Gun Shy

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1983 CBS

DAD: Russell Donovan (Barry Van Dyke) / Single Guy

DAD’S JOB: Gambler

KIDS: Clovis (Keith Mitchell, then Adam Rich) (10), Celia (Bridgette Anderson)

WHERE’S MOM?: Don’t know.

STAND-IN "MOM": Don’t know that, either

Six, count’em, six episodes. That’s how long this little comedy lasted. Russell Donovan won the two kids in a card game out in the Wild West town of Quake City, California, and tried to raise them as best he could in the rip-roaring little town.

I’d go into more detail about the plot, but it was just a TV version of The Apple Dumpling Gang. Go watch that movie: Bill Bixby (hey! another Single Dad role for Mr. Eddie’s Father!) played Russell Donovan to a tee. Why tamper with perfection?