On this day in 1960, My Three Sons debuted on ABC. The family sitcom, starring an affable Fred MacMurray as a widower raising three boys, ran for 12 seasons, one of the longest in history. William Frawley (a.k.a. “Fred Mertz” from I Love Lucy) played MacMurray’s father-in-law for the first five seasons. However, the grumpy William Demarest (“Uncle Charley”) came on board to help care for the boys until the end of the series.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Which “son” played in a band that had a song on the Billboard Pop Charts?
a) Tim Considine
b) Don Grady
c) Stanley Livingston
d) Barry Livingson
CLIPS OF THE DAY
Enjoy the catchy theme song to My Three Sons:
Eventually, the show moved from ABC to CBS. Here’s a commercial for it:
DID YOU KNOW…
There were actually four sons: oldest son “Mike” (Tim Considine) left the show during season six. Brother “Ernie” was adopted in the following episode. “Robbie” and “Chip” were the other two brothers.
DID YOU ALSO KNOW…
Although MacMurray was well-known for Disney films such as The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber, he played his share of bad boys. Perhaps the two roles that were the biggest departures from his good guy image were Double Indemnity (1944), in which he plays an adulterous accessory to murder, and The Apartment (1960), in which he plays an adulterous jerk of a boss.
b) Don Grady, who played “Robbie,” was a singer and drummer in the band Yellow Balloon. In 1967, their self-titled single reached #25. As a solo artist, Grady hit #132 on the charts in 1966 with “The Children of St. Monica.” Enjoy today's earworms!