|Created by||Richard Michaels|
|Directed by||Hy Averback|
Norman Z. McLeod
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||47|
|Executive producers||Warren Lewis |
|Producers||Hal Kanter |
Edward H. Feldman
|Production locations||Desilu Studios |
CBS Television City
|Editors||Bill Heath |
Robert L. Swanson
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Bing Crosby Productions |
Four Star Television
|Original release||July 22, 1963 –|
August 21, 1967
Vacation Playhouse premiered on July 22, 1963, on CBS. The show aired as a summer replacement for CBS's sitcom The Lucy Show. A voiceover introduced each episode with "While Lucy's on vacation . . . it's Vacation Playhouse".
The series was a showcase for previously unaired unsold television pilot films. When it replaced The Lucy Show in 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1967, its episodes were comedies. In 1965, it replaced Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. with episodes of drama and adventure.
The final episode aired Monday, August 21, 1967 after four years and five seasons.
The series was filmed alternatively between the Desilu Studios and Television City. The series was also produced with the association of Bing Crosby Productions, Desilu Productions, Four Star Television, and Universal Television.
Vacation Playhouse aired on Mondays from 8:30-9PM during its first and second seasons. During its third season, (1965), the series aired on Friday nights from 9:30-10PM. It returned to its previous time slot on Monday nights in 1966 and for a final run in the summer of 1967.
|Season||Episodes||Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|1||10||July 22, 1963||September 23, 1963|
|2||12||June 15, 1964||September 14, 1964|
|3||12||June 20, 1965||September 5, 1965|
|4||8||July 4, 1966||September 5, 1966|
|5||5||July 3, 1967||August 21, 1967|