Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Forgotten TV Shows: My Three Sons
music by Frank De Vol.
MY THREE SONS ran from 1960-1972 and changed networks (ABC to CBS) along the way. It was one of my favorite shows growing up. It starred Fred McMurray, William Frawley (later William Demerest), Tim Considine, Don Grady, Barry Livingston, Stanley Livingston and a myriad of other actors who came and went.
The father was an aeronautical engineer and a widower (was this the first to use this setup?) and had a nice low-keyed approach to fathering. The kids were never overly precocious or sentimentalized. The theme song has to be one the best ever written, recognizable immediately.
I was heartbroken when Considine left the show but it survived. Many changes occurred over its 12 year run as you might expect with a series using children. It remained high in the ratings until CBS moved it to Monday nights at 10 to make room for ALL IN THE FAMILY.
For more forgotten movies and TV, see Todd Mason.