Harry Ackerman

A TV pioneer, Harry Ackerman worked as producer on some of the most famous shows in the medium's history. After a brief period running his own production company, he joined Screen Gems in 1958 as vice president of ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1912

Filmography

Producer (23)

The New Gidget 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Welcome Home, Jellybean 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Keeping an Eye on Denise 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Temperatures Rising 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Paul Lynde Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Inside O.U.T. 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Is There a Doctor in the House? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Name Only 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ugliest Girl in Town 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gidget 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hazel 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Farmer's Daughter 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dennis the Menace 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Leave It to Beaver 1957 - 1963 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

All in the Family 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gidget Gets Married (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gidget's Summer Reunion (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Name Only (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Sky's No Limit (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

A TV pioneer, Harry Ackerman worked as producer on some of the most famous shows in the medium's history. After a brief period running his own production company, he joined Screen Gems in 1958 as vice president of production. One of the first shows he worked on was "Leave It to Beaver" in 1957, serving as executive producer. He went on to produce a number of highly successful family-oriented sitcoms in the 1960s, including "Dennis the Menace", "The Donna Reed Show", "Gidget", and "Hazel". He co-created "The Flying Nun", a very popular series starring Sally Field, and "Bewitched", about a housewife-sorceress with magical powers, which ran from 1964 until 1972. Ackerman also had a hand in classics such as "Gunsmoke", "Our Miss Brooks", and "I Love Lucy". He wrote multiple episodes of "The Flying Nun" and "Love on a Rooftop", another show he created. In all, Ackerman produced or co-created over 20 series, making him one of the most prolific producers in history; at one point, seven of his shows were on the air at one time.

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