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TV Shows - Hazel

Hazel is a Screen Gems television series about a fictional live-in maid named Hazel Burke (Shirley Booth) and her employers, the Baxters. The five-season, 154-episode series first aired September 1961-April 1966. The first four seasons aired on NBC, and the final season on CBS. The show was based on a popular single panel comic strip by cartoonist Ted Key that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 George+Dorothy in Arabia?! Who Leaves Their Housekeeper+ Kid Behind?
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1 Reply to JGF: I would take this "stinking" show over 95% of the crap they are putting out today. Hazel was a classic and they couldn't even make this show today. They would have her sleeping with the milkman, or since it's 2012 probably the housekeeper next door, while the dad would be an alcoholic, the son would be experimenting with drugs, and the mother would be a backstabbing busybody. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on March 1, 2012, 10:34 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
2 When I was in college, for some reason I kinda got into this show for a little while (guess I was trying to recapture my childhood a little by absorbing entertainment from that era in my life, or something). I was a film major at that particular time and was going to do a short film called "Hazel Man". It would've been about this guy who was a mild mannered janitor who, in the face of a major crisis, would disappear into his broom closet and emerge as a crime fighting, in-drag version of Hazel complete with the red wig and the signature lumbering ape-armed run that Hazel did. He would beat the living crap out of villains and their henchmen with weapons like brooms, mops and feather dusters.I wound up doing a parody of Bladerunner instead. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on March 1, 2012, 10:22 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 This show stunk from the start, simply because it so often used an odious plot device I've come to call "The Hazel Syndrome" (or "The Law of Instant Expertise"). This is that ridiculous situation in which someone like Hazel is always an expert in the current plot twist; for example, if the guest star is a baseball player, Hazel will be able to strike him out easily; if he's a pool shark, she will run the table every time; if he's a poker player, she'll bankrupt him ...even though no mention is made of such abilities in any other episode. Not to mention this show set a standard for overbearing, interfering maids which persists to this day. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on February 28, 2012, 9:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 at least they hired a white lady instead of a fat black lady in a do rag. -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on December 14, 2009, 10:06 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 While I give it credit that it fleshed out the one-panel strip considerably so that Hazel was beyond just giving wisecracks with her employers being unable to respond (and Shirley Booth made her more likable); I thought it was a bit much for them to dump the original employers (George and Dorothy Baxter) and send them off to the Middle East (?!) and then had Hazel go for George's kid bro (who looked at least a generation younger) and his wife with George and Dorothy's son Harold in tow so he wouldn't disrupt his education! Yeah, I know that the show changed networks and the big shots simply decided to revamp it a bit but still. . Of course, it was interesting that for all Hazel's organizing stunts for fellow housekeepers in their toney suburb, she never seemed to know a single African-American housekeeper( the one occupation for African- Americans that WAS consistantly depicted on television from its earliest days)! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 25, 2009, 4:35 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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