Adventures of Champion

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Rancher KIDS: Ricky (Barry Curtis) (12) WHERE’S MOM?: Don’t know. Where’s Dad, too? STAND-IN “MOM”: Champion (?) Hey who’s ripping whom off here? This show, produced by Gene Autry as a “vehicle” for his Wonder Horse, Champion, sounds pretty much like the plot of Fury (above). Get this: out west, Ricky North lives on his uncle’s ranch, and …

Quickdraw McGraw

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1960-62 DAD: Doggie Daddy (voice of Doug Young) / Single? DAD’S JOB: He’s a DOG! KIDS: Augie Doggie (voice of Daws Butler) (10?) WHERE’S MOM?: Unknown. STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown If I didn’t mention it before, cartoons *count* in the TV Single Dad universe. “Augie Doggie” was a supporting made-specifically-for-this-show cartoon under the “Quick Draw McGraw” umbrella. Doggie Daddy, a …

Family Affair

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Construction Engineer KIDS: Cissy (15), Buffy & Jody (6) WHERE’S MOM?: Mom & Dad are dead – Uncle Bill was DAD’S brother STAND-IN “MOM”: Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot) This show also illustrates a certain “mood” of a few Single TV Dad shows:there is a distinct, though ethereal melancholy about the show, especially in scenes featuring Uncle Bill, where …

Brave Eagle

Jim 1950s - 1960s

KID: Keena (Keena Nomkeena) / Foster son WHERE’S MOM?: Don’t know. STAND-IN “MOM”: Morning Star (?) (Kim Winona) Brave Eagle’s girlfriend A “now, with-it” western, told from the point of view of the Native Americans. Brave Eagle had to lead his tribe in simple survival and run-ins with the white man and other Indians. Kinda like Captain Kirk with teepees …

The Alvin Show

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Booking Agent KIDS: Alvin (voice of Ross Bagdasarian), Simon (voice of Ross Bagdasarian), and Theodore (voice of Ross Bagdasarian) Chipmunk WHERE’S MOM?: Unknown STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown This one will cause arguments as to “Is David Seville a Single Dad?” — except — David has (on at least two shows) needed to make sure the boys got to school …

The Second Hundred Years

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: 19th Century Gold Miner KIDS OF DAD #1: Edwin (Arthur O’Connell) (81!) DAD #2: Edwin Carpenter (Arthur O’Connell) / Widower DAD #2’S JOB: Unknown – e-mail me if you know. KIDS OF DAD #2: Ken (also Monte Markham) WHERE’S MOM?: Both Moms are dead. STAND-IN “MOM”: Colonel Garroway Luke Carpenter was a gold prospector in Alaska in the …

The Great Gildersleeve

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1955 Syndicated DAD: Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve (Willard Waterman) / Single DAD’S JOB: Water Commissioner of Summerfield KID: Marjorie Forrester(Stephanie Griffith), Leroy Forrester(Ronald Keith) / Niece & Nephew WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. So’s Dad. STAND-IN “MOM”: Birdie Lee Coggins (Lillian Randolph) / Housekeeper Technically, this show started before WWII — but it was a *radio* show when it began in 1941. …

Beverly Hillbillies

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) / Widower DAD’S JOB: Bazillionaire KIDS: Elly May Clampett (teenager – yeah, right) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead for quite some time – unknown. STAND-IN “MOM”: Granny Clampett / Daisy Moses (Irene Ryan) Bet you forgot Jed Clampett was a TV Single Dad. Technically, he was also a father-figure to live-in nephew Jethro, but Jed’s sister Pearl …

The Guns of Will Sonnett

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Retired cavalry scout KIDS: Jeff Sonnett (Dack Rambo) (19) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. But that’s not important. STAND-IN “MOM”: Will Sonnett — the grandfather. Let’s return to a familiar storyline — Grandpa raises the kid when the parents are dead/missing (see The Ed Wynn Show for details). In this western, Jeff Sonnett’s dad, who is also Will Sonnett’s son, …

Circus Boy

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1956(NBC)-57(ABC) KIDS: Corky (Mickey Braddock {Mickey Dolenz})(10) WHERE’S MOM?: Mom and Dad both dead – killed in a high-wire act. STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown Consider the role of disastrous high-wire acts in the history of TV Single Dads. In this show, Corky the Circus Boy loses his acrobatic parents in a trapeze mishap, and winds up sharing adventures with Big …