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My Mother the Car 

The story of the relationship between a man and his mother, the latter having been reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile.




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Complete series cast summary:
Jerry Van Dyke ...  Dave Crabtree 30 episodes, 1965-1966
Maggie Pierce ...  Barbara Crabtree 30 episodes, 1965-1966
Ann Sothern ...  Gladys Crabtree 30 episodes, 1965-1966
Cindy Eilbacher ...  Cindy Crabtree 24 episodes, 1965-1966
Randy Whipple Randy Whipple ...  Randy Crabtree 22 episodes, 1965-1966


The story of the relationship between a man and his mother, the latter having been reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

14 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma mère à moteur See more »

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Technical Specs


(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Base TV show for Knight Rider from 80s. See more »


The radio looks different throughout the series, than it does in the first episode. See more »

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It may have been the worst show ever,but the concept was not that bad
9 June 2004 | by rcj5365See all my reviews

"My Mother The Car" was without a doubt one of the worst TV shows of all time,but it was not the shortest running TV show of all time. In fact the series ran a full season--30 episodes,all in color,which is much more than most shows give us in a year these days. Now,this wasn't the stupidest concept for a TV-series,but I can think of several that are far off worst than "My Mother The Car". Its amazing that the network which ran this series,NBC-TV,gave it the green light for its one season on the air,from September of 1965 to May of 1966. Lets face facts: This was originally to be titled The Jerry Van Dyke Show,since his older brother,Dick Van Dyke had his own series which was on a rival network. But here is the scenario: A family man is surprised by the reincarnation of his departed mother(voiced by Ann Sothern)into a form of a mid-1920's Porter automobile that talks to him whenever his family isn't around. Sounds familiar? The show was created by the writing team of Chris Heyward and Allan Burns,whom after this would go on to write and create for the shows "Get Smart", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show","Barney Miller","All In The Family",and so much more. Also produced by legendary producer/director Rod Amateau,whom was behind classic 1950's-early 1960's shows "Burns and Allen","Love That Bob","Dobie Gillis","Mister Ed",and so much more.

Was "My Mother The Car" one of the strangest concepts ever devised for a TV show? Not exactly given some of the scenarios that came before it: (1) A sister in a covenant in Puerto Rico,who flies around,weighs 90 pounds and befriends a casino playboy;(2) A gorgeous female genie lives with her astronaut "master";(3)a sexy female witch with super magical powers lives with her advertising executive husband and is being meddled into affairs by the female's mother,who is a witch too; (4)a family of ghouls and their Frankenstein monster of a father live in a middle class neighborhood;(5)a owner who has a talking horse takes over a suburban household and basically wrecks havoc too;(6)two beautiful ladies bring in a man into their house and makes them their roommate;(7)several castaways are shipwrecked on a uncharted island where they make the best of things in order to get along;(8)three gorgeous models are detectives working for a playboy millionaire named Charlie? THESE ARE THE STRANGEST CONCEPTS EVER DEVISED FOR TELEVISION. Not to mention comedies based on dead people,and a world full of talking chimps,horses,dogs,cats,robotic cops,superheroes,secret agents and variety shows. They had a lot of that during the mid-1960's and 1970's.....

From "Topper" to "F-Troop","The Ghost and Mrs.Muir","Mister Terrific", not to mention in the same category Ann Jillian's one time sitcom "Jennifer Slept Home" to "Manimal"..now those are strange concepts? Who remembers the variety series "Pink Lady and Jeff" not to mention "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour",and "Howard Cosell's Variety Hour",or "Donnie and Marie" and to an lesser extent,"Me And The Chimp?" Now these were the worst variety shows of all time!!!!

Most recently,for those who have never seen My Mother The Car,the series,cable channel TRIO has resurrected this series from the graveyard of bad TV shows and part of its biggest FLOPS of all time. It also gives those who have never got a chance to see a great comedic talent like Jerry Van Dyke,which in my opinion was at his best here. A grand showcase of brilliant talent as only Jerry Van Dyke can deliver on cue along with Ann Sothern who is perfect as the voice of the mother. Catch this lost series on TRIO,pop culture TV!

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