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.
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)"
People let me tell you 'bout my best
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
|He & She, Julia, Barney Miller
Other Favorite Sitcoms:
Bob Newhart Show
It to Beaver
in the Family
Chico and the Man
Dick Van Dyke Show
Close for Comfort
Andy Griffith Show
54, Where Are You?
The King of Queens
Two and a Half Men
|Barney Miller (1978)
|The Odd Couple (Tony Randall & Jack Klugman)
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
Tim Conway as
Ensign Charles Parker
Gary Vinson as
George "Christy" Christopher
John Wright as
Billy Sands as
Harrison "Tinker" Bell
Carl Ballantine as
Edson Stroll as
Gavin MacLeod as
Joseph "Happy" Haines
Yoshio Yoda as
|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.
|Lew Parker, Marlo Thomas, Rosemary DeCamp
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