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Family Affair 

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. ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Brian Keith ...  Uncle Bill Davis 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Kathy Garver ...  Catherine 'Cissy' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Anissa Jones ...  Ava Elizabeth 'Buffy' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Johnny Whitaker ...  Jonathan 'Jody' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Sebastian Cabot ...  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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Bachelor and butler inherit three tots. Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot star. In color. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Family Affair See more »

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Runtime:

(138 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In the episode that Buffy broke her leg, Anissa Jones had really broken her leg and the writers came up with the script for that episode in one day. 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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Family Affair
Written and Performed by Frank De Vol
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Family Affair on DVD
25 July 2005 | by mcadeSee all my reviews

This show I grew up with and would love to see again. It was about a different time when children were much more naive and not nearly as jaded as they are today.

It taught family values and showed how tragedy (death of the siblings parents in a car accident) brings people together. The show did have moments of being cheesy but I would much rather see that then some of the current garbage being forced on everyone on network television. Anissa Jones, playing Buffy, specifically in the first episode, is the most underrated child actress of her time. She is so natural.

I guess what really bothers me is that whenever you turn on the television today, all you are forced to see are these reality shows with the dog eat dog mentality. Everyone will stomp on everyone else to get what they want no matter what the cost. It seems that a show like The Simple Life (Paris Hilton) or The Surreal Life with C list celebrities gets released on DVD five minutes after it comes out but these truly classic shows, like Family Affair; Alice and One Day At a Time are never shown and haven't been seen for years.

TV Land shows Leave it to Beaver all the time, why not change the lineup and show Family Affair; Alice & One Day at a Time so people can see something that hasn't been on for years?


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