Cast & Characters
Joan Davis as Joan Stevens
Jim Backus as Judge Bradley Stevens
Sheila Bromley as Janet Tobin
Wally Brown as Wally
Geraldine Carr as Mabel
Mary Jane Croft as Helen #1
Adele Jergens as Helen #2
Sandra Gould as Mildred Webster
Hal Smith as Charlie
Elivia Allman as Aunt Vera
Sally Payne as Sally
Dan Tobin as Kerwin Tobin
Beverly Wills as Beverly Grossman
Hope Emerson as Minerva Parker
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: October 15, 1952
Last Telecast: April 6, 1955
Original Network: NBC
Number of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 99
I Married Joan Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
October 1952- April 1955, NBC, Wednesday 8:00-8:30pm
Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
"I Married Joan" by Richard Mack
I married Joan
What a girl, what a whirl, what a life.
Oh I married Joan
What a mind, love is blind what a wife.
Giddy and gay, all day she keeps my heart laughin'
Never know where her brain has flown.
Each to his own
Can't deny that's why I married Joan.
Listen to theme song:
I Married Joan on DVD
View all I Married Joan DVDs, books, merchandise and collectibles from Amazon.com
I Married Joan TriviaI Married Joan was Joan Davis' only series but there were plans to have her star in another one about the first female astronaut! Unfortunately, it never happened. She had a terrific career though. She started in Vaudeville and made quite a few movies in the 1930s and 40s. She received as much as $75,000 per film by the end of her movie career; a huge amount of money in those days! She received $1 Million per year for her radio program "Joanie's Tea Room" in 1945!
There are some similarities between this program and the "I Love Lucy" show of the same era. "I Married Joan" aired its first episode exactly one year to the day after the first episode of "I Love Lucy". Both series were about "zany" "scatter-brained" housewives of successful husbands. Both Lucille Ball and Joan Davis got a lot of resistance from being cast in their roles because they were not considered the typical "beautifull bombshells" that got most of the female roles at that time. Mary Jane Croft who played "Helen" also appeared in 2 episodes of "I Love Lucy" before working on "I Married Joan" and later became a regular cast member (Betty Ramsey) on "I Love Lucy" in 1957 after this show ended.
Jim Backus is best known for doing the voice of the Mr. Magoo cartoon character and for his role as Thurston Howell III on "Gilligan's Island". One of his teachers in grade school was Margaret Hamilton who played the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz". While attending the Kentucky Military Academy, he met classmate Victor Mature. Most people don't realize that he played the role of James Dean's father in the classic movie "Rebel Without A Cause.
Joan Davis started performing at six years of age. She was known then as "Cyclonic Josephine Davis" and "The Toy Comedienne".
Jim Backus was not the only cast member to do voices. Hope Emerson did the voice for Elsie the Cow on the Borden Milk commercials.
Joan Davis' sister on the show (Beverly Grossman) was played by her real life daughter (Beverly Wills).