The Dennis O’Keefe Show

Jim 1950s - 1960s

Aired: 1959-1960

DAD: Hal Towne (Dennis O’Keefe ) / Widower

DAD’S JOB: Newspaper columnist

KIDS: Randy (Rickey Kelman) (10)

WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. Unknown cause.

STAND-IN “MOM”: Sarge (Hope Emerson) / Housekeeper

Classic elements of TV Single Dad shows abound in this series — Dad, a newspaper columnist (watch how often THAT career pops up in TV Single Dad shows) has a bulldog of a housekeeper, aptly named “Sarge”, to watch his precocious son. Meanwhile, DAD’S newsy entertainment column lets him rub elbows and stuff with movie stars and supermodels. Lucky for him mom’s dead, huh?