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Co-star of "Tammy": Debbie Watson (Tammy Tarleton).
Genre Comedy
Written by Robert V. Barron
Cid Ricketts Sumner
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Sidney Miller
Starring Debbie Watson
Denver Pyle
Donald Woods
Dorothy Green
Theme music composer Jay Livingston
Ray Evans
Opening theme "Tammy"
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Location(s) Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Uni-Bet Productions
Distributor Universal Television
Original channel ABC
Original run 17 September 1965 – 15 July 1966
Status Ended

Tammy was an American TV sitcom. Produced by Universal City Studios, 26 color half-hour episodes were aired on ABC from September 17, 1965 to March 11, 1966.

The Tammy TV series was loosely based on the three Tammy movies; Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) starring Debbie Reynolds; Tammy Tell me True (1961) starring Sandra Dee; and Tammy and the Doctor (1963) starring Sandra Dee. The movies themselves were adaptations of novels by Cid Ricketts Sumner. They launched and recycled the hit theme song Tammy.

Tammy was also partially influenced by other rural themed TV sitcoms such as The Beverly Hillbillies. In particular, there are similarities between Tammy's Cletus Tarleton and The Beverly Hillbillies' Jethro Bodine.

The premise of the program revolves around Tammy Tarleton, an 18-year-old country girl who moves back and forth between her country family, which lives on a bayou houseboat, and the wealthy Brents, who own a plantation and pancake business.

Tammy, played by Debbie Watson, is hired as a secretary by a powerful industrialist with a handsome young son. A high society dame who wants her own daughter to marry the son, repeatedly but unsuccessfully tries to smear Tammy’s reputation.

As with Gidget, there are many differences between the series and films that inspired it. In the movies, Tammy's full name is Tambrey Tyree, shortened to Tammy. The Tyree was changed to Tarleton. Also, Tammy Tyree had no family other than her grandfather, who was occasionally picked up by revenuers for fabricating "corn-likker".

Tammy lasted for one season (26 episodes). The show was cancelled in 1966 and has not yet been officially released on DVD.

In 1967, a cinema movie called Tammy and the Millionaire was released which included all the main TV cast (except Cletus Tarleton) and was a re-edit from four half-hour 1965 Tammy TV episodes.

Tammy was originally broadcast in several countries, including Japan, Germany, and Australia. The Tammy series was especially popular in Germany, where the title was: Tammy, das Mädchen vom Hausboot


  • Tammy Leaves Home (9/17/1965) - pilot episode
  • The Aristocratic Tates (9/24/1965)
  • Tammy Plays Cupid (10/1/1965)
  • The Poker Game (10/8/1965)
  • The Tarleton Land Grant (10/15/1965)
  • Prophet And Loss (10/22/1965)
  • Will The Real Dwayne Whitt Please Stand Up? (10/29/1965)
  • Still Waters (11/5/1965)
  • Mind Your Manners (11/12/1965)
  • Grandpa's Old Flame (11/19/1965)
  • The Riverfyin' Of Billy Joe Morgan (11/26/1965)
  • Grandpa's Secret Love (12/3/1965)
  • Cletus Comes Callin' (12/10/1965)
  • The Enoch Bowl (12/17/1965)
  • A Severe Case Of Matrimony (12/24/1965)
  • T' Know Me Is T' Love Me (12/31/1965)
  • The Law And Mr. Tarleton (1/7/1966)
  • Lavinia's Wedding Day (1/14/1966)
  • Two For Tee Pee (1/21/1966)
  • Blue Nose, Wet Nose (1/28/1966)
  • The Monster From Catfish Bend (2/4/1966)
  • Larnin' Works Wonders (2/11/1966)
  • Tammy Goes To Paris (2/18/1966)
  • The Cinemazation Of Tammy Parker (2/25/1966)
  • Uncle Lucius Returns (3/4/1966)
  • Uncle Lucius, The Business Man (3/11/1966)

Main cast

Production Crew

  • George Tibbles (writer)
  • Sidney Miller (director)
  • Leslie Goodwins (director)
  • Ezra Stone (director)

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