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4th Sep '14 4:19:20 PM TheNewMattFisher
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->'''Rico:''' Sister Bertrille! You're...you're flying!
->'''Sister Bertrille:''' Don't be silly, Rico! Whoever heard of [[TitleDrop a flying nun]]?!

The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by Creator/ScreenGems for Creator/{{ABC}} [[AdaptationDisplacement based on the book]] ''[[AdaptationDisplacement The Fifteenth Pelican]]'', by Tere Rios. The sitcom ran for three seasons, and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970.

The star was a young Sally Field (post-''Gidget''), who played a spunky novice nun assigned to the Daughters of Charity convent in Puerto Rico. As a novice, Sister Bertrille, as she was called, wore a white habit robe with a heavily starched winged cornette.

Due to some ArtisticLicensePhysics that beggar suspension of disbelief, Sister Bertrille was able to fly in a slight breeze. "When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly." And once the breeze caught her cornette...

Every week Sister Bertrille would solve a new problem for the people of San Juan, due to her ability to fly. How this novice can be more effective and nurturing than all the middle-aged experienced nuns at her convent is interesting to note.

It should also be noted that flying amongst nuns is an unusual [[StealthPun habit]].
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!!Tropes featured include:

* AbsenteeActor: "The Dumbest Kid In School" is the only episode where Sally Field doesn't appear, in spite of playing the character after whom the series is named.
* BaseballEpisode: "The Big Game".
-->'''Reverend Mother Plaseato''': We shall... pray... for your eyesight, Mr Umpire!
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: FunnyForeigner Sister Sisto. [[DontExplainTheJoke Although technically not a foreigner since she is Puerto Rican]].
* TheCastShowoff: Sally Field sang in several episodes and contributed to the show's soundtrack.
* CoverBlowingSuperpower: Sister Bertrille ''really'' tries to avoid showing people she can fly.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Usually, as is typical in a convent. But in one episode, an old boyfriend who fears his rejection caused Sister Bertrille to become a nun refers to her by her birth name of Elsie.
* GiveMeASign: Carlos's nearsighted uncle is convinced he's going to die in a week after seeing a giant white bird flying above him. Guess who the 'bird' was....
* HollywoodNuns / ChristianityIsCatholic: Played straight in that the show involved nuns in a cloister and that they were truly Catholic, with the varying degrees of ages. The show's technical consultant was a U.S. Catholic advisory office for radio and television at the time, whose help made the setting and the characters (save the flying part) authentic and believable.
* HypnoFool: One episode has a dentist (Bernie Kopell) cross this one with a bizarre FreakyFridayFlip: He uses hypnosis to make Sister Bertrille and the Mother Superior think they're each other. Hilarity, of course, ensues when a visiting Father (Paul Lynde) is observing the convent.
* {{Narrator}}: Episodes are usually introduced by Sister Jacqueline, although some episodes are set up by Carlos, and even a few by Reverend Mother Plaseato herself.
* NeverWinTheLottery: In one episode, Sister Betrille returns a lost lottery ticket to a poor couple, who come to believe the ticket is blessed to win after accidentally witnessing her flying off.
* NiceHat: So nice, it lets her fly!
* NunsAreFunny: Much of the series' ''raison d'être''.
* PluckyComicRelief: Sister Sisto.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted with Carlos.
* ThievingMagpie: In one episode, a crow takes off with a $5,000 donation check made out to the convent.
* TitleDrop: The page quote in episode "Operation: Population," as Sister Bertrille gets a lift while demonstrating a pogo stick to a young boy.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Carlos and his cousin Luis.
* UniquePilotTitleSequence: It shows Sister Bertrille walking with her welcoming party back to the convent.
* WunzaPlot (Nunza?)

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->'''Rico:''' Sister Bertrille! You're...you're flying!
->'''Sister Bertrille:''' Don't be silly, Rico! Whoever heard of [[TitleDrop a flying nun]]?!

The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by Creator/ScreenGems for Creator/{{ABC}} [[AdaptationDisplacement based on the book]] ''[[AdaptationDisplacement The Fifteenth Pelican]]'', by Tere Rios. The sitcom ran for three seasons, and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970.

The star was a young Sally Field (post-''Gidget''), who played a spunky novice nun assigned to the Daughters of Charity convent in Puerto Rico. As a novice, Sister Bertrille, as she was called, wore a white habit robe with a heavily starched winged cornette.

Due to some ArtisticLicensePhysics that beggar suspension of disbelief, Sister Bertrille was able to fly in a slight breeze. "When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly." And once the breeze caught her cornette...

Every week Sister Bertrille would solve a new problem for the people of San Juan, due to her ability to fly. How this novice can be more effective and nurturing than all the middle-aged experienced nuns at her convent is interesting to note.

It should also be noted that flying amongst nuns is an unusual [[StealthPun habit]].
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!!Tropes featured include:

* AbsenteeActor: "The Dumbest Kid In School" is the only episode where Sally Field doesn't appear, in spite of playing the character after whom the series is named.
* BaseballEpisode: "The Big Game".
-->'''Reverend Mother Plaseato''': We shall... pray... for your eyesight, Mr Umpire!
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: FunnyForeigner Sister Sisto. [[DontExplainTheJoke Although technically not a foreigner since she is Puerto Rican]].
* TheCastShowoff: Sally Field sang in several episodes and contributed to the show's soundtrack.
* CoverBlowingSuperpower: Sister Bertrille ''really'' tries to avoid showing people she can fly.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Usually, as is typical in a convent. But in one episode, an old boyfriend who fears his rejection caused Sister Bertrille to become a nun refers to her by her birth name of Elsie.
* GiveMeASign: Carlos's nearsighted uncle is convinced he's going to die in a week after seeing a giant white bird flying above him. Guess who the 'bird' was....
* HollywoodNuns / ChristianityIsCatholic: Played straight in that the show involved nuns in a cloister and that they were truly Catholic, with the varying degrees of ages. The show's technical consultant was a U.S. Catholic advisory office for radio and television at the time, whose help made the setting and the characters (save the flying part) authentic and believable.
* HypnoFool: One episode has a dentist (Bernie Kopell) cross this one with a bizarre FreakyFridayFlip: He uses hypnosis to make Sister Bertrille and the Mother Superior think they're each other. Hilarity, of course, ensues when a visiting Father (Paul Lynde) is observing the convent.
* {{Narrator}}: Episodes are usually introduced by Sister Jacqueline, although some episodes are set up by Carlos, and even a few by Reverend Mother Plaseato herself.
* NeverWinTheLottery: In one episode, Sister Betrille returns a lost lottery ticket to a poor couple, who come to believe the ticket is blessed to win after accidentally witnessing her flying off.
* NiceHat: So nice, it lets her fly!
* NunsAreFunny: Much of the series' ''raison d'être''.
* PluckyComicRelief: Sister Sisto.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted with Carlos.
* ThievingMagpie: In one episode, a crow takes off with a $5,000 donation check made out to the convent.
* TitleDrop: The page quote in episode "Operation: Population," as Sister Bertrille gets a lift while demonstrating a pogo stick to a young boy.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Carlos and his cousin Luis.
* UniquePilotTitleSequence: It shows Sister Bertrille walking with her welcoming party back to the convent.
* WunzaPlot (Nunza?)

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31st Aug '14 2:44:37 AM Cindylover1969
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* AbsenteeActor: "The Dumbest Kid In School" is the only episode where Sally Field doesn't appear, in spite of playing the character after whom the series is named.
20th Apr '14 6:27:51 PM SciFiMs
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* RavensAndCrows: In one episode, a crow takes off with a $5,000 donation check made out to the convent.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted with Carlos.

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* RavensAndCrows: SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted with Carlos.
* ThievingMagpie:
In one episode, a crow takes off with a $5,000 donation check made out to the convent.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted with Carlos.
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13th Apr '14 10:16:26 PM Wrangler0Rourke
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* SmurfettePrinciple: Inverted with Carlos.
18th Sep '13 7:08:08 PM Tropesofknowledge
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* OldShame: Sally Field has said that she wishes she had passed on this show.
** "You Can't Get There From Here" is likely one for [[HarlanEllison the man who wrote it]].
18th Sep '13 7:05:40 PM Tropesofknowledge
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The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by Creator/ScreenGems for Creator/{{ABC}} [[AdaptationDisplacement based on the book]] ''[[AdaptationDisplacement The Fifteenth Pelican]]'', by Tere Rios. The sitcom ran for three seasons, and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970. {{Trivia/TheFlyingNun}}

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The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by Creator/ScreenGems for Creator/{{ABC}} [[AdaptationDisplacement based on the book]] ''[[AdaptationDisplacement The Fifteenth Pelican]]'', by Tere Rios. The sitcom ran for three seasons, and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970. {{Trivia/TheFlyingNun}}\n
18th Sep '13 7:04:58 PM Tropesofknowledge
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The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by Creator/ScreenGems for Creator/{{ABC}} [[AdaptationDisplacement based on the book]] ''[[AdaptationDisplacement The Fifteenth Pelican]]'', by Tere Rios. The sitcom ran for three seasons, and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970.

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The Flying Nun was a sitcom produced by Creator/ScreenGems for Creator/{{ABC}} [[AdaptationDisplacement based on the book]] ''[[AdaptationDisplacement The Fifteenth Pelican]]'', by Tere Rios. The sitcom ran for three seasons, and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970.
1970. {{Trivia/TheFlyingNun}}
18th Sep '13 7:04:31 PM Tropesofknowledge
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* FantasticComedy



* HeyItsThatGuy: Sister Betrille's Uncle Reggie is [[GilligansIsland the Skipper]], who gets involved with [[Series/GetSmart Hymie]], a wanted criminal.
** "[[TheLoveBoat Doctor!]] Ve don't hypnotize Mother Superiors en [[Series/GetSmart KAOS]]!"
** [[FTroop Agarn]] is a slimy tabloid photographer posing as a priest to snap a picture of Sister Betrille in action.
** [[Series/{{Mash}} Maxwell Q. Klinger]] is a police officer with an uncanny resemblance to FrankZappa.
** [[BarneyMiller Chano]] is a policeman who gets in trouble for writing a ticket at Sister Betrille's insistence.
** One of the visiting priests is a real [[HollywoodSquares Center Square]].
** Another visiting priest is a lot less [[Series/TheAddamsFamily creepy and kooky]] without his mustache.
** [[FatherKnowsBest Betty "Princess" Anderson]] is the Sister's sister.
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Gary Seven]] wants to adopt a Convent Kid. Hopefully he can keep him under [[TheEqualizer control.]]
** [[TheGoldenGirls Stan Zbornak]] is a notorious Chicago gangster whose moll is hiding out amongst the nuns.
** [[WillAndGrace Sister Sixto]] still has plenty of will, but not much by way of grace.
29th Jun '13 10:19:02 PM nombretomado
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** [[{{Mash}} Maxwell Q. Klinger]] is a police officer with an uncanny resemblance to FrankZappa.

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** [[{{Mash}} [[Series/{{Mash}} Maxwell Q. Klinger]] is a police officer with an uncanny resemblance to FrankZappa.
12th May '13 4:07:29 PM cranberryplains
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