About Nanny And The Professor
“Soft and sweet, wise and wonderful. Oh, our mystical, magical Nanny!” Thus begins the theme song to Nanny and the Professor, a family sitcom with a twist.
“Nanny” Phoebe Figalilly (Juliet Mills) is a British au pair who shows up at the home of American university professor Harold Everett (Richard Long). “The Professor” is a widower raising three kids: bookish Hal (David Doremus), prankster Butch (Trent Lehman), and adorable moppet Prudence (Kim Richards). The family’s last babysitter quit the day of Nanny’s unsolicited arrival. So how did she know the Everetts needed her?
Nanny and the Professor puts a spin on the “magical nanny” formula because her powers – if any – aren’t literally demonstrated. “Is it love, or is it magic?” asks the theme by the pop duo the Addrisi Brothers. We do get a sense that Nanny has enchantment in her bloodline when a number of her delightfully odd aunts and uncles visit (including one played by Juliet’s father John Mills). Sadly, we never find out for sure, nor do we see the expected conclusion in which Nanny magically transforms into “Mommy.”
Following three seasons on ABC, Nanny and the Professor lived on in animated specials, reruns, and through a plethora of licensed products.
Notable guest stars: Elsa Lanchester, Ray Bolger, Van Johnson, John Mills, Ida Lupino, Marjorie Bennett, Tommy Tune, Jack Albertson, Jim Backus, Edward Everett Horton, Lee Meriwether, Howard Cosell, Cesar Romero, Ellen Corby, Van Williams, Pat Morita, Dabney Coleman, Bert Convy, Jodie Foster, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jeanne Cooper
Created by A.J .Carothers and Thomas L. Miller