1 March 2011 | rcj5365
Who even remembers this show from the late-1960's,that lasted one season and the show that replaced Batman on ABC
I can't really rate about a lost and forgotten sitcom from the late-1960's that I never got the chance to watch unless it showed up somewhere on some cable channel that caters to old television shows that people really don't want to know or watch them for that manner. But this I do know about this show titled THE UGLIEST GIRL IN TOWN that lasted no more than four months on the air. For anyone who has seen it has to relate that this was one of the worst sitcoms of all time,and I have seen far off worse than THE UGLIEST GIRL IN TOWN.
For one,this was the show that actually replaced the wildly popular and almost successful BATMAN which became the surprise hit of the mid-1960's after ABC-TV canceled it after more than two and a half seasons on the air in March of 1968 due to terrible ratings. Secondly,this show was produced by the same people who brought you "Bewitched",and "The Flying Nun",which were two major hits on ABC(under executive producer Harry Ackerman and producer Jerry Davis). The series lasted no more than four months on the air from the premiere episode on September 26,1968 until the final curtain of the series on January 30,1969. A total of 17 episodes were produced in color which some scenes were filmed on location in Hollywood(on the studio lot of Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures which produced the series),and on location in England. The overall plot of the series was that the hero "Timothy Blair"(Peter Kastner) had to dress up in drag(as a woman)to remain in England to be near the woman he loves(Patricia Blake). He is mistaken for a female model by a big-time advertising agent,and soon becomes the toast of the advertising world. Some of the antics involving Kastner's cross-dressing antics as Timmy/Timmie came in some various predicaments but it didn't help in the ratings neither.
ABC put THE UGLIEST GIRL IN TOWN on its Thursday night schedule where it was opposite NBC's Daniel Boone that really killed it in the Nielsens. And it was opposite the short-lived series Blondie on CBS. TUGIT wasn't the best execution of a concept,but it was first sitcom of it's day to have a leading male hero dressed in drag....long before Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks did it for television on Bosom Buddies,and long before Dustin Hoffman pulled off the unthinkable in the film Tootsie. And to think that this show was the worst sitcom of the 1960's? I can think of some that were far off worst that were stinkers in their own right....think the worst of the worst TV-sitcoms of the 1960's.... "Mister Ed", "It's About Time", "F-Troop", "My Mother The Car",and even "Gilligan's Island" to name a few.