You ever watch old TV? I mean REALLY old TV? Maybe you’ve seen a bit of it. At the very least, you’ve probably seen I Love Lucy. I’m talking TV back in the ‘50s. So few of those shows are still remembered, and it’s hard to say more than a couple have stood the proverbial test of time. There have been a few basic sitcom concepts since the beginning. There’s the family sitcom, of course. Married couples, kids, the whole shebang. Then, there’s the workplace sitcom. Would you be surprised to find out one of the first sitcoms was of the workplace variety? Maybe not, but would you be surprised if I told you that it holds up pretty well?
The show in question is called Our Miss Brooks. It was one of the very first hits in television history. After beginning life as a radio show in 1948, Our Miss Brooks was adapted for TV in 1952. For comparison’s sake, I Love Lucy debuted in 1951. So yeah, Our Miss Brooks was an early sitcom. It’s kind of amazing that it still works at all.
Connie Brooks is a teacher at Madison High School. She’s played by Eve Arden, who you may remember as the principal in Grease. However, when she got this role, she had already been nominated for an Oscar for Mildred Pierce. Yes, Arden was doing the whole “film-to-TV” thing before it was trendy. Take that, Meryl Streep!