Life with Luigi

Jim 1950s - 1960s

AIRED: 1952-53

DAD: Pasquale (Alan Reed) / WidowerMy Little Margie

DAD’S JOB: Restaurant owner

KIDS:  Rosa Pasquale (Jody Gilbert), 18

WHERE’S MOM?: Dead

STAND-IN “MOM”:unknown

A radio crossover (started on radio in 1948) – this show missed being the first TV Single Dad show by only a few months. Pasquale sponsored the title character's immigration in the hopes of having him marry his rather obese daughter. Wacky hijinks ensued, of course

Alan Reed is better known as another TV Dad: he was the voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones ten years later.

My Little Margie

Jim 1950s - 1960s

AIRED: 1952-55

DAD: Vernon Albright (Charles Farrell) / WidowerMy Little Margie

DAD’S JOB: Investment Banker

KIDS:  Margie (Gale Storm), 18

WHERE’S MOM?: Dead – so is Dad.

STAND-IN “MOM”:Mrs. Odetts (Gertrude Hoff)

The granddaddy of them all, My Little Margie set the stage for most TV Single Dad sitcom plots: the child decides Dad needs a new wife, and goes “shopping” for one. Dad winds up meeting the child’s “pick” and things go awry. Dad winds up yelling at the child, and then apologizes. Everything is fine until the next exciting episode…

Although it’s the earliest known TV Single Dad show, My Little Margie was a radio cross-over from CBS. The television version of the radio series, produced by Desilu, made it to the screen as a summer replacement for I Love Lucy.

Update: Alert Viewer Gord Bates reports that the company Vernon Albright worked for was “Honeywell & Todd”. Thanks, Gord!