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 …

Stagecoach West

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1960-1961 DAD’S JOB: Stagecoach Driver KIDS: David Kane (Richard Eyer) (13) WHERE’S MOM?: Unknown STAND-IN “MOM”: Possibly Luke Perry (Wayne Rogers) / Stagecoach Co-pilot Uh, this is kinda like Love Boat on a stagecoach, and without the comedy. Simon and Luke drove the stagecoach between California and Missouri, and Simon’s son travelled with them. Maybe someday they’ll make 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, …

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 …

Ichabod and Me

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Newspaper editor KIDS: Benjie (Jimmy Mathers) (6) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. Unknown cause. STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown. The “Ichabod” of the title is Robert Major’s boss at a small-town paper called the Phippsboro Bulletin. Robert moved from New York City to raise his young son in a small town. Strange how much this sounds like a modern-day sitcom version of …

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, …

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 …