TV: Nuclear Families

by qempyrean | created - 09 Aug 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Family sitcoms and dramas of the 1950s thru 70s.

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1. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex, and their children Mary and Jeff. Many situations arise like when they found a baby on their doorstep or take in... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares

Votes: 1,252

2. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy.

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 1,728

3. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson raise their two sons Ricky and David. As the sons age, they experience teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 1,072

4. My Three Sons (1960–1972)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady, Barry Livingston

Votes: 2,858

5. The Patty Duke Show (1963–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle, a newspaper editor in New York City. Curiously, Cathy is the spitting image of her ... See full summary »

Stars: Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert, Paul O'Keefe

Votes: 1,102

6. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 6,249

7. Family Affair (1966–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Bill's comfortable lifestyle must change when he receives a group of unexpected, long-term, guests.

Stars: Brian Keith, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, Johnny Whitaker

Votes: 1,947

8. To Rome with Love (1969–1971)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

After his wife dies, Michael Endicott leaves Iowa with his three daughters to accept a teaching position at the American Overseas School in Rome, Italy. His sister, Harriet Endicott also ... See full summary »

Stars: John Forsythe, Joyce Menges, Susan Neher, Melanie Fullerton

Votes: 41

9. The Danny Thomas Show (1953–1965)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 802

10. Make Room for Granddaddy (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy

An aging entertainer and his wife take on care of their 6-year-old grandson.

Stars: Danny Thomas, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright, Michael Hughes

Votes: 40

11. Eight Is Enough (1977–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

Stars: Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham, Susan Richardson

Votes: 2,347

12. The Partridge Family (1970–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The humorous adventures of a family of pop musicians.

Stars: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce

Votes: 3,200

13. Family (1976–1980)

60 min | Drama, Family

The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.

Stars: Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Gary Frank, Kristy McNichol

Votes: 1,109

14. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a widow marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 11,721

15. Nanny and the Professor (1970–1971)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Ever-cheerful Nanny helps the Everett family with her subtly magical abilities, such as seemingly reading minds, seeing the future or making fortunate coincidences happen.

Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Long, David Doremus, Trent Lehman

Votes: 578



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