Talk about a wide open theme this week. I decided to go the 60s route and pick 3 TV shows that started in the 1960s. I almost went with Family Affair but I chose this one before. I will be curious what everyone else will choose so head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to find out. Here are my 3...
1. MY 3 SONS-1960-1972
I used to enjoy watching this show and have caught a few episodes recently since it is on a local station showing all the classics. It stars Fred MacMurray as a widower of 3 sons who must deal with all the things 3 boys in straight-laced 60s suburbia can get into. The family is held together by Fred's father in law played by William Frawley but later, when Frawley was declining in health, William Demerest joined the cast as the brother of Frawley called Uncle Charlie. It's funny that the eldest son left the show and then just ...went away never to be talked of again. Since it was called My 3 Sons, they brought in a kid whom Fred adopts. Later on, 2 of the kids marry including one just 17 yrs old which, even when I was a kid, I thought was too young. Fred MacMurray would only do the show if they could tape all his scenes in one day which the studio did. The rest of the clan had to go in every day and, obviously, the show was shot out of sequence which really screwed up William Frawley.
2. THE LUCY SHOW-1692-1968
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz started Desilu Productions out of the old RKO lot. They were suffering financially in the early 60s with only The Untouchables being a hit. Arnaz left the studio anmd Lucille Ball became the head of the studio-pretty cool for a woman at that time eh? Anyhoo, it was decided she would star in a TV series but she didn't think it would keep going for the next few years. It starts off as Lucy with a teenage daughter and a young son and Vivian Vance as her best friend who is divorced (first time on TV) with a son as well. Of course, the 2 get into hi-jinks every time they are together which makes for much laughter. Gale Gordon is a bank manager who is often steamed by Lucy. Vivian Vance didn't like her commute so she asked to be written out of the show but would return occasionally. Lucy decided to move out to San Francisco to be closer to her daughter and enrolled her son into military academy(thanks, Ma) and...well....soon the kids were dropped all together. Lucy ends up working for Gale Gordon. Funny, Lucille Ball ended the show but started a 3rd, "Here's Lucy" starring her real-life kids Dezi Jnr and Lucie.
3. THE DORIS DAY SHOW-1968-1973
Poor Doris Day...her husband Marty Melcher was her business manager and when he had a heart attack, she found out he squandered her fortune leaving her deep in debt and having to do a TV Show. She had no idea that he signed her to do this but ever the gal, she pulled up her boot strings and started this series and paid off all her debts. In this story, well, the beginning, she is recently widowed with 2 small boys who comes home to her dad who lives on some farm. We meet a variety of people as we see her try to deal with her kids and build her life. Suddenly, midway through the series, she moves to San Francisco with her kids and the dog and meets a nice couple whom she rents a place from. After that year wrapped up, Doris returns but without a dog and no kids and she is referred to a Miss being a single gal working her way up the ladder. My guess is she offed the boys and dropped the dog off at the pound but, hey, it was still supposed to be the Doris Day Show.
Which 3 can you think of?