The Farmer’s Daughter

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The Farmer’s Daughter

September 20, 1963 – April 22, 1966
101 1/2 hour episodes (3 seasons)
in B&W (season 1& 2) and color (season 3) on ABC
Created by: Harry Ackerman (adapted from screen play)
Produced by: Screen Gems Television


  • Inger Stevens   —   Katrin Holstrum
  • William Windom   —   Congressman Glen Morley
  • Cathleen Nesbitt   —   Agatha Morley
  • Mickey Sholdar   —   Steve Morley
  • Rory O’Brien   —   Danny Morley
  • Philip Coolidge   —   Chester Cooper


Opening Theme

Composed By: Van Alexander and George Duning
Lyrics by: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil:

Katy the Farmer’s Daughter You can’t resist that gal.
She’s country style, but city designed;
Got a smile that’s sprinkled with sunshine.
Look at the Farmer’s Daughter; She’ll perk up your morale.
Her brand of charm is so disarming, Frowns turn upside down.
We owe a debt to Sweden. She’s just what we’ve been needin’.
So glad the Farmer’s Daughter came to town.


This story loosely follows the plot of the 1947 movie from which it was named.  A U.S. Congressman Glen Morley (William Windom) lives in Washington D.C. with his two young sons and his Mother Agatha Morley (Cathleen Nesbit).

Along comes this naive farmers daughter Katrin Holstrum (Inger Stevens) from Wisconsin (the Congressman’s constituency) looking for an international job. The Congressman likes what he sees and hires her on the spot to be his children’s nanny (at that time called a governess).

Well she not only cares for the children, helps out Mother, solves domestic and international crises’s in the government but also manages to get Congressman Morley to fall in love with her. She accomplishes all this by using her down to earth charm and farm girl common sense.

The romance between the two grows until in the beginning of the third season they get married. This is great news for them but not so much for the viewers. Ratings that season fell prompting a cancellation. In an unusual move however instead of just cutting the show off which was he norm, the studio allowed them to have some closure with Katrin adopting his sons and all of them living happily ever after … hooray for Hollywood!

Video Clip of The Farmers Daughter


Inger Stevens died in 1970 of acute barbiturate poisoning, she was only 35 years old
William Windom died in 2012 of congestive heart failure, he was 88
Cathleen Nesbitt passed away from natural causes in 1982, she was 93

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