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Paper Moon
Genre Situation comedy
Written by Pamela Chais
Howard Fast
Starring Christopher Connelly
Jodie Foster
Theme music composer Harold Arlen
Billy Rose
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Anthony Wilson
Producer(s) Robert Stambler
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Monoaural
Original run September 12, 1974 – December 19, 1975
Related shows Paper Moon

Paper Moon is a short-lived situation comedy which aired on ABC during the fall of 1974, starring Christopher Connelly and Jodie Foster in the roles of Moses Pray and his presumed daughter, Addie. The series is based on the 1973 Peter Bogdanovich film of the same name starring Ryan O'Neal and real-life daughter Tatum O'Neal.[1]



In the story line, the Prays, living in the American Midwest during the Great Depression, are determined to get rich by any questionable means necessary. Among other activities, Moses (or Moze) sells Bibles for the fictitious Dixie Bible Company. Addie’s late mother was a friend of Moses’s, and because Addie believes that she resembles Moses, she is therefore convinced that he is her father.[2]

Produced by Paramount Television, the series aired at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday following ABC's The Odd Couple and opposite the last half-hours of NBC's Sierra, a Jack Webb adventure, and CBS's family drama, The Waltons, then in its third season. The series did not attract a steady audience and was cancelled after thirteen episodes. The film and television version were based on a Joe David Brown novel entitled Addie Pray.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Settling" September 12, 1974
1-2 "Second Prize" September 19, 1974
1-3 "Imposter" September 26, 1974
1-4 "The Manly Art" October 3, 1974
1-5 "Birthday" October 10, 1974
1-6 "Long Division" October 17, 1974
1-7 "Old Time Relatives" October 24, 1974
1-8 "Harvest" October 31, 1974
1-9 "Bonnie and Clyde" November 7, 1974
1-10 "Visions of Las Vegas" November 14, 1974
1-11 "Who Is M.P. Sellers?" November 28, 1974
1-12 "Green Gods" December 12, 1974
1-13 "Day Off" December 19, 1974


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York, 1997, pp. 640-641
  2. ^ "”Paper Moon”". ’’The New York Times’’. Retrieved August 30, 2009.  

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