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TV Shows - My Three Sons

Starting out in 1960, this series initially had veteran movie actor Fred MacMurray("Double Indemnity") play Steve Douglas, the widowed father of three sons ranging from seven to 18 years of age. Since Steve was often away with his job as an aeronautical engineer, his father-in-law 'Bub'Casey (played by William Frawley- 'Fred Mertz' of "I Love Lucy" fame) handled the housework and most of the day-to-day care of his grandsons in a gruff but heart-of-gold approach. This format stayed rather static the first five years but between Bill Frawley becoming too frail for the producers to want to continut him as a regular and Tim Considine (who'd played the oldest son Mike) not being able to continue his character, the format changed drastically in 1965 with Mike getting married to his longtime girlfriend Sally (played by the always fetching late Merideth MacRae) and the characters moving offstage while Bub returned to Ireland to help care for his ancient Aunt Katey! To keep the format intact, Bub's brother Charley(William Demerest) came to live with the family and kept doing the housework and son rearing while they Steve adopted his yougest son's friend Ernie so there would still be 'my three sons' in the household. Just two years later, the entire family relocated from Bryant Park (somewhere in the Midwest) to North Hollywood, California. There middle son Robbie (now oldest depicted son) would have a whirlwind courtship and marriage with the pretty blonde Katie Miller(Tina Cole) and the very next year would themselves become the parents of triplet boys (yes, his OWN three sons). Two years after that Steve would marry the middle-aged widowed schoolteacher Barbara(Beverly Garland) who'd bring her own 5-year-old daughter Dodie to the already bursting Douglas household. Before the show left the air entirely, Robbie (Don Grady) would be written off as taking an assignment in Peru but would leave his wife and triplet sons for the Douglases to tend and meantime the youngest original son Chip was now 18 and would elope with yet another fetching blonde named Polly(Ronne Troupe- formerly of "The Banana Splits"- and stepdaughter of Julie London of 'Cry Me a River' song and "Emergency" TV show fame). Finally, in 1972, the show would undergo its ultimate format change of simply being cancelled.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Three_Sons
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1 Bub Replaced By Uncle Charley Crankier,and in Color!
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2 Dodie New Kid In Town
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3 Triplets Ran out of stories; Ambassandor's daughter ep.
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1 "Uncle CHarley wiping wrong end of Dodie" Uncle Charley and the in-laws should, as additions and replacements, be cited as shark jumpers, or fish boning categories...though it only started boning in late 60s right before Dodie. (PS I REALLY laugh at how folks attack Scrappy-Doo on Scooby when the whole original foursome were the least inspiried Hanna-Barbera chaarcters, coincidentally, in 1969, since that's when Dodie came. Though as My Three Sons was wworth watching, that may be a reason all the same to resent Dodie for killing it..Scooby, which came on at the same time as did Dodie, was crap from the start, so addiung Scrappy as a "shark jumoer" doesn't matter. -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on July 19, 2015, 10:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 For me this show jumped simply because it ran to long and the premise changed. Steve remarries and Katie has "My Three Grandsons". And the syndication package jumps big time because they never include the original monochrome episodes. -- Submitted By: (jgf) on January 30, 2015, 9:28 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Replacing Mike with Ernie was such a bad idea. Mike was much cuter. -- Submitted By: (Luray) on May 18, 2012, 10:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 @JustLooking: It's been looked at already. There WAS a huge amount of anti-Dawn-Lyn vote-stacking going on, which is how the Dodie vote count got so high to start with. The loophole which allowed the stacking was plugged, and a number of the reasons with inflated vote counts were removed (on various other shows where Dawn Lyn appeared), but some traces still remain, such as the Dodie votes. I wasn't involved in the cleanup process, so I don't know what (if anything) can be done about the Dodie vote count. If one of the other moderators/admins could chime in with some info, that would be great. Thanks, guys! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on October 18, 2010, 6:56 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Hmmm ... something wrong here. Almost four thousand votes for one category. The moderators might want to look at this. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on October 16, 2010, 5:24 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 This page must be a spam magnet for some reason that I can't be bothered to decipher. Such a huge number of votes and posting about a minor character on an ancient family comedy... -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 12:34 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 why o why were we subjected to Dodie and her diaper? After that this show JTS - excuse me BTF- send your mail to NBC. -- Submitted By: (smaxie) on December 8, 2009, 5:19 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I couldn't stand Dopey Dodie. I haven't thought about her in years. I'm sure that if she ever appeared on The Twilight Zone, she would have been wished into the cornfield. I have to agree that Dawn Lyn was completely talent free. -- Submitted By: (AlanJames) on August 4, 2009, 10:53 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Dawn Lyn as Dodie killed the show. She won the worst child star of all time award. -- Submitted By: (JohnnyRocket42) on August 4, 2009, 9:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 When a television show is picked up they don't have any idea if the series will last one season or twenty. For this reason the producers must remain flexible and make necessary changes as actors leave or grow up. For this reason I don't automatically assume a show boned the fish when someone joins or leaves the cast. My Three Sons was successful and had a nice long run and it's only logical that one or two of the sons would move out, get married, and have children. They can't just change the name of the show to My Three Sons, A Daughter In Law, and their little kid. Dawn Lyn didn't kill this show because it never boned. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on August 3, 2009, 5:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Arghhh! Dodie ("Dopey in the 1971 MAD Magazine satire) was about seven when she appeared on "My Three Sons," so I sincerely HOPE Uncle Charlie was not diapering her at the time. Yikes! -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 17, 2009, 10:18 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Uncle Charley should have been fired for diapering the wrong end of Dodie. -- Submitted By: (Rebecca) on July 11, 2009, 8:20 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 That Dodie she going to need to be putting that diaper back on if she be reading what everybody be saying. -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on July 9, 2009, 2:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Am I the only one who gets Rebecca's sense of humor? She was joking. I do have a new theory though. Dawn Lyn is running herself up because nobody remembers her. She may in fact actually be Rebecca. Anyone from that time who never appeared on Love Boat or Fantasy Island truly sucked. Dodie was miscast. They should have hired a cute little blonde girl who at least was potty trained. -- Submitted By: (JohnnyRocket42) on July 6, 2009, 8:01 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 OK, I am not trying to start arguments here, nor am I taking sides. I'm pointing stuff out: Posts against celebrities are not personal attacks since they are topics, not fellow users. Second, Joe said what Rebecca was doing was borderline stalking. That's not an insult, and I doubt it was intended to be one. But calling Joe "Jobless Bag of Crap", and insinuating he is a drunk, a slob, and too stupid to know what a newspaper is? That was uncalled for. Since I never saw My Three Sons or Dodie, I can neither defend or bash her. Also, if you hate Dawn Lyn, she's a topic in the celebrities section. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on July 5, 2009, 10:44 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 I confess, I flew to a tiny island just outside of Vietnam and brought back two refugees. I taught one to turn over a 5 minute glass of sand and the other to click on the Dodie button. They vote all day long. The first week I had to give them all the Sushi and Rice Cakes they could eat. At the beginning of the second week, I showed them an episode of "My Three Sons" with Dodie. Now they vote for free. I can't get them to stop. They don't speak a word of English but can still detect bad acting. If I say Dawn Lyn, they plug their noses and spit. -- Submitted By: (Rebecca) on July 5, 2009, 8:49 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Again, it's good to have the Scottish Site's old controversy on here!! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on July 4, 2009, 5:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Somebody be asking what rebecca have against that dodie named Dawn Lyn she made rude comments, she post this on another site cause hundreds of people say she ruined 3 sons with her bad acting and homely looks. here what she say. When I saw this, I just had to comment. First I would like to address the person who mentioned the short dresses. Even at that age, I was extremely embarrassed to be wearing dresses so short, that you could see my diaper. The producers were trying to make me look younger than I was. Now, I want to say that it's a very good thing that I have a sense of humor because most of you people are downright cruel. I am still in touch with the remaning cast members. I love them like my own family. I cherish my memories and the love that I share with those actors, and NO AMOUNT OF VENOM SPEWED AT ME WILL RUIN THAT. No wonder why everybody slam her she nasty. -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on July 4, 2009, 5:33 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
19 I have to agree Dodie boned "My Three Sons". She was dreadful and couldn't act. How can this sitcom have the most votes when nobody under the age of 40 has ever even heard of it. I did get a kick out of the fight between user Rebecca and joebagodonuts. Hey Joe, you claim that people like Rebecca no longer make this a fun sight by making personal attacks, yet you attacked Rebecca first by calling her a stalker & trashed Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, Sasha Baron Cohen & More. What a total Hypocrite. Personally I think the two of you would make a great couple. How about changing both of your ID's to (Rebarka) and (JoblessBagOWind) Let's stick to the topic why the show Boned The Fish. It boned the fish because some moron thought it would be entertaining to give some fugly little cross eyed troll of a child air time on TV. Even Mad Magazine called her Dopey. -- Submitted By: (JohnnyRocket42) on July 4, 2009, 4:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 Our very first fish scaling Troll!! Has Bone the Fish Boned the Fish??? NOOOOO!!! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on July 2, 2009, 1:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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