Budgies on TV

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.ggVanderlip Leaves His Parakeet With George (Season 5, Episode 19).gg1Mr. Vanderlip asks George to watch his budgie, Nancy, while he goes to San Francisco for a bankers convention. When Gracie sees the bird, she thinks it’s her anniversary present.  Believing the budgie to be sad in its cage, she sets it free.

When Gracie realizes her mistake, she replaces the bird with another budgie from the pet store. Then Nancy returns. George, not knowing the bird is the “real” Nancy, lets it go. Eventually, everything is straightened out and Mr. Vanderlip and his precious Nancy are reunited.gg2Full episode here.

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The Brady Bunch1What Goes Up (Season 2, Episode 11).2 After Bobby sprains his ankle by falling off a tree, his parents decide to cheer him up by giving him a parakeet. Because of the fall, Bobby has developed a fear of heights. The family tries to help him over his acrophobia with stilts, a trampoline and even a hiking trip. But nothing works…3Until Tiger (the family dog) chases Peter’s parakeet out the window. Peter overcomes his fear and climbs up on his swing set to get his parakeet out of a tree. Once again, a parakeet saves the day!4Bobby’s bird is never given a name, and this is its only appearance on the series. A shame, as it is clearly the best of the bunch.

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I Love Lucyill1Little Ricky Gets A Dog: Season 6 (episode 14).Ill2Little Ricky has lots of pets. Turtles Tommy and Jimmy, Hopalong the frog, goldfish Mildred and Charles, and the stars of the episode – parakeets Alice and Phil. When Little Ricky brings home a puppy, the Ricardos try to tell him they can’t keep it. But the puppy is just too cute to give up. Unfortunately, little Fred is also too noisy. His barking is disruptive, so he must go. Unable to get rid of the pup, Lucy tries to hide him from landlord Fred and a grouchy new tenant. Hilarity ensues.

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I Dream of Jeannie.jeannie1Never Try to Outsmart a Jeannie: Season 1 (episode 19).jeannie2Tony must go on a trip to Rome. Jeannie wants to come along, but Tony says no. After some scheming, Tony relents. Jeannie can come along, but only if she can obtain a passport without magic.

Roger Healey tells Tony he’ll look after things while he is gone. He’ll check the mail, wash the car and look after Seymour the parakeet (the parakeet is really Roger’s). What Roger really wants is access to Jeannie and her magic. He has plans for  new furniture, golf clubs, a boat and a tv. While Seymour’s scene is brief, he is definitely the star of the show.

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