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The Karate Story 

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Eddie and Tom, in an effort to do more father-son activities together, decide to take karate lessons. In addition, both will get some physical activity. The choice of activity is in no ... See full summary »


Bill Bixby


Martin Ragaway (as Martin A. Ragaway), Mark Toby (novel)


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Episode credited cast:
Bill Bixby ... Tom Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mrs. Livingston
James Komack ... Norman Tinker
Kristina Holland Kristina Holland ... Tina Rickles
Brandon Cruz ... Eddie Corbett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Willie Aames ... Harold O'Brien
Hal Baylor ... Mr. O'Brien
James Cole James Cole ... Max Kelly
Joey Douglas Joey Douglas ... Jay
Ed Parker ... Himself
Bill M. Ryusaki Bill M. Ryusaki ... Bill - Karate Instructor (as Bill Ryusaki)
Mitchell Sakamoto ... Frank Komosori


Eddie and Tom, in an effort to do more father-son activities together, decide to take karate lessons. In addition, both will get some physical activity. The choice of activity is in no means to show an act of aggression or as self protection. However it may as well be as once Eddie's friends at school find out his new activity, resident tough guy Harold O'Brien, an older fifth grader, picks fights with Eddie just to show that Eddie taking karate does not affect the tough guy pecking order. Harold doesn't listen to reason nor does Eddie fight back since he does not yet have the karate skills to do so, so Tom is forced to go talk to Harold's father. Mr. O'Brien, like his son, believes that physical brawn is the sign of a man. Mr. O'Brien does not condone his son's fighting, but he believes that the kids should work it out themselves. Things between the boys change when Eddie hits back and knocks Harold down. True to his word, Mr. O'Brien tells his son to work it out himself. The ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

12 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Best Friend (Theme song)
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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You can't run away from your fears
2 May 2019 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Eddie goes to the library and checks out the book "Fun for Sons and Dads", covering activities they can do together. The father and son settle upon karate and are taught its nuances by Ed Parker (himself). Eddie shows his karate skills at the school playground where a 5th grader named Harold O'Brien (Willie Aames) fights him unprovoked. Tom feels Harold felt threatened as a "top bully" and has Eddie talk with him about not having any reason to fight. He punches Eddie again. Eddie decides to quit karate. His dad tells him, "any time you run away, you only take your fears with you." Tom feels his interfering would only make things worse and that it is important Eddie handles the matter himself. Norman suggests Eddie learn the right defensive moves from Ed Parker and Tom goes along with it. Nevertheless, Tom takes Eddie to meet with Harold and his dad (Hal Baylor). Mr. Baylor is proud of his son having the reputation of being "the best fighter in school" and says to leave the matter to the kids. Eddie must find a solution within himself.

Moral theme: Not running away from your fears.

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