CELEBRATING RADIO & TV PIONEER PEG LYNCH, ​THE FIRST AND ONLY WOMAN

TO ​CREATE, WRITE, STAR IN & OWN HER OWN SITCOMS. IN ADDITION, 

SHE RETAINED OWNERSHIP OF HER BODY OF WORK THROUGHOUT HER LIFE.

ORIGINALLY AIRED

ON SEPTEMBER 19, 1953

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A GIFT FOR YOU:

A CLIP FROM A RARE, HILARIOUS EPISODE OF 

​ETHEL AND ALBERT.  ENJOY!

Peg Lynch & Alan Bunce


WATCH EXAMPLES OF ETHEL AND ALBERT BELOW.

​​ WATCH A RARE PEG LYNCH INTERVIEW

Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce, Ethel and Albert





Peg Lynch Relaunched 

Basil Rathbone

guest stars

​Before Lucy met Desi, 
Before Ozzie met Harriet,
ETHEL AND ALBERT 
​were making America laugh!

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PEG LYNCH

ONE WOMAN. ONE LIFETIME.

FOUR TYPEWRITERS.

THOUSANDS OF RADIO SHOWS

HUNDREDS OF TV EPISODES

MORE THAN 11,000 SCRIPTS


WHEN PEG LYNCH DIED IN 2015,  SHE LEFT A MIRACLE BEHIND: A  COMPLETE ARCHIVE OF A FIVE-DECADE CAREER DURING WHICH SHE WROTE 11,000 SCRIPTS & TOOK HER SITCOMS TO THE TOP – FIRST ON RADIO, THEN ON TV. ​


PEG THREW NOTHING AWAY, SAVING A COMPREHENSIVE, INTERACTIVE HISTORY OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE WORKING AT THE DAWN OF TELEVISION AMONG AMERICA'S BIGGEST STARS. EVERY SCRIPT, LETTER, PHOTO AND STORY WAS CAREFULLY PRESERVED. ​​​​​AND WHEN HER DAUGHTER ASTRID OPENED A CLOSET, SHE REALIZED PEG HAD ALSO SAVED NEARLY 100 KINESCOPES WHICH CONTAINED 30-MINUTE TV EPISODES OF HER SITCOM ​ETHEL & ALBERT, ALLUNSEEN SINCE THE MID-FIFTIES AND THOUGHT LOST FOREVER.


PEG LYNCH WAS A COMEDIC GENIUS. THE EPISODES FIRST SHOWN DURING PRIME TIME IN THE EARLY TO MID-FIFTIES ARE AS FUNNY TODAY AS THEY WERE WHEN MILLIONS WATCHED THEM LIVE ON NETWORK TELEVISION - IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING I LOVE LUCY - NEARLY 70 YEARS AGO.

IN 1956, PEG'S TV CAREER CAME TO AN END AFTER HER NETWORK ANNOUNCED THEY WERE MOVING PRODUCTION OF HER SHOW TO CALIFORNIA AND PEG OPTED TO STAY ON THE EAST COAST AND RETURN TO RADIO. THIS SUCCESSFUL SHIFT IN MEDIUMS RESULTED IN THE

POPULAR SITCOM THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR BUT ENDED HER TELEVISION CAREER. STILL, PEG HAD ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY: 168 30-MINUTE EPISODES OF ETHEL & ALBERT WERE BROADCAST LIVE (TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, CONSIDER THAT I LOVE LUCY’S ENTIRE CATALOG CONSISTED OF 182 EPISODES - JUST 14,MORE SHOWS THAN ETHEL & ALBERT COMPLETED).


PEG’S RETURN TO RADIO TO BRING THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR TO NATIONAL LISTENERS FEATURED THE SAME ETHEL & ALBERT CAST AND WAS A SMASH HIT. SHE WENT ON TO BROADCAST HUNDREDS OF EPISODES AND REMAINED ACTIVE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOR DECADES.


PEG LAST APPEARED AS ETHEL AT AN OLD-TIME RADIO CONVENTION WHEN SHE

WAS IN HER MID-NINETIES AND AT THE AGE OF 94, WAS INTERVIEWED BY AUTHOR

MIKE SACKS FOR HIS BESTSELLING BOOK, POKING A DEAD FROG: CONVERSATIONS

WITH TODAY'S TOP COMEDY WRITERS. THE BOOK RECEIVED COUNTLESS POSITIVE

REVIEWS AND IT WAS THE EXCEPTION WHEN PEG'S HILARIOUS CONTRIBUTION

WAS NOT MENTIONED. 


THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW KNOW HER NAME.


IT IS MERELY A CASE OF TIMING COMBINED WITH CIRCUMSTANCE–ETHEL & ALBERT WENT OFF THE AIR BEFORE RERUNS WERE STANDARD–THAT CAUSED THE SHOW AND EVENTUALLY, PEG HERSELF, TO FADE IN PEOPLE'S MEMORIES RATHER THAN REMAIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT WHERE THEY BELONGED. AS TIME PASSED, FEWER REMEMBERED THE NIGHTS WHEN MILLIONS GATHERED TO WATCH ETHEL & ALBERT AND LAUGH, THANKS TO THE TALENT OF ONE EXCEPTIONAL WOMAN.


IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO HONOR PEG EVEN NOW, NOT ONLY DUE TO THE TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTIONS SHE MADE IN RADIO AND TELEVISION HISTORY BUT BECAUSE OF THE EXAMPLE SHE SET FOR WOMEN WHO WISHED TO WORK IN THE BUSINESS. SHE DID EVERYTHING ON HER OWN TERMS AND SHOWED OTHERS THEY COULD CALL THEIR OWN SHOTS.   


IT'S NOT AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT EVERY WOMAN WHO HAS MADE HER MARK IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY OWES A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO PEG LYNCH. NOT ONLY DID SHE CREATE, WRITE, STAR IN, OWN HER OWN SITCOM(S) AND RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF THEM, SHE SET THE BARRE IMPOSSIBLY HIGH. TODAY, SHE REMAINS ONE WOMAN WHO MANAGED TO CHANGE AN INDUSTRY FOREVER.


I'M KRISTIN ERICKSON AND BECAME BUSINESS PARTNERS WITH PEG LYNCH'S DAUGHTER ASTRID IN 2015 WITH THE GOAL OF TELLING PEG'S STORY VIA A SERIES OF BOOKS AND EVENTUALLY RAISING THE MONEY NECESSARY TO MODERNIZE AND SHARE THE EPISODES OF ETHEL & ALBERT WITH THE PUBLIC. AFTER THE PARTNERSHIP ENDED IN 2018, ASTRID CONTINUED SHARING A PORTION OF HER MOTHER'S STORY IN A CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED STAGE SHOW NEWLY ENTITLED “A FUNNY WOMAN”. FIND OUT ABOUT TOUR DATES AND OTHER PLANS AT PEG LYNCH'S OFFICIAL WEB SITE: PEGLYNCH.COM.


AS FOR ME? I WROTE A NATIONAL BOOK ABOUT THE GREAT FRED ROGERS ("143 REASONS MISTER ROGERS STILL MATTERS”) AND MADE THE DECISION TO PAY FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WEBSITE AND TO BEGIN VOLUNTEERING MY TIME TO CONTINUE MANAGING THE TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS I CREATED (TWITTER: @PEGLYNCHFANS; INSTAGRAM: @PEGLYNCHRELAUNCHED – PLEASE FOLLOW BOTH!). IT IS AN HONOR TO CONTINUE HELPING TO SHARE PEG'S STORY. I REMAIN HOPEFUL THAT SOMEDAY, SHE WILL BE AS POPULAR ONCE AGAIN AS SHE ONCE WAS AND THAT PEOPLE WILL REALIZE ONCE AGAIN THE DIFFERENCE SHE MADE IN THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT.