Ethel and Albert (1944-1950)
Ethel and Albert
(aka The Private Lives of Ethel and Albert)
Cast: Peg Lynch, Richard Widmark, Margaret Hamilton and Madeleine Pierce
Ethel and Albert is a situation comedy created by Peg Lynch and first aired in Minnesota before it went national on most of the major networks (NBC, CBS and ABC). Even at its relatively short run time of 15 minute episodes, the show was a hit with critics who considered the show fun and enlightened.
Ethel and Albert focused on the trials and tribulations of a married couple living in the small town of Sandy Harbor. The show focused primarily on extremely simple household matters, such as trying to open a pickle jar or some other trivial matter. The couple would bicker and would try to prove each other wrong on such mundane matters that it could only be conveyed as comedic. The show would go on to transfer to television in 1952, and also inspired other shows such as " The Couple Next Door ".