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...  Uncle Bill Davis 138 episodes, 1966-1971
...  Catherine 'Cissy' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
...  Ava Elizabeth 'Buffy' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
...  Jonathan 'Jody' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
...  Mr. Giles French 130 episodes, 1966-1971
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Bill Davis is a highly paid and successful engineer living in a large apartment in New York with his valet, Mr. Giles French . His life is suddenly changed when his niece, Buffy shows up. In the midst of deciding what to do, Buffy's twin brother, Jody shows up, and Bill has to leave for Peru. Once he leaves, Buffy and Jody's older sister, Cissy shows up. Bill and French's life is suddenly changed as they become surrogate parents for the 3 children. Written by Doug Leighton

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Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot and those adorable youngsters. All part of one big happy family. You're included, of course. (season 4) See more »

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L.M. Van Doren, President, National Society of Professional Engineers, 1968, consulted for the series. See more »

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In some episodes the front door had a striker/latch, in others there wasn't even a cut-out for it. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Talking Cat!?! (2016) See more »

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Written and Performed by Frank De Vol
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Sweet, warm and wonderful!
13 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've been watching this show all my life, whenever it was on, and it never fails to move me. A good basic story-line, great actors and good scripts made it fun to watch. Brian Keith as Uncle Bill Davis, a confirmed bachelor, suddenly has his life changed when he learns that he is given custody of his 2 nieces and nephew when their parents die in a car crash. Anissa Jones as Buffy is the first to appear in episode 1 and it is so good to watch Sebatian Cabot as Mr. French, Uncle Bill's butler, valet and housekeeper, trying to adjust to this shy, sullen little girl who won't come out of her shell. Episode 2 introduces Buffy's twin brother, Jody,played beautifully by Johnny Whitaker and their older sister, Cissy,played by Kathy Garver. With the three children at last reunited, life begins anew for Uncle Bill and Mr. French as they learn how to deal with children and the children learn how to deal with them. This show started at a time when family television was still on the airwaves and people enjoyed seeing a show that had 'family values". But by 1971, when it was cancelled, people started turning to more "realistic" and irreverent television shows and it was harder for a "family values" program like this to be successful. But there are still re-runs and you can get a look at a different time, a different era and a different kind of family. Well, worth a watch!


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