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(1964–1965)

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Rhoda, played by Julie Newmar, was an advanced robot. When she was asked something she did not understand her response was, "That does not compute." The show is credited with coining this phrase.
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Robert Cummings walked off the show several episodes prior to the end of production of the first and only season. Although a rumor exists that he and Julie Newmar did not get along, Newmar and the show's producer dispute this on the 2012 DVD release.
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The exterior of "Space Research Center Inc.," seen under the opening titles in various episodes, is actually TRW, Inc. (now the Space Technology sector of Northrop Grumman), in Redondo Beach, California. The view is from approx. 33.8935 N, 118.376 W, looking southwest.
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Many reports have it that Jack Chertok threw away the elements; not so as CBS was entrusted with the 35mm masters. Unfortunately the masters were lost in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake (source: Los Angeles Times review of the 2012 DVD release).
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For years, most episodes of the series were thought to be lost, except for six episodes that survived. In fact all episodes existed until their 35mm masters were destroyed in the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. The 2012 DVD release features 12 episodes that have been obtained from various sources.
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Rhoda's catchphrase "That doesn't compute" originated a new usage of the verb "compute". This usage is in the Oxford English Dictionary as sense 4 of the verb "compute", with a quotation from the dialogue in the TV script.
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In one scene, Rhoda Miller plays Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu on the piano. Julie Newmar actually played it herself. "I studied from the concert pianist Dr. MacIntyre," she revealed in a 2013 interview. "That scene is the only film of me actually playing the piano. The Chopin piece was direct recorded in that one single take on the upright piano. Music was my first love and I think it's the basis of good comedic timing."
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Orson Bean reportedly turned down Bob Cummings role.
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The theme music had a lyric written by producer/writer Howard Leeds.
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The inevitable Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) connection: the Doll's designation AF709 is similar to the Star Trek: Voyager (1995) character Seven of Nine, a beautiful reclaimed Borg.
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Julie Newmar said in a 2013 interview that she loved the concept of the show. "So brilliant and so marvelous. Here's a woman who is everything to a man. She has every quality that he could dream of, wish for, want, and yet she's not real. When comedy works, two co-stars should be able to let the juices flow naturally, sweet and saline, and come to the surface. I'm talking about the playfulness and the wonderful physicality of it as well, because humor really comes out of character. And if it doesn't, the audience just sits there and they should turn the dial. And being up against a co-star like Bob Cummings, when you look at it, he was a living doll. It was almost a great show."
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Julie Newmar said in an interview that producers really wanted Efrem Zimbalist Jr. to play the lead instead of Bob Cummings. She added that she always wanted to meet him to hear why he wasn't available to do that part.
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