The Courtship of Eddie's Father
|The Courtship of Eddie's Father|
From left: Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz and Miyoshi Umeki, 1969.
|Created by||James Komack|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||73 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||September 17, 1969 – March 1, 1972|
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is an American television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on the book written by Mark Toby (edited by Dorothy Wilson). It tells the story of a widower, Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby), who is a magazine publisher, and his son, Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz), who believes his father should marry, and manipulates situations surrounding the women his father is interested in. ABC had acquired the rights to the story; the series debuted on September 17, 1969, and was last broadcast on March 1, 1972.
Comedy producer James Komack served as both the creator and the executive producer of the show. The television show's theme song, "Best Friend", was written and performed by Harry Nilsson, and was played over opening credits showing Bixby and Cruz in various happy moments. The song has often been used since that time as an iconic indication of father-son bonding.
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The show centered on Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby), a handsome, thirty-something magazine publisher and widower from Los Angeles who had shouldered the responsibility of raising his freckled-faced, six-year-old son, Eddie (Brandon Cruz), who often cleverly manipulated his father about getting a new wife, shortly after the death of Eddie's mother and Tom's wife, Helen. Tom's domestic arrangements were managed, highly competently, by his Japanese housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki), who was diplomatic and full of sage advice and would also look after Eddie, especially with his dirty work. Mrs. Livingston is best remembered for the way she addressed Bixby's character as "Mr. Eddie's Father". Tom worked with Tina Rickles (Kristina Holland), who was his secretary at the magazine company. Norman Tinker (James Komack), who was the head of another family, worked as a radical photographer at the same company, and would also become Eddie's occasional uncle.
In 1970, Bill Bixby made his debut as a director, going on to direct eight episodes of the show.
The show was canceled in 1972, when Bixby had a falling out with James Komack on the direction of the show. Many of the later episodes focused on Norman, Tom, and Eddie rather than on the relationship between Tom and Eddie. Years after the show was canceled, the show became quietly popular as reruns in syndication.
Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz are the only two actors to appear in every episode of the series.
- Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett – A widower and a magazine editor
- Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett – Tom's son
- Miyoshi Umeki as Mrs. Livingston – Tom's and Eddie's housekeeper
- Kristina Holland as Tina Rickles – Tom's secretary
- James Komack as Norman Tinker – Tom's partner at a magazine company
Guest stars 
During its three-season run, many familiar or up-and-coming actors who guest-starred on the show went on to become successful stars, including: Jodie Foster, Sally Struthers, Bruce Kirby, Pat Harrington, Jr., Diana Muldaur, Willie Aames, Warren Berlinger, Suzanne Pleshette, Yvonne Craig, Cicely Tyson, Richard X. Slattery, Tippi Hedren, Trisha Noble, John Fiedler, Alan Oppenheimer, Lou Jacobi, Will Geer, Bill Dana, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Ronny Graham, Ann Prentiss, Ron Ely, Carol Lawrence, and George Takei. Future Happy Days stars Pat Morita and Erin Moran also made guest appearances. Established stars also made cameo appearances, such as Eve McVeagh as a grumpy neighbor named Lorraine Karn, Sammy Davis, Jr. as an insurance man, and Bixby's then-wife Brenda Benet as Tom's girlfriend.
Rejected series 
In 2003, filming began on a new television pilot which starred Ken Marino and Josh Hutcherson, but it was not picked up by a network. The child star of the previous series, Brandon Cruz, played a supporting role.
DVD releases 
On September 27, 2011, Warner Bros. released The Courtship of Eddie's Father: The Complete First Season on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release. Season 2 was released on October 9, 2012 via Warner Archive.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||26||September 27, 2011|
|The Complete Second Season||24||October 9, 2012|
- "In 1971 Bill Bixby received an Emmy nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Courtship of Eddie's Father." The Courtship of Eddie's Father Online
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- "The Courtship of Eddie's Father - 'The Complete 2nd Season' of Bill Bixby's Show is on DVD Today".
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