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 …

My Son Jeep

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD: Dr. Robert Allison (Jeffrey Lynn) / Widower DAD’S JOB: M.D. (like Donna Reed’s husband) KIDS: Peggy (13) (Betty Lou Keim), Jeep (10) (Martin Huston) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. STAND-IN “MOM”: Mrs. Bixby (Leona Powers) / housekeeper Another half-year wonder, this show was a precursor of Leave It to Beaver, but without June Cleaver. Jeep Allison got into the same kind …

Jonny Quest

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Scientist / Maniac KIDS: Jonny Quest (voice of Tim Mathieson)(10), Hadji (voice of Danny Bravo) (11) WHERE’S MOM?: Who knows? Dead, hopefully. STAND-IN “MOM”: Race Bannon (voice of Mike Road) Another “nightmare Single Dad,” Dr. Benton Quest truly deserved to have his kids taken away from him. Jonny never went to school, was constantly being endangered by his …

The Ed Wynn Show

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1958-1959 DAD: John Beamer (Ed Wynn ) / Widower-Grandfather DAD’S JOB: Retired? KIDS: Laurie (Jacklyn O’Donnell) (18), Midge (Sherry Alberoni) (9) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead – so is Dad. STAND-IN “MOM”: John Beamer — the grandfather. Here’s a great twist on the “Not the Dad-Single Dad Show” motif (like Bachelor Father) — in this case, the “Dad” is the grandfather …

The Governor & J.J.

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Governor KIDS: J.J (20-ish) (Julie Sommars) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead for a while – unknown cause. STAND-IN “MOM”: none

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?