A married couple pose as servants for a rich industrialist.




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Complete series cast summary:
Larry Hagman ...  Albert Miller 15 episodes, 1971-1972
Donna Mills ...  Jane Miller 15 episodes, 1971-1972
Hermione Baddeley ...  Grace Dutton 15 episodes, 1971-1972
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ...  Nick Dutton 15 episodes, 1971-1972
David Wayne ...  Charles Dutton 15 episodes, 1971-1972


Albert & Jane Miller were an ordinary middle-class couple who became bored with their lives and decided to pretend to be the butler and cook for the very wealthy head of Dutton Industries, Charles Dutton, and his family. Only Dutton's teenage son Nick was aware of Albert & Jane's true identities, and often helped to get them out of whatever trouble their secret got them into. Dutton's busybody sister Grace was constantly trying to undermine the Millers' authority and have them fired. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Can a young married couple find happiness as servants on an estate? Larry Hagman and Donna Mills star in a new and off-beat show.









Release Date:

18 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Butler en kok See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Hagman (Albert Miller) played J.R. Ewing on Dallas (1978) while Donna Mills (Jane Miller) played his sometime sister-in-law Abby Cunningham Ewing Sumner in its spin-off Knots Landing (1979). Furthermore, David Wayne (Charles Dutton) played Jock Ewing's rival Willard "Digger" Barnes in four episodes of Dallas (1978). See more »


Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 April 2019 (2019) See more »


The Good Life
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French lyrics by Jean Broussolle
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Sung by Dawn (Joyce Vincent Wilson, Telma Hopkins)
Featuring Tony Orlando
(Courtesy Bell Records)
Music Produced by The Tokens and Dave Appell (as Dave Appel)
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Larry Hagman was talking about this show
24 December 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

... tonight in a (thinly disguised promotional) biographical programme about Donna Mills. According to him, the show was cancelled after 13 weeks because it was put up against All In The Family, "in its hey-day" as he said. He said that nowadays it would only have lasted two weeks in similar circumstances, which sounds about right.

For what it's worth, I fondly remember this show as being a favourite of mine at the time, although I am very unclear now about its content. I do remember it being warm and fuzzy, not to mention funny. That's not unlike my recollection of That Girl or Nanny and the Professor from the same era, although The Good Life was more mature than either of those shows.

I still remember the melody to the theme song from this show, but only the first two verses. That's not saying much; I think I could do a complete rendition of the Love Theme from Nanny and the Professor. "Or is love the only magic thing that Nanny brings?" Sounds lascivious in retrospect.

But I have to be careful not to conflate my memories of this show with those of Larry Hagman's next sitcom, "Here We Go Again", which I remember as cuter but lighter, and not one of my great favourites, although I did like Diane Baker in that one. I still know two verses from that theme as well, and I can picture the title sequence.

Question: If trivia is so "forgettable", then why is it always so hard to forget?

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