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3 November 1949 (USA) See more »
Insurance agent Charlie and wife Margaret have their hands full with an active family. The teenagers Sharon and Chuck are anxious about things like first dates. The adorable twins Donna and Donald want to keep dad busy.
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Pleasant situation comedy, almost ahead of its time See more (1 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 6)

Charles Ruggles ... Charlie Ruggles (2 episodes, 1949-1952)

Margaret Kerry ... Sharon Ruggles (2 episodes, 1949-1952)

Tom Bernard ... Chuck Ruggles (2 episodes, 1949)

Judy Nugent ... Donna Ruggles (2 episodes, 1949)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Donald Ruggles (2 episodes, 1949-1952)

Series Directed by
George Cahan (1 episode, 1949)
Series Writing credits
Fred Howard (2 episodes, 1949)

Series Produced by
Bob Raisbeck .... producer (2 episodes, 1949)


Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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A large number of kinescopes of this series survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant situation comedy, almost ahead of its time, 26 February 2008
Author: Randy H. Farb ( from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The reason I say that this pleasant comedy is ahead of its time is that partway through the show, a moral is taught, which reminds me of later episodes of "Mork And Mindy." Charles Ruggles plays the wise, all-knowing father, perhaps more with it than his usual portrayals of clueless servants. He and his television wife have been married for over twenty years, and they have four children, the young adult daughter, the teen-age son, who while not rebellious, is awkward, and then the sly old rascal adds twins to his lot, who have wonderful chemistry together. The acting is solid, the pace is smooth, and I can see many similarities in "Father Knows Best", "The Hank McCune Show", etc. It is nice to see a father who isn't clueless or clumsy.My apologies to those who like "The Life Of Riley" and/or "The Su Erwin Show."

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