Channing (TV series)

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Also known asThe Young and the Bold
Genre Drama
Written byTheodore Apstein
Robert Kaufman
Ken Kolb
Starring Jason Evers
Henry Jones
Composer Jack Marshall
Country of originUnited States
Original language English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producerStanley Rubin
Producer Jack Laird
Running time4548 minutes
Production companyRevue-Betford
Distributor NBC Universal Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1963 (1963-09-18) 
April 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)

Channing (also known as The Young and the Bold) is an hour-long American drama series that aired at 10:00 p.m. on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 8, 1964. [1] The series depicted life at fictitious Channing College, with Jason Evers in the lead role of Professor Joseph Howe, and Henry Jones as Fred Baker, the dean of the institution. [2]


Channing, a production of Revue Studios, aired during the same time frame as the first season of NBC's somewhat similar offering, Mr. Novak .


According to the story line, Professor Howe had served in the Korean War and was writing a novel in his spare time. In a 1964 episode entitled "The Trouble with Girls", Keir Dullea and Mark Goddard appear as roommates who clash over a girl, Lynn Walton, played by Joey Heatherton. Dullea's character has a nervous breakdown and leaves college.

Don Gordon played Mario Saccone, a 37-year-old soldier who returns from South Vietnam and enters Channing College. This is more than a year before the large United States troop commitment to Southeast Asia and the subsequent breakdown in campus order at many institutions. Gordon is interested in the younger wife of an older political science professor named Jonathan Kobitz, played by Jacqueline Scott and Wendell Corey, respectively. Robert Lansing appeared as an alcoholic professor wrapped in self-pity. Rip Torn appeared as a graduate student with multiple degrees who remains at Channing because of his social life.

Channing was broadcast at 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays after Ben Casey. Its competition was The Eleventh Hour on NBC and The Danny Kaye Show , a variety show on CBS. [3]


Notable guest stars


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Message from the Tin Room"Harvey HartLester PineSeptember 18, 1963 (1963-09-18)
2"Exercise in a Shark Tank"Harvey HartStory by: Sonya Roberts
Teleplay by: Steven W. Carabatsos and Jack Guss
September 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)
3"An Obelisk for Benny"Eliot SilversteinWilliam WoodOctober 2, 1963 (1963-10-02)
4"No Wild Games for Sophie"William HaleStanford WhitmoreOctober 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)
5"Dragon in the Den"Lawrence DobkinJames YaffeOctober 23, 1963 (1963-10-23)
6"Potato Bash World"Don WeisRichard FielderOctober 30, 1963 (1963-10-30)
7"Collision Course"Harvey HartStory by: Ellis Kadison
Teleplay by: Jack Guss and Ellis Kadison
November 6, 1963 (1963-11-06)
8"A Patron Saint for the Cargo Cult"William HaleDavid RayfielNovember 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)
9"Beyond His Reach"Ted PostJuarez RobertsNovember 27, 1963 (1963-11-27)
10"A Doll's House with Pompoms and Trophies"William HaleRobert KaufmanDecember 4, 1963 (1963-12-04)
11"A Window on the War"Herschel DaughertyDavid RayfielDecember 11, 1963 (1963-12-11)
12"The Last Testament of Buddy Crown"Ron WinstonStory by: David Shaber
Teleplay by: Stanford Whitmore
December 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)
13"A Hall Full of Strangers"Ralph SenenskyTheodore ApsteinDecember 25, 1963 (1963-12-25)
14"Memory of a Firing Squad"David Lowell RichSheldon StarkJanuary 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)
15"A Rich, Famous, Glamorous Folk Singer Like Me"William HaleGeorge KirgoJanuary 8, 1964 (1964-01-08)
16"Swing for the Moon"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1964 (1964-01-15)
17"Another Kind of Music"Elliot SilversteinStory by: Marcus Demian
Teleplay by: Jack Laird
January 22, 1964 (1964-01-22)
18"Ou Sont Les Neiges...?"TBAJohn T. DuganFebruary 12, 1964 (1964-02-12)
19"The Face in the Sun"Harvey HartStory by: Fred F. Finklehoffe
Teleplay by: Jack Guss and Fred F. Finklehoffe
February 19, 1964 (1964-02-19)
20"A Claim to Immortality"Buzz KulikTheodore ApsteinFebruary 26, 1964 (1964-02-26)
21"Freedom Is a Lovesome Thing God Wot"TBAM. Charles Cohen and Edmund MorrisMarch 4, 1964 (1964-03-04)
22"The Trouble With Girls"Alan Crosland Jr.Ken KolbMarch 11, 1964 (1964-03-11)
23"Wave Goodbye to Our Fair-haired Boy"David AlexanderKen KolbMarch 18, 1964 (1964-03-18)
24"A Bang and a Whimper"Allen H. MinerShimon WincelbergMarch 25, 1964 (1964-03-25)
25"Christmas Day Is Breaking Wan"William HaleWilliam WoodApril 1, 1964 (1964-04-01)
26"My Son, the All-American"William HaleRobert KaufmanApril 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)

Production notes

Stanley Rubin ( Bracken's World ) was the executive producer; Jack Laird ( Ben Casey and Kojak ), the producer, and Bob Rafelson (the film Five Easy Pieces ), the associate producer.

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  2. Adams, Val (January 1, 1964). "A.B.C.-TV TO DROP '77 SUNSET STRIP' / Also Discontinuing 3 Other Series Before April". The New York Times, p.41. Retrieved November 18, 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 1963-1964 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television