The Patty Duke Show
was an 1963-66 Dom Com
starring Patty Duke as identical-looking cousins
Patricia "Patty" Lane and Catherine "Cathy" Lane - one American and one Scottish
. Possibly set the record for length of time between Cancellation
and Reunion Show
- 1999's The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights
Currently being rerun on This TV
This series provides examples of:
- Acting for Two: Aside from the obvious, William Schallert also played Cathy's dad (and Martin's identical twin brother) Kenneth in a few episodes as well as their uncle Jed in one episode. Furthermore, in "The Perfect Hostess", Patty Duke played Patty and Cathy's distant cousin Betsy, a Southern belle from Tennessee. So really, there are three identical cousins instead of two...
- American Newspapers: Martin Lane's place of employment.
- Dawson Casting: Averted in the case of Patty Duke and Paul O'Keefe, who like their character were 16 and 12 at the beginning of the series, but Eddie Applegate, who played Patty's on-again, off-again boyfriend Richard, was 27 when he first played 16-year-old Richard.
- The Ditz: Patty's long-suffering boyfriend Richard drifts pretty near to this. It's no wonder she always seems to be on the lookout for a better option.
- Double Standard: As the series goes on, Patty really shows no loyalty to Richard at all, but he always comes back to her when she'll have him.
- Double Vision: Here's to you, Rita McLaughlin, whose back and shoulder went uncredited for decades...
- Expository Theme Song
- Interpol Special Agent: Subverted when a British guy from Interpol appears in one episode, and Patty assumes he's on some James Bond secret mission, and he's not.
- Mirror Routine: Done by Patty and Cathy in the pilot episode. The scene was then used in the opening credits.
- Unlike most other examples of this trope, however, an actual mirror was used - you can see the bottom of it in the opening credits if you look carefully - given that it was one actor instead of two.
- MST3K Mantra: The best attitude to adopt if you find yourself pondering how it is possible for there to be identical cousins. Anyway, it's more plausible than sitcoms of the same vintage featuring a genie and a talking horse.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Paul O'Keefe as Patty's little brother Ross experiences a quite visible growth spurt toward the end of the series, but the character is still written mostly the same way. They did allow him to start showing a tentative interest in girls, but it still feels a bit late considering how tall he is and how deep his voice has gotten by then.
- Rearrange the Song: For the show's third, final season in 1965, the show's theme song was altered to a bouncier, rock-'n-roll-oriented arrangement, punctuated by a memorable electric-guitar riff.
- Sidney Sheldon: Co-creator
- Standard '50s Father: Martin Lane was hardly infallible, but he was a very understanding dad, and generally one of the most likable examples of the trope.
- Twin Switch: Patty and Cathy and vice versa
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Trope Codifier
- Wunza Plot: To the show's credit, while it unquestionably fits this trope, it subverts it in that really only a small percentage of episodes deal directly with Patty and Cathy's resemblance. In practice, the gimmick is mostly just an excuse for Patty Duke to play two distinct roles—which she does skillfully.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: 99% of the time, Patty calls her father "Poppo." When she's upset or has a problem, she calls him "Daddy."
- Plus when she's in trouble with her parents, she calls him "Father."
- Zany Scheme: Patty comes up with them frequently.