My Three Sons (1960–1972)

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Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

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Series cast summary:
 Steve Douglas (380 episodes, 1960-1972)
 Chip Douglas (380 episodes, 1960-1972)
 Robbie Douglas / ... (357 episodes, 1960-1972)
 Ernie Thompson Douglas / ... (236 episodes, 1963-1972)
 Uncle Charley O'Casey (215 episodes, 1965-1972)
 Mike Douglas (185 episodes, 1960-1965)
 Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey (165 episodes, 1960-1965)


Widower Steven Douglas is left to bring up three boys all by himself with the aide of his housekeeper "Uncle Charlie". The series revolves around the trials and tribulations of life's experiences as a single parent family. Written by <>

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Fred MacMurray learns boys will be boys as he tries to keep order in his household. In color. (season seven)


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Release Date:

29 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mis tres hijos  »

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(369 episodes)

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(1960-1965)| (1965-1972)

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Uncle Charley served in the Merchant Marines before coming to live with Steve and the boys. See more »


Robbie Douglas: Beanbrain!
Mike Douglas: Knothead!
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Featured in CBS at 75 (2003) See more »


My Three Sons
Written and Performed by Frank De Vol (1960-1972)
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One of Television's Greatest Hits
8 November 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

"My Three Sons" remains one of the most popular television series ever. Of course it has its detractors as any show does, but its historical value lies in its simplicity and naivete. A hybrid of the era the would be labeled the 'dom-com' or domestic situation comedy, "My Three Sons" is notable for its star-friendly shooting schedule, and the composition of the nuclear family, with a motherless family being brought up by the widowed father and housekeeper grandfather, something that was relatively new to television in 1960. In its early years the cast changes were minimal but as the show progressed and additional characters were added, most viewers had no problem keeping up with the Douglases. In reruns the show has found a whole new generation of audience, even if they seem more sophisticated now than what we were at a younger age. The fact remains that the series is still popular and with a huge catalogue of episodes in it's inventory, the reruns will probably continue for ever as long as television stations need programming.

By today's standards it appears wholesome, tame and perhaps slightly dated, but it's a slice of life that all of us can appreciate and learn from. "My Three Sons" is more than just another run of the mill television show from the 1960s - it is an enduring piece of sitcom entertainment that still entertains today some forty plus years after its premiere. The comfortably numb nostalgia that the show evokes is only part of the viewing pleasure. There really is great work here so take a step back in time to the good old days when there were no tv dinners... and watch a much loved part of television history.

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