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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 Steve Douglas (380 episodes, 1960-1972)
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 Chip Douglas (380 episodes, 1960-1972)
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 Robbie Douglas / ... (357 episodes, 1960-1972)
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 Ernie Thompson Douglas / ... (236 episodes, 1963-1972)
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 Uncle Charley O'Casey (215 episodes, 1965-1972)
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 Mike Douglas (185 episodes, 1960-1965)
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 Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey (165 episodes, 1960-1965)
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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 <danbo@scorpius-inc.com>

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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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29 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Mis tres hijos  »

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Charley was Bub's brother. See more »

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Ernie Douglas: Do you think the house is going to miss us?
Charley O'Casey: Sure, it'll miss us. The minute we get out of sight, it's going to break right down and start to cry out of all the faucets. The neighbors will sell tickets to see the crying house.
Steve Douglas: I'd like to think the house is going to miss us, Charley.
Charley O'Casey: Look, are we going to California, or are we going to stand here waving bye-bye to a pile of lumber?
Steve Douglas: Charley's right, fellas. Let's all...let's all pile in.
Charley O'Casey: Come on, let's go. Come on, move.
Chip Douglas: [...]
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My Three Sons
Written and Performed by Frank De Vol (1960-1972)
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Almost Like Two Different Shows
15 June 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Because of its many changes over the years, My Three Sons seemed almost like two different shows. Both were very good, but I prefer the earlier episodes, the black & white ones. They had a certain charm to them that was missing in later years. Robby somehow never seemed to fit the eldest brother role the way Mike did. That, and the move from Bryant Park, Michigan out to Los Angeles took away the small town feel that the earlier episodes had. Then came the arrival of women into the family, and that changed everything.

For the first five seasons, 1960-61 to 1964-65, the show was aired on ABC and filmed in black & white. For the last seven seasons, 1965-66 to 1971-72, it was aired on CBS and filmed in color. For the first 4.5 seasons, the boys "nanny" was their grandfather Bub, for the last 7.5 seasons it was their great uncle Charlie. For the first 5 seasons, the sons were Mike, Robby, and Chip, for the last 7 seasons the sons were Robby, Chip, and Ernie.

William Frawley left the show halfway through the 1964-65 due to ill health (he died in 1966). In the story line, Bub went over to Ireland to visit relatives and decided to stay there. Shortly after his departure, his brother Charlie arrived for a visit, and ended-up staying for the rest of the shows run. After the end of that season, Bub was never referred to again. In the first episode of the 1965-66 season, Mike married his girlfriend Sally and moved to another town to take a job. This marked Tim Considine's departure from the series. To re-establish the "three sons" storyline, Steve Douglas adopted Chip's friend Ernie, who had recently become an orphan. Mike was never seen again (not even when Steve married Barbara) and was only sporadically referred to thereafter.

More bits of trivia:

Before being cast as Katie, Tina Cole had appeared several years earlier(in the black & white days) as Ina, one of Robbys friends.

Stanley Livingston and Barry Livingston are brothers.

Before being adopted by the Douglases, Ernies last name was Thompson. Years later, Chip married Polly Thompson, no relation to Ernie.

When Robby and Katie had kids, it was triplets. They were all boys, thus keeping with the "three sons" theme.

Originally, the show was going to be called "The Fred MacMurray Show", but MacMurray objected to that, so the title was changed.

In its early years, My Three Sons was sponsored by Chevrolet, thus Chevy cars were seen behind the closing credits.

There are two syndication packages for My Three Sons. One package consists of the first five seasons (the black & white ones) and the final season. The other package contains the other six seasons. Why it is done this way I don't know, it doesn't make sense to me. I would think they would just have the B&W episodes as one package and the color episodes as the other.




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