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The Patty Duke Show was an 1963-66 Dom Com starring Patty Duke as identical-looking cousins Patricia "Patty" Lane and Catherine "Cathy" Lane - one American and one Scottish. Possibly set the record for length of time between Cancellation and Reunion Show - 1999's The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights.

Currently being rerun on This TV.


The Patty Duke Show show provides examples of:

  • American Newspapers: Martin Lane's place of employment.
  • Different As Night and Day: Cathy and Patty. Trope Namer by way of the Theme Song.
  • The Ditz: Patty's long-suffering boyfriend Richard drifts pretty near to this. It's no wonder she always seems to be on the lookout for a better option.
  • Double Standard: As the series goes on, Patty really shows no loyalty to Richard at all, but he always comes back to her when she'll have him.
  • Double Vision: Here's to you, Rita McLaughlin, whose back and shoulder went uncredited for decades...
  • Expository Theme Song
  • Mirror Routine: Done by Patty and Cathy in the first episode. The scene was then used in the opening credits.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Paul O'Keefe as Patty's little brother Ross experiences a quite visible growth spurt toward the end of the series, but the character is still written the same way.
  • Sidney Sheldon: Co-creator
  • Standard Fifties Father: Martin Lane was hardly infallible, but he was a very understanding dad, and generally one of the most likable examples of the trope.
  • Twin Switch: Patty and Cathy and vice versa
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Trope Codifier
  • Wunza Plot: To the show's credit, while it unquestionably fits this trope, it surverts it in that really only a small percentage of episodes deal directly with Patty and Cathy's resemblance. In practice, the gimmick is mostly just an excuse for Patty Duke to play two distinct roles--which she does skillfully.
  • Zany Scheme: Patty comes up with them frequently.
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