Hazel is a 1960s Screen Gems sitcom based on a single panel comic strip created in 1943 by Ted Key for the popular weekly magazine The Saturday Evening Post. Like her comic strip counterpart, the TV Hazel is a live-in maid in the home of George Baxter, a corporate lawyer, and his wife Dorothy, an interior decorator. The Baxters have a school-age son named Harold and a dog called Smiley. The series follows Hazel's life in the Baxter home, the neighborhood, and in the community. After its NBC run, CBS picked the show up for one season with almost an entirely new cast. George and Dorothy Baxter were transferred overseas in conjuction with Mr. Baxter's work while Hazel and Harold moved into the home of George's brother Steve, his wife Barbara and their daughter Suzie. The show's first season was filmed in black and white with the remaining seasons filmed in color. The show was an instant hit and its first season was fourth in the 1961-1962 Nielsen's ratings. Actress Shirley Booth won two Emmys as Hazel.
Recaps1x9: Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys recap
: Hazel is kept busy on Thanksgiving Day preparing the feast. Harold helps. Next door, the Johnsons try to manage alone after their maid leaves to celebrate the day with her family. Hazel hurries back and forth to the Johnson house checking on the progress. The Baxter guests arrive with a host of problems: George's sister Phyllis fears for the future of her marriage while Mother Baxter feels useless. Hazel puts Mother Baxter to work in the kitchen while Phyllis discovers her true feelings for her husband. Meanwhile, the Johnsons have ruined their meal and are invited to the Baxters. Everyone realizes Hazel's part in the success of the day and insist she join the family for Thanksgiving dinner... read more.1x8: George's Niece recap
: George's Boston sister Deirdre and her 17 year old daughter Nancy pay a visit for a few days. Hazel's nephew Eddy drops by. Eddy is a champion bowler and a straight A student. He invites Nancy to watch his bowling team that evening. Nancy, a sheltered girl, is delighted to have her first date with a boy. Her mother opposes the idea because Eddy is a member of the working class rather than the upper middle class. The situation becomes tense between mother and daughter. When Deirdre realizes her snobbery is alienating her daughter, she changes her attitude... read more.1x7: A Dog for Harold recap
: One afternoon Harold comes home with an abandoned dog he names Smiley. When George discovers Smiley, he orders Hazel to find him another home. Harold is crushed. Hazel puts Smiley in the basement for the night. The next morning, Harold is missing and the family fears he's run away. Harold is found asleep in the basement with his arms around Smiley. George approaches Smiley and the dog gently licks his hand. George decides Smiley is a good dog and should remain in the house. Harold is delighted... read more.1x6: What'll We Watch Tonight? recap
: Hazel skillfully maneuvers George into buying her a new color TV. Once the color TV is in place, Dorothy and Harold run to Hazel's room to watch it while George remains stubbornly in the living room with his black and white model. He's indignant that his wife and son would abandon him for a color TV and refuses to go to Hazel's room for TV viewing. The next day, he buys a color TV so his family - and even Hazel - will join him once again in the living room for TV viewing... read more.1x5: Dorothy's New Client recap
: Dorothy receives a bill for a chair she gave her husband. She decides to find a decorating job to pay for the purchase. Hazel tries to help Dorothy by dropping hints to a new neighbor about Dorothy's decorating talents. Dorothy is furious that Hazel would be so bold. Francesca, one of Dorothy's rivals in the decorating field, approaches the new neighbor and proposes furnishing her home in Chinese modern at an outrageous cost. The neighbor drops by the Baxter house to ask Dorothy to do the decorating work... read more.