Hazel theme with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by James Van Heusen, sung by the Modernaires
only used in the closing credits of the first two episodes of season one
Good situation comedy makes the audience feel that the things that happen in their daily lives are important. By dramatizing these things -- actions as commonplace, perhaps, as cleaning out a closet or washing the dishes -- a show can make their lives more interesting.
- Diane Ladd (original Flo in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore) plays one of Mr. B’s many cousins, Sharlene.
- Harold Gould (Rhoda, The Golden Girls) appears in several seasons
- Robby the Robot (Forbidden Planet) appears as a maid in Hazel’s nightmare.
- Maidie Norman (The Well, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Airport ’77) is approached by Hazel to sign a petition to keep industry from razing a city park - if she is registered to vote. Ms. Norman, an African American woman, is registered. (I also spotted an African-American mailman and county employee in episodes of season 5.)
- Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles)
- James Stacy (Cagney and Lacey)
- Philip Ober (Vivian Vance's husband, I Love Lucy)
- Doris Singleton (Carolyn Appleby in I Love Lucy)
- Lurene Tuttle (Julia, vaudeville, radio)
- Ellen Corby (The Waltons)
- Jamie Farr (MASH)
- Alan Hale, Jr. (Gilligan's Island)
- Barbara Shelley (Village Of The Damned)
- Mabel Albertson (Jack Albertson's sister, What's Up Doc)
- William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show)
- Ken Berry (Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family)
- Dabney Coleman (9 to 5, Buffalo Bill)
- Leif Erickson (westerns among other gigs)
- Frank Gifford (football) plays himself looking to buy a bowling alley
- Claude Akins (Movin’ On, BJ and the Bear)
- Lee Meriweather (Miss America, Batman)
- Jack Dodson (The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D.)
- Bonnie Franklin has an uncredited walk-on in season five. Ironically ten years later she would star in One Day At A Time, the CBS situation comedy created and written by Whitney Blake. Blake herself was nixed for the part as being too old, much to her consternation.
- Don Kirshner (Rock Concert) is credited as a music consultant
This pilot episode features Edward Andrews as Mr. B
the part played in the series by Don DeFore
- George Mr. B Baxter (1961-1965) ... Don DeFore (wonderfully plays an endearing foil to Hazel)
- Dorothy Missy Baxter (1961-1965) ... Whitney Blake (a stunningly beautiful woman whose graciousness and love for Hazel shines)
- Harold Sport Baxter ... Bobby Buntrock (a charming child actor who died in a car accident at the age of 22, eight years after the series end)
- Rosie ... Maudie Prickett (Prickett plays kind-of prickly)
- Harvey Griffin ... Howard Smith (one of Mr. B's many clients and Hazel's many suitors)
- Deirdre Thompson (1961-1965) ... Cathy Lewis (played to the hilt by the underrated Lewis, Mr. B's snooty sister can never quite one up Hazel - not for lack of trying)
- Harriet Johnson (1961-1965) ... Norma Varden (wonderfully dotty)
- Herbert Johnson (1961-1965) ... Donald Foster (wonderfully dotty too)
- Harry Thompson (1961-1965) ... Robert P. Lieb
- Steve Baxter (1965-1966) ... Ray Fulmer
- Barbara Baxter (1965-1966) ... Lynn Borden
- Susie Baxter (1965-1966) ... Julia Benjamin
- Millie Ballard (1965-1966) ... Ann Jillian (It's A Living, Mae West)
- Mona Williams (1965-1966) ... Mala Powers
- Fred Williams (1965-1966) ... Charles Bateman
- Jeff Williams (1965-1966) ... Pat Cardi
- Smiley the dog (Harold's pet)
- Black cat (Susie's pet)
Special kudos to William D. Russell who directed 136 of 154 episodes: all of seasons 1 through 4 and 11 of 29 in season 5.
From baking cookies to driving the Baxters to paying a toll Hazel
filmed a myriad of opening credits. Here is a mashup of five seasons worth.
Season Four of the Hazel DVD set released by Shout Factory contains digital ephemera in the form of a Screen Gems promotional booklet for potential advertisers of the television series. It contains text about the show and the characters, some Ted Key illustrations and a preface by Peter Key, the cartoonist's son. I probably shouldn't have done this (since it's not technically public domain) but I've put this booklet to PDF. Email me for a download link.