Fifty-five years ago today, the sitcom Family Affair premiered. The opening sequence, a kaleidoscope of gems and the theme music are such a warm comforting memory for me. As a kid, I was obsessed with their doorknobs in the middle of the doors and Mrs. Beasley. As I grew up, I became obsessed with their impressive list of guest stars like Myrna Loy, June Lockhart, Ida Lupino, Ann McCrea, Lee Meriwether, Erin Moran, Even Plumb, and Robert Reed.
Bill’s comfortable lifestyle must change when he receives a group of unexpected, long-term, guests.
Created by: Edmund L. Hartmann, Don Fedderson
Directed by: Charles Barton, William D. Russell
Starring: Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Kathy Garver, Johnny Whitaker, Anissa Jones
Theme music composer: Frank De Vol
Composers: Jeff Alexander, Nathan Scott
No. of season: 5
No. of episodes: 138
Running time: 25 minutes
Production companies: Don Fedderson Productions, Family Affair Company
Distributor: Viacom Enterprises (1973-1975), CBS Television Distribution (domestic), NBCUniversal Television Distribution (internationally)
Original release: September 12, 1966 – March 4, 1971
Bill Davis is a highly paid and successful engineer living in a large apartment in New York with his valet, Mr. Giles French . His life is suddenly changed when his niece, Buffy shows up. In the midst of deciding what to do, Buffy’s twin brother, Jody shows up, and Bill has to leave for Peru. Once he leaves, Buffy and Jody’s older sister, Cissy shows up. Bill and French’s life is suddenly changed as they become surrogate parents for the 3 children.