The Andy Griffith Show

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1960-68 DAD’S JOB: Sheriff of Mayberry, NC KIDS: Opie (7)(Ronnie Howard) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead for quite some time – unknown. STAND-IN “MOM”: Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) A comedic take on The Rifleman, The Andy Griffith Show relied on a formula pioneered in the series this show was spun off from: Danny Thomas’s Make Room for Daddy. The formula was …

Kentucky Jones

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Veterinarian KIDS: Dwight Eisenhower (‘Ike’) Wong (9) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. Ike was an adopted orphan STAND-IN “MOM”:Unknown The late Mrs. Jones applied to adopt a Chinese orphan just before she died. Kentucky was left to care for a 9-year-old daughter and still manage a veterinary practice in Southern California. Kentucky was a reluctant dad in the style of …

Circus Boy

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1956(NBC)-57(ABC) KIDS: Corky (Mickey Braddock {Mickey Dolenz})(10) WHERE’S MOM?: Mom and Dad both dead – killed in a high-wire act. STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown Consider the role of disastrous high-wire acts in the history of TV Single Dads. In this show, Corky the Circus Boy loses his acrobatic parents in a trapeze mishap, and winds up sharing adventures with Big …

Accidental Family

Jim 1950s - 1960s

DAD’S JOB: Nightclub comedian KIDS: Sandy (Teddy Quinn)(11) WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. STAND-IN “MOM”: Sue Kramer / divorced “nanny” Am I the only one who remembers this show? This was kinda like Green Acres without Eva Gabor. Jerry Webster was a comedian who bought a farm so that his son would have a place to stay while Jerry was on the …