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Karen aired from October 1964 until August 1865 on NBC.
Karen was one of the 3 half-hour situation comedies that comprised the 90 minute 90 Bristol Court series in the fall of 1964. The concept of 90 Bristol Court was to link together 3 seperate families living in the same Southern California apartment complex, each with their own story and own half-hour show each week. Karen was the only one of the three that made it through the entire 1964-1965 season, however, the other two ( Harris Against The World and Tom, Dick, And Mary) being dropped in January.
Karen Scott ( Debbie Watson) was an energetic 16 year old whose activities constantly confounded her tolerant parents, Steve and Barbara ( Richard Denning, Mary LaRoche). Karen's tomboyish younger sister Mimi( Gina Gillespie), created a different set of problems for the elder Scotts, and the situations she bacame involved in functioned as counterpoint to those of her older sister.
Others in the cast included Bernidette Withers as Karen's friend Janis, Trudi Ames as her friend Candy, Teddy Quinn as her friend Peter, and Murray MacLeod as her friend Spider. Handyman Cliff Murdock ( Guy Raymond), the only character appearing in all 3 parts of 90 Bristol Court, did not appear on Karen after the other 2 comedies were dropped.
Richard Dreyfuss, later to star in such colossal films as American Grafitti, Jaws, and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind was also featured occasionally as David, another of Karen's many friends.
The Karen theme was sung by The Beach Boys.
Here is Richard Denning's Obituary from The New York Times
Richard Denning, 84, an Actor On TV's 'Hawaii Five-0' Series
Published: October 13, 1998
Richard Denning, a character actor who was perhaps best known for his roles in the television series ''Mr. and Mrs. North'' and ''Hawaii Five-O,'' died on Sunday at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. He was 84 and lived in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
Born Louis Albert Heindrich Denninger in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mr. Denning moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 2. After graduating from Woodbury College in Montpelier, Vt., he joined his father in the garment business and worked his way up from office boy to vice president. But the acting bug had bitten him in college, and he switched professions.
After a night-school course in drama and performances in a small theater in Los Angeles, Mr. Denning won a radio-acting contest that lead to a screen test and a Paramount contract in 1937. Tall and blond with a chiseled jaw, Mr. Denning appeared in some 50 films between 1937 and his enlistment in the Navy's submarine service in 1942. ''Beyond the Blue Horizon,'' in which he was cast opposite Dorothy Lamour, was his favorite, said his daughter, Diana Dee Dwyer.
After serving three years in the South Pacific, Mr. Denning returned to film work, appearing in such movies as ''Some Like It Hot,'' ''The Creature From the Black Lagoon,'' ''Adam Had Four Sons,'' ''The Lady Takes a Flyer'' and ''An Affair to Remember,'' in which he played Deborah Kerr's fiance.
In the late 1940's and early 50's, he starred with Lucille Ball in the CBS radio comedy ''My Favorite Husband,'' succeeding Lee Bowman in the role of a Midwestern banker married to Miss Ball's harebrained wife. His performance led to the television series ''Mr. and Mrs. North,'' in which he starred with Barbara Britton; his other television credits included ''Flying Doctor,'' ''Michael Shayne'' and ''Karen.''
Mr. Denning's final role was as the Governor of Hawaii, which he played for 12 years on ''Hawaii Five-O.''
Mr. Denning's first wife, Evelyn Ankers, died in 1985. In addition to his daughter by Ms. Ankers, Ms. Dwyer of Hawi, Hawaii, he is survived by his wife, Patricia Leffingwell of Rancho Bernardo and Kihei, Hawaii; four stepchildren, Mike Salzer of Kihei; Gay Salzer of Honolulu; Jackie Jacobson of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Sandy Salzer of Mariposa, Calif., and two granddaughters.
To read some articles about Karen go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nSdWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=X-MDAAAAIBAJ&dq=debbie%20watson&pg=3149%2C6374933 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=pIljAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CnoNAAAAIBAJ&dq=karen%20debbie%20watson&pg=6187%2C3486478
To watch some clips from karen go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search=Search&resnum=0&oi=spell&search_query=karen+debbie+watson&spell=1&sa=X
For more on 90 Bristol Court go to http://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/90_bristol_court.php
For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/90BristolCourt_Karen.htm
For a look at the shows of 1964 go to http://www.tvparty.com/fall64.html
For a short biography of Debbie Watson go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Watson_%28actor%29
For a Page dedicated to Richard Denning go to http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/richarddenning.html
For a Page dedicated to Richard Denning go to http://www.lucyfan.com/richarddenning.html
For a website dedicated to Richard Dreyfuss go to http://web.archive.org/web/20091027001558/http://geocities.com/hollywood/cinema/5374/
For The Official Site of The Beach Boys go to http://www.beachboysband.net/
For a Website dedicated to The Beach Boys go to http://www.beachboys.com/
For a website dedicated to The Beach Boys go to http://thebeachboys.com/
For The Beach Boys' Page in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum go to https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/beach-boys
To listen to some music from The Beach Boys go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+beach+boys&aq=f
For some 90 Bristol Court-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/90-bristol-court
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apAHnNkC8DU
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