Back to School

“Back To School” featuring:

Fibber McGee & Molly: “Good Grammar”

The Harold Peary Show: “First Day of School”

Original Air Dates: May 6, 1947; March 28, 1951

Performance Date: September, 2004

Fibber McGee and Molly was one of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States. The series premiered on NBC in 1935 and remained popular until its demise in 1959, long after radio had ceased to be the dominant form of entertainment in American popular culture.

The program featured James “Jim” Jordan as the foible prone Fibber and and Marian Driscoll as his patient, good-natured wife Molly. The show's humor centered on recurring gags and punchlines that sometimes would pop up again and again for years. When Fibber would tell a particularly bad joke, Molly's response was almost always “T'ain't funny, McGee!”—a catchprashe that became popular in the 1940s.

The Harold Peary Show show made its CBS debut on September 9, 1950. Previously starring on The Great Gildersleeve, Peary took many of Gildy's characteristics along with him to his new Honest Harold character—the “dirty” laugh, singing songs, and closing dialogue over credits.

The show was about an older, unmarried guy, Honest Harold Hemp, who lived with his mother and nephew and did a radio homemaker's program. The townsfolk think of him as somewhat of a celebrity, but his girlfriend, Gloria, who works at the station, knows better.

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