The Little People / The Brian Keith Show
Synopsis of TV Show
As a follow-up to his hit 60’s sitcom Family Affair, Brian Keith teamed up with Shelley Fabares to play father and daughter pediatricians in The Little People. Dr. Sean and Dr. Anne Jamison’s mission was to care for Hawaii’s “little people” at the children’s clinic they ran on Oahu—and to enjoy all the exotic locales they could.
After one season of doing just that, the show’s premise changed somewhat, and the title along with it. The Little People became The Brian Keith Show, and new cast members made their way into the two Jamison doctors’ lives. The uptight allergist Dr. Chaffee now shared office space at the clinic, finding Sean's über-casual way of conducting things more than a little disconcerting. Wealthy widow Mrs. Gruber, who played the owner of the clinic, was also introduced for extra dilemma potential.
In this show, Keith seemed to avail himself to looser, more visual comedy than he did on Family Affair. Clad always in bright Hawaiian shirts, he played the ukulele, tried his hand (well, his hips, actually) at hula dancing, and fed his parrot with chopsticks.
The Brian Keith Show was created by Garry Marshall, the writer/producer/director/actor responsible for shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, to name just two. And Keith himself served as a producer. His real-life wife, Victoria Young, played the wise-cracking Nurse Puni, who was often jealous (wink wink!) when her boss Dr. Jamison went on dates with the pretty local Hawaiian girls. Bobby Keith (the little son of Brian and Victoria) could also be seen in some episodes, making this show even more of a family affair than Keith’s last.
Release History of Prime Time Show9/15/72 - 8/30/74 NBC
TV Sub Categoriescomedy
Television StudioWarner Bros. TV
TV CastDr. Sean Jamison Brian Keith
Dr. Anne Jamison Shelley Fabares
Nurse Puni Victoria Young
Ronnie (1972-73) Michael Gray
Alfred Landis (1972-73) Steven Hague
Stewart Sean Tyler Hall
Dr. Austin Gruber (1973-74) Roger Bowen
Mrs. Gruber (1973-74) Nancy Kulp