For nearly a decade, A Date with Judy entertained radio listeners by broadcasting chipper slice-of-life sitcom segments about So-Cal social butterfly, Judy Foster and her cadre of admiring and popular companions. Judy was a true teen: moony, swoony, and capricious. Her life was pretty charmed and her good-natured daily antics drew immediate fans.
The show debuted in 1941 on NBC, replacing Bob Hope's show. During the first year, child actress Ann Gillis played the title role. Dellie Ellis took over in 1942 and, finally, Louise Erickson played the role for the rest of its run.
MGM released a popular film starring Jane Powell, Robert Stack, and Elizabeth Taylor at the height of the radio show's popularity in 1948. The film was as well-received as the show and has since become a comedy classic. DC also published a comic based on the franchise.
The show aired another two years on ABC, conclduing its nine year run in 1950.