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Duke's smiling, open persona, and her ease with her costars, is one reason for the show's appeal. When playing Patty, she's given the '60s standard-issue role of Young Alien in a Teenage Human Body--speaking an unfamiliar language (Patty: "Would you swing an X here?" Dad: "I assume in some unknown language that means you want my signature") and following peculiar tribal customs (Younger brother Ross: "So what happens at a slumber party, anyway?" Mom: ""Everything but slumbering!"). Yet Patty is lovable, and the audience is always rooting for her, even though it's always hoped that Cathy, the cultured, well-behaved cousin, will "rub off" on Patty.
Duke was already a Broadway veteran and an Oscar® winner for The Miracle Worker when she starred in the show at age 16. As the fantastic documentary included here informs, the show's producers chose to shoot in New York, whose child-labor laws were more lax than California's, so that young Duke could work 12 hours on set instead of 5. And the doc shows just how much acting Duke really had to do. As the present-day Duke recalls, "They had to bring in 'real' teenagers to teach me how to do the dances, the latest craze," she says. "I was too busy working to know about any of that stuff." Also standouts are the veteran character actor William Schallert, who played Patty's bemused dad, and Paul O'Keefe as the bespectacled pesky younger brother, Ross. The show was the brainchild of TV powerhouse Sidney Sheldon, who went on to create I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart. Sheldon wrote nearly every episode in the first season himself, honing his craft in the still relatively new TV format of sitcom. This boxed set is a treasure trove for any fans of '60s TV, or of Patty Duke--and that should include pretty much everyone. --A.T. Hurley
OMG, now I have to watch all 3 Seasons to try to pick my lower jaw up off the floor. Besides the question of How did they do that? Read morePublished 26 days ago by AlchemystAZ
As we Baby Boomers grow even older, an increasing percentage of whatever retirement benefits we may be fortunate to enjoy will undoubtedly be invested in nostalgic products like... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hoosier
I am new fan of this show, and now I have seen it on tv I am thinking of buying......takes me back to when times seemed to be good, free and easy.... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joshua W
I watched this show as a kid and always loved it. Ever since "The Miracle Worker" I have been an admirer of Ms. Duke. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lawrence J. Ukolowicz
A great memrable collection. I lost it in the storm Sandy and I just had to rebuy it. For anyone who grew up with it I highly recommend itPublished 16 months ago by Candido Bonilla
the Patty Duke show season one was as great as I remembered it to be.
this was one show I always enjoyed, now I can see it whenever I want.