Gidget

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  • TV-G
  • 1965
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (1,750)

Gidget is a classic television show from the 1960s that aired on the ABC network from 1965 to 1966. The show follows the adventures of Frances “Gidget” Lawrence, a tomboyish teenager who struggles with fitting in with her peers, navigating young love, and standing up to her overprotective father.

The show is set in sunny Southern California, where Gidget lives with her wealthy family in a beachfront home. Despite her privileged circumstances, Gidget struggles to find her place in the world. She is not interested in the typical activities that a teenage girl might enjoy, such as fashion, makeup, or dating. Instead, she idolizes the local surfers who hang out at the beach near her home.

Gidget is played by Sally Field, who was only 18 years old at the time of filming. Field perfectly captures the spirit of this fun-loving, free-spirited character. Gidget’s father, Russell Lawrence, is played by Don Porter. He is a thoughtful and loving father, but he is overprotective of his daughter and has a hard time accepting her non-traditional quirks.

Throughout the first season of the show, Gidget spends a lot of time trying to fit in with her peers. She tries out for the cheerleading squad, attempts to wear make-up, and even tries to learn how to be a lady from a family friend. But all of her attempts backfire, and she ends up feeling more isolated and misunderstood than ever.

In the second season of the show, Gidget’s focus shifts from fitting in with her peers to pursuing her passion for surfing. She befriends the local surfers, including her crush, Moondoggie (played by James Darren). Gidget becomes a better surfer and builds a community around her love for the sport.

Throughout the show, Gidget’s relationship with her father evolves. They clash over her desire to be a surfer, but they also bond over their shared love of the ocean. Despite his overprotectiveness, her father ultimately wants her to be happy, and he is there to support her when she needs him.

One of the things that makes Gidget such a fun show to watch is its breezy, carefree vibe. It’s a perfect snapshot of mid-60s American culture, complete with beach parties, surf rock, and colorful fashion. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it does touch on some more serious issues, such as family dynamics and the pressure to conform to societal norms.

Sally Field’s performance as Gidget is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the show. She imbues the character with a youthful energy and a sense of authenticity that make her feel like a real person rather than a caricature. Don Porter is also excellent as Gidget’s father, bringing a warmth and humor to the role that make him easy to root for.

Another standout in the cast is Pete Duel, who plays Gidget’s best friend, John. Duel is charming and funny, and he and Field have great chemistry on screen. It’s easy to see why John and Gidget are such good friends.

Overall, Gidget is a delightful show that captures the essence of teenage life in the 1960s. It’s fun, carefree, and full of heart. Sally Field’s breakout performance as Gidget is not to be missed, and the show’s iconic theme song is sure to get stuck in your head. Whether you’re a fan of classic TV or just looking for a lighthearted comedy to escape into, Gidget is a great choice.

Gidget is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 1965.

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Seasons
Don't Defrost the Alligator
32. Don't Defrost the Alligator
April 21, 1966
Gidget puts a dead alligator in the freezer.
I Have This Friend Who . . .
31. I Have This Friend Who . . .
April 14, 1966
Gidget discourages her boyfriend's father from tagging along.
A Hard Night's Night
30. A Hard Night's Night
April 7, 1966
Gidget thinks the house is haunted.
Ask Helpful Hannah
29. Ask Helpful Hannah
March 31, 1966
Gidget writes an advice column.
One More for the Road
28. One More for the Road
March 24, 1966
Gidget's job requires her to drive.
Independence -- Gidget Style
27. Independence -- Gidget Style
March 17, 1966
Mr. Lawrence believes Gidget is working in a nightclub.
Take a Lesson
26. Take a Lesson
March 10, 1966
Mr. Lawrence thinks Gidget has been kidnapped.
Love and the Single Gidget
25. Love and the Single Gidget
March 3, 1966
Gidget is home alone when her father travels out of town.
Ring-a-Ding-Dingbat
24. Ring-a-Ding-Dingbat
February 24, 1966
Gidget schemes to meet a famous singing duo.
Operation Shaggy Dog
23. Operation Shaggy Dog
February 17, 1966
Gidget's favorite burger joint is slated for demolition.
We Got Each Other
22. We Got Each Other
February 10, 1966
Gidget tries to prove she's not jealous of her father's dates.
In and Out with the In-Laws
21. In and Out with the In-Laws
February 3, 1966
Gidget thinks Jeff is going to propose.
Ego-A- Go-Go
20. Ego-A- Go-Go
January 27, 1966
Gidget is taken aback when the school nerd drops her as his dance date.
Gidget's Career
19. Gidget's Career
January 20, 1966
Gidget's singing group performs on TV.
Like Voodoo
18. Like Voodoo
January 13, 1966
Gidget thinks a gypsy has put a curse on her.
I Love You, I Think
17. I Love You, I Think
January 5, 1966
Gidget has a crush on a surfer who's a math teacher.
Too Many Cooks
16. Too Many Cooks
December 29, 1965
Gidget unintentionally makes a dance date with two brothers.
Now There's a Face
15. Now There's a Face
December 22, 1965
Gidget falls for a soon-to-be-married photographer.
Gidget's Foreign Policy
14. Gidget's Foreign Policy
December 15, 1965
Gidget tries to educate a foreign bride-to-be.
The War Between Men, Women and Gidget
13. The War Between Men, Women and Gidget
December 8, 1965
A beach cove becomes a battleground for the guys and the girls.
Chivalry Isn't Dead
12. Chivalry Isn't Dead
December 1, 1965
Gidget and her friends think their boyfriends take them for granted.
My Ever Faithful Friend
11. My Ever Faithful Friend
November 24, 1965
Gidget gives Larue a make-over.
All the Best Diseases are Taken
10. All the Best Diseases are Taken
November 17, 1965
Gidget leads a protest over rising movie ticket prices.
Is it Love or Symbiosis?
9. Is it Love or Symbiosis?
November 10, 1965
Russ decides to send Gidget to school in Paris.
Image Scrimmage
8. Image Scrimmage
November 3, 1965
Gidget has a crush on Larue's cousin Roger.
Gidget is a Proper Noun
7. Gidget is a Proper Noun
October 27, 1965
Gidget thinks her teacher is prejudiced.
A Hearse, a Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse
6. A Hearse, a Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse
October 20, 1965
Gidget becomes part owner of a hearse.
Gidget Gadget
5. Gidget Gadget
October 13, 1965
Gidget plays marriage counselor for John and Anne.
Daddy Come Home
4. Daddy Come Home
October 6, 1965
Gidget calls the police when her father stays out late.
The Great Kahuna
3. The Great Kahuna
September 29, 1965
Gidget hero worships a surfer bum called Kahuna.
In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust
2. In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust
September 22, 1965
John takes Gidget to a luau.
Dear Diary-Et Al
1. Dear Diary-Et Al
September 15, 1965
Anne reads Gidget's diary.
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Where to Watch Gidget
Gidget is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gidget on demand at Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, Crackle and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 15, 1965
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (1,750)