The Trouble With Father

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ABC (ended 1955)

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Mr. Lamont Stays All Night
      10/21/50
      0.0
      Stu invites theater star Lamont to stay over, wanting to pitch him on speaking to the school assembly. Meanwhile, Jackie hides the school mascot, a goat, in the guest's room. Stu thinks its a burglar.
    • The Contest
      The Contest
      Episode 2
      10/28/50
      0.0
      Joyce and Nancy both want to win a popularity contest sponsored by a drug store, causing a rift between the friends. Things get out of control when parents start buying votes for their kids.
    • Stu Erwin plays a mild-mannered high-school principal, with June Collyer as his wife.
    • Stu's Holiday
      Stu's Holiday
      Episode 3
      11/4/50
      0.0
      Stu wants to spend the holiday in bed but his family has other ideas.
    • Dr. I.Q. Erwin
      Dr. I.Q. Erwin
      Episode 4
      11/11/50
      0.0
      Stu takes the same I.Q. test as his students and has some explaining to do when he scores more than 50 points under the class average.
    • Father Finds a Genius
      11/18/50
      0.0
      The boys Joyce has been dating are too rough and tough for Stu's taste. He decides to fix her up with his idea of Mr. Right: a brainy genius.
    • Father's Little Gift
      11/25/50
      0.0
      Stu buys June a nightgown in an effort to keep their romance alive, but it meets with disastrous results.
    • June's Romance
      June's Romance
      Episode 7
      12/2/50
      0.0
      Stu considers poisoning June's old boyfriend when he comes for a visit.
    • Thank You, Mr. Jarvis
      12/9/50
      5.5
      Stu is delighted about winning a royal butler in a radio contest, despite June's misgiving that they aren't the type to be fussed over. Naturally, Stu's ready to give Jarvis the axe in very short order. The issue is solved by Jarvis himself when he allows June to auction him off at the Women's Club bazaar.moreless
    • 12/16/50
      8.8
      The Erwin family all catch the acting bug when a movie is being filmed in town. There's also a phony talent agent in town who signs up Joyce and June. Stu steps in to put an end to the deal and ends up the hit of the film.
    • Problem Party
      Problem Party
      Episode 10
      12/23/50
      7.0
      Jackie's upset over not being allowed to attend Joyce's party, so she borrows the school's skeleton to scare the "big girls". That night, everyone in the house thinks they're seeing a walking, talking skeleton when Percy crashes the party in a skeleton costume.
    • Lesson in Tolerance
      12/30/50
      0.0
      Stu's lecture on tolerance has an effect on Jackie. When a bum comes to the door looking for a handout, she's more than happy to help. Soon, she's the "got to" person for every hobo in town.
    • Father Knows Best
      Father Knows Best
      Episode 12
      1/6/51
      0.0
      Jackie thinks Stu's awful for suspending her boyfriend from the basketball team for bad grades. Drexel refuses to take her to the junior prom as a result, but says he'll take whoever cooks the best roast beef for him. To get out the doghouse, Stu becomes the chef.
    • Competition
      Competition
      Episode 13
      1/13/51
      0.0
      Joyce has exiled her parents from the house because she wants to throw a party all by herself. Unfortunately, without her mother, she has no idea what to do. Stu and June, meanwhile, are killing time until they're allowed back in the house.
    • The Ugly Duckling
      The Ugly Duckling
      Episode 14
      1/20/51
      0.0
      A man-stealer is created and her name is Mildred Hopper. At Stu's urging, Joyce and her friend Gertie try and turn frumpy dishrag Mildred into an attractive and popular girl. Thinking she's ignored their efforts at a makeover, the girls fix her up with their boyfriends. Little did they know that she's turned gorgeous.moreless
    • Telephonitis
      Telephonitis
      Episode 15
      1/27/51
      7.0
      Thanks to Willie, Stuart Erwin's listing in the new phone book is wrong. Now he's getting calls for a shady gangster named Erwin Stuart from his floozy girlfriend and "business" associates. A parade of unsavory types parade through Stu's home as he's trying to impress the membership director of the country club.moreless
    • Bugle Sounds
      Bugle Sounds
      Episode 16
      2/3/51
      0.0
      Joyce's boyfriend Drexel is leaving to enlist in the service (he's just not sure which one), so the Erwins throw him a going away party. Stu and Harry Johnson make a bet that they can convince the young man to chose the branch they served in.
    • What Paper Do You Read?
      2/10/51
      0.0
      June and Adele Bliss attend Stu's government civics class so they can be as politically up-to-date as he is.
    • Hot Rod
      Hot Rod
      Episode 18
      2/17/51
      0.0
      The school board thinks Stu is the cause of increasing juvenile delinquency. His involvement in the motor club results in the teens souping up their cars.
    • Cousin Steve Pays a Visit
      2/24/51
      0.0
      Stu makes grand pronouncements on the importance of a close-knit, cooperative family. His words are put to the test when Cousin Steve visits; he's just gotten a job as a mattress tester.
    • High Finance
      High Finance
      Episode 20
      3/3/51
      0.0
      Running short on money, Stu hastily sells his antique antique clock. It's not until later he learns it was worth a fortune because it belonged to Abraham Lincoln.
    • The Helping Hand
      The Helping Hand
      Episode 21
      3/10/51
      0.0
      The Erins try to help a lovesick teacher from Stu's school who's requested a transfer.
    • Wedding Bells
      Wedding Bells
      Episode 22
      3/17/51
      0.0
      Thinking Joyce and Drexel are going to elope, Stu gets Willie's help to stop them from running off.
    • Black Saturday
      Black Saturday
      Episode 23
      3/24/51
      0.0
      June is envious of a neighbor's new dishwasher. Stu and Willie come to her rescue with a do-it-yourself dishwasher assembly kit.
    • Father and Shakespeare
      3/31/51
      0.0
      The mayor asks Stu to entertain a visiting psychiatrist for the weekend. Additionally, Stu tries to settle the question of who really wrote the Bard's plays.
    • Stu's Private Eye
      Stu's Private Eye
      Episode 25
      4/7/51
      0.0
      Joyce has been going out every evening without explanation, so Stu and Willie turn private eye. She's secretly working to buy a gift for her parents' anniversary, but Stu has completely forgotten about the important date.
    • Class Reunion
      Class Reunion
      Episode 26
      4/14/51
      0.0
      A couple of Stu's old college buddies go crazy staging practical jokes at the Erwin house. The happens just after Stu has lectured about being tidy and punctual.
    • Erwin Goes to the Dogs
      4/21/51
      0.0
      A neighbor's new hunting dog causes Stu to think he needs one, too. This inspires Jackie to head to the pound to find a dog for father.
    • Interior Decorating
      4/28/51
      0.0
      Stu wants to surprise June by sprucing up the house a bit. His efforts at do-it-yourself wallpapering and painting collapse in disaster.
    • Milk of Human Kindness
      5/5/51
      0.0
      Good Samaritan Stu disrupts the household by inviting a homeless youth to stay at the Erwins' home.
    • Baby Knows Best
      Baby Knows Best
      Episode 30
      5/12/51
      0.0
      Stu gets headaches he anticipated when he fills in for Joyce as a babysitter. He has to deal with an unpredictable baby and unpleasant parents whose marriage is on the rocks.
    • Weighty Problem
      Weighty Problem
      Episode 31
      5/19/51
      0.0
      One of Stu's old school buddies drops by the weekend. Now an insurance salesman, he pressures Stu to buy an additional policy because he's so physically unfit. This prompts Stu to begin exercising.
    • Father Picks a Queen
      5/26/51
      0.0
      Grabbing the wrong haircare product unintentionally turns Stu into a blonde bombshell. Joyce's effort to become a bombshell has her buying a bathing suit that's too revealing for father's tastes.
    • The Great Debate
      The Great Debate
      Episode 33
      6/2/51
      7.0
      It's boys against girls as the local men complain that their wives' involvement in clubs occupy too much of their time. Stu's anonymous "angry husband" letter in the paper results in him defending his position opposite June on the radio.
    • The Burglar Alarm
      The Burglar Alarm
      Episode 34
      6/9/51
      7.0
      Stu and Willie hookup a home alarm system so sensitive that even the cat sets it off. A few false alarms later, June disconnects it. Meanwhile, a robber is casing the Erwins' home for his next heist.
    • Many Happy Returns
      Many Happy Returns
      Episode 35
      6/16/51
      0.0
      June takes a job with a florist to afford the shotgun Stu's been coveting for his birthday. She finds herself in a tight spot when her boss turns out to be a bookie.
    • The Present
      The Present
      Episode 36
      6/23/51
      0.0
      June and Adele exchange birthday gifts. Neither likes the other's gift and both decide to exchange them at the store. Meanwhile, Stu tries to build a greenhouse with the help of his neighbor Larry (Classic TV Archive)
    • Private Enterprise
      Private Enterprise
      Episode 37
      6/30/51
      0.0
      It all started when Jackie ordered an aquarium, to be paid for COD. When father points out to his family the value of money and private enterprise, the family takes it big. What Stu doesn't realize is the complicated mess Jackie can get into by selling newspapers and cookies to pay for her aquarium until the Internal Revenue Department catches up with her (Classic TV Archive)moreless
    • TV Comes to the Erwins
      7/7/51
      8.5
      Stu finally gives in a buys a television set. Always the do-it-yourselfer, he insists on installing the antenna and almost kills himself in the process.
    • Springtime for Father
      7/14/51
      6.0
      After years of talk, Stu and Harry make up their minds to go on a camping trip. This is the last way their wives want to spend their vacations, so they make the guys get acclimated to the outdoors by roughing it in a tent in the back yard.
    • Doctor's Examination
      7/21/51
      0.0
      June sends Stu to the doctor for an exam since he's been grumpy and out of sorts lately. Thanks to a mix-up of medical charts, the family thinks Stu's time in this world is brief.
    • Barbecue
      Barbecue
      Episode 41
      7/28/51
      0.0
      Joyce is stewing because dreamy Drexel is always next door with Nancy barbecuing. Stu's idea is to lure the boy over to their house by inviting him to their next cook out. The truth is that Drexel is interested in whoever is feeding him at the moment.
    • Quaratine
      Quaratine
      Episode 42
      8/4/51
      0.0
      Jackie comes down with the mumps, causing the whole Erwin household to be placed under quarantine. Also, Stu is anxious for the school board to approve an assistant for him.
    • Dear Dora
      Dear Dora
      Episode 43
      8/11/51
      0.0
      The family's vacation plans are scrapped because an old friend of June shows up to visit. Unmarried, June and Stu decided to find her a husband.
    • June Serves on a Jury
      8/18/51
      0.0
      Stu becomes jealous of the defense attorney when June serves jury duty.
    • Nothing But the Truth
      8/25/51
      7.0
      After catching Jackie in a fib, Stu makes her swear to always tell the truth. Keeping her promise, she proceeds to cause a fight between Drexel and Joyce, insult a tacky-dressing neighbor, and tell rude Uncle George what everyone really thinks of him.
    • Roughing It
      Roughing It
      Episode 46
      9/1/51
      0.0
      Stu and Fred's camping trip is interrupted by Betty and the Erwin women who accidentally sumble upon their rustic camp.
    • Cafe Society
      Cafe Society
      Episode 47
      9/8/51
      0.0
      A friend of Joyce, a finishing school student, returns to town. Joyce gets a dose of "high socieity" when she's invited to attend Miss Frittingham's finishing school.
    • I Spy
      I Spy
      Episode 48
      9/15/51
      0.0
      Jackie makes up a secret code which attracts the FBI. They investigate the Erwins, suspecting them of divulging classified information.
    • Track Meet
      Track Meet
      Episode 49
      9/22/51
      0.0
      When the track team finds itself without a coach, Stu volunteers to fill the position.
    • That's My Mother
      That's My Mother
      Episode 50
      9/29/51
      0.0
      June is named "Mother of the Year", supposedly by the women's clubs in town, when she's targeted by a phony publicity scam.
    • The Pen is Mightier
      10/6/51
      7.0
      Under threat of losing the school newspaper because its so dull, Stu anonymously writes a gossip column. It features a tidbit about Joyce's boyfriend meeting her friend Mary at the ice cream shop. Without bothering to see if its true, Joyce declares war on both of them. Stu, meanwhile, fends off people demanding to know who "Charlie Campus" really is.moreless
    • It's Just Money
      It's Just Money
      Episode 52
      10/13/51
      0.0
      Jackie concocts a bizarre system for picking winning football game scores. It's so convincing, the family is prepared to spend $10,000 in the endeavour.
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