Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is perhaps the best example of comedy, romance
and science fiction ever shown on television. Based on the 1947 movie
starring Gene Tireny and Rex Harrison, the show brought to viewers a new
and refreshing way of looking at the ancient story of boy meets girl.
Edward Mulhare was excellent as the ghost, Captain Daniel Gregg, a
spirit of the 19th century, who was trying to make sense of the 20th
century world around him. Hope Lange shone as Carolyn Muir, a woman
determined to make it on her own no matter what and was not going to let
the inconvenience of a ghost in her new home hinder her in the least.
Especially when she finds the specter to be, as she states in the first
As the show progressed into the second season, producers tried to
downplay the underlying romance between the two characters but it couldn't
really be stopped. They attempted to make Carolyn more independent and
tried to make the Captain as somewhat of a nuisance, but the final episode
dispelled it all.
The show is often criticized for not being like the movie, but it's not
meant to be. The movie is good in it's own right and is a classic. I feel
that the combined chemistry of Edward Mulhare and Hope Lange as well as
the rest of the cast, make this show a classic unto it's own.