Bachelor Father

ABC (ended 1962)



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Bachelor Father

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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

Ian Carmichael

Ian Carmichael

Peter Lamb

John Forsythe

John Forsythe

Bentley Gregg

Sammee Tong

Sammee Tong

Peter Tong

Noreen Corcoran

Noreen Corcoran

Kelly Gregg

Evelyn Scott

Evelyn Scott

Adelaide Mitchell (1960-1962)

Alice Backes

Alice Backes

Vickie (1957-1958)

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  • Interesting Fact From a Nit-Picker

    In the Cast & Crew for this series, Ian Carmichael is listed as being one of the regulars.

    Actually, he was in a British series with the same title. It was broadcast on 1970-1971. It was similar, but his character was wealthy and he was caring for five children who were not related to him.

    The show was loosely based on a true story.
  • Kelly was a recent orphan who was adopted by "Uncle Bentley," a successful, handsome attorney who was always trying to take up with a beautiful girl. Kelly had her normal teenage angst and dilemmas, and Uncle Bentley did his best guide her.moreless

    Kelly was the older teenager who I wanted to be like when I got older. It was shown on reruns at 3 p.m. weekdays when I was in grade school. I would RUN home to watch at least the last 15 minutes. Otherwise, I'd watch it anytime I could. I loved the opening theme song where Kelly, Uncle Bentley, and Peter are riding in the open convertible. If my mind serves me correctly, they changed the theme song in later years which was a mistake. To this day I remember that first theme song from start to finish. What a shame it's not on reruns. It was a "family values" show with a twist, and my favorite show of its time. I was sad when it went off the air.moreless
  • A warm family comedy, in spite of its tragic beginnings.

    Bachelor Father is strikingly similar to Family Affair, except in this show characters corresponding to Buffy and Jody are missing, leaving only a Cissy, named Kelly, cutely and charmingly played by Noreen Corcoran. Like the children from Family Affair, her parents were killed in an accident, thus leaving her in the care of a paternal uncle, a bachelor, with a manservant to help out. He was always on the lookout for a potential bride, and "mother" to his niece. Unlike Family Affair, Bachelor Father was more happy-go-lucky, with little time for psychoanalizing about the trauma of losing her parents. It was more light-hearted. Perhaps that was because she was older than the twins of Family Affair, who suffered more trauma than Cissy. Also, Uncle Bentley, played by a pre-Charley/Blake Carrington John Forsythe, did not seem to express any reservations about taking care of her, and Peter, the servant (Sammee Tong), was more outgoing than Mr. French.

    It had the unusual, if not unique, distinction of having aired on each of the three existing networks. I would like to see it aired on TV Land, or any channel, just so long as it's available for viewing, and on DVD.moreless
  • I had a good laugh out of watching Bachelor Father. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this.moreless

    I had a good laugh out of watching Bachelor Father. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this. Definitely one of the highlights of my television experience this month.I love love this very much.


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