Fred, Portland and their cast are featured in a Philco New Year's Eve special.
Fred, Portland and their cast are featured in a Philco New Year's Eve special.
The McGees are invited by a bank president to an exclusive New Year's party at the country club.
Archie's upset because Finnegan didn't send him a Christmas Card, but Finnegan's upset for the same reason. The guest is singer Dorothy Shaye.
Connie has been commissioned to write a magazine article about "The Vanishing Hobo".
Christmas is very near, but Gildy is preoccupied by Delores' breach-of-promise lawsuit.
Archie tries to talk guest Monty Woolley into playing the role of Santa Claus.
Gildy has been so busy trying to finish the annual report for the water department that he hasn't done any Christmas shopping.
In the annual Christmas shopping show, Jack buys an expensive wallet for Don before exchanging it for a cheaper one. Frank Nelson plays the floorwalker, and Mel Blanc plays the harried clerk.
Mr. Conklin puts Miss Brooks in charge of the school's Christmas clothing drive.
Jack hears a commercial for Sympathy Soothing Syrup and heads to the drugstore, where he meets Frank Sinatra.
The Sympathy Syrup routine was a running bit spoofing the then-current commercials for Serutan, which made a big deal of spelling the name backwards. The Sympathy Syrup routines always got a big laugh; Frank Nelson plays the commercial announcer.
McGee cuts his own Christmas tree and has to trim the branches. This is the second episode after the Pearl Harbor bombing, and has lots of nods to the new wartime footing and appeals to listeners to help the war effort.
Gildy has to save money on Christmas gifts this year, but can't decide on whose gift to cut corners.
Mr. Conklin's wife wants him to court her again, so she produces a forged letter stating their marriage isn't official.
McGee has a bad day when he hears that Uncle Dennis will be staying for Christmas, and then has all kinds of trouble mailing his and Molly's Christmas packages.
When Liz and Iris can’t read the menu at a French restaurant, they decide to take French lessons. Soime of this material was re-used in "I Love Lucy".
It's Christmas time again, and time for another classic Christmas shopping episode where Jack attempts to buy gifts for the cast. As always, Frank Nelson plays the floorwalker and Mel Blanc plays the harried clerk.
Bing Crosby is the guest. This episode was during the period where the sponsor, Bristol-Myers, was trying to re-title the show as "Duffy's", thinking that having "Tavern" in the title was a bad influence. The change wasn't popular and the title was soon changed back to "Duffy's Tavern".
Trouble develops for a student who has planted a garden on college property.
Professor LeBlanc gives Jack a violin lesson, and in order to pay him, Jack has to go down to his vault.
Montague has a huge decision - he has an opportunity to play Romeo on stage, but he would be forced to shave his famous beard.
Jack heads over to Mary's place, where the gang has gathered for Thanksgiving. Frank Nelson plays a butler.
In a broadcast from Navy Pier, Chicago, Wallace Wimple has become a specialist in Physical Culture.
In a sketch, Bob plays football for USC, and Red Skelton appears as the Mean Widdle Kid.
Fred and Dodgers manager Leo Durocher perform an operetta called "The Brooklyn Pinafore".
McGee blows Molly's $10 Christmas Club fund on a worthless ring, and then plans to sell the ring to Doc Gamble.
Jack rides a horse to the premiere of his movie "George Washington Slept Here".
On tour in Philadelphia, George and Gracie find there's a shortage of hotel rooms. After Gracie sneaks her way into securing one for her and George. Gracie dreams that guest star Franchot Tone is George.
McGee has plenty of advice for the workmen building a house across the street.
Gildersleeve and Judge Hooker decide to have a reception for Miss Del Rey, hoping that it will help her new dance studio.
Since the Burnses are cutting their budget down to help during the war, Gracie buys a live turkey for Thanksgiving.
McGee needs to replace Wallace Wimple for his bowling tournament, but who can he get on short notice?
Walter and Stretch's brother buy a moving van, but they have to deal with the demand not only for a moving van, but a one-room hotel.
Gildy gets Judge Hooker to invite him to a country club dinner where Gildy hopes to score points with a woman he's attracted to.
McGee gets a black eye after bumping into a door, but no one believes him.
Jack tries to persuade the director of his new movie, "Love Thy Neighbor", to have the premiere in Jack's home town of Waukegan.
Archie wants Mrs. Pendleton to have a singing contest at Duffy's, so he tries to get music critic Deems Taylor to judge it.
Just as McGee develops an urge to fix something, Teeny shows up with a broken cuckoo clock.
Phil and Frankie decide to get rid of Willie by getting him a job at Rexall.
Connie picks up an arrow on Mr. Conklin's lot, and thinks she may have discovered an Arapaho burial ground.
McGee's afraid he's getting overweight and heads down to the drugstore to be weighed.
Gildy and Adeline got engaged last week to improve their chances of adopting the mystery baby, but now Gildy wants to keep the engagement a secret.
Announcer Bill Goodwin is up for a movie role, but the producer wants to cast a married man.
Phil and Remley, taking advantage of the Arthur Godfrey-inspired ukelele fad, decide to give ukelele lessons.
Jack's in New York for his first television show, and staying at the Acme Plaza again. A reporter asks him to tell the story of how he met Ronald and Benita Colman.
Gildy hears that Peavey's wife needs an operation, and rallies the Jolly Boys to raise the money to pay for it.
The Old-Time asks the McGees to hide him, as he's on the run from the law.
Everyone's talking about Jack's recent movie, "The Big Broadcast of 1937". Next week's play, "Romeo and Juliet", is also discussed, until the sponsor tells Jack they can't do it.
When Phil and Alice need to economize, Frankie tells them he can get a great deal on meat. It turns out, though, that the meat is still alive.
McGee plans a dinner at the Elks Club for his visiting cousin Ernest.
Stretch is in love and it's affecting his play on the football team. Connie tries to talk with him and find out what's going on.
Looking to put his best foot forward as he attempts to adopt the mystery baby, Gildy prepares to ask Adeline to be his wife.
McGee has put a ribbon on his finger to remind him that he is supposed to do something, but he doesn’t know what it is.
Barbara Stanwyck is the guest star. When Jack, Mary and Dennis all go to see the movie "Sorry, Wrong Number", Jack remembers a similar situation that occurred the previous year when Jack was talking to his sponsor.
Liz acciedntally returns a dress to a more expensive store than where she bought it, and makes money on the deal. She then decides to go into business buying dresses at one store and returning them at another.
McGee can't find his screwdriver, so he brings his tool chest up to the living room and starts emptying it.
George thinks Gracie's acting even stranger than usual, and the sound man suggests that she see a psychiatrist.
Jack and Mary walk to the studio for the show, and run into lots of recurring characters. Frank Nelson plays a counter man in the drugstore.
Dr. Hall defends a student who has written an article criticizing him and the college.
Jack invites the gang to his house to listen to the World Series. Frank Nelson is the play-by-play announcer.
It's the thirtieth anniversary of the McGees' first date at a football game.
Gildy gets a letter from the county welfare department,, and is afraid they're coming to take away the mystery baby.
The first episode of the 1942 season is also the first half-hour Fred Allen Show. Still sponsored by Texaco at this point, the new announcer is Arthur Godfrey, who would last only a few weeks before leaving.
McGee thinks he has appendicitis, but that doesn't stop him from craving various types of food.
When Phil gets tired of having Frankie contantly borrow his car, he resolves to buy Frankie the cheapest used car he can find.
In the show's first episode for Lucky Strike, Jack and Mary meet with the new sponsor. Later, they discuss how to replace Dennis Day, who has joined the Navy.
After some compliments on her dancing, Marjorie is determined to pursue a dancing career.
The McGees return from summer vacation, but McGee has left his camera on the train.
Groucho meets a single woman and a Dale Carnegie instructor, and two people who've been married four times each (but not to each other.)
This is the first episode in which the couples can choose a number on a wheel for up to $10,000 in the end game.
McGee gets all worked up when someone leaves an old car outside the McGees' house.
Since Phil was unprepared for last week's season opener, Mr. Scott orders him to keep regular hours at the Rexall office. With nothing specific to do, Phil and Frankie hit upon the idea of having a one cent sale at the Rexall store.
After Jack and Phil argue about the performance of the band, the cast performs a play about the California Gold Rush.
Molly's trying to make a new dress, but McGee has destroyed her dressmaker's dummy while practicing his old nife-throwing act.
When McGee finds out that a Good Samaritan has received a large reward, he decides to go around town and do good deeds.
Gildy orders the children to stay near home, which contributes to his fraying nerves as he awaits Leila's return and his next meeting with Eve.
To compete with a rival principal, Conklin creates a faculty cheerleader position; he and Connie end up as the two candidates for the spot.
A guest star is needed for the first show of the fall season. The sponsor wants Clark Gable, but all George has is an impersonator.
The baby that Gildy found and brought home last week causes a ruckus in the Gildersleeve household.
Jack has returned from Europe and is ready to begin the season, but first he must get bandleader Bob Crosby to sign his contract as Phil Harris' replacement.
Archie gets a letter from an old friend saying that Archie's about to be listed in Who's Who.
In this renowned episode that began the 1949 season, the cast are introduced via a bus tour through Beverly Hills. Dennis Day sings "Younger Than Springtime". Frank Nelson plays the bus driver.
George owes a $25 fee for his court case; in trying to raise the money, Gracie racks up far more than that in phone charges, which puts George right back into a pickle again.
Gildy finds a baby while out shopping, and takes it home for safekeeping.
This was the first episode of the season, and was the beginning of a story arc involving the baby that went on for several months.
McGee wants to celebrate his and Molly's 50th wedding anniversary tonight, while they're not too old to enjoy it.
George takes an outdoor vacation, but his allergies are still acting up after he returns. Gracie leaves no stone unturned to find the cause.
When Liz and George find that someone's been ordering ice cream from the milkman every day, the trail leads to their new neighbors and their ten children. Frank Nelson guest stars.
When Walter Winchell suggests in his column that "Eddie Montague" has been fooling around with a chorus girl, Edwin has to clear his name.
McGee regales Molly with tales of his relatives in the Old West.
Phil is disappointed with his treatment in his recent movie, "Wabash Avenue", so he and Frankie decide to make their own movie.
Gildy tries to score points with his new next-door neighbor, but he suspects she has designs on Birdie's services.
McGee tries to contact an old friend in the Philippines who McGee believes owes him $7.
Jack decides to build a house in Palm Springs. Frank Nelson plays the construction supervisor, and guest star Frank Sinatra plays a carpenter. Dennis Day sings "Serenade Of The Bells".
The news item of the week is the recent snowstorm The Mighty Allen Art Players perform "The Missing Cat". When a society lady loses her pampered kitty, she calls for the extremely politically incorrect (in today's terms) Chinese detective, One Long Pan.
Gildy's secretary calls in sick with a toothache, and sends her sister from New York in as a substitute.
McGee has his handwriting analyzed, and is told he should become a doctor.
A replica of Rodin's "The Thinker" is ordered for the Founder's Day celebration, but instead "The Kiss" is delivered.
George and Liz both think helping out the local charity bazaar is a great idea, until each finds out that the other one volunteered to run a kissing booth.
George and Gracie perform their version of the 1940 film Gold Rush Maisie, called Gold Rush Gracie.
As they compete for the attentions of Mr. Boynton, Connie and Miss Enright both campaign to teach a business course.
In a show performed at an Army ordinance supply base, Bob furnishes the soldiers with some eye candy in the persons of Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake.
After tiring of trying to make their own ice cream, the McGees decide to go down to Kramer's drug store and wait for the ice cream delivery.
In a broadcast from New York to benefit the Heart Fund, Jack phones all over Harlem looking for Rochester, who's out on the town. Dennis Day sings "Dear Hearts and Gentle People".
After trying to impress a guest by agreeing with everything he says, Liz finds herself invited to speak to his civic group.
McGee see a magazine article showing how to make a lamp from a spittoon and resolves to make one, over Molly's objections.
Gildy's former girlfriend Adeline plans to opens a hat shop in her home next door to him.
Humphrey Bogart is the guest star; Frank Nelson plays Virgil, the sound effects man.
McGee tries to get back into show business by becoming stage manager of a production in another town.
This is the audition show for Duffy's Tavern which ran as part of the "Forecast" series - an entire series made up of audition shows. The opening phone call and Archie's initial speech (where the elite meet to eat, Duffy ain't here) are already fully formed, but the format is a little looser, more like a variety show interrupted by sketches.
The show is performed form the Paramount Theater in New York as Jack's new movie, "Buck Benny Rides Again", is promoted.
After his morning ablutions, Molly tells McGee she's given his favorite old suit to the Salvation Army.
As Phil takes the girls to see a band rehearsal at NBC, Remley shows up with his new girlfriend.
Connie feeds Mr. Boynton some of Mrs. Davis' cookies in the hope that he'll get sick and she can nurse him back to health.
The cast says "so long" to Dennis Day as he enters the service. The show is broadcast from Mary's hometown of Vancouver. Dennis sings "Amour"; Mary and Phil sing "Love, Love, Love".
George buys roses for Gracie, but Joe Bagley swipes them to give to his own wife.
Leroy sends away for seeds to sell, but he won't let on what he plans to do with the profits.
McGee is convinced that Frank Schmaltz, his next door neighbor, is a Nazi spy.
Connie is trying to promote a summer vacation trip to Europe, but so are Mr. Boynton and Mr. Conklin.
Hollywood hearttthrob Van Johnson is the guest star, and he and Mary are late for the show after she goes to pick him up. Dennis Day sings "I Can't Begin to Tell You".
On the way to an event given by Mrs. Foster, a financial benefactor of the college, the Halls are delayed when they find a lost dog.
McGee's beside himself with excitement over the new fire alarm box that's being installed on the corner of the block.
Despite the terrible heat wave, McGee is convinced it's going to rain, and decides to sell umbrellas.
Here's Phil Harris & Alice Faye's audition show as hosts of the "Fitch Bandwagon", for Fitch shampoo. The show presented here is pretty much in the form it would have for years, beyond the point where they changed sponsors and the name became "The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show".
The show originates from Camp Haan. Quiz shows are parodied in a sketch, and Dennis Day sings "She'll Always Remember". Frank Nelson plays Virgil, the Sound Man.
Mayor La Trivia (Gale Gordon) drops in for tea with the McGees while launching a safe driving campaign
While Liz works on her scrapbook, she and George reminisce about the day George taught her to drive, the time Liz signed an affidavit swearing never to interrupt George's stories again, and when the butcher thought that Liz had a crush on him. Frank Nelson plays a policeman.
To celebrate Independence Day, the Proscenium Club members prepare for their annual picnic.
Mary and Rochester help Jack pack for his trip to New York. At the airport, Jack finds the usual torment, including the racetrack tout, and Frank Nelson at the information desk.
McGee finds himself in charge of mounting a circus benefit, and is himself the major attraction as he'll be shot out of a cannon.
In the last show of the season, the success of the competing show "Stop the Music" is mocked. The denizens of Allen's Alley discuss their upcoming vacations. In a sketch, Fred goes to visit his nemesis, Jack Benny.
The cast discuss their vacation plans. Jack tries to throw an end-of-season party, but has an argument with his cook (Rochester is there, but isn't his cook yet.)
Toddy feels slighted when no students appear at the farewell party being given for him by the faculty as the school year ends.
Liz can't seem to follow through on anything without changing her mind. After George complains, Liz is determined to finish everything she starts. Parts of this episode were recycled for the "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy Changes Her Mind".
Everyone orders Gildy a different-colored club chair for Father's Day, and mayhem ensues when they all arrive at the house.
Jack leaves the show to shoot a scene from his upcoming movie, "Artists and Models". Kenny Baker sings "Never in a Million Years".
This is the earliest surviving episode with Eddie Anderson as Rochester, who meets up with Jack at Paramount.
Remley plans to get married so that he can adopt the French orphan who was left on his doorstep. Alice sings "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy".
When others say that George looks old, it makes Gracie feel old herself, so she decides to give George a makeover.
Marge is upset because she wasn't invited to across-the-street neighbor Marshall Bullard's party.
McGee gets jealous when Molly makes a lunch date with an old beau.
Fred's guests are Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. In a sketch, Fred rents a room from them.
Vicki buys Toddy a rare first edition as a gift, but it turns out to have been stolen from the campus library.
A wishing well is set up at the school to raise funds for a dance; when Connie's friends hear that Mr. Boynton's wish is for a lock of her hair, they all go to work.
From the Naval Air Station in Coronado, California, the guests are Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Dale sings "T for Texas" and Roy sings "A Four-Legged Friend". In a sketch, Roy and Hy Averback visit Bob at home.
Tootsie and Gracie go to apply for jobs with a playboy who's looking for help. When George meets the playboy, he gets jealous.
While George is upset because he's not recognized for doing anything well, an address mixup leads to him receiving a letter intended for Dinah Shore declaring him Kansas City's favorite singer. Frank Nelson plays a member of the Kansas City council.
After some jokes about Jack's upcoming movie, "Artists and Models Abroad", the final part of the Tom Sawyer play is performed.
When Fibber loses his birth certificate, Mayor LaTrivia tells him that he needs to take a citizenship test.
Gildy is proud to have been chosen to play Cyrano, until he finds out what the play is about.
Toddy faces a babysitting emergency on the night he's to receive the prestigious Sexton Award.
While out for a walk, the McGees find out that criminals have escaped from the penitentiary.
Bert Gordon, the "Mad Russian", is the guest star as Miss Duffy has her coming out party.