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The Girl with Something Extra
Series stars Sally Field and John Davidson, 1973
Created byBernard Slade
Written byStan Cutler
Bill Davenport
Lou Derman
Bernard Slade
Directed byBob Claver
Roger Duchowny
Herman Hoffman
Richard Kinon
William Wiard
StarringSally Field
John Davidson
Teri Garr
Henry Jones
Zohra Lampert
ComposerDave Grusin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producerBob Claver
ProducersLarry Rosen
Mel Swope
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesThornhill Productions
Screen Gems
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1973 (1973-09-14) –
March 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)

The Girl with Something Extra is an American fantasy sitcom that aired on NBC for one season during 1973–1974. The series was created by Bernard Slade and produced by Screen Gems.


The Girl with Something Extra is a comedy about the relationship between a normal man and a wife who has a paranormal power: newly married couple John Burton (played by John Davidson) and Sally Burton (played by Sally Field), and their misadventures after John discovers that Sally has ESP. This ability allows her to read other people's minds. Co-starring in the series were Teri Garr, Jack Sheldon as John's brother Jerry, Henry Jones and Zohra Lampert. Despite airing right after the popular Sanford and Son Friday nights on NBC, the show failed to find an audience and was canceled at the end of the season due to low ratings. A total of 22 half-hour episodes of the series were produced. The show ranked 59th out of 80 shows that season, with a 15.2 rating.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Sally on My Mind"Bob ClaverBernard SladeSeptember 14, 1973 (1973-09-14)
Sally creates turmoil on Sally and John's wedding night by telling John that she can read his mind.
2"Everything You Wanted to Hide and Couldn't"Bob ClaverBernard SladeSeptember 21, 1973 (1973-09-21)
Sally knows when John is thinking about other women, a fact which is putting a blight on their marital bliss.
3"A Gift for the Gifted"Richard KinonWarren S. MurraySeptember 28, 1973 (1973-09-28)
John tries to hide Sally's birthday present from her mind-reading powers.
4"How Green Was Las Vegas"Richard KinonBernard SladeOctober 5, 1973 (1973-10-05)
Sally is conscience-stricken after she uses her extra-sensory perception to help her brother-in-law win at gambling.
5"All the Nude That's Fit to Print"Richard KinonBernard SladeOctober 12, 1973 (1973-10-12)
John is invited to be a nude centerfold in a women's magazine.
6"John & Sally & Fred & Linda"Bob ClaverStan CutlerOctober 19, 1973 (1973-10-19)
The most boring couple in town wines and dines the Burtons.
7"One of Our Hens Is Missing"Bob ClaverStan CutlerOctober 26, 1973 (1973-10-26)
John sulks after Sally gives his chocolate hen to a neighborhood boy.
8"No Benefit of Doubt"E.W. SwackhamerStory by: Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant, Teleplay by: Stan CutlerNovember 2, 1973 (1973-11-02)
John the budding lawyer is trying his first case in court — and Sally's extra-sensory perception tells her that his client is guilty.
9"And Baby Makes Two"Leo PennStan CutlerNovember 9, 1973 (1973-11-09)
Sally's friend Anne wants a baby, but no husband — so she sets out to find the ideal father.
10"It's So Peaceful in the Country"Robert ScheererSteve ZachariasNovember 23, 1973 (1973-11-23)
A heavy rain ruins the Burtons' country weekend.
11"Sugar and Spice and Quarterback Sneak"Bob ClaverDale McRavenNovember 30, 1973 (1973-11-30)
Sally's tomboy niece is having trouble relating to old-fashioned John — she likes football, but he prefers girls who wear dresses.
12"Mind-ing Mama"Roger DuchownyStan CutlerDecember 7, 1973 (1973-12-07)
John's mother comes to visit — and is determined to dislike her new daughter-in-law Sally.
13"A Meeting of Minds"William WiardStan CutlerDecember 21, 1973 (1973-12-21)
John is tired of being dull and predictable, and having a wife who can read his mind is making matters worse.
14"Guess Who's Feeding the Pigeons"Roger DuchownyBill Davenport & Lou DermanJanuary 11, 1974 (1974-01-11)
Sally begins a comic involvement with the mob when she unwittingly invites a syndicate boss to dinner.
15"The Greening of Aunt Fran"Richard KinonStan CutlerJanuary 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
Sally's flamboyant Aunt Fran (played by Eve Arden) comes for a visit.
16"The Cost of Giving"William WiardGordon Mitchell & Lloyd TurnerJanuary 25, 1974 (1974-01-25)
Sally sells her antique brooch to buy John's anniversary gift, and he sets out to get it back for her.
17"A Zircon in the Rough"Alan RafkinJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 1, 1974 (1974-02-01)
Sally and John try to groom easygoing Jerry for his date with a beautiful sophisticate.
18"The Sour Grapevine"Richard KinonStan CutlerFebruary 8, 1974 (1974-02-08)
Rumor runs wild when John's friends jump to the conclusion that he is having an affair with his secretary.
19"Irreconcilable Sameness"John ErmanBill Davenport & Lou DermanFebruary 15, 1974 (1974-02-15)
After 30 years of marriage, Sally's parents are splitting up and reentering the dating game.
20"Three for the Road"Bob ClaverStan CutlerFebruary 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)
Misplaced luggage, mixed-up reservations, and other disasters turn the Burtons' vacation into a tale of woe.
21"The Not So Good Samaritan"Bob ClaverStan CutlerMarch 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
The Burtons make a new friend (played by Don Knotts) who is an incurable loser with a depressing lack of self-confidence.
22"The New Broom"Richard KinonStan CutlerMarch 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)
A political reform group asks John to be its candidate for city council.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2004 TV Land Award Nominated Superlatively Supernatural Sally Field


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