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In 1965 NBC put a show on opposite Combat and Rawhide about the antics of lawyer Dave Crabtree (Jerry Van Dyke from Coach), a typically hapless sitcom family man who discovers that his mother has returned from the grave as a 1928 Porter open touring automobile (a Ford Model T modified by the then-ubiquitous George Barris, who also did the Monkeemobile and the '60s Batmobile).
It (the show) was critically lambasted and caused NBC to be something of a laughing-stock for greenlighting it in the first place. The Ratings were horrid. (Except in what we now call the young-adult demographic. Back then, they didn't track that sort of thing.) In spite of all that, NBC left the show on for an entire season.
My Mother the Car provides examples of:
- And Starring: Miss Ann Southern
- Back From the Dead
- Dead Person Conversation
- Old Shame: James L. Brooks wrote two episodes before hitting it big. Naturally, he doesn't boast about his involvement in this. (A Simpsons DVD Commentary joked that mentioning said involvement around the studio is cause for being fired.)
- Temporal Paradox: How does a dead mother get reincarnated into a car that already exists?
- Presumably, by "Reincarnated", the writers meant "Got stuck in a car and possessed it."
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