The Bill Dana Show

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The Bill Dana Show
Bill Dana Jose Jimenez Bill Dana Show 1964.JPG
Dana as José Jiménez, 1964.
Genre Comedy
Created by Danny Thomas
Written byJack Elinson
Charles Stewart
Garry Marshall
Jerry Belson
Ray Singer
Dick Chevillat
Howard Ostroff
Directed bySheldon Leonard
Coby Ruskin
Danny Thomas
Stanley Z. Cherry
Al Lewis
Theodore J. Flicker
Howard Morris
Jerry Paris
Jay Sandrich
Starring Bill Dana
Jonathan Harris
Gary Crosby (1963-'64)
Maggie Peterson (1964-'65)
Don Adams
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
Opening theme"Jose's Theme"
Composer Irving Szathmary
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes42
Executive producer Sheldon Leonard
ProducersHoward Leeds (season 1)
Jack Elinson (season 2)
Production location Desilu Studios
Running time24 mins.
Production company Amigo Productions
Distributor SFM Media Service Corporation
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format monaural
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1963 (1963-09-22) 
January 17, 1965 (1965-01-17)
Related shows Make Room for Daddy
Bill Dana and Maggie Peterson (1964) Bill Dana Maggie Peterson Bill Dana Show 1964.JPG
Bill Dana and Maggie Peterson (1964)

The Bill Dana Show was an American comedy series starring Bill Dana and Jonathan Harris that aired on NBC from September 22, 1963 to January 17, 1965. The plot follows the daily lifestyle of Latin American José Jiménez, as a bellhop in a New York City hotel.


The series was a spin-off from Make Room for Daddy , which showed the character of José as an elevator operator before he became a bellhop.


The hotel was practically José's entire world; he lived in special bachelor headquarters provided for hotel employees, ate in the hotel kitchen, and had social contact only with employees and guests of the hotel. In his goodhearted naivete, he saw only the good in the people around him. His biggest problems were his fellow bellhop Eddie (Gary Crosby), who was constantly trying to get José to wise up; the less-than-understanding hotel manager Mr. Phillips (Jonathan Harris, who would soon play Dr. Smith on Lost in Space ) and the bumbling hotel detective Byron Glick (Don Adams, in a predecessor to the character he would play on Get Smart ). In the second season, Maggie Peterson played Susie, a waitress in the hotel's coffee shop. [1]

Walter Mitty-like dream sequences were occasionally used to extricate José from the hotel environment.

Dana did a cameo as José Jiménez on an episode of Batman . He introduces himself to Batman and Robin by saying "My name- José Jiménez". This episode was titled "The Yegg Foes in Gotham" and originally aired on ABC on October 20, 1966. It was the last time Dana played José Jiménez.

Series run

The series, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, premiered on September 22, 1963 and ran for a season-and-a-half, before its run ended on January 17, 1965 (the following week, it was replaced by Branded ).


The Bill Dana Show received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Comedy at the 16th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1964. [2]

Episode list

Season 1 (1963–64)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"You Got to Have Heart" Sheldon Leonard Howard Leeds September 22, 1963 (1963-09-22)
22"The Hypnotist"Sheldon LeonardJack Elinson & Charles StewartSeptember 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)
33"Jose, the Playboy"Sheldon LeonardDon HinkleyOctober 6, 1963 (1963-10-06)
44"Jose, the Opera Singer" Jerry Paris TBAOctober 13, 1963 (1963-10-13)
55"Jose, the Stockholder"Coby Ruskin Sheldon Keller & Howard MerrillOctober 27, 1963 (1963-10-27)
66"The Bank Hold-Up"Coby RuskinDon HinkleyNovember 3, 1963 (1963-11-03)
77"Honeymoon Suite"Jerry ParisDon HinkleyNovember 10, 1963 (1963-11-10)
88"Jose, the Agent" Seymour Robbie Sam Locke & Joel Rapp November 17, 1963 (1963-11-17)
99"The Poker Game"TBADon HinkleyDecember 1, 1963 (1963-12-01)
1010"Mr. Phillips' Watch"Coby Ruskin Bill Dana & Howard LeedsDecember 8, 1963 (1963-12-08)
1111"Beauty and the Baby"TBATBADecember 29, 1963 (1963-12-29)
1212"Jose and The Brat"Jerry ParisDon HinkleyJanuary 5, 1964 (1964-01-05)
1313"Jose's Dream Girl"TBADon HinkleyJanuary 12, 1964 (1964-01-12)
1414"A Tip for Uncle Sam" Howard Morris Jack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 19, 1964 (1964-01-19)
1515"The Masquerade Party"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1964 (1964-01-26)
1616"Jose's Four Amigos"Coby RuskinTBAFebruary 2, 1964 (1964-02-02)
1717"Eddie Gets Fired"Coby RuskinTBAFebruary 9, 1964 (1964-02-09)
1818"Speak for Yourself, Jose"Coby Ruskin Jerry Belson & Garry Marshall February 16, 1964 (1964-02-16)
1919"Jose, the Manager"Coby RuskinJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
2020"The Party in Suite 15"TBATBAMarch 1, 1964 (1964-03-01)
2121"Jose, the Matchmaker"TBA Dick Chevillat & Ray Singer March 15, 1964 (1964-03-15)
2222"Jose's Hot Dog Caper"Coby Ruskin Seaman Jacobs & Ed James March 22, 1964 (1964-03-22)
2323"The Hiring of Jose"Coby RuskinTBAApril 5, 1964 (1964-04-05)
2424"The Astronaut"Coby RuskinIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxApril 12, 1964 (1964-04-12)
2525"Master of Disguise"Coby Ruskin Bill Persky & Sam Denoff April 19, 1964 (1964-04-19)
2626"Jose Resigns"Howard MorrisTBAApril 26, 1964 (1964-04-26)

Season 2 (1964-65)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Blood from Two Turnips"Sheldon LeonardDick Chevillat & Ray SingerSeptember 20, 1964
282"Danny Thomas, I Love You" Danny Thomas Jerry Belson & Garry MarshallSeptember 27, 1964
293"Laughing Gas"Coby RuskinDon HinkleyOctober 4, 1964
304"The Essay"Stanley Z. CherryTBAOctober 11, 1964
315"What Elephant?"Sheldon LeonardBill DanaOctober 25, 1964
326"Jose on the Ledge"Stanley Z. CherryDon HinkleyNovember 1, 1964
337"Jose, the Flower Thief"Al LewisDon HinkleyNovember 8, 1964
348"Jose's Inheritance" Theodore J. Flicker Martin Ragaway November 15, 1964
359"The Suggestion Box"Howard MorrisTBANovember 22, 1964
3610"We'll Get You for This"Theodore J. FlickerDick Chevillat & Ray SingerDecember 6, 1964
3711"Phillips, the Lover"Theodore J. FlickerHoward OstroffDecember 13, 1964
3812"Tonsils for Two"Jerry ParisTBADecember 20, 1964
3913"Glick, the Strongman"Jerry ParisTBADecember 27, 1964
4014"Beauty and the Bellhop" Jay Sandrich TBAJanuary 3, 1965
4115"Jose, the Old Man"Jerry ParisTBAJanuary 10, 1965
4216"The Court Jester"Jay SandrichDon HinkleyJanuary 17, 1965

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