor of paving for the company's new plant. Not paying attention, he thinks they're all going to San Diego for the job. In actuality, he's being sent to Santiago, Chile by himself for six months.

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  • Home Sweet Home
    Home Sweet Home
    Episode 21
    2/21/50
    0.0
    Riley believes his family is "falling to pieces", and that "a quiet evening at home" will bring everyone closer together. His idea, over their objections, leads to disaster when they actually attempt it.
  • Valentine's Day
    Valentine's Day
    Episode 20
    2/14/50
    0.0
    Peg gets a box of candy and a mushy card on Valentine's Day and is delighted that Chester remembered. Of course he'd forgotten and it's driving him crazy trying to figure out who the interloper is. Naturally, he assumes the worst when he catches a handsome man paying Peg a visit.moreless
  • Acting Lessons
    Acting Lessons
    Episode 19
    2/7/50
    5.0

    Babs gets the acting bug and pays to attend Professor Van Plantan's acting classes. Nerdy Simon has even written a play for her to star in. Once Riley hears about all this, he hits the roof and storms down to see the Professor and get Babs' $25 bucks back. Instead, Chester falls for the sales pitch and returns home believing he's the next Olivier.

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  • The Gambler
    The Gambler
    Episode 18
    1/31/50
    0.0
  • Insurance
    Insurance
    Episode 17
    1/24/50
    0.0
  • Riley's Firstborn
    Riley's Firstborn
    Episode 16
    1/17/50
    0.0
    While reassuring one of Riley's fellow workers that he and his expectant wife have nothing to worry about, Peg recalls what happened when daughter Babs was born, 16 years earlier.
  • Junior Drops Out
    Junior Drops Out
    Episode 15
    1/10/50
    6.0

    Junior shocks the family when he announces he wants to quit school and go to work. Know-it-all Riley lets the boy drop out, figuring he'll want to go back once he finds out how awful the world of work is. Riley throws a tantrum when Junior loves working and starts paying household bills that dear old Dad's been avoiding.

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  • Peg's Birthday
    Peg's Birthday
    Episode 14
    1/3/50
    6.5

    After Waldo convinces Riley he could go to jail for stealing, he agrees to return the fox stole he found on a bus. He brings it home for safe keeping, but Peg thinks its a gift her her--after all, it is her birthday. Not knowing how to get it back without hurting Peg's feelings, Riley and Binny decide pose as thieves to "steal" it back.

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  • The Boarder
    The Boarder
    Episode 13
    12/27/49
    0.0

    Over everyone's objections, Riley decides the family will take in a boarder to bring in some extra income. Naturally, he rents the room to an imposing, secretive man he's never even met. After reading about an escaped killer in the newspaper, the Rileys are convinced their new resident must be the bloodthirsty fugitive.

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  • Junior's Birthday Party
    12/20/49
    7.0

    Riley gets it in his head that Junior doesn't love him, so to bring them closer, Chester plans a surprise birthday party for his boy. He doesn't realize until the last minute that none of Junior's friends are coming; they're going to another party that day--even Junior's girlfriend.

  • Prom Dress
    Prom Dress
    Episode 11
    12/13/49
    10
    Babs doesn't want to go to a school dance because she doesn't have a nice dress. Riley buys a used dress, but the former owner of the dress is a snob at school who tells Babs that the dress used to be hers.
  • Night School
    Night School
    Episode 10
    12/6/49
    0.0
    Riley decides to go to night school and gets caught helping a friend cheat who's trying to become a American citizen.
  • Junior Falls For Teacher
  • Riley, Gillis, And Vanderhopper, Inc.
    11/22/49
    0.0
    Riley thinks that Babs' boyfriend Simon has money, after he finds his bank book. Riley talks Simon into going into business with him and quits his job. He then finds out that Simon's bank book was a fake as he was using it for his accounting class.
  • Riley's Birthday Gift
    11/15/49
    0.0

    Riley is sulking around because he thinks Junior isn't buying him a birthday present. His bellyaching about his "ungrate" son prompts everyone to secretly buy Riley a gift and sign Junior's name to it. When things are finally sorted out, Riley has five bathrobes--all supposedly from his son.

  • Assistant Manager
    Assistant Manager
    Episode 6
    11/8/49
    0.0

    Riley misunderstands a phone call from his boss and thinks he's being promoted to assistant manager. Once he realizes his mistake, he's to embarrassed to tell his family the truth. Peg finds a way to let him save face and "quit" the new position.

  • Nervous Breakdown
    Nervous Breakdown
    Episode 5
    11/1/49
    0.0

    Chester's pals convince him Peg's on the verge of a nervous breakdown because she hit the roof when he squandered his pay on a diving helmet and bees. He starts behaving so oddly in an effort to stop "acting like a husband" that she thinks he's having a breakdown.

  • The French Professor
    10/25/49
    7.0
    Riley becomes infuriated- and jealous- over the handsome French teacher that's giving Babs (and the rest of the family) lessons.
  • Egbert's Chemistry Set
    10/18/49
    0.0

    Egged on by Gillis' non-stop bragging about Egbert, his chemistry genius son, Riley goes overboard trying to uncover Junior's "hidden talent." Even after stretching the boy out on the couch and analyzing him, Chester comes up with nothing. This makes for an awkward father-son meeting at Junior's school.

  • Babs and Simon Step Out
  • Tonsils
    Tonsils
    Episode 1
    10/4/49
    6.5

    The doctor decides Riley's tonsils have to come out, so naturally he reacts as if he's about to die. Launching into a state of panic, Chester composes his last will and testament, then drives the hospital nurse crazy with his whimpering.

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