DAD: Ed Willows (Jack Klugman) / Divorced
DAD’S JOB: Supermarket Manager
KIDS: Matt (20-something) (John Stamos)
WHERE’S MOM?: Around (in one episode)
STAND-IN "MOM": Enid Tompkins (Elizabeth Bennett)
After he finished turning guest stars into canoes on Quincy, Jack Klugman played divorced store manager Henry Willows in a weird twist on his Odd Couple persona. Klugman this time played a conservative, quiet bachelor who suddenly had his hell-bent 17-year-old son come to live with him. His son Matt was a womanizer, and a boy who knew how to work the angles. Added into the mix, of course, was the mandatory foreign-born (in this case, British) wisecracking housekeeper, Enid.
Henry’s ex-wife showed up in one episode, and was played by Brett Somers — Klugman’s ex-wife in real life, and also the actress who portrayed his ex-wife on The Odd Couple.
This show was based on a BBC show called Home to Roost, and boasted a television first: the actress who portrayed the housekeeper, Enid, played the same character on the BBC in the "parent" show. This required Elizabeth Bennett to commute between Los Angeles and London to do both shows at the same time.