Another of the very memorable American Sitcom TV Classics that ran from September 1960 till April 1972 – an impressive 12 year rein!
My Three Sons follows the life of widower and aeronautical engineer Steven Douglas (Fred MacMurray) as he raises his three sons – Mike, Robbie and Chip (Tim Considine, Don Grady and Stanley Livingston) — without the help of their mother.
Assisted first by the boys’ maternal grandfather, Bub (William Frawley), and later by his brother, Uncle Charley (William Demarest), Douglas does what he can to guide the boys as they grow and mature during the 380-episode run of ‘My Three Sons.’
In the mid-1960s “My Three Sons” moved from ABC to CBS, embracing the technology of the day, going from black-and-white to color.
Like any family, it was only a matter of time before the sons found romance. The first was Mike, who wed his girlfriend Sally Morrison at the beginning of the fifth season. With Mike moving out of the house, it was time for either a name change for the series, or a new son. The new sibling arrived in the form of a young orphan boy named Ernie who the family proceeded to adopt.
When Cupid struck again, this time firing an arrow into Robbie, he wed his longtime girlfriend Katie Miller, but the two decided to continue to reside at the Douglas abode. This brought a whole new set of challenges for the Douglas family, as they now had a female family member to deal with for the first time. And if that weren’t enough of a change for the clan, Katie managed to pump out triplets (Charlie, Steve and Robbie Jr.,) adding to the weekly chaos.
The series finally ended in 1972, disappointing many loyal fans. However it remains one of television’s
longest running and most influential domestic comedies.