July 18, 2006

Mike Brady, No. Uncle Jesse, Yes. The TV Single Dad Hall of Fame


From an interview Jim O'Kane did with Johnny Whitaker of Family Affair--and The Dr. Zod & Johnny Show:

Of course, the fact that there were twins - - I mean, Buffy and Jody made Family Affair - I mean, the little kids in any show are why people come back and watch again. But definitely, Brian Keith was definitely a beautiful, beautiful man - - and because of his gruff, western, cowboy-rugged persona - - that he then turned into being this loving uncle - - - America fell in love with him again.
In the last 10 years of thumb-straining research, O'Kane has identified over 130 occasions of TV Single Dads on American television. If we can see anything at all, men, it's because we stand on the shoulders of giants.

TV Single Dad Hall of Fame [tvdads.com via tmn]


Unrelated, but I never get the opportunity to mention this: I have a Mrs. Beasley doll with a working voicebox.

Well, I never thought that some of my favorite 70's TV was so socially progressive: Family Affair, Land of the Lost, The Courtship of Eddie's Father AND Battlestar Galactica?

I had a Mrs. Beasley doll when I was little, that voice box didn't last long because I loved that thing to death, scary plastic head and all.

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