The New Gidget

The New Gidget is an American sitcom sequel to the original 1965–66 sitcom Gidget that aired in syndication from September 15, 1986 to May 12, 1988. The series was produced by original Gidget series producer Harry Ackerman and was launched after the made-for-television film Gidget's Summer Reunion, starring Caryn Richman as Gidget, aired in 1985.

The New Gidget
Season 1 title screen
Written byCarole Coates
Sheree Guitar
Chris Miller
Larry Mollin
Michael Sutton
Directed byBob Chenault
Doug Rogers
Robert Duchowny
Ted Lange
StarringCaryn Richman
Dean Butler
Lili Haydn
Sydney Penny
William Schallert
Theme music composerMarek Norman
Craig Snyder
Jeffrey Vilinsky
Opening theme"One in a Million" performed by Marek Norman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44
Executive producer(s)Harry Ackerman
Ralph Riskin
Producer(s)Carole Coates
George Zateslo
Larry Mollin
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Ackerman/Riskin Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorColex Enterprises
(seasons 1-2)
LBS Communications
(season 2)
Original networkSyndication
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1986 –
May 12, 1988
Preceded byGidget's Summer Reunion
Related showsGidget


The series features Gidget, who is in her late 20s and married to her idol, "Moondoggie" (Dean Butler). The couple live in Santa Monica, California, where Moondoggie works as an architect and Gidget runs the "Gidget Travel Agency" with her long-time best friend, Larue (Jill Jacobson).

Gidget and Moondoggie take care of Gidget's niece, Dani (Sydney Penny), who lives with the couple while her parents (Gidget's sister, Anne and husband John) are overseas. Dani is similar to Gidget when she was a teen and was always getting into trouble with her best friend, Gail (Lili Haydn). Gidget's father, Russ (William Schallert), is on hand to provide advice to the young couple and to remind Gidget that Dani's exploits were similar to the ones she experienced (and sometimes caused) as a teen.



Season 1

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Windsurfing Lesson" September 15, 1986
2 "The Project" September 22, 1986
3 "Crime and Punishment" September 29, 1986
4 "On Account of Danni" October 6, 1986
5 "Fighting City Hall" October 13, 1986
6 "The List" October 20, 1986
7 "Jeff's Anniversary Present" October 27, 1986
8 "The Concert" November 3, 1986
9 "The Baby" November 10, 1986
10 "Super Gidget" November 17, 1986
11 "The '65 Mustang (a.k.a. The '65 Convertible)" November 24, 1986
12 "Stand Up and Cheer (a.k.a. Danni Becomes a Cheerleader)" December 1, 1986
13 "Kahuna for Sale" December 18, 1986
14 "Passion for Fashion" December 15, 1986
15 "The Perfect Man" December 22, 1986
16 "The Royal Bluff" August 29, 1986
17 "Citizen Moondoggie" January 5, 1987
18 "It's Only Rock & Roll" January 12, 1987
19 "Oddballs" January 19, 1987
20 "Jake's Shakes" January 26, 1987
21 "Does Paul Know?" February 2, 1987
22 "Dead Man's Curl" February 9, 1987

Season 2

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
23 "Gilligidge Island" September 17, 1987
24 "Bred to Shred" September 24, 1987
25 "Invasion of the Gidget People" October 1, 1987
26 "Sealed With a Kiss" October 8, 1987
27 "Head Over Handlebars" October 26, 1987
28 "Drag City" October 29, 1987
29 "Boy Talk" November 5, 1987
30 "The Getaway" November 12, 1987
31 "Kahuna, Jr." November 19, 1987
32 "Malibu Man" November 26, 1987
33 "Potion Emotion" December 3, 1987
34 "Calendar Boys" December 10, 1987
35 "A Christmas Curl" December 17, 1987
36 "Radio Free Malibu" January 7, 1988
37 "Gidget's Guide to Surfing" January 21, 1988
38 "Blast From the Past" February 4, 1988
39 "Rad Chad" February 11, 1988
40 "Altered Surf" February 18, 1988
41 "Perky Pirates of the Pipeline" February 25, 1988
42 "Avocado Heads" April 28, 1988
43 "The Bare Facts (a.k.a. Gidget and Danni Get Arrested)" May 5, 1988
44 "Make Waves, Not War" May 12, 1988

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Alan Hale Jr.

Alan Hale Jr. (born Alan Hale MacKahan, March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American actor and restaurateur. Hale Jr. was the son of major movie character actor Alan Hale Sr. Hale Jr.'s television career, which spanned four decades, was most noted for his co-starring role on the 1960s series Gilligan's Island. He also appeared on several talk and variety shows.

Appearing in over 200 films and television roles, Hale's long acting career began in films in 1941, appearing primarily in Westerns, playing opposite Kirk Douglas in The Big Trees (1952), Audie Murphy in Destry (1954), Ray Milland in A Man Alone (1955), Robert Wagner in The True Story of Jesse James (1957) and Hugh Marlowe in The Long Rope (1961). He also appeared in musical comedies, playing opposite Don DeFore in It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947), James Cagney in The West Point Story (1950) and Judy Canova in Honeychile (1951). He achieved continuing success on the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island (1964–1967), playing the secondary lead role of the Skipper. Hale reprised the role of Skipper in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series. While filming The True Story of Jesse James in October, 1956, he was photographed in the Cafe de Paris, the 20th Century-Fox commissary, with director Nicholas Ray, co-star Robert Wagner and Elvis Presley, who was making his first motion picture, initially titled The Reno Brothers but later changed to Love Me Tender (film). Elvis was being presented the Billboard (magazine) Triple Crown award for the hit song Don't Be Cruel. This award was presented to artists who topped the Billboard (magazine) Popular music, Country music and Rhythm & Blues charts. Elvis had previously been presented this same award earlier that year for the song Heartbreak Hotel by comedian / television host Milton Berle on June 5, 1956.

Caryn Richman

Caryn Richman (born Caryn L. Brandes April 9, 1956 in Jericho, New York) is an actress who primarily appeared in television series in the 1980s and early 1990s. Her roles include Elena Dekker on the soap opera Texas, Gidget on the television series The New Gidget, and Nora Brady (Greg Brady's wife) in A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys.

Richman has made numerous guest appearances on such TV shows as The Eddie Capra Mysteries, Matlock, Jake and the Fatman, Hitman, Angel Fire, and The Adventures of Mr. Clown. She also played the part of Victoria in the film The Black Water Vampire and is also a TV commercial spokesperson for the prescription medication Atelvia, and has appeared as a spokesperson for Papa Murphy's Pizza, and Walmart. She also has been a regular on MSNBC's The Larry Elder Show. In late 2016, she is scheduled to star in a short comedy film with Eddie Deezen and Larry (The Soup Nazi) Thomas called The Love Suckers.

Chris Miller (writer)

John Christian "Chris" Miller (born 1942 in Brooklyn) is an American author and screenwriter. He is best known for his work on National Lampoon magazine and the film Animal House, which he also acted in with co-writer/actor Douglas Kenney. The latter was inspired by Miller's own experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College, in which he went by the name "Pinto". Miller graduated from Dartmouth in 1963.

Coca-Cola Telecommunications

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Dean Butler (actor)

Dean Butler (born May 20, 1956) is a Canadian-American movie and television actor and producer of entertainment, sports and documentary programming.

Don Stroud

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Gidget () is a fictional character created by author Frederick Kohner (based on his teenage daughter, Kathy) in his 1957 novel, Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. The novel follows the adventures of a teenage girl and her surfing friends on the beach in Malibu. The name Gidget is a portmanteau of "girl" and "midget". Following the novel's publication, the character appeared in several films, television series and television movies.

Gidget's Summer Reunion

Gidget's Summer Reunion is a 1985 American made-for-television comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures Television which aired in syndication on June 1, 1985. It was written by Robert Blees and George Zateslo, directed by Bruce Bilson and starred Caryn Richman as Gidget.

Gidget (TV series)

Gidget is an American sitcom by Screen Gems about a surfing, boy-crazy teenager called "Gidget" and her widowed father Russ Lawrence, a UCLA professor. Sally Field stars as Gidget with Don Porter as father Russell Lawrence. The series was first broadcast on ABC from September 15, 1965 to April 21, 1966.

Gidget was among the first regularly scheduled color programs on ABC, but did poorly in the Nielsen ratings and was canceled at the end of its first season.

Gidget (disambiguation)

Gidget is a fictional character created by Frederick Kohner in his 1957 novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas.

Gidget may also refer to:

Gidget (EP), a 1993 EP by Good Riddance

Gidget (film), a 1959 film adaptation starring Sandra Dee

Gidget (song), a 1959 song by James Darren

Gidget (TV series), a 1960s sitcom adaptation starring Sally Field

The New Gidget, a 1980s sitcom adaptation starring Caryn Richman

Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, Frederick Kohner's daughter, the inspiration for the fictional character

Gidget, a dog that portrayed the Taco Bell chihuahua in 1990s TV commercials

Gidget, a female professional wrestler from All-Star Wrestling

Gidget the Super Robot, a character from the Nick Jr. cartoon Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

Gidget, a simplified interface to linux inotify, written in C.

Gidget, a white Pomeranian character in the animated feature The Secret Life of Pets.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian

Gidget Goes Hawaiian is a 1961 musical romantic comedy film starring Deborah Walley and James Darren. Released by Columbia Pictures, the film is a sequel to the 1959 Sandra Dee "beach movie" vehicle Gidget. Dee was under contract to Universal for the rival series film Tammy Tell Me True (1961) and would not be released to Columbia to reprise her hit role.

The sequel expands the archetypal high school teen surfer girl's romance with her college sweetheart Moondoggie. The film is the second of three Gidget films directed by Paul Wendkos. The screenplay was written by Ruth Brooks Flippen based on characters created by Frederick Kohner, who also wrote a novelisation of the film in 1961. Actor James Darren reprised his 1959 role of "Moondoggie", and another veteran of the 1959 film, Joby Baker, makes an appearance. Gidget Goes to Rome follows the film sequentially. Gidget Goes Hawaiian has been released to VHS and DVD.

Gidget Grows Up

Gidget Grows Up is a 1969 American television film directed by James Sheldon with stars Karen Valentine, Edward Mulhare and Paul Petersen as well as alphabetically listed special guest stars Warner Anderson, Bob Cummings, Nina Foch and Paul Lynde. Freely adapted from the novel Gidget Goes New York by Frederick Kohner, the film premiered on ABC on December 30, 1969, and was intended as a pilot for a possible new Gidget series, possibly a sequel to the 1960s sitcom Gidget.

Judith Barsi

Judith Eva Barsi (June 6, 1978 – July 25, 1988) was an American child actress of the 1980s. She began her career in television, making appearances in commercials and television shows, and later appeared in the films Jaws: The Revenge, The Land Before Time, and All Dogs Go to Heaven, providing the voice for animated characters in the latter two. She and her mother, Maria, were killed in July 1988 as a result of a double murder–suicide perpetrated in their home by her father, József.


The Kahoona (sometimes the Great Kahoona) is a character created by Frederick Kohner in his 1957 novel, Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. As "Kahuna", the character appears in the 1959 film Gidget and in some of the television work involving the Gidget character.

Kristi Addis

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Larue Wilson

Larue Wilson is a fictional character introduced in the Frederick Kohner novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas (1957). She also appears in much of the television work involving Gidget.

Lexington Broadcast Services Company

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Around the time that the joint venture with Columbia Pictures Entertainment ended in 1988, LBS began to lose money, and in December 1991, LBS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and had to sell 80 to 85 percent of its assets to its Baywatch distributor partner the Scotti Brothers' All American Television. In 1997, All American was sold to Pearson plc, and was re-branded as Pearson Television. Pearson Television later merged with CLT-UFA to form RTL Group and Pearson Television was renamed to FremantleMedia. As of today, most of LBS' library is owned by FremantleMedia with some exceptions.


Moondoggie is a fictional character created by Frederick Kohner in his novel Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas. He appears as a principal character in five of the eight Gidget novels, but is a minor character or is only mentioned in passing in Cher Papa, The Affairs of Gidget and Gidget Goes Parisienne. He is portrayed as a surfer who saves Gidget from drowning and later becomes romantically involved with her. In the novels, two of the television movies and The New Gidget, his real name is Geoffrey H. Griffin (the middle initial is mentioned only in the first novel), but in the three Gidget motion pictures and the 1960s sitcom Gidget his name is changed to Jeffrey Matthews, and in Gidget Gets Married his name is Jeff Stevens. In the novelization Gidget Goes Hawaiian we learn that his nickname refers to his fondness for surfing by moonlight.In the three motion pictures Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Gidget Goes to Rome, Moondoggie is portrayed by James Darren, the only character to be played by the same actor in all three films. In the sitcom Gidget, he is portrayed by Stephen Mines; in Gidget Grows Up by Paul Petersen, in Gidget Gets Married by Michael Burns, and in Gidget's Summer Reunion and The New Gidget by Dean Butler.

At the end of the last Gidget novel, Gidget Goes New York, Moondoggie and Gidget are married. They are also portrayed as married in Gidget Gets Married, Gidget's Summer Reunion and The New Gidget.

Sydney Penny

Sydney Margaret Penny (born August 7, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for playing the roles of Julia Santos Keefer on the soap opera All My Children, and Samantha "Sam" Kelly on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She also starred in the 1998 WB television drama series Hyperion Bay, and as a teenager appeared in the 1985 Clint Eastwood film Pale Rider.

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