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The Governor & J.J. 

The relationship between a widowed state governor and his hip daughter J.J.
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1970   1969  
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dan Dailey ...  Gov. William Drinkwater 39 episodes, 1969-1970
Julie Sommars ...  Jennifer Jo Drinkwater 39 episodes, 1969-1970
James T. Callahan ...  George Callison 31 episodes, 1969-1970
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ...  Sara Andrews 23 episodes, 1969-1970
Neva Patterson ...  Maggie McLeod 22 episodes, 1969-1970
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Storyline

William Drinkwater was the governor of a quiet Midwestern state. Since he was a widower, his "first lady" was his hip, bright, opinionated daughter Jennifer Jo, who worked as a zookeeper. Despite their differences in age and politics (he was conservative, she leaned towards the left), the two got along extremely well and loved each other very much. Maggie was the governor's secretary, Sara the maid, and George his press secretary. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

23 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De gouverneur en J.J. See more »

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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Because the state is deliberately never mentioned, whenever a state flag would be used, a flag bearing the governor's seal is used instead. It's usually impossible to read the text on the seal, but the end credits begin with a brief full screen view of the seal. The text reads "The great seal of the governor of the state." See more »

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Referenced in Here's Lucy: Won't You Calm Down Dan Dailey? (1971) See more »

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Better Show Than Nielsen Ratings
22 December 2006 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

This show starred Dan Dailey & Julie Sommars as a Governor (father) & a wild teenage daughter (Sommars). Both the principals did well in their roles. Dailey made a very convincing Guv while Julie at still less than 30 was still young enough to pass as a teen age daughter. She could pore on the charm too, which this passion seemed to be gone by the time she did Matlock.

The series was smartly produced by Leonard Stern & Arnie Sultan who also were producing Get Smart. The scripts were funny, and the veteran cast was excellent in support too. For some reason it never got any traction & lasted only 1 season. In a way too bad as there were worse programs around.

I remember the protest theme being touched in 1 episode, when a rock singer had a hit on the radio called "Hang It Mr Govenor!" & the daughter was listening to it. For some reason, this show never got any respect, but it was well done.


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