Long running (1960-72) US series which enjoyed huge popularity as a family comedy with a difference, that difference being that it starred a generally all-male cast headed by Fred McMurray as widower Steve Douglas bringing up a family of three sons, 18 year-old Mike, 14 year- old Robbie, and 7 year-old Chip, with the aid of their grandfather, Michael Francis "Bub" O'Casey, and Tramp, the family dog.
Steve worked as a consulting aviation engineer but seemed to spend most of his time bringing up the kids and fending off the attentions of attractive women. In 1965 "Bub" left the series to take a trip to Ireland (actor William Frawley had in fact become too ill to continue working) and was replaced by his brother Charley.
For the 1965-66 season the show moved from ABC to CBS. In 1967 the family were uprooted from their Midwest home at 837 Mill Street and moved to California. The following year, one of the "son's" became a father himself to triplets thereby providing another three sons.
Published on January 9th, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.