Bachelor Father

ABC (ended 1962)




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Bachelor Father debuted in the fall of 1957 on CBS and centered around the life of the wealthy attorney and bachelor, Bentley Gregg who lives in Beverly Hills, California. Bentley Gregg lived with his niece, Kelly, whose parents had died in a car accident. He would later legally adopt her as his own. Also living with Bentley and Kelly was Peter Tong, the Oriental houseboy who kept the Gregg household in shape. Jasper was the family dog. The stories often revolved around Bentley's endless goal of finding the right woman to settle down with, as well as Kelly's growing up and going through high school. At the end of the fourth season, Kelly graduated high school and the next season began college. Other recurring characters included, Ginger, Kelly's best friend who had three different last name changes over the years, Howard was Kelly's on-again, off-again boyfriend, who was later replaced by Warren. NOTE: This series has the distinction of having aired on each of the three major networks during in 1957-1962 run. First Telecast: September 15, 1957 Last Telecast: September 25, 1962 Episodes: 157 B&W Episodes

CBS Broadcast History

September 1957-June 1959----Sundays----7:30 p.m. (Alternating weekly with The Jack Benny Show)

NBC Broadcast History

June 1959-September 1961----Thursdays----9:00 p.m.

ABC Broadcast History

October 1961-September 1962----Tuesdays----8:00 p.m.

Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better)

Never ranked above 25moreless


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  • John Forsythe

    John Forsythe

    Bentley Gregg

    Alice Backes

    Alice Backes

    Vickie (1957-1958)

    Evelyn Scott

    Evelyn Scott

    Adelaide Mitchell (1960-1962)

    Ian Carmichael

    Ian Carmichael

    Peter Lamb

    Noreen Corcoran

    Noreen Corcoran

    Kelly Gregg