Private Secretary

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  • TV-G
  • 1956
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (188)

Private Secretary is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1953-1957. The show starred Ann Sothern as the lead character Susie McNamara, a talented and skilled private secretary to a New York talent agent named Peter Sands, played by Don Porter. The show also starred Ann Tyrrell as Violet, Susie's best friend.

Susie McNamara is a secretary with a no-nonsense attitude and a talent for solving problems. She is smart and sassy, and doesn't take any nonsense from anyone. Peter Sands is the owner of the Peter Sands Talent Agency and one of the top agents in the entertainment industry. He is successful, charming, and has a good heart. The dynamic between Susie and Peter is the driving force of the show. They have a love-hate relationship, full of witty banter and playful teasing.

The show is set in New York City, and many of the episodes center around the entertainment industry. These episodes often involve Susie and Peter working together to solve problems for their clients. In many cases, Susie's talents as a secretary and her ability to think on her feet are crucial to the success of the agency.

Private Secretary also explores the relationship between Susie and her best friend Violet. Violet is the office receptionist and Susie's confidant. She is a good-hearted person who is always there for Susie, whether it's to listen to her problems or to offer a helping hand.

One of the unique aspects of Private Secretary is that it was filmed in front of a live studio audience. This added an extra layer of energy to the show, as the actors fed off the reaction of the audience to their performances.

The show ran for four seasons and 104 episodes. It was a critical and commercial success, and was often praised for its witty writing, charming performances, and strong chemistry between the lead actors.

Overall, Private Secretary is a charming and entertaining sitcom that has stood the test of time. It is a testament to the talent of the cast and crew that the show remains popular with audiences today, nearly 70 years after it first aired. If you're a fan of classic sitcoms or looking for a fun and lighthearted show to watch, Private Secretary is definitely worth checking out.

Private Secretary is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (15 episodes). The series first aired on November 11, 1956.

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Thy Name is Sands
18. Thy Name is Sands
May 27, 1956
Susie stops Mr. Sands from signing a lousy contract and finally convinces him to see an eye doctor, but still refuses to get glasses.
Two and Two Make Five
17. Two and Two Make Five
May 27, 1956
Susie pictures herself in prison when the Inspector from the Internal Revenue Department comes for an audit.
That's No Lady - That's an Agent
15. That's No Lady - That's an Agent
May 27, 1956
Another agent steals a Russian singer before she can sign with Mr. Sands. Susie puts on a disguise and shows up when she hears the agent is looking for a Russian speaking secretary.
12. Eleusive
May 27, 1956
While Susie is trying to coax a silent film star out of retirement, she uses several disguises that lead to being arrested.
Oh Brother
11. Oh Brother
February 17, 1957
The night guard in the office has not seen his brother in 20 years; therefore, Susie arranges a surprise reunion.
Susie's Crusade
10. Susie's Crusade
February 19, 1956
Susie irritates the building manager trying to help an old cleaning woman, while Mr. Sands is trying to renew his office lease.
Efficiency Expert
9. Efficiency Expert
April 18, 1956
Mr. Sands brings in an efficiency expert to streamline the business, but nothing changes due to Susie's passive resistance.
That's No Lady, That's an Agent
8. That's No Lady, That's an Agent
January 20, 1957
Blanche Colvey is a conniving theatrical agent who turns on her feminine charms to steal a Russian singer before he can sign with Peter.
Old Dogs, New Tricks
7. Old Dogs, New Tricks
Spoiled child actor Harold Lemaire has a crush on Susie. When she fails to properly inflate his ego, he dumps Peter as his agent.
Dollars and Sense
6. Dollars and Sense
November 25, 1956
Susie's shopping and spending is out of control. She hands her paycheck to Vi with orders to ration her to just one dollar a day.
Cat in a Hot Tin File
5. Cat in a Hot Tin File
Susie and Vi befriend a stray cat that wanders into the office. Taken with the kitty, they hide him from Mr. Sands.
Three's a Crowd
4. Three's a Crowd
December 23, 1956
A producer and a playwright become enchanted with Susie. Each becomes so jealous of the other that they cancel their contracts with Susie's boss.
Not Quite Paradise
3. Not Quite Paradise
February 3, 1957
Vi's Aunt Martha and busybody neighbor, Della, jump to conclusions when she innocently invites Mr. Sands and Susie over for dinner.
How to Handle a Boss
2. How to Handle a Boss
Susie has been chosen by a magazine to write an article on how to handle the boss. The deadline is looming, and she's got writer's block.
What Every Secretary Knows
1. What Every Secretary Knows
November 11, 1956
Opera impresario Bernard Hugo is producing a new musical on Broadway, and Mr. Sands is determined to star a couple of his clients.
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  • Premiere Date
    November 11, 1956
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (188)