Accidental Family

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Accidental Family
Jerry Van Dyke Accidental Family.JPG
Jerry Van Dyke as Jerry Webster.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Melville Shavelson
Written by Sam Bobrick
Bill Idelson
Harvey Miller
Peter Myerson
Bernie Orenstein
Mel Shavelson
Jack Sher
Treva Silverman
Saul Turtletaub
James L. Brooks
Directed by Don Appell
Earl Bellamy
Sheldon Leonard
Bob Sweeney
Starring Jerry Van Dyke
Lois Nettleton
Composer(s) Earle Hagen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Sheldon Leonard
Producer(s) Sy Gomberg
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Sheldon Leonard Productions, in association with NBC
Original network NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 15, 1967 (1967-09-15) – January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)

Accidental Family is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC during the first part of the 1967-68 U.S. television season.


The series stars Jerry Van Dyke as a widowed comedian, Jerry Webster, who bought a farm in the San Fernando Valley to serve as a place for him to raise his son, Sandy, when he was not touring. When he was on the road, Sandy was under the care of the farm's manager, divorcée Sue Kramer (Lois Nettleton), who had a daughter the same age as Webster's son.

The program consistently lost in the Nielsen ratings to both the CBS Friday Night Movies and the ABC Western The Guns of Will Sonnett and was cancelled at midseason as a result. It was initially replaced by the first prime-time run of the game show Hollywood Squares.


Actor Role
Jerry Van Dyke Jerry Webster
Lois Nettleton Sue Kramer
Teddy Quinn Sandy Webster
Susan Benjamin Tracy Kramer
Larry D. Mann Marty Warren
Ben Blue Ben McGrath


Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Everywhere a Chick Chick" September 15, 1967
2 "Hot Kid in a Cold Town" September 22, 1967
3 "If You Knew Martha" October 6, 1967
4 "Minnesota Tracey" October 13, 1967
5 "It Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You" October 20, 1967
6 "Halloween's on Us" October 27, 1967
7 "The Making of a Vegetarian" November 3, 1967
8 "The Secret Life of Jerry Webster" November 10, 1967
9 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Playground" November 17, 1967
10 "What is This-Thanksgiving or a Nightmare?" November 24, 1967
11 "The Woodsman" December 1, 1967
12 "The Return of Mr. Ex" December 8, 1967
13 "The Lush Life" December 15, 1967
14 "The Treasure of San Fernando Valley" December 22, 1967
15 "Sandy Gets Tough" December 29, 1967
16 "Who's Been Sleeping in Daddy's Bed?" January 5, 1968


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