Sixties Television – My Three Sons

Sixties Television – My Three Sons

full-cast-of-my-three-sons-cast-list-for-the-show-my-three-sons-u3My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and aeronautical engineer Steven Douglas (Fred MacMurray) as he raises his three sons. (Wikipedia)

I only had one sister and no brothers, so I loved watching My Three Sons. The closest thing to a brother I had was one of my best friends, Robert. We hung out like brothers and we fought like brothers. But, all in all, we were pretty nice to each other.

Sixties Television – My Three Sons

my_three_sons_open_with_pics_2my_three_sons_castIt’s interesting that television shows could move to another network. That happened to My Three Sons.

It first appeared on ABC (1960–1965) in Black & White. Then it moved to CBS (1965–1972) where it was filmed in color.

Many movie stars made the transition from Big Screen to the small screen. Two that I can think of are Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray, who acted in several films together, including:

  • The Moonlighter -1953 – a 3D western
  • Remember the Night -1940
  • There’s Always Tomorrow – 1956
  • Double Indemnity – 1944

Fred did a great job as the father on My Three Sons and also continued making movies, like seven hits for Walt Disney, like The Shaggy Dog and The Absent Minded Professor.

Main cast

  • Fred MacMurray, Steven “Steve” Douglas (1960 – 1972)
  • William Frawley, Michael Francis “Bub” O’Casey (1960–1965)
  • William Demarest, Charles Leslie “Uncle Charley” O’Casey, Bub’s brother (1965–1972)
  • Tim Considine, Michael “Mike” Douglas (1960–1965)
  • Don Grady, Robert “Robbie” Douglas (1960–1971)
  • Stanley Livingston, Richard “Chip” Douglas (1960 – 1972)
  • Barry Livingston, Ernest “Ernie” Thompson/Douglas (1963–1972)
  • Meredith MacRae, Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963–1965)
  • Tina Cole, Kathleen “Katie” Miller Douglas (1967–1972)
  • Beverly Garland, Barbara Harper Douglas (1969–1972)
  • Dawn Lyn, Dorothy “Dodie” Harper Douglas (1969–1972)
  • Ronne Troup, Polly Williams Douglas (1970–1972)
  • Michael, Daniel, and Joseph Todd, playing Robbie, Stevie, and Charley Douglas respectively (1970–1972)

Sixties Television – My Three Sons

My-Three-Sons.jpg-5474One interesting note: William Frawley, who was a great character actor in many Hollywood movies, and is probably best know for his role of Fred Mertz on The I Love Lucy Show with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, played the My Three Sons live-in grandfather until his health turned bad.

He was replaced by another character actor in lots of movies, William Demarest, who played Uncle Charlie.

As the seasons progressed we saw Mike get married and move out, Ernie was adopted into the family, Robbie married and they had three sons – triplets, and father Stephen remarried and adopted a daughter.

This show, along with Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver and others portrayed the family having fun, having arguments, loving each other, dealing with work & school, and just going through life together.

My Three Sons, a great sitcom from the Sixties, showed us that there were no perfect people and no perfect family. But, we can still love each other and get along!

I highly recommend you watching some of the old episodes of My Three Sons.

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