Professional Father

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Professional Father
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Harry Kronman
Written by Bob Schiller
Directed by Sherman Marks
Starring Stephen Dunne
Barbara Billingsley
Beverly Washburn
Phyllis Coates
Joseph Kearns
Arthur Q. Bryan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Producer(s) Harry Kronman
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Television
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 8 – July 2, 1955

Professional Father is an American situation comedy that aired from January to July 1955 on CBS. The series stars Stephen Dunne. It replaced That's My Boy in the CBS schedule.[1]


Dr. Tom Wilson (Dunne) is a child psychologist who is successful with his patients but less than effective with his own family. Barbara Billingsley, two years before she was cast as the concerned mother in Leave It to Beaver, played Tom's wife, Helen Wilson.[2]Beverly Washburn starred as daughter Kathryn "Kit" Wilson. Ted Marc portrayed the son, Tom Wilson, Jr., or "Twig".[2]

Phyllis Coates and Joseph Kearns played the neighbors, Madge (a nurse) and Fred Allen. Ann O'Neal starred as the housekeeper "Nana", and Arthur Q. Bryan played Mr. Boggs, the handyman. The series was created and produced by Harry Kronman, directed by Sherman Marks, and partly written by Bob Schiller.[3]

Production notes[edit]

Professional Father, a mid-season replacement for the sitcom That's My Boy, offered new episodes from January 8 to July 2, 1955. Professional Father aired opposite The George Gobel Show on NBC and The Stork Club, a talk show on ABC hosted by Sherman Billingsley. In the fall of 1955, Professional Father was succeeded in the 10 p.m. Eastern Saturday time slot with the first season of James Arness's Gunsmoke, which became the longest running western series in television history.[4]


  1. ^ Oliver, Wayne (December 16, 1954). "Big Networks Favoring More Canned Shows". The Petaluma Argus-Courier. California, Petaluma. Associated Press. p. 16. Retrieved December 16, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Professional Father". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved April 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1997, p. 676
  4. ^ Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Guide to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992, appendix