Hank (1965)

Hank (1965) Information

Hank is an American situation comedy which is perhaps most notable for being an early example of a program with a true series finale, in which the underlying premise of the series reaches a natural conclusion with its final episode.


The show revolves around a pair of orphans. In both the unaired pilot and first episode, Hank Dearborn (Dick Kallman) is explained to be a teenager left to raise his young sister, Tina (Katie Sweet), after their parents die in a car crash. Seeing that the best route to this is higher education, Hank attempts to illegally audit classes at the fictional Western State University, while at the same time taking a variety of odd jobs, the main one of which was to run his own lunch truck, to financially support what remains of his family. Much of the humor of the show derives from the fact that accomplishing these twin goals requires him to engage in identity theft. Much of the drama arises from his fear of his sister being forced into foster care.

His life is further complicated by the fact that he is dating Doris Royal (Linda Foster), the daughter of the university's registrar, Dr. Lewis Royal (Howard St. John), who is on the lookout for unregistered students like Hank. Typical episodes show Hank narrowly avoiding detection as an impersonator. In the final episode, his true identity is compromised. However, because of his excellent performance on a recent exam, the university rewards him with a full academic scholarship and formal admittance to the university.

The series ends with his sister remarking, "There goes my brother – the registered student."


  • Dick Kallman as Hank Dearborn
  • Linda Foster as Doris Royal
  • Howard St. John as Dr. Lewis Royal
  • Dabbs Greer as Coach Ossie Weiss
  • Lloyd Corrigan as Professor McKillup
  • Katie Sweet as Tina Dearborn

Episode list

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Who's Waldo Smith?" (pilot) September 17, 1965
1-2 "Will the Real Harvey Wheatley Please Stand Up?" September 24, 1965
1-3 "Dunsetter For President" October 1, 1965
1-4 "Cherokee Hank" October 8, 1965
1-5 "Candidate" October 15, 1965
1-6 "Catering Competition" October 22, 1965
1-7 "Farewell, Coach Weiss" October 29, 1965
1-8 "My Boyfriend, the Doctor" November 5, 1965
1-9 "Somebody Loves This Albatross" November 12, 1965
1-10 "The Campus Caper" November 19, 1965
1-11 "Dean Royal, Matchmaker" November 26, 1965
1-12 "They're Playing Our Song" December 3, 1965
1-13 "My Fair Co-Ed" December 10, 1965
1-14 "Four's A Crowd" December 24, 1965
1-15 "Operation: Crackdown" December 31, 1965
1-16 "The Millionth Dollar Baby" January 7, 1966
1-17 "Money, Money, Who's Got the Money?" January 14, 1966
1-18 "The Trouble With Tina" January 28, 1966
1-19 "His Highness, Count Gazzari" February 4, 1966
1-20 "The Ten Lettermen" February 11, 1966
1-21 "Rah, Rah, Commissar" February 25, 1966
1-22 "Maury Wills to the Rescue" March 4, 1966
1-23 "Wedding, Anyone?" March 18, 1966
1-24 "Ethel Weiss, Won't You Please Come Home?" March 25, 1966
1-25 "McKillup's Best Seller" April 8, 1966
1-26 "Operation: Matriculation" April 15, 1966

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