I recently came across a few rare episodes of a long forgotten TV series that I had never heard of – Window on Main Street. The CBS comedy-drama ran from 1961-1962 and starred Robert Young fresh from his role on Father Knows Best. 34 episodes were shot, but only 8 are in circulation – fortunately in pristine condition.
Young plays Cameron Garrett Brooks, a writer, who returns to his home town after the death of his wife. He lives in the Majestic Hotel with a perfect view of Main Street. He watches the comings and goings of the townspeople hoping they will inspire him with ideas for a new book.
As I’ve become more and more jaded with the modern crop of sitcoms on TV which all feature ridiculous plots, constant dick jokes and overmodulated audio that attacks you rather than embraces you, finding gems like Window on Main Street are magnificent discoveries with their simple plots, slice of faux life images and gentle comedy of a forgotten time.
Episode #1: The Return (Pilot) – Airdate: October 2, 1961
Episode #2: The Teacher – Airdate: October 9, 1961
Episode #6: The Haunted House – Airdate: November 6, 1961
Episode #7: The Editor’s Daughter – Airdate: November 13, 1961
Episode #8: The Big Spender – Airdate: November 20, 1961
Episode #9: A Day In The Life – Airdate: November 27, 1961
Episode #10: #1.19 Thief – Airdate: December 4, 1961
Episode #12: Christmas Memory – Airdate: December 18, 1961