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In My Father's Memory

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The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

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The premier episode for "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" aired on ABC, 8:00 pm Eastern, on September 17, 1969. In the show, Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby) is a Los Angeles magazine publisher and a widower raising his son Eddie (Brandon Cruz). Other cast members include housekeeper Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki), Tom's secretary Tina Rickles (Kristina Holland) and Tom's best friend, photographer Norman Tinker (James Komack). The show depicts a close relationship between father and son, with serious life topics unfolding throughout each episode, always ending with an endearing moment and a moral message. This show was probably the last sitcom to use the misunderstandings of daily life as the basis for comedy, rather than the humor resulting from character conflicts. The series was created from a novel by Mark Toby and lasted through 78 episodes, ending with the final show on June 14, 1972.

 

I absolutely loved this show. It was one of the few times a TV series based on a movie actually worked. It also had one of the greatest television theme songs in the history of comedy. This show gave me a lot of hope as a teenager in the late 1960's, due to the warmth of Bill Bixby's relationship with Brandon Cruz.

 

"Best Friend (The Courtship Of Eddie's Father)"

Harry Nilsson

People let me tell you 'bout my best friend
He's a warm hearted person who'll love me till the end
People let me tell you bout my best friend
He's a one boy cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy

People let me tell you 'bout him he's so much fun

Whether we're talkin' man to man or whether we're talking son to son
Cause he's my best friend

Yes he's my best friend

 

 

Dennis the Menace, The Real McCoys, That Girl
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He & She, Julia, Barney Miller

 
 
Other Favorite Sitcoms:

Seinfeld

M*A*S*H

The Bob Newhart Show

Dennis the Menace

Leave It to Beaver

All in the Family

He & She

Night Court

Taxi

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

That Girl

Chico and the Man

I Love Lucy

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Barney Miller

WKRP in Cincinnati

McHale's Navy

Cheers

Too Close for Comfort

The Odd Couple

The Andy Griffith Show

The Honeymooners

Frasier

My Three Sons 

Green Acres

Car 54, Where Are You?

Sanford and Son

The Real McCoys

Bewitched

The Beverly Hillbillies

Julia

Petticoat Junction

Everybody Loves Raymond

Alice

Mister Ed

The King of Queens

Two and a Half Men

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Barney Miller (1978)

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The Odd Couple (Tony Randall & Jack Klugman)

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McHale's Navy

Quinton McHale, Lieutenant Commander and Skipper of "PT Boat #73" during World War II, was stationed on the island of Taratupa in the Southwest Pacific.
 
Assigned to his command were six, highly spirited crew mates, who loved to have fun, while usually ignoring U. S. Navy regulations. The second in command, was Ensign Charles Parker, a young Officer who was a klutz, but always managed to come out on top of a bad situation.
 
McHale and his men (known as "8 balls") were under the command of Captain Wallace B. Binghamton ("Old Leadbottom"), Commander of the Taratupa Base. Most episodes centered around Captain Binghamton, with the help of his trusty aide Lt. Carpenter, trying to "Court Martial" McHale and his band of "Pirates" for breaking military rules.
 
McHale's Navy first aired October 11, 1962 and screened it's final episode on April 12, 1966 (138 episodes over 4 seasons). There were also two feature films, based on the TV series, McHale's Navy (1964) and McHale's Navy Joins The Air Force (1965). With the exception of Borgnine, who was unavailable in the second film due to scheduling conflicts, the full cast appeared in both films.
 
 
McHale's Navy Cast:
 

Ernest Borgnine as

Lt. Cdr. Quinton McHale

 

Joe Flynn as

Capt. Wallace B. Binghamton

 

Bob Hastings as

Lt. Elroy Carpenter

 

Tim Conway as

Ensign Charles Parker

 

Gary Vinson as

George "Christy" Christopher

 

John Wright as

Willy Moss

 

Billy Sands as

Harrison "Tinker" Bell

 

Carl Ballantine as

Lester Gruber

 

Edson Stroll as

Virgil Edwards

 

Gavin MacLeod as

Joseph "Happy" Haines

 

Yoshio Yoda as

Fuji Kobiaji

 

 

That Girl
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Marlo Thomas (Ann) & Ted Bessell (Donald)

If you watched "That Girl" on ABC between September 8, 1966 and September 10, 1971 (136 episodes), you could not help but notice Thomas' trademark "Ann Marie" eyes, fashion sense or her character's independent spirit. With Donald Hollinger (Ted Bessell) as her supportive boyfriend, the show excelled with the casting of her parents.
 
Lou Marie (Lew Parker) was her overbearing and adoring father, while Helen (Rosemary DeCamp) played the compassionate mother. The comedy scenes between Lou and Donald are some of the best situational encounters ever written for television.

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Lew Parker, Marlo Thomas, Rosemary DeCamp

 

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."
 
Mark Twain

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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