The Mothers-in-Law: The Complete Series
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Set in the swinging late 1960s, THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW centers on the laugh-filled misadventures of longtime neighbors in suburban Los Angeles who become related to each other when their children suddenly get married.
Legendary actress Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks, Grease) stars as Eve Hubbard, the sophisticated wife of straight-laced lawyer Herbert Hubbard (Herb Rudley). Veteran comedienne Kaye Ballard plays Kaye Buell, the outspoken wife of bombastic television writer Roger Buell (Roger C. Carmel and Richard Deacon). To the dismay of their hapless husbands, the strong-willed mothers are determined to meddle in the lives of newlyweds Jerry (Jerry Fogel) and Suzie Hubbard (Deborah Walley).
Original unaired pilot
Cast sponsor commercials
Network promotional spots
Behind the scenes footage including dress rehearsal
Script for unproduced episode of The Mothers-In-Law
Desi Arnaz Productions pilots: The Carol Channing Show & Land's End
Top Customer Reviews
This sitcom was the complete project of Desi Arnaz after he resigned as President from Desilu Studios in 1963, which followed his divorce from Lucy. He put together this show along with the same writers from I Love Lucy- Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis. By the time he had scripts and the cast it was ready for it's premiere in 1967. Desi produced, directed and even guest starred in The Mothers-In-Law.
Even though the show was placed right in the middle of NBC's top shows, Bonanza and The Wonderful World Of Disney, the shows ratings were very unimpressive. NBC wanted to cancel the show after this first dismal year, but Desi talked NBC to give them a second chance on a second season, with no pay raises for anyone in the show. NBC agreed to this and all the cast agreed with no raises except for Roger C. Carmel who played Roger Buell- Kaye Ballard's husband. Even when Desi pleaded with him to accept his same pay for the second year of $2,000.00 a week with residuals, Roger refused. Roger's ungratefulness to Desi Arnaz got around the studios and he had a hard time finding work for years. After this second year did even worse on the ratings, the show was cancelled.Read more ›
I think one of the highlights is that Kaye sings the lyrics to the crazy theme song which I never knew existed. It's hystercial just like the music itself. Also, the pilot with a different "Susie" played by Kay Cole (who was she, anyway?) instead of Deborah Walley is an interesting sight to behold. Never, ever seen and the opening and closing credits are also different, but amusing. Kaye does point out that she was very sad to see Roger C. Carmel leave after the first season and that Richard Deacon could not fill his shoes as well but there are still wonderfully funny episodes in the second season. I have to tell you, this is a must for any die-hard fans of "The Mothers-in-Law" who only remember the cut syndicated episodes during the 1970's. MPI, THANK YOU and KAYE !
This show and it's through the roof sales on DVD are tributes to the talents of two extraordinary comediennes, the late Eve Arden and the great Kaye Ballard (Eve's great too, of course!!) Watching these two pros ring solid laughs out of their material is a joy to behold. Eve Arden, for years Lucille Ball's main rival for the queen of tv comedy hasn't been too well represented on DVD in the past but this series set is a perfect tribute to this legendary actress.
If you love Lucy and Ethel, you'll love THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW. If you love Laverne and Shirley, you'll love THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW. If you love The Golden Girls, you'll love THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW - heck if you just love great comediennes and high-spirited comedy you will love THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW!! Thank you Eve and Kaye for the wonderful memories and the enduring laughs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I happen to catch a few episodes of this show last year on a cable channel and found it to be so funny that I kept looking for more episodes. Read morePublished 24 days ago by ColdbrookFish
This old show was one of my favorites back in the day. Wonderful to hear these two ladies sing and act together.Published 1 month ago by Christine H. Doze
Silly, LOUD, late 60's comedy. Essentially an updated "I Love Lucy". Used DVD in terrific condition and shipped quick. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Halloween Queen