The Mothers-In-Law

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  • 1967
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.3  (602)

The Mothers-In-Law is an American comedy sitcom about two married couples who are neighbors, and become inlaws after their children marry. Herb (Herbert Rudley) and Eve Hubbard (Eve Arden) live next door to Roger (Roger C. Carmel) and Kaye Buell (Kaye Ballard). Both couples are successful, as well as best friends. Despite the fact that the Hubbards are more conservative and laid back and the Buells are more liberal and hip, the couples seem to get on well. Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel) and Suzy Hubbard (Deborah Walley) are the couples' offspring, who marry after after college. The show was produced by Desi Arnaz, who also made a few guest appearances. Eve is the typical meddling mother-in-law who likes interfering in her son's life and marriage. When she becomes exasperated by the behavior of the men in her family, she sarcastically refers to them as beasts. Herb is put off by Eve's inablity to mind her own business and respect her son and daughter-in-law's choices. He and Eve sometimes argue, but all in good humor. Kaye is a bit overprotective and tends to baby Jerry, much to the chagrin of Roger. Kaye sometimes has an acid tongue and has a tendency to smack Roger when she gets angry. Roger, like Herb, is growing tired of Kaye's meddling mother-in-law routine. His pleas to Kaye to leave Jerry and Suzy alone falls on deaf ears. Jerry and Suzy have a pretty good marriage despite the interference from their mothers. Although Eve initially thought Jerry wasn't good enough for Suzy, she warmed to him but forbids him to call her "Mother Hubbard." Suzy is a bit high-strung but warm and friendly. She was also faced with a mother-in-law who thought she wasn't good enough. Kaye likes Suzy but preferred that Jerry marry a nice Italian girl. She, however, does allow Suzy to call her "Mother Buell."

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The Not-So-Grand Opera
26. The Not-So-Grand Opera
April 12, 1969
At auditions for the lead role in their club's opera production, would-be divas Eve and Kaye smugly approach their competition, Marni Nixon, who they mistakenly believe is an amateur.
The Charge of the Wife Brigade
25. The Charge of the Wife Brigade
April 5, 1969
When the men cancel their wives' charge accounts, the mothers decide to overcome their forced recession by getting jobs as department store saleswomen.
Show Business Is No Business
24. Show Business Is No Business
March 29, 1969
Eve and Kaye cause a string of calamities as they both try to wangle a spot in Don Rickles' act for the lodge benefit show.
Take Hers, He's Mine
23. Take Hers, He's Mine
March 22, 1969
Eve and Kaye resort to domestic spying when they become jealous of the gorgeous new secretary their husbands hired to work at home: Kaye bugs Roger's den and Eve listens to Herb's sleep-talking.
Take Hers, Heâ' Mine
23. Take Hers, Heâ' Mine
March 23, 1969
Eve and Kaye resort to domestic spying when they become jealous of the gorgeous new secretary their husbands hired to work at home: Kaye bugs Roger's den and Eve listens to Herb's sleep-talking.
Two On the Aisle
22. Two On the Aisle
March 15, 1969
The Hubbards and the Buells, battling over two theater tickets they got in the mail, carry their feud to the theater, where their antics provide a livelier show than the one on the stage.
Every in-Law Wants to Get Into the Act
21. Every in-Law Wants to Get Into the Act
March 1, 1969
The mothers arrange for the debut of Jerry's nightclub act, which features a Jimmy Durante impersonation, but when he comes down with the flu, the Hubbards and Buells take his place. Jimmy Durante makes a cameo appearance.
Guess Whos Coming Forever
20. Guess Whos Coming Forever
February 23, 1969
Eve and Kaye try to dissuade a black lawyer from renting the kids' apartment after the kids change their minds about moving, prompting faux pas and foot-in-mouth comments that make the adamant man lecture them about fair housing.
Guess Who's Coming Forever?
20. Guess Who's Coming Forever?
February 22, 1969
Eve and Kaye try to dissuade a black lawyer from renting the kids' apartment after the kids change their minds about moving, prompting faux pas and foot-in-mouth comments that make the adamant man lecture them about fair housing.
Void Where Prohibited by in Laws
19. Void Where Prohibited by in Laws
February 9, 1969
To win money for the babies' college fund, Eve and Kaye enter a contest to guess the number of Blimpo cereal bits in a barrel. To eliminate the guesswork, they plan to construct a duplicate barrel and fill it with cereal at their own expense.
Void Where Prohibited by in-Laws
19. Void Where Prohibited by in-Laws
February 8, 1969
To win money for the babies' college fund, Eve and Kaye enter a contest to guess the number of Blimpo cereal bits in a barrel. To eliminate the guesswork, they plan to construct a duplicate barrel and fill it with cereal at their own expense.
Double Trouble in the Nursery
18. Double Trouble in the Nursery
February 1, 1969
Suzie and Jerry go away for a weekend of rest, and their mothers gladly abandon their own homes for nursery duty - which isn't as simple as they expected.
Nanny Go Home
17. Nanny Go Home
January 25, 1969
When meddling mothers-in-law double Suzie's problems in caring for twins, Herb and Roger hire a stern nanny, who bars Eve and Kaye from the nursery, and they try hard to get rid of her.
And Baby Makes Four
16. And Baby Makes Four
January 18, 1969
Eve and Kaye torment the hospital staff by crashing the maternity ward in various disguises to see Suzie, and when she has twins, fights erupt over the babies' names.
Haven't You Had That Baby Yet?
15. Haven't You Had That Baby Yet?
January 11, 1969
With the baby due momentarily, a mood of jittery expectancy grips everyone, especially the mothers, who mistake a trial run for the real thing, and then lose Suzie on the way to the hospital when it's really time.
Havent You Had That Baby Yet
15. Havent You Had That Baby Yet
January 12, 1969
With the baby due momentarily, a mood of jittery expectancy grips everyone, especially the mothers, who mistake a trial run for the real thing, and then lose Suzie on the way to the hospital when it's really time.
Make Room for Baby
14. Make Room for Baby
January 4, 1969
Confusion reigns as the Hubbards and Buells decide to save money by taking on a do-it-yourself project: Adding a nursery to the kids' apartment.
Didnt You Used to Be Ozzie Snick
13. Didnt You Used to Be Ozzie Snick
December 22, 1968
Producer Owen Sinclair -alias bandleader Ozzie Snick -is in town, and the Hubbards arrange a surprise visit between him and Kaye, who's been bragging for years about her singing success with his old orchestra. Eve, Kaye, and Ozzie Nelson sing "North Dak
Didn't You Used to Be Ozzie Snick?
13. Didn't You Used to Be Ozzie Snick?
December 21, 1968
Producer Owen Sinclair - alias bandleader Ozzie Snick - is in town, and the Hubbards arrange a surprise visit between him and Kaye, who's been bragging for years about her singing success with his old orchestra. Eve, Kaye, and Ozzie Nelson sing "North Dak
Hail, Hail, the Gangâ' Still Here
12. Hail, Hail, the Gangâ' Still Here
December 14, 1968
In hopes of spending a quiet evening, the Hubbards tell the Buells that they'll be away. Instead, they're stuck hiding under the bed when the Buells invite friends over to watch the Hubbards' color TV.
Nome, Schnome, I'd Rather Have It at Home
11. Nome, Schnome, I'd Rather Have It at Home
December 7, 1968
Suzie and Jerry stun their folks with news of their post-graduation plans: They're moving to Alaska - before the baby is born. In a dream sequence, Eve and Kaye visit them in their igloo.
The Birth of Everything But the Blues
10. The Birth of Everything But the Blues
December 1, 1968
Eve and Kaye tackle the care and feeding of a motley menagerie when they take over for Suzie, who has become a pet-sitter for extra money. Problems increase rapidly, as most of the critters are expecting.
The Birth of Everything, But the Blues
10. The Birth of Everything, But the Blues
November 30, 1968
Eve and Kaye tackle the care and feeding of a motley menagerie when they take over for Suzie, who has become a pet-sitter for extra money. Problems increase rapidly, as most of the critters are expecting.
The First Anniversary Is the Hardest
9. The First Anniversary Is the Hardest
November 23, 1968
On the sly, the in-laws slip $40 into Jerry's old jacket for the couple's anniversary celebration. Unaware, Suzie donates the coat to a thrift shop, sending the mothers on a spree to retrieve it.
It's a Dogâ' Life
8. It's a Dogâ' Life
November 9, 1968
To keep peace, Jerry and Suzie frantically juggle gifts purchased separately by their mothers - a basset hound and a Yorkshire terrier. Caught in the confusion is a bewildered animal inspector.
The Matador Makes a Movie
7. The Matador Makes a Movie
October 26, 1968
When Raphael Del Gado arrives in town to make a movie, the Hubbards and Buells invite him to a dinner party - which soon becomes a family talent show.
Even Mothers in Law Have Mothers in Law
6. Even Mothers in Law Have Mothers in Law
October 20, 1968
The newlyweds try a devious diversion to get free of Eve and Kaye's meddling: They send for their mothers' mothers-in-law, who run the women ragged.
Even Mothers-in-Law Have Mothers-in-Law
6. Even Mothers-in-Law Have Mothers-in-Law
October 19, 1968
The newlyweds try a devious diversion to get free of Eve and Kaye's meddling: They send for their mothers' mothers-in-law, who run the women ragged.
I Didn't Raise Myself to Be a Grandmother
5. I Didn't Raise Myself to Be a Grandmother
October 12, 1968
The joy of Suzie's pregnancy fades a bit when everyone realizes they'll soon be known as "Gramps" and "Granny." They take up jogging to feel young again. The foursome sings "You Make Me Feel So Young."
Love Thy Neighbor, If You Can't Make Him Move
4. Love Thy Neighbor, If You Can't Make Him Move
October 5, 1968
Flashbacks show how the Hubbards and Buells met 22 years earlier, when Kaye and Roger moved in next door. With no lights, phone, or water, the Buells also had no worries - they just mooched off the Hubbards' facilities.
Love Thy Neighbor, If You Can't Make Him Move
4. Love Thy Neighbor, If You Can't Make Him Move
October 6, 1968
Flashbacks show how the Hubbards and Buells met 22 years earlier, when Kaye and Roger moved in next door. With no lights, phone, or water, the Buells also had no worries -they just mooched off the Hubbards' facilities.
A Little Pregnancy Goes a Long Way
3. A Little Pregnancy Goes a Long Way
September 28, 1968
To their husbands' chagrin, the grandmothers-to-be take on sympathy symptoms: wild nighttime cravings and morning queasiness.
The Match Game
2. The Match Game
September 21, 1968
Since business is bad at the computer dating service where Jerry works, Eve and Kaye help out by posing as spinsters in search of love.
Here Comes the Bride Again
1. Here Comes the Bride Again
September 15, 1968
Kaye's grandmother comes from Italy for the kids' wedding, and since nobody has the heart to tell her it was a year ago, a formal wedding is staged, with Suzie finding out in mid-ceremony that she's pregnant.
Here Comes the Bride, Again
1. Here Comes the Bride, Again
September 14, 1968
Kaye's grandmother comes from Italy for the kids' wedding, and since nobody has the heart to tell her it was a year ago, a formal wedding is staged, with Suzie finding out in mid-ceremony that she's pregnant.
Description

The Mothers-In-Law is an American comedy sitcom about two married couples who are neighbors, and become inlaws after their children marry. Herb (Herbert Rudley) and Eve Hubbard (Eve Arden) live next door to Roger (Roger C. Carmel) and Kaye Buell (Kaye Ballard). Both couples are successful, as well as best friends. Despite the fact that the Hubbards are more conservative and laid back and the Buells are more liberal and hip, the couples seem to get on well. Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel) and Suzy Hubbard (Deborah Walley) are the couples' offspring, who marry after after college. The show was produced by Desi Arnaz, who also made a few guest appearances.

Eve is the typical meddling mother-in-law who likes interfering in her son's life and marriage. When she becomes exasperated by the behavior of the men in her family, she sarcastically refers to them as beasts. Herb is put off by Eve's inablity to mind her own business and respect her son and daughter-in-law's choices. He and Eve sometimes argue, but all in good humor. Kaye is a bit overprotective and tends to baby Jerry, much to the chagrin of Roger. Kaye sometimes has an acid tongue and has a tendency to smack Roger when she gets angry. Roger, like Herb, is growing tired of Kaye's meddling mother-in-law routine. His pleas to Kaye to leave Jerry and Suzy alone falls on deaf ears.

Jerry and Suzy have a pretty good marriage despite the interference from their mothers. Although Eve initially thought Jerry wasn't good enough for Suzy, she warmed to him but forbids him to call her "Mother Hubbard." Suzy is a bit high-strung but warm and friendly. She was also faced with a mother-in-law who thought she wasn't good enough. Kaye likes Suzy but preferred that Jerry marry a nice Italian girl. She, however, does allow Suzy to call her "Mother Buell."

The Mothers-In-Law is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (72 episodes). The series first aired on September 10, 1967.

Where to Watch The Mothers-In-Law

The Mothers-In-Law is available for streaming on the MPI website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Mothers-In-Law on demand at Amazon, Google Play, Hoopla and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 10, 1967
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (602)