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My Sister Eileen (TV series)

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My Sister Eileen (TV series)

My Sister Eileen
Shirley Bonne on My Sister Eileen (1960)
Genre Situation comedy
Starring Elaine Stritch
Shirley Bonne
Jack Weston
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
Composer(s) Herbert W. Spencer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Dick Wesson
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production companies Screen Gems
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 5, 1960 (1960-10-05) – April 21, 1961 (1961-04-21)

My Sister Eileen is an American situation comedy based on a series of autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney originally published in The New Yorker, as well as the 1940 play and 1942 and 1955 film adaptations they inspired.

The series premiered at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS on October 15, 1960 and ran for one season of 26 episodes, the last of which was telecast on April 12, 1961. It aired opposite Hawaiian Eye on ABC and Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall on NBC.


My Sister Eileen focuses on Ruth and Eileen Sherwood, sisters from Ohio who moved to New York City to pursue their respective careers. Ruth, the more serious and more sensible of the two, aspires to be a writer, while the younger and more attractive Eileen dreams of achieving success as an actress. The two girls find an apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone owned by Mr. Appopoplous and befriend reporter Chick Adams. Ruth accepts a job with publisher D.X. Beaumont and becomes close with her co-worker Bertha. The better part of her time, however, is spent supervising Eileen, who has a tendency to fall for every con artist and potential boyfriend who crosses her path while her agent Marty Scott struggles to find her auditions.


Among the guest stars were John Banner, Bert Convy, Anne Helm, Richard Webb, and Dick Wesson.


  • Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 - Present. New York: Ballantine Books 1988. ISBN 0-345-35610-1, pp. 544, 902

External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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