13 episodes, 1956, KOMU (Columbia, Missouri)
"Theme of the thirteen kinescoped television programs in this series is summed up in the quote from Shakespeare, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” A psychology series, the program feature Dr. Fred McKinney, for many years chairman of the department of psychology at the University of Missouri. The series is designed to show how the usually abstract material in psychology applies in the life of every person. Dr. McKinney’s presentation is simple, warn and planned to catch and hold the attention of the average viewer. The lectures are supplemented by skits mirroring real life and each point is clarified by visually striking demonstrations, interviews and chalk talks. Subjects range from “Our Differences from Others” to “Maturity” and to “Mistakes.” The series should be interesting, informative and even entertaining for most viewers – but some points are handled rather superficially. Dr. McKinney and his easy-going performance are the best assets of “Not in Our Stars.”"