Milton the Monster

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Mad Scientist KIDS: Milton (voice of Bob McFadden)(last week) WHERE’S MOM?: 10000 cemeteries? STAND-IN “MOM”: Count Kook Producer Hal Seeger patterned this Saturday-morning cartoon after the success of such “monster” hits as The Munsters and The Addams Family. Milton was accidentally created with “too much tenderness” by Professor Weirdo, and was therefore a disappointment to his “dad.”

Fury

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired 1955-60 Syndicated DAD: Jim Newton (Peter Graves) / Single DAD’S JOB: Rancher KIDS: Joey (Bobby Diamond)(11) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. So’s Dad. Barry Williams, who would later portray the unforgettable Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch, once described this show as “the single most important program” to get him interested in acting. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing …

The Farmer’s Daughter

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Congressman KIDS: Steve (14), Danny (8) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead, not recently – unknown causes. STAND-IN “MOM”: Katy Holstrum (Inger Stevens) Okay, turn the focus on the TV Single Dad format to the foreign-born domestic, responsible for the kids’ well-being. This is basically The Sound of Music set in 1960’s America. Most people know about Inger Stevens’ tragic death, …

Dudley Do-Right

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Inspector Ray K. Fenwick (voice of Paul Frees) / Widower DAD’S JOB: Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman KIDS: Nell (voice of June Foray) (18-ish) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead – Unknown cause STAND-IN “MOM”: Nobody Dudley wound up with his own show, a decade after Rocky‘s premiere, on CBS. Trivia: watch for Hans Conreid (the voice of Snidely Whiplash) popping up in …

The Baileys of Balboa

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Fishing Boat Captain KIDS: Jim (Les Brown, Jr.)(16?) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead STAND-IN “MOM”: Buck Singleton? (Sterling Holloway) Who could not like this show? Sam Bailey ran a charter boat service in the middle of a ritzy yacht club named Balboa. He and his son Jim (and their first mate, a Gilligan-like character played by the amazing Sterling Holloway) …

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 …

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 …

The Dennis O’Keefe Show

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Hal Towne (Dennis O’Keefe ) / Widower DAD’S JOB: Newspaper columnist KIDS: Randy (Rickey Kelman) (10) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. Unknown cause. STAND-IN “MOM”: Sarge (Hope Emerson) / Housekeeper Classic elements of TV Single Dad shows abound in this series — Dad, a newspaper columnist (watch how often THAT career pops up in TV Single Dad shows) has a bulldog …

Flipper

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly) / Widower (?) DAD’S JOB: Park Ranger KIDS: Sandy (Luke Halpin)(15), Bud (Tommy Norden)(10) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead, maybe. STAND-IN “MOM”: either oceanographer Ulla Norstrand (Ulla Stromstedt) or Flipper (?) (Suzy the Porpoise) Porter Ricks is the reason real-life Dads don’t get custody very often. Sandy and Bud were never were seen in school, never did …

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 …