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Bachelor Father

Bachelor Father is a sitcom series, starring John Forsythe in the lead role which aired from September 15, 1957 to September 25, 1962, lasting for five seasons & 157 episodes.

The show originally aired on CBS for three seasons from September 1957 before moving to NBC for its third season in 1959. The final season aired on ABC until its cancellation in 1962.

It was produced by Bachelor Productions and Revue Studios.

Plot

The series centered on the adventures of Bentley Gregg, a wealthy bachelor attorney living in Beverly Hills, California who is caring for his niece, Kelly after her parents' death in a car accident.

Cast

  • John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg
  • Noreen Corcoran as Kelly
  • Sammee Tong as Peter Tong
  • Jimmy Boyd as Howard Meechum

Broadcast History

The series' pilot episode, "A New Girl in His Life", originally aired on "General Electric Theater" on May 26, 1957

"Bachelor Father" was first telecast on CBS on September 15, 1957, originally airing on Sunday evenings on alternating weeks with "The Jack Benny Program" (Benny guest starred on one episode) opposite NBC's "Sally" & ABC's "Maverick".

The show moved to NBC as a weekly series on Thursday nights in June 1959 (the summer 1959 run on NBC were reruns of previous CBS episodes) and concluded its run on that network in September 1961.

"Bachelor Father" then moved on to ABC on Tuesday nights in 1961 for its final season. The last "first run" episode (the 157th unique episode) aired on June 26, 1962, with the remainder of the summer being reruns.

It is the only series to ever run in consecutive seasons on all three major TV networks of the time (ABC, CBS and NBC).

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