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Phyllis

All Episodes 1975 - 1977

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  • Ended
  • CBS
  • 1975-09-11T04:00:00Z
  • 25 mins
  • 20 hours, 0 mins (48 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy
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After five years playing Mary Richards' neighbor, friend, and landlady on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cloris Leachman began her own spin-off series. Phyllis Lindstrom returned home to her hometown of San Francisco following the death of her husband Lars. In her mid-40s, and with a teenage daughter to support, Phyllis moved in with Lars' scatter-brained mother, Audrey, and Audrey's second husband, Judge Jonathan Dexter. Phyllis found a job working as an assistant to Julie Erskine at Erskine's Commercial Photography Studio. This job, with Phyllis being her busy-body, self centered, oblivious self, lasted only one season. In the second season Phyllis was given a job as administrative assistant to Dan Valenti, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She worked in an office with another supervisor, Leonard Marsh, and his assistant Harriet. On the home front, witty, sharp-tongued Mother Dex
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48 episodes

1x01 Pilot

  • Series Premiere

    1975-09-11T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis' husband, Lars, suddenly dies only to leave Phyllis and her daughter Bess with no money. Desperate, they move to San Francisco to live with Lars' mother Audrey and her new husband Jonathan Dexter. At a reception for Lars' friends, Phyllis meets her new boss Julie Erskine, owner of Erskine Photography. Phyllis later discovers that Julie dated Lars at the same time he was dating her and he proposed to Julie first.

1x02 Bess, Is You a Woman Now?

  • 1975-09-18T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess goes away on a weekend ski trip. Phyllis makes a phone call to Bess' room to see how she is doing only to find someone else answer the phone, a young man. Phyllis is worried that Bess is no longer her innocent daughter.

1x03 Up for Grabs

  • 1975-09-22T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

An old friend of Lars is in town to discuss some business with Phyllis. However, he is more interested in Phyllis fpr reasons other than business.

1x04 Leaving Home

  • 1975-09-23T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Mother Dexter is upset that Phyllis and Bess have stolen her guest bedroom, so Phyllis decides to move out on her own. Her new apartment, however, is a total dump.

1x05 The First Day

  • 1975-09-30T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis writes to her friend Mary Richards to tell her all about her new life and how hard it was when she first started working.

1x06 Phyllis Takes Piano Lessons

  • 1975-10-07T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis has always regretted that she never finished her piano recital as a child because she froze on stage. She decides to take lessons again, she discovers that she is the only adult in the children's class.

1x07 Phyllis' Garage Sale

  • 1975-10-14T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

All of Phyllis' belongings arrive from Minneapolis and clutters the house--literally. Phyllis decides to have a garage sale, but has trouble letting go of her things.

1x08 The First Date

  • 1975-10-27T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis is going to go on a double date with Julie, for the first time since Lars died and is nervous about getting into the routine again.

1x09 All Together Now

  • 1975-10-30T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis feels that she does not really ""know"" Bess. First, she tries to go out with Bess to a dance club and when that doesn't work. Then, she gets an insane idea of staying up all night and having them tell all kinds of secrets about themselves.

1x10 Audrey Leaves Jonathan

  • 1975-11-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Audrey is upset when she learns that Jonathan had an affair on his first wife while he was in the service. She feels that if he's done it once, he'll do it again. She decides to leave him, only to move next door to Phyllis' room. Jonathan must tell her he loves her because he never has.

1x11 Phyllis Opens Julie's Heart

  • 1975-11-17T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis must try to comfort Julie after she sees her boyfriend with another woman.

1x12 So Lonely I Could Cry

  • 1975-11-24T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis finds her self all alone when Bess is gone for the weekend and the Dexter's go on vacation. She must try to entertain herself for the entire weekend with no one else around.

1x13 Phyllis and The Little People

  • 1975-12-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess announces her plans to marry. Phyllis invites the boy's parents over only to discover that they are little people and must deal with her discomfort throughout the evening.

1x14 There's No Business Like No Business

  • 1975-12-08T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

The photo studio is in financial trouble and Phyllis tries to land an account for the company but fails. Jonathan decides to invest some money into the business.

1x15 Paging Dr. Lindstrom

  • 1975-12-22T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis meets a medium at the studio and discusses the afterlife. Audrey, by chance, meets him and invites him over to have a seance to contact Lars.

1x16 The $17,623,419.53 Man

  • 1976-01-05T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis meets a wealthy business tycoon named Harry Loomis who proposes to her.

1x17 Honor Thy Mother Dexter

  • 1976-01-12T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis believes that the reason Sally (Judith Lowry) is so grouchy is because she has nothing to do in life. First Phyllis tries to put her in the workforce by getting her a job at the studio. That was a big mistake. Then, Phyllis tries to fix her up with a date.

1x18 Phyllis In Love

  • 1976-01-19T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis falls in love with a tennis player who just happens to be married.

1x19 Crazy Mama

  • 1976-01-26T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess has finally had it with her mother and feels she has no privacy. Thus, Bess moves out and Phyllis must go after her and convince her to return home.

1x20 A Man, a Woman, and Another Woman

  • 1976-02-02T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis' old lawyer friend Jerome returns to San Francisco with his new young bride.

1x21 Leo's Suicide

  • 1976-02-09T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Leo gets depressed and takes some of Audrey's pills (which happen to be no more than placebos.)

1x22 Sonny Boy

  • 1976-02-16T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Jonathan's brother comes to visit and Phyllis must become a middleman between sibling rivalry.

1x23 Widows, Merry and Otherwise

  • 1976-02-23T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Audrey's niece, a recent widow, comes to visit, and Phyllis must try to comfort her since she is too a widow.

1x24 The Triangle

  • 1976-03-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess's old boy boyfriend who falls for Phyllis after he is dumped by Bess.

2x01 The New Job

  • Season Premiere

    1976-09-20T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Julie had gotten married and closed the photo studio, so Phyllis was out of a job. She tries to find work unsuccessfully, until she is hired as an assistant to a crooked city supervisor. After he is fired the new supervisor is uncertain about hiring Phyllis at first, but reconsiders.

2x02 You're Not Getting Better, Just Older

  • 1976-09-27T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis' birthday is coming up and no one is throwing her a party or even cares. She then becomes depressed because she has no friends and calls old friend Mary Richards in Minneapolis. Mary flies to San Francisco thinking something is wrong, then is angry when she learns Phyllis just wanted her company for a birthday party.

2x03 Speech 1A

  • 1976-10-04T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis writes a big important Speech for Dan

2x04 Off The Bench

  • 1976-10-11T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis runs into Van Horn in the park once again, she feels sorry for him and tries to improve his image and make him a respectable human being -- unsuccessfully, of course.

2x05 Boss or Buddy, or Both, or Neither

  • 1976-10-18T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis is upset when Dan doesn't pay any attention to her or appreciate her work, so she goes on strike.

2x06 Phyllis Cries Wolf

  • 1976-10-25T04:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis must deal with the fact that Bess has a new boyfriend...who is older...and is her professor at college.

2x07 Out of The Closet

  • 1976-11-01T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis has a strange date who first announces his plans to marry her, but later reveals that he's actually gay.

2x08 The Wrong Box

  • 1976-11-08T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis has Lars' body shipped from Minneapolis so he can be buried at her new home. When the box arrives, something is moving on the inside.

2x09 Phyllis and The Jumper

  • 1976-11-15T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Dan's visiting friend is just wild about Phyllis.

2x10 Mother Dexter Cohabitates

  • 1976-11-22T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis struggles with Sally's feelings about her boyfriend, Arthur Lanson. She decides to marry him, though.

2x11 Mother Dexter's Wedding

  • 1976-12-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis has taken care of all the arrangements for Sally's wedding; but there's one thing... she forgot to pick up the bride. Sally must find a way to get to the wedding on her own.

2x12 Bess Airs Her Views

  • 1976-12-20T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess and other students protest the firing of a teacher because she had posed nude for a photo years ago, the group of students get expelled for taking a group photo in the nude.

2x13 The Christmas Party

  • 1976-12-27T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Leonard's side of the office decides to throw a Christmas party, but Dan makes Phyllis work to the very last minute.

2x14 Phyllis Runs the Office

  • 1977-01-03T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Dan and Phyllis trade jobs for a day to see how the other one lives.

2x15 The Threat

  • 1977-01-10T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Leonard receives a death threat about his vote on a low-cost housing project and must wrestle with the fear.

2x16 Taking a Chance On Chance

  • 1977-01-16T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis starts dating a compulsive gambler.

2x17 Leonard and The Bribe

  • 1977-01-23T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Leonard is offered a $100,000 bribe to cast a particular vote, but is unsure what to do.

2x18 Broken Hearted Bess

  • 1977-01-30T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess' boyfriend dumps her, so Phyllis takes her on a trip to cheer her up.

2x19 I Am Beautiful

  • 1977-02-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Harriet has always been the sarcastic co-worker of Phyllis, but Phyllis befriends her and tries tot make her more attractive to men, Leonard in particular.

2x20 Dan's Ex

  • 1977-02-13T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Phyllis gets an idea to bring Dan and his soon to be-ex back together again because she thinks there is still love there. They, however, cannot stand each other.

2x21 Audrey's New Life

  • 1977-02-20T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Feeling useless, Audrey gets a job in an Antique store to Jonathan's dislike.

2x22 The Elopement

  • 1977-02-27T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Bess and Dan's nephew Mark Valenti run off and elope and Phyllis must wrestle with the issue.

2x23 The Apartment

  • 1977-03-06T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Mark and Bess move into a dirty, run-down apartment and Phyllis voices her concerns. Johnathan agrees to allow them to move into his house temporarily.

2x24 And Baby Makes Six

  • 1977-03-13T05:00:00Z — 25 mins

Feeling that he cannot support Bess with his struggling singing career, Mark leaves. Phyllis then runs after him, and tells him to return because Bess has a surprise -- she's pregnant.

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