Harry S. Ackerman

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Harry S. Ackerman (1912-1991) was a television producer who helped to create such hits as Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy and Leave It To Beaver.

He was born in Albany, New York, and was educated at Dartmouth College. He began his career as an advertising executive at Young & Rubicam.


Ackerman developed Gunsmoke and organized the development of I Love Lucy. He was a co-creator of Our Miss Brooks and supervised the show. After a stint with his own production company, he joined Screen Gems, now Columbia Pictures Television, where he worked from 1958 to 1977 on shows including Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, Hazel and The Farmer's Daughter. He was a co-creator of The Flying Nun and Bewitched. His credits include the television anthology series Studio One and Suspense.

Ackerman’s shows have won generation after generation of new viewers. Reruns of Bewitched, Dennis the Menace and The Donna Reed Show appear on the Nickelodeon cable channel, which specializes in children's programming and nostalgia entertainment.

See also Leave It To Beaver