Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in California. Her best friend is LaRue, her older sister Anne is married to John Cooper, a psychology student. Gidget spends most of her free time at the beach hanging out with friends and surfing. Each episode she faces a teenage problem (usually of her own making) and spends the episode learning how to solve it.
Last Episode01x32 Don't Defrost the Alligator Aired: Apr. 21, 1966
A frozen alligator is the cause of some confusion.
Series Fun Facts
- Television debut for Sally Field. She auditioned for the role on a lark and was astonished when they offered her the part.
- The series did poorly in the ratings when aired it against hit shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, The Virginian, and Gilligan's Island. ABC cancelled it but then, the series had high ratings…
[show]The series did poorly in the ratings when aired it against hit shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, The Virginian, and Gilligan's Island. ABC cancelled it but then, the series had high ratings during the summer as teens had finally discovered it. ABC considered it too late to renew the series so instead they developed a new series for Sally Field. The result was The Flying Nun which aired for three seasons.
- The title character was based on the author's daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, and her adventures growing up in the surf culture on the beach at Malibu in the 1950s.