Created by Stanley Shapiro
First episode date 18 September 1960
Number of episodes 32
Theme music composer Pete Rugolo
Final episode date 30 April 1961
Number of seasons 1
|Written by Dan Beaumont
Directed by William J. Hole, Jr. Richard Kinon Philip Rapp Norman Tokar
Starring Tab Hunter Richard Erdman Jerome Cowan Reta Shaw
Cast Tab Hunter, Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Erdman, Rita Shaw
Similar Johnny Staccato, Frontier Circus, Alcoa Premiere, Pete and Gladys, The Ann Sothern Show
The Tab Hunter Show is an American sitcom starring Tab Hunter. The series ran new episodes on NBC from September 18, 1960, to April 30, 1961; rebroadcasts then aired from May until September 17.
Hunter stars as Paul Morgan, a 29-year-old cartoonist whose comic strip Bachelor at Large profiles his amorous adventures around Malibu Beach, California. The program also starred Jerome Cowan as Hunter's boss; John Larsen, the owner of Comics, Inc.; Richard Erdman as his best friend, the rich playboy Peter Fairfield, III; and character actress Reta Shaw as Hunter's housekeeper, Thelma, who disapproved of his life-style.
The Bachelor at Large comic strips seen on camera were drawn by veteran cartoonist Zeke Zekley, who had worked closely with George McManus on the classic strip Bringing Up Father from 1935 to 1954.
Notable guest stars
Scheduling and reception
The Tab Hunter Show was scheduled at 8:30 Eastern on Sundays, under the sponsorship of Lorillard Tobacco (Newport cigarettes) and General Time's Westclox division, and featured a selection of guest stars. All the episodes had the same theme and similar plots. The Tab Hunter Show followed National Velvet, based on a successful film of the same name on the Sunday evening schedule. It preceded The Dinah Shore Show.
The show failed to compete effectively with CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show, and was canceled after one season.