The Courtship of Eddie's Father

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Synopsis of TV Show

“People, let me tell you ‘bout my best friend…”

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father continues to be a cult favorite for many television fans. Even though it hasn’t been repeated in syndication as much as other sitcoms from its era, it is still fondly remembered by a legion of viewers who considered the title character to be their fantasy father figure.

Bill Bixby starred as Tom Corbett, a magazine publisher and widower trying to raise his son Eddie, while simultaneously maintaining a career. Tom always found his personal life to be a little bit complicated, because Eddie was always trying to play matchmaker and set him up with the neighborhood’s available women. All single dads should be so lucky...

Tina Rickles was Tom’s secretary, and other characters on the show included Mrs. Livingston, the Corbetts’ Japanese housekeeper, and Norman Tinker, the swinging art director for Tom’s magazine. Jodie Foster occasionally popped up as Joey Kelly, a friend of Eddie’s.

The show ran for just under three seasons on ABC. Co-star James Komack also produced the show and would go on to create Chico and the Man. Bill Bixby would later return to prime time television via CBS’s The Incredible Hulk. And Eddie...well, we're pretty sure he turned out all right.

Release History of Prime Time Show

9/17/69 - 6/14/72 ABC

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Television Studio

MGM Television

TV Cast

Tom Corbett Bill Bixby
Eddie Corbett Brandon Cruz
Mrs. Livingston Miyoshi Umeki
Norman Tinker James Komack
Tina Rickles Kristina Holland

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