Circus Boy

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1956(NBC)-57(ABC)

DAD: Big Tim Champion (Robert Lowery) / Single (!)
DAD’S JOB: Circus Owner

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 Tim Champion.  A decade after this show premiered, Youthful Ward Dick Grayson would lose his acrobatic parents in a similar manner, and wind up with millionaire Bruce Wayne as a guardian on Batman.

A mandatory “Did You Know” for this show is that young Corky was played by the young Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees fame.