Love Boat

Jim 1970s

DAD’S JOB: Your Ship’s Captain (according to the credits) KIDS: Vicki Stubing (Jill Whelen)(10) WHERE’S MOM?: Showgirl girlfriend – left when daughter was a baby. STAND-IN “MOM”: none Vicki, the near-invisible daughter on Captain Stubing’s Love Boat, was a throw-away, forgettable character. No probing episode focused on the relationship between Vicki and her dad was ever aired. Then again, when …

Paper Moon

Jim 1970s

Aired: 1974 DAD’S JOB: Con Man KIDS: Addie Pray (Jodie Foster) (8) WHERE’S MOM?: Missing – Dead maybe. STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown From the movie of the same name. Dad was a con man who sold Bibles in depression-era Kansas. Addie was his world-wise 13-year-old daughter who was actually a lot tougher than Dad. Mostly operating outside the law, they did …

Sanford & Son

Jim 1970s

DAD’S JOB: Junk Dealer KIDS: Lamont (Demond Wilson) (almost 30) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead a few years. Unknown cause. STAND-IN “MOM”: Aunt Esther (LaWanda Page) / aunt Fred Sanford pushed the limits of role reversal in the TV Single Dad framework. Fred’s world was basically financed by his son, Lamont. Lamont had no love for the situation he found himself in …

Nanny & The Professor

Jim 1970s

Aired: 1970-71 DAD’S JOB: Math Professor KIDS: Hal(David Doremus) (12), Butch (Trent Lehman) (8), Prudence (Kim Richards) (5) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead a few years. Unknown cause. STAND-IN “MOM”: Phoebe Figalilly (Juliet Mills) – “Nanny” Nanny & The Professor represented a “last hurrah” for Sixties-style TV Single Dads; in fact, it barely made it into the Seventies. The story was a …

Getting Together

Jim 1970s

Aired: 1971-1972 DAD’S JOB: Songwriter KIDS: Jennifer Conway (Susan Neher) (12) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead – so is Dad. STAND-IN “MOM”: Rita (Pat Carroll) / Landlady A spin-off of another single-parent show (The Partridge Family), this “vehicle” for teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman put him as guardian of his 12-year-old sister, Jennifer. Unlike its successful parent series, Getting Together came apart after …