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 …

Wonderful John Acton

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1953 DAD: John Acton (Harry Holcombe) / Widower DAD’S JOB: Court clerk and owner of the general store KIDS: Julia (Virginia Dwyer)(22),  Kevin (Ronnie Walken)(12) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. Update: Received a note from the son of the producer and director of Wonderful John Acton: “It was his first television show. Prior to that, he was a producer and director …

Gidget

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: College Professor KIDS: Gidget (real name:Frances) (Sally Field) (15), Anne (Betty Connor) (17) WHERE’S MOM?: Mom’s dead STAND-IN “MOM”: Don’t know – yet. A revamped show, Gidget’s Summer Reunion, appeared in 1985 with a married Gidget (Mrs. Moondoggie?) still at the beach for some tasty waves. Fortunately, the show took a ratings bullet in the head after just …

Jefferson Drum

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Jefferson Drum (Jeff Richards) / Widower DAD’S JOB: Newspaper Editor KIDS: Joey Drum (Eugene Martin) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead – unknown how STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown Is it me, or don’t you think this western format was done to death in the late fifties? Jefferson Drum (how’s THAT for a name?) edited the town of Jubilee’s paper, and fought bad guys …

Daktari

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Jungle Veterinarian KIDS: Paula Tracy (Cheryl Miller)(19) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead or something. STAND-IN “MOM”: none I just remember the cross-eyed lion, Clarence. Beats me about the rest of it. Wait, didn’t Paula date a guy who looked like Mike Minor from Petticoat Junction?

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Traveling Doctor KIDS: Jaimie McPheeters (Kurt Russell) (12) WHERE’S MOM?: Unknown STAND-IN “MOM”: Mrs. Kissel? (Meg Wylie)/ traveling companion Long before he was Snake Pliskin, Kurt Russell was lovable Jaimie McPheeters, crossing the Rockies in a wagon train with his shifty dad, played by a stovepipe-hat-wearing Dan O’Herlihy. Don’t cry because the series was cancelled, because these actors …

Sky King

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Pilot-Rancher KIDS: Penny (Gloria Winters)(12) / Clipper (Ron Hagerthy)(10) WHERE’S MOM?: Unknown. (Please e-mail me if you know the answer) STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown “Out of the blue of the western sky comes Sky King.” I never saw this show, but here’s what I know about the series: Kirby Grant played a rancher named Sky King, who had a …

Batman

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Bazillionaire Crime-fighter KIDS: Youthful Ward Dick Grayson (16) WHERE’S MOM?: Mom and Dad (The Flying Graysons acrobatic team) killed by gangsters STAND-IN “MOM”: either Alfred Pennyworth (Alan Napier) or Aunt Harriet (Madge Blake) Oh yes, he is a TV Single Dad! And who’s more dangerous for his custodial charges, Bruce, or Dr. Quest? You’ve got the foreign-born domestic, …

Bonanza

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) / Widower x 3 DAD’S JOB: Rancher WHERE’S MOM?: Each of the three Moms died in childbirth – really! (or NOT — read the Viewer Responses, below)… STAND-IN “MOM”: Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung) But wait! There’s MORE from Valerie Ellis, yet another Alert Bonanza Viewer: (There’s no such THING as knowing WAY too much …

To Rome With Love

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: College Professor KIDS: Alison (Joyce Menges), Penny (Susan Neher), Mary Jane “Pokey” (Melanie Fullerton) WHERE’S MOM?: Died just before episode one. STAND-IN “MOM”: Harriet Endicott (Kay Medford) / Aunt, then Andy Pruitt (Walter Brennan) / Grandpa