|Cast of the TV show, The Mothers-in-Law|
The less conventional Buells live next door and are quite friendly with the Hubbard's, despite age and temperament differences. Volatile Italian, Kaye Buells, is played with enthusiasm by comedienne Kaye Ballard and the chemistry between the two mothers is amusing to watch. Kaye's work-at-home, scriptwriter husband Roger Buells, is played by a flamboyant Roger C Carmel, who dropped out of the series after the first season due to a salary dispute and was replaced by Richard Deacon, who had worked on Leave it to Beaver. The Buells have a son Jerry, played by Jerry Fogel, who falls in love and eventually elopes with the Hubbard's daughter and the couple move into a garage apartment apartment at the Hubbard's thus providing the suitably comic in-law premise for the show.
|Kaye, Suzie, Jerry and Eve|
The Mothers-in-Law, which ran from 1967 to 68, was the brain child of Bob Carroll Jr and Madelaine Davis, who also wrote the scripts for I love Lucy and the series was produced by a post-Lucy Desi Arnez, who made an occasional appearance in the show as a Spanish matador, Raphael de Gardo.
At the time of its release, the show had a Sunday night time slot, up against TV fixtures Bonanza and The Wonderful World of Disney, which may help to explain its short run.