13 February 2003 | willowgreen
Charming little sitcom with a magical twist
Although it has been years since I laid eyes on this show, I remember it fondly as being a whimsically charming diversion. As the fey Phoebe Figalilly, Juliet Mills was lovely and charming in her playing of the magical nanny who brings love into the motherless home of three children and their Professor father played by the always amiable Richard Long. Prudence, Hal and Butch made for an endearing trio of kids, and there were some amusing guest stars such as Elsa Lanchester as Nanny's eccentric Aunt Henrietta. Innocently wholesome entertainment from a bygone era, this little show - which ran just two seasons - contained many heart-warming episodes such as the restoration of an old defunct but ornate water fountain in the city park. Once cleaned-up, restored & in working order, Prudence remarks that the face of the lady figurine now had a smile on it, whereas she used to frown! Richard Long, who played Professor Everett, was a very likeable actor who also played Jarrod Barkley in THE BIG VALLEY. Long tragically succumbed to a heart ailment and died at the relatively young age of 47 in 1974.