Nanny and the Professor

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  • 1970
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.2  (905)

Nanny and the Professor is a situation comedy relating the story of a single dad, his naughty but playful children and their need for a competent nanny. The TV series begins with the Professor and his family losing their latest nanny, and Nanny Phoebe Figalilly suddenly appearing at their door. The Professor was eager to find a new nanny and harmony in his household. Nanny and the Professor debuted on the ABC network in the early 1970s on Friday nights. The Nanny replaced a canceled network series and slipped into the schedule mid-season. The Nanny was popular with young children and pre-teens. A J Carothers and Thomas Miller created the 24-minute episodes. Nanny and the Professor had 54 episodes that ran for three seasons. Richard Long plays Professor Harold Everett, a widowed father of three. Juliet Mills plays Nanny Phoebe Figalilly. The Professor's children were; Hal, the eldest played by David Doremus, Bentley the second child, nicknamed Butch played by Trent Lehman, and Prudence, the youngest child played by Kim Richards. There was a nosey neighbor played by Patsy Garrett to round out the cast. Arabella was the nickname for Nanny's antique 1930 Model A car, which she used for shopping and getting around town. The Everett children often question Nanny's intuition when strange things occurred around the house. Nanny lovingly helped the children with her extraordinary talents. She once alleviated Prudence's fear of monsters, helped Butch with an astrological discovery and Hal with a golf tournament using magical golf clubs Nanny had found for him. Nanny could answer the phone or doorbell before they actually rang increasing the children's suspicions about her possible psychic abilities. Another unusual habit Nanny enjoyed was having conversations with the family pets. She often chats with Waldo, their sheepdog on the show. The Everett family also cared for two guinea pigs, two goats, and of course, a rooster in their household.

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Whatever Happened to Felicity?
15. Whatever Happened to Felicity?
December 27, 1971
Prudence, being ignored by her brothers, becomes attached to Nanny's old doll.
Good-bye, Arabella, Hello
14. Good-bye, Arabella, Hello
December 13, 1971
Nanny trades in her old car "Arabella" for a new one
One For the Road
13. One For the Road
December 6, 1971
Hal tries to visit his uncle, but doesn't quite make it.
The Great Debate
12. The Great Debate
November 29, 1971
Nanny and Hal help the Professor keep a basketball player from failing math.
Professor Pygmalion Plays Golf
11. Professor Pygmalion Plays Golf
November 23, 1971
Hal enters a golf tournement using strange clubs given to him by Nanny
Aunt Henrietta and the Poltergeist
10. Aunt Henrietta and the Poltergeist
October 25, 1971
Aunt Henrietta (Elsa Lanchester) believes there is a ghost in the house because the furniture is disarranged every night.
The Conversion of Brother Ben
9. The Conversion of Brother Ben
November 8, 1971
The Professors RICH brother (Robert Sterling) donates two million dollars to his brothers college.
Nanny and Her Witch's Brew
8. Nanny and Her Witch's Brew
November 1, 1971
Nanny is accused of being a witch. (30 years later actress Juliet Mills will portray on witch on the daytime drama Passions)
Aunt Henrietta and the Jinx
7. Aunt Henrietta and the Jinx
November 15, 1971
Butch, thinking he is a jinx, is given a good luck charm from Nanny's Aunt Henrietta (Elsa Lanchester)
Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh
6. Cholmondeley Featherstonehaugh
October 18, 1971
Nanny's fiance arrives to claim her hand in marriage. The marriage had been arranged by their families on the day Nanny was born. They ask the Professor if he will give the bride away. The children and the Professor are upset by the thought of losing Nanny. She tries on her great-great-grandmother's wedding dress. Along with the dress is a note written by her mother which makes it clear the decesion to marry "Chumley" must be her's and her's alone. Nanny decides she's not rady to leave the Everett household.
Aunt Henrietta's Premonition
5. Aunt Henrietta's Premonition
October 11, 1971
Nanny's pychic aunt (Elsa Lanchester) predicts Nanny will be menaced by a man with a mustache.
South Sea Island Sweetheart
4. South Sea Island Sweetheart
October 4, 1971
Nanny's Uncle Horace (Ray Bolger) visits from the South Seas to perform a rain dance in order to cure a drought.
Sunday's Hero
3. Sunday's Hero
September 27, 1971
The Professor tries to get out of playing football with his friends.
The Flower Children
2. The Flower Children
September 20, 1971
Prudence tries to get her seeds to grow faster while the Professor upsets his new girl friend when he doesn't try to save a dying tree.
Oh, What a Tangled Web
1. Oh, What a Tangled Web
September 13, 1971
Hal falls madly for Bunny, a swinging chick who comes on to him during a Sadie Hawkins dance. "You look just like Robert Redford!" exclaims Bunny. Hal is smitten by Bunny's feminine wiles. After Bunny imparts that she is fifteen years old, thirteen year old Hal tries to impress her by claiming to be sixteen. Complications ensue the next day, when the assertive Bunny calls Hal and asks him to pick her up for the movies. Flustered Hal blurts out that he will be right over, in spite of the fact that he is too young to drive. Nanny decides to bail out Hal, and she gives him a ride to pick up Bunny. Bunny is confused, and perhaps suspicious as to why Hal isn't driving, but Nanny explains she is driving because that "she loves to drive - even in Los Angeles." While at the movies, Francine, Hal's thirteen year old next door neighbor sits down in front of Bunny and Hal. Francine, who has a crush on Hal, expresses surprise to see Hal with a high school girl. Bunny reacts icily to Francine
Description

Nanny and the Professor is a situation comedy relating the story of a single dad, his naughty but playful children and their need for a competent nanny. The TV series begins with the Professor and his family losing their latest nanny, and Nanny Phoebe Figalilly suddenly appearing at their door. The Professor was eager to find a new nanny and harmony in his household.

Nanny and the Professor debuted on the ABC network in the early 1970s on Friday nights. The Nanny replaced a canceled network series and slipped into the schedule mid-season. The Nanny was popular with young children and pre-teens. A J Carothers and Thomas Miller created the 24-minute episodes. Nanny and the Professor had 54 episodes that ran for three seasons.

Richard Long plays Professor Harold Everett, a widowed father of three. Juliet Mills plays Nanny Phoebe Figalilly. The Professor's children were; Hal, the eldest played by David Doremus, Bentley the second child, nicknamed Butch played by Trent Lehman, and Prudence, the youngest child played by Kim Richards. There was a nosey neighbor played by Patsy Garrett to round out the cast. Arabella was the nickname for Nanny's antique 1930 Model A car, which she used for shopping and getting around town.

The Everett children often question Nanny's intuition when strange things occurred around the house. Nanny lovingly helped the children with her extraordinary talents. She once alleviated Prudence's fear of monsters, helped Butch with an astrological discovery and Hal with a golf tournament using magical golf clubs Nanny had found for him.

Nanny could answer the phone or doorbell before they actually rang increasing the children's suspicions about her possible psychic abilities. Another unusual habit Nanny enjoyed was having conversations with the family pets. She often chats with Waldo, their sheepdog on the show. The Everett family also cared for two guinea pigs, two goats, and of course, a rooster in their household.

  • Premiere Date
    January 21, 1970
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (905)