Malibu U

Malibu U is an American variety show that aired in the summer of 1967 on ABC. The series starred Ricky Nelson.

Malibu U
Malibu U promo
Promotional shot from Malibu U
Genre Variety show
Written by Milt Larsen
Bob Lauher
Directed by Jack Shea
Starring Ricky Nelson
Robie Porter
Patricia Wymer
Erin Gray
Theme music composer Dick Addrisi
Don Addrisi
Opening theme Performed by Harpers Bizarre
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) Gene McCabe
Producer(s) Al Burton
Running time 25 min.
Production company(s) Four Star Television
Robert E. Petersen Productions
Teen-Age Fair Inc.
Distributor Four Star Television
New World Television (1990-1994)
20th Television (1994-present)
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Monaural
Original release July 21 – September 1, 1967


In the series, Nelson starred as the dean of a fictional college called "Malibu U," where the biggest popular music stars of the 1960s performed once a week. The show was a summer replacement program that lasted for only seven episodes, going off the air on September 1, 1967. Today it is perhaps best known for airing Leonard Nimoy's performance of the novelty song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins."

In addition to Nelson, series regulars included Robie Porter, Patricia Wymer, and the Bob Banas Dancers (including Erin Gray, who was billed as a "Malibeauty Dancer" in the series). Gray would later go on to success in portraying Colonel Wilma Deering in the Sci-Fi television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Kate Summers in the sitcom Silver Spoons. Both of her series would air on NBC.

Episode list

  1. July 21: guest stars Frankie Valli, Don Ho, Annette Funicello
  2. July 28: guest stars Leonard Nimoy, Buffalo Springfield, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bobby Rydell, Mrs. Miller
  3. August 4: guest stars James Darren, Harper's Bizarre, Frankie Randall, The Happenings
  4. August 11: guest stars The Turtles, Lou Rawls, Lesley Gore, Don and the Goodtimes
  5. August 18: guest stars John Astin, The 5th Dimension, The Sunshine Company, Roger Williams
  6. August 25: guest stars The Doors, Marvin Gaye, Chad & Jeremy, Lou Christie
  7. September 1: guest stars Dionne Warwick, The Breed, Peter and Gordon, Sandy Posey

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