The Courtship of Eddie's Father

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Episode Guide

    • Hello, Mrs. Bessinger, Goodbye
      Hello, Mrs. Bessinger, Goodbye
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      11/4/70
      9.2
      A free-spirited girl enters Tom's life.
    • And Eddie Makes Three
      And Eddie Makes Three
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/1/69
      8.8
      Tom is close to proposing to his girlfriend, Lynn Bardman. When Eddie catches a cold and Mrs. Livingston can't take care of him because she's also ill, Tom asks Lynn to play nurse to Eddie for the day. She finds the responsibilities of caring for a child and running a household to be more than she bargained for, however. At the end of the day, Lynn wonders if she is ready to be a good mother to Eddie.moreless
    • The Road to You Know Where is Paved with You Know What
      A retired school teacher unknowingly alienates Eddie from his father.
    • A Loaf of Bread, a Bar of Soap and a Jar of Peanut Butter
      A little girl discovers that her widowed father is about to remarry.
    • Thy Neighbor Loves Thee
      Thy Neighbor Loves Thee
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/17/71
      8.6
      Tom's new neighbors are driving him crazy with kindness.
    • The Karate Story
      The Karate Story
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/12/72
      8.6
      Looking for a new father/son activity, Tom and Eddie settle on karate lessons. Disaster results, however, when Eddie tries using his new knowledge to deal with a bully at school.
    • Getting Back on the Horse
      Getting Back on the Horse
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      9/29/71
      8.6
      Eddie learns to cope with fear.
    • They're Either Too Young or Too Old
      1/21/70
      8.6
      Eddie has a crush on his babysitter, who has a crush on Tom.
    • When the Shoe Is on the Other Foot, It Doesn't Fit
      11/25/70
      8.5
      A liberated woman has Tom delighted but not in love.
    • Who Wants to Sail Down the Amazon, Anyway?
      11/18/70
      8.5
      Eddie's grandfather visits.
    • A Little Help From My Friend
      A Little Help From My Friend
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      2/9/72
      8.5
      Eddie and Norman spend the weekend alone with one of Norman's bachelor friends, an actuary who is obsessed with pointing out and mitigating every risk he encounters.
    • Happy Birthday to You
      Happy Birthday to You
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/3/71
      8.5
      Norman doesn't want the surprise birthday party Tom and Eddie are planning for him.
    • The Blarney Stone Girl
      The Blarney Stone Girl
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      12/15/71
      8.4
      Tom meets a charming klutz with an inferiority complex.
    • The Bicycle Theft
      The Bicycle Theft
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/20/71
      8.4
      A lesson in responsibility for Eddie gets out of hand.
    • The Hospital
      The Hospital
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      1/20/71
      8.4
      Eddie gets scared when Tom goes to the hospital for a routine physical.
    • Bully for You
      Bully for You
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/5/69
      8.4
      Eddie has been having trouble with a bully at school named Joey Kelly, and refuses to fight back even after Tom teaches him the fine art of self-defense through boxing techniques. Tom is puzzled about Eddie's reluctance to defend himself, until he is called to the school and discovers the identity of the bully. When Tom realizes Joey stays at home alone after school, he invites her to their apartment - much to Eddie's dismay. Tom feels that Mrs. Livingston is just the woman to refine the little tow-headed tomboy. During dinner, she teaches Joey to serve Tom and Eddie Japanese-style. But Joey grows increasingly indignant at having to serve Eddie and wait for her own dinner, and finally explodes. Eddie then must decide whether he will follow his father's orders never to hit a girl, or if he will follow Mr. Kelly's advice and "belt her back."moreless
    • The Investors
      The Investors
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      1/26/72
      8.4
      Norman is eager to get rich, and convinces Tom to speculate on an oil well with him.
    • To Catch a Thief
      To Catch a Thief
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      3/10/71
      8.4
      Eddie joins a gang which demands that its members practice shoplifting.
    • Gentleman Friend
      Gentleman Friend
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      11/12/69
      8.3
      Spring is in the air, and Mrs. Livingston has been very distracted lately. Tom discovers it's because there is a new man in her life, and he tries to find out all he can about the Japanese businessman, Mr. Sato. When Mr. Sato asks Mrs. Livingston to become his wife, Eddie is upset - he knows this means she will no longer be taking care of him and his father. Then Mr. Sato announces that he and Mrs. Livingston will have to move back to Tokyo after the wedding, causing Mrs. Livingston to reconsider the proposal.moreless
    • The Candidate
      The Candidate
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/22/71
      8.3
      Tom is recruited to run for school board.
    • Eddie's Will
      Eddie's Will
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/28/70
      8.3
      Eddie learns about the pain of growing up.
    • Gifts Are for Giving
      Gifts Are for Giving
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      12/23/70
      8.3
      Norman highly treasures a gift.
    • Pain
      Pain
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      10/22/69
      8.3
      Eddie is reluctant to attend his first day of school, and refuses to stay once he arrives. Although Tom finally convinces Eddie he must return the next day, the transition still proves to be difficult. When a bully makes fun of the fact that Eddie has no mother, Eddie strikes the boy and ends up with a black eye. Tom feels he should protect Eddie from the world a little while longer, and get him a tutor - until Mrs. Livingston points out that this would be unwise. He then decides to use reverse psychology to make Eddie want to go to school. Tom announces to Eddie that he will teach him at home with a rigorous course of study. The plan backfires at first, until Tom plays his trump card - he tells Eddie they will no longer be able to afford Mrs. Livingston if Tom gives up his job to teach him.moreless
    • Or Else
      Or Else
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/10/71
      8.3
      Tina asks Tom for a raise.
    • Very Young Man With a Horn
      Very Young Man With a Horn
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      1/19/72
      8.3
      Tom begins an escalating battle of principle when the upstairs neighbor, who has a history of producing his own fair amount of noise, demands that Eddie stop playing the saxophone he borrowed from a friend.
    • Two's Company
      Two's Company
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      10/27/71
      8.2
      A divorced couple makes Tom's life miserable.
    • A Little Get Together for Cissy
      A Little Get Together for Cissy
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      1/6/71
      8.2
      Tom's sophisticated boss Cissy falls for him.
    • The Secret Box
      The Secret Box
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      12/2/70
      8.2
      Eddie begins to think that he was adopted.
    • The Encounter Group
      The Encounter Group
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      2/3/71
      8.2
      Tina expresses her feelings about Tom and Norman in a group encounter meeting.
    • Member of the Wedding
      Member of the Wedding
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/3/69
      8.2
      Tina proposes to Norman.
    • Mrs. Livingston, I Presume
      Mrs. Livingston, I Presume
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/17/69
      8.1
      Eddie meets a newly-arrived young starlet, Dolly Daly during an MGM studios tour, and invites her home to stay with him and Tom - his "kind, generous, and handsome father."
    • The Choice
      The Choice
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      1/5/72
      8.1
      Tom and Eddie's new pediatrician quickly fall in love with each other, but she has to make a heart wrenching decision to either marry Tom or accept a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to study in Switzerland.
    • Time For a Change
      Time For a Change
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      2/23/72
      8.1
      Tom considers buying a new house that is in need of repair.
    • Free is a Four Letter Word
      Free is a Four Letter Word
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      2/25/70
      8.1
      Tom has been ordered by his boss to fire his best friend
    • Don't Look Now, But Your Scorpio's Rising
      3/4/70
      8.1
      Tom's nutty secretary has become interested in astrology and quits her job.
    • Mother of the Year
      Mother of the Year
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      12/17/69
      8.1
      Tom tried to take Eddie's mother's place at a school party.
    • A Night Out for the Boys
      A Night Out for the Boys
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      12/10/69
      8.0
      An overnight camping trip leads to a Corbett-Lockwood quarrel.
    • The Lonely Weekend
      The Lonely Weekend
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      2/17/71
      8.0
      While Eddie's away, Tom plans to spend the weekend with his girlfriend.
    • Who Pulled the Blues Right Out of the Horn?
      12/24/69
      8.0
      Eddie's flamboyant Aunt Kate comes for a visit.
    • The Mod Couple
      The Mod Couple
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      1/28/70
      8.0
      Mrs. Livingston departs, leaving Eddie and Tom alone.
    • Tell It Like I'm Telling You It Is
      10/6/71
      8.0
      A small accident causes big legal problems.
    • The Magic Mrs. Rickles
      The Magic Mrs. Rickles
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      3/3/71
      8.0
      Tina's mother's belief in magic leaves an impression on Eddie.
    • Everybody Needs a Brother
      Everybody Needs a Brother
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      3/17/71
      8.0
      Eddie works fervently to get himself a brother.
    • An F for Mrs. Livingston
      An F for Mrs. Livingston
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      11/26/69
      8.0
      Mrs. Livingston failed her English test, causing Eddie to think she will commit harikari to save face.
    • A Brave at Natchanoony
      A Brave at Natchanoony
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      12/8/71
      8.0
      Tom sends reluctant Eddie to camp for the first time. Godfather Norman drives Tom crazy with his constant fear that Eddie isn't ready to be left alone.
    • The Littlest Kidnapper
      The Littlest Kidnapper
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/8/69
      8.0
      Eddie decides it isn't fair that Mrs. Livingston is all alone in the world. After precocious Eddie goes into a lengthy explanation about pollination, he stuns his dad by suggesting that he pollinate Mrs. Livingston - so she can have her own little boy. Tom quickly nixes the idea, but Eddie is determined to provide her with a child. He brings home ("kidnaps") Frank, the perfect Japanese boy he found at school, and announces to a bewildered Mrs. Livingston that he's her new son. The boy's separated parents are brought together when they find their child at the Corbetts'. Tom then lends a listening ear to Frank's father, who is troubled over his crumbling marriage and distant relationship with his son.moreless
    • A Five-Pound Monkey on His Stomach
      A Five-Pound Monkey on His Stomach
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      2/18/70
      8.0
      Norman has to lose five pounds in two days.
    • Guardian for Eddie
      Guardian for Eddie
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      2/4/70
      8.0
      Tom tries to find a future guardian for Eddie.
    • The Ghetto Girl
      The Ghetto Girl
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      1/13/71
      8.0
      Tom tries to help a girl from the ghetto with a chip on her shoulder.
    • How Do You Know If It's Really Love?
      1/7/70
      7.9
      Eddie is suffering from a case of puppy love
    • Teacher's Pet
      Teacher's Pet
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/24/69
      7.9
      Tom receives a mysterious note from Eddie's teacher, Miss Allen, saying she wants to discuss him. Fearing the worst, he goes to the school to meet the teacher. He's doubly pleased when he finds out that not only is Eddie a very bright student, but his teacher is young and attractive. The two hit it off immediately, and begin dating. The relationship between his dad and his teacher causes problems for Eddie, who is dubbed the "Teacher's Pet" by his classmates. After Eddie gets in a fistfight with some other boys over things they have said about his father and Miss Allen, Tom and the teacher are forced to reconsider the impact of their romance on Eddie.moreless
    • Discipline is a Four Letter Word Spelled Love
      3/24/71
      7.8
      Tom wonders if he’s being too permissive with Eddie.
    • The Library Card
      The Library Card
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      12/31/69
      7.8
      Eddie loses the very first library book he takes out.
    • The Rift
      The Rift
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      1/27/71
      7.7
      Tom refuses to buy a horse for Eddie.
    • Any Friend of Dad's
      Any Friend of Dad's
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      11/19/69
      7.7
      An old college acquaintance of Tom's - Harvey - appears at the Corbetts' front door. Eddie thinks his father's friend is both fascinating and fun, but Tom is annoyed with Harvey's constant reminiscences of their college days and his immature antics. Due to Eddie's pleading and Harvey's manipulation, Tom unenthusiastically invites him to spend the night - which turns into several. Eddie generously gives up his bed to Harvey, telling Tom he wanted to do it because he's such a good friend of his dad's. Tom then finds it awkward to ask Harvey to leave even after he takes advantage of the Corbetts' generosity and wears out his welcome. When Harvey suddenly announces his departure, his kind gestures toward all of them teach Tom an important lesson in friendship.moreless
    • It's All Write With Me
      It's All Write With Me
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      2/2/72
      7.7
      An old friend returns and convinces Tom to resume writing a novel he started 10 years ago. That is, until he remembers why he stopped in the first place.
    • Fear is for Understanding
      Fear is for Understanding
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      12/16/70
      7.7
      Tom tries to exorcise a ghost.
    • Guess Who's Coming for Lunch?
      Guess Who's Coming for Lunch?
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      10/29/69
      7.7
      Eddie wants to invite his new, fatherless friend, Max, over for the weekend. He plays matchmaker for Tom, suggesting that he invite Max's mother, Betty, over for dinner as she drops Max off. Eddie feels she would make a great date for Tom, as she is beautiful, and a "full-grown mother" who is "already broken in". Tom agrees to be set up on this blind date, and invites over both Max and Betty. When Max and his mom arrive at their apartment, however, Tom is surprised to find that Betty is not what he expected.moreless
    • A Very Different Drummer
      A Very Different Drummer
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/13/71
      7.7
      Tom and Eddie try to convince Norman it is okay to be a kook.
    • The Important Word is 'And'
      The Important Word is 'And'
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/7/70
      7.7
      Tom learns a lesson in what not to do when Eddie joins a boys' club.
    • I Thought, You Thought
      I Thought, You Thought
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/14/70
      7.5
      A new man seems to have come into Mrs. Livingston's life.
    • Prince Charming
      Prince Charming
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      12/29/71
      7.5
      Eddie takes the lead role in a school play to get out of doing homework. He has second thoughts when he's told he has to kiss a girl on the lips.
    • The Computer
      The Computer
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/15/69
      7.5
      Norman convinces Tom to try computer dating - to "bravely submit to mechanizing his libido" - in order to get first-hand information for the magazine article Norman is writing. Tom's computer date, Diane, turns out to be a better match for Eddie than for him, however. Since Eddie is so fond of her, Tom decides he should give her another chance - to see if they are "computable". While Tom stays home with a cold, Diane takes Eddie to her office to see the computer and lets him fill out a dating questionnaire for demonstration. When the computer matches Eddie to her, she and Tom realize why they had been paired up, also.moreless
    • The Promise
      The Promise
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      2/11/70
      7.5
      Tom tries to prevent Mrs. Livingston from being deported.
    • The Unbirthday Present
      The Unbirthday Present
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/23/70
      7.5
      Eddie discovers that making home movies has more problems than he thought.
    • My Son, The Artist
      My Son, The Artist
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/15/71
      7.4
      Nude models are the subject in this story about the trials of parenthood.
    • The Business Trip
      The Business Trip
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/21/70
      7.4
      Tom has to tell Eddie that he has to work on the night of the school play.
    • We Love Annie
      We Love Annie
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      3/1/72
      7.3
      Mr. Landon is Annie's boss at an answering service company.
    • In the Eye of the Beholder
      In the Eye of the Beholder
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      2/16/72
      7.2
      Tina purchases a painting for $16 from a street vendor to give to Tom as a gift. When an art dealer informs that that it's a French masterpiece and he wants to purchase it for $5,000, they begin to regret she ever bought it.
    • Dear Mr. Cooper (a.k.a.) Eddie Meets an Astronaut
      2/10/71
      7.2
      Eddie meets Apollo 13 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in a story about privacy.
    • Love is for Sharing
      Love is for Sharing
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/11/70
      7.0
      An Indian orphan teaches Eddie and Tom about sharing.
    • A Little Red
      A Little Red
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      12/1/71
      7.0
      Tom tries to be a good host to a visiting Soviet editor who has a very negative view of American values and makes Eddie want to become a communist.
    • Money is a Five Letter Word
      Money is a Five Letter Word
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      3/11/70
      6.0
      Eddie finds ten thousand dollars.
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