An aging entertainer and his wife take on care of their 6-year-old grandson.




1971   1970  
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Series cast summary:
Danny Thomas ...  Danny Williams 24 episodes, 1970-1971
Marjorie Lord ...  Kathy Williams 24 episodes, 1970-1971
Angela Cartwright ...  Linda Williams 24 episodes, 1970-1971
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ...  Michael Wilson 24 episodes, 1970-1971
Rusty Hamer Rusty Hamer ...  Rusty Williams 12 episodes, 1970-1971
Sid Melton ...  Charley Halper 11 episodes, 1970-1971


An aging entertainer and his wife take on care of their 6-year-old grandson.

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23 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Reboots of popular TV shows are all the rage right now, from X-Files to Arrested Development to Gilmore Girls. It's a trend that first got underway in 1970. Make Room For Granddaddy was one of the rare times a long-running television program returned to primetime. The original, Make Room For Daddy aka The Danny Thomas Show, ran for 11 years, 1953-1964, first on ABC then on CBS. See more »


Follows Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »

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A mess of a show
11 December 2015 | by Bob VeresSee all my reviews

This program was really designed as a hatchet job against the hippie movement, which Danny Thomas clearly found offensive. The jokes were basically setups for him to comment on "kids these days" and espouse the values of the 1950s. Compared with the programming around it--Smothers Brothers, Laugh In etc., it seemed reactionary, a perfect sop to the old white guys who were appalled that men were wearing their hair like girls, and girls were taking control of their own sexuality. Danny Thomas clearly yearned for a return to the 50s, and expressed it with every harsh, unfunny joke.

THAT, in itself, might be funny, to see how far off he was for his place in time. But why subject yourself to his bitterness?

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