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The Pruitts of Southampton/The Phyllis Diller Show
Genre Situation comedy
Created by David Levy,
based on the novel "House Party" by Patrick Dennis
Starring Phyllis Diller
Gypsy Rose Lee
Reginald Gardiner
Richard Deacon
Grady Sutton
Pam Freeman
John Astin
Marty Ingels
Paul Lynde
Theme music composer Vic Mizzy (two different themes were used during the season)
Composer(s) Vic Mizzy
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 30 [17 Pruitts of Southampton/13 Phyllis Diller Show]
Executive producer(s) David Levy
Producer(s) Nat Perrin
Everett Freeman
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Filmways TV Productions, in association with PhilDil Productions Limited
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Original run September 6, 1966 – September 1, 1967

The Pruitts of Southampton was a situation comedy that aired during the 1966-67 season on the ABC network.

The program starred Phyllis Diller and featured Gypsy Rose Lee and Richard Deacon in supporting roles.[1] The premise was that the Pruitts, a supposedly incredibly wealthy family living on Long Island in the Hamptons, were approached by the Internal Revenue Service about overdue taxes. An audit revealed that the Pruitts were in fact broke; rather than reveal this fact publicly and cause the economic depression which would presumably result from this revelation, an improbably charitable IRS allowed them to continue living in their mansion and maintaining the pretensions of great wealth, which was difficult given their reduced circumstances. By mid-season, in order to raise more money, Phyllis had opened the mansion to boarders, attracting a "nutty" collection of tenants as well.

On the premiere episode, Phyllis Diller unsuccessfully tries to roast a chicken in her clothes dryer.[2] During the latter portion of its run (beginning in January 1967), the program altered its title to The Phyllis Diller Show. It was based on the novel House Party by Patrick Dennis.

According to Television magazine, The Pruitts of Southampton finished 77th among the 91 shows rated during the 1966-1967 season. It began the season airing on Tuesdays, opposite The Red Skelton Show on CBS, which finished second in the ratings. For the first half of the season, The Pruitts of Southampton followed ABC's unsuccessful The Rounders starring Ron Hayes, Patrick Wayne, and Chill Wills, loosely based on a 1965 film of the same name. In January, the Diller series moved to Fridays under its new title.



  1. ^ Diller, Phyllis; Buskin, Richard (2005). Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy. New York: The Penguin Group. pp. 190–193. ISBN 1-58542-396-3.  
  2. ^ 100 Favorite Moments in Television at

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