Family Affair

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Family Affair
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Family Affair was one of those successful family comedies of the 1960's. Bill Davis' carefree existence as a swinging bachelor was just about perfect. A highly paid consulting engineer, he maintained an elegant apartment off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and had his domestic needs cared for by a very English gentleman's gentleman, Mr. French. Into this life of independence came three young orphans, the 6-year old twins Buffy and Jody and 15-year-old Cissy. Their parents, Bill's brother and sister-in-law, had died in an accident, and other relatives felt that Bill could best provide for them. Despite initial misgivings, Bill and French became very attached to the children and learned to adjust their lifestyle to make room for the new members of the household. Mr. French, a stickler for neatness and order, had the toughest adjustment to make, he was with the children all the time while Bill was often out of town on assignments. All in all, they were a happy family. Family Affair aka Fedderson & Hartmann's Family Affair is A DON FEDDERSON PRODUCTION in association with the CBS Television Network. Distributed by Paramount-VIACOM Television and CBS Television Network Distribution. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Broadcast History: {CBS Nighttime} Sep. 12, 1966-Sep. 15, 1969, CBS Monday at 9:30-10:00pm Sep. 25, 1969-Sep. 9, 1971, CBS Thursday at 7:30-8:00pm. {CBS Daytime} Sep. 7, 1970-Sep. 1, 1972 at 11:00-11:30am on CBS-TV Sep. 4, 1972-Jan. 12, 1973 at 4:00-4:30pm on CBS-TV. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Ranks in the top 30 Nielsen Ratings No. 14 (tie) in the 1966-1967 Season (with "The Dean Martin Show") No. 4 (tie) in the 1967-1968 Season (with "Gunsmoke" & "Bonanza") No. 5 in the 1968-1969 & 1969-1970 Seasons No Ranking in the 1970-1971 Season.moreless
Johnny Whitaker

Johnny Whitaker

Jonathan Joshua "Jody" Davis

Sebastian Cabot

Sebastian Cabot

Mr. Giles French

Anissa Jones

Anissa Jones

Ava Elizabeth "Buffy" Davis

John Williams (II)

John Williams (II)

Mr. Nigel French [ eps. 18-26 ]

Nancy Walker

Nancy Walker

Emily Turner [ season 5 ]

Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver

Catherine "Cissy" Davis

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Those were the days...

    10
    Growing up in the sixties, I think we were so lucky to see good family shows. Me tv is showing family affair and it brings warm, happy memories. Family affair depicted family stepping up to the plate and taking care of family. I also loved "uncle Bill's" wonderful understanding of listening to children and not jumping to conclusions .
  • The good ole days

    10
    I watched this show as a child and loved it. The show wasn't about a perfect family with a mom and dad. I loved how Uncle Bill wasn't so soft spoken,, he was like a real dad. I was so glad to see this back on tv again! MeTv is awesome.
  • A very cute show with adorable, lovable characters.

    10
    I loved this show when I was little, and I am SO excited to have found all seasons of this show at my local library! I feel all warm and happy watching this show on DVD. I haven't seen this since it was on the air in the 60's, and it takes me back to when TV was a new thing for kids. More of a treat than a babysitter.

    This is one of the few, great pieces of American TV that will last forever. The story lines are still potent today as they were then, just with some extra "fluff and sugar".

    Great TV for all ages, at any time of life!moreless
  • This was a warm, but often serious, family comedy of the 1960s-70s.

    9.6
    I've written a few reviews for selected episodes, and plan on writing more, so now it's time for one on the show itself. It's just like the above summary says. I don't know if it was patterned after Bachelor Father (1957-62) but there were similarities. Bentley Gregg and Bill Davis were both swinging well-to-do bachelors whose brother and sister-in-law were killed in an accident and were left with the responsibilty of caring for the children. One difference was the approach. Bachelor Father was more light-hearted and uplifting. It was sad that Kelly Gregg's parents were killed, but life goes on, and that's that. Life would go on for the Davis children too, but it was more of a struggle at first, and their difficulties coping with their loss were highlighted, as was Uncle Bill's and Mr. French's in caring for them. and there was the constant fear of rejection that Cissy, Jody and Buffy had after having been shuffled around before finally settling down with Uncle Bill. That doesn't make it superior or inferior to BF. It depends on what you're in the mood for. FA was also light-hearted and uplifting, but it dealt with sensitive topics without being controversial, which makes it ahead of its time. The attempt in 2002 to remake it was a failure. The original was and is a family classic.moreless
  • Bill Davis is enjoying life as a bachelor when his three orphaned neices and nephew are dropped on his doorstep. Bill's adoration for the children is immediately obvious however he doesn't think he would make a good parent.moreless

    10
    This show is unique. Situation comedies in the 60's were very comedy based. This show is about love and how family love can help one through difficult times. The endings of the shows are not always happy, infact they often aren't. But Uncle Bill's love for the children is always evident in all episodes. The kids are cute but what I like about the show is how Uncle Bill interacts with the kids. There is a lot more substance to this show compared to other shows of similar type from the same era (e.g. Brady Bunch). The actors were all tremendous. I love they way that Sebastian Cabot reads Winnie the Pooh to the kids, when he had in fact been the narrator in the feature length Disney version. I never got to watch this show as a kid. I have recently started watching the dvds Seasons 1 - 3. Can't wait for Seasons 4 and 5.moreless
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    Comedy

    Themes

    60s, 70s