The Smith Family (TV Series)
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The Smith Family TV Series
The Smith Family
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Created byBob Sorrentino
Directed byHerschel Daugherty
StarringHenry Fonda
Janet Blair
Darleen Carr
John Carter
Ron Howard
Michael-James Wixted
Theme music composerGeorge "Red" Callender
Wayne Shanklin
Opening theme"Primrose Lane"
performed by Mike Minor
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes39
Production
Executive Don Fedderson
Running time30 minutes
Production Don Fedderson Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 20, 1971 (1971-01-20) -
June 7, 1972 (1972-06-07)

The Smith Family was an American comedy-drama television series starring Henry Fonda and Ron Howard and produced by Don Fedderson Productions. The series aired on ABC from January 20, 1971 to June 7, 1972, for 39 episodes.[1]

Synopsis

Chad Smith is a police detective in Los Angeles. The show covered the exploits of Sergeant Smith and his relationships with his wife Betty and their three children: 18-year-old Cindy, 15-year-old Bob and 7-year-old Brian.

The opening season theme song was an adapted version of "Primrose Lane", composed by Red Callender (as George Callender) and Wayne Shanklin.[2][3]

Cast

  • Henry Fonda - Detective Sergeant Chad Smith, the father of the Smith family
  • Janet Blair - Betty Smith, Chad's wife
  • Darleen Carr - Cindy Smith, the daughter
  • John Carter - Sergeant Ray Martin
  • Ron Howard - Bob Smith, the elder son
  • Michael-James Wixted - Brian Smith, the younger son

Episodes

Season 1: 1971

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Cindy"Herschel DaughertyEdmund L. HartmannJanuary 20, 1971 (1971-01-20)
22"The Ex-Con"Herschel DaughertyPaul WestJanuary 27, 1971 (1971-01-27)
33"Chicano"Herschel DaughertyBlanche HanalisFebruary 3, 1971 (1971-02-03)
44"The Blue Tie"Herschel DaughertySydney BoehmFebruary 10, 1971 (1971-02-10)
55"All the Good Neighbors"Herschel DaughertyPaul WestFebruary 17, 1971 (1971-02-17)
66"Strangers: Part 1"Herschel DaughertyTBAFebruary 24, 1971 (1971-02-24)
77"Strangers: Part 2"Herschel DaughertyTBAMarch 3, 1971 (1971-03-03)
88"Another Day, Another Dollar"Herschel DaughertyEdmund Beloin & Henry GarsonMarch 10, 1971 (1971-03-10)
99"The Desk Job"Herschel DaughertyPreston WoodMarch 17, 1971 (1971-03-17)
1010"Brian and the Sheriff"Herschel DaughertyBlanche HanalisMarch 24, 1971 (1971-03-24)
1111"Remember Lisa"Herschel DaughertyAustin & Irma KalishMarch 31, 1971 (1971-03-31)
1212"Rookie"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 7, 1971 (1971-04-07)
1313"The Peer Group"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 14, 1971 (1971-04-14)
1414"Greener Pastures"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 21, 1971 (1971-04-21)
1515"No Place to Hide"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 28, 1971 (1971-04-28)

Season 2: 1971-72

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
161"Anniversary"Herschel DaughertySydney BoehmSeptember 15, 1971 (1971-09-15)
172"Day in Court"Herschel DaughertyTBASeptember 22, 1971 (1971-09-22)
183"Stakeout"Herschel DaughertyTBASeptember 29, 1971 (1971-09-29)
194"Lost Lady"Herschel DaughertyTBAOctober 6, 1971 (1971-10-06)
205"Father's Day"Herschel DaughertyJohn McGreeveyOctober 13, 1971 (1971-10-13)
216"Blind Chance"Herschel DaughertyTBAOctober 20, 1971 (1971-10-20)
227"Mac"Herschel DaughertyTBAOctober 27, 1971 (1971-10-27)
238"Rumpus Room"Herschel DaughertyTBANovember 3, 1971 (1971-11-03)
249"Ambush"Herschel DaughertyTBANovember 10, 1971 (1971-11-10)
2510"The Weekend"Herschel DaughertyTBANovember 17, 1971 (1971-11-17)
2611"Man in the Middle"Herschel DaughertyTBANovember 24, 1971 (1971-11-24)
2712"Class of '46"Herschel DaughertyTBADecember 8, 1971 (1971-12-08)
2813"Family Man"Herschel DaughertyTBADecember 15, 1971 (1971-12-15)
2914"Christmas Rush"Herschel DaughertyTBADecember 22, 1971 (1971-12-22)
3015"Taste of Fear"Herschel DaughertyTBADecember 29, 1971 (1971-12-29)
3116"Where There's Smoke"Herschel DaughertyTBAJanuary 5, 1972 (1972-01-05)
3217"Off Duty Cop"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 12, 1972 (1972-04-12)
3318"Winner Takes All"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 19, 1972 (1972-04-19)
3419"San Francisco Cop"Herschel DaughertyTBAApril 26, 1972 (1972-04-26)
3520"My Mother, the Star"Herschel DaughertyTBAMay 10, 1972 (1972-05-10)
3621"Rogue Cop"Herschel DaughertyTBAMay 17, 1972 (1972-05-17)
3722"Ten O'Clock and All is Well"Herschel DaughertyTBAMay 24, 1972 (1972-05-24)
3823"Homecoming"Herschel DaughertyTBAMay 31, 1972 (1972-05-31)
3924"Father-in-Law"Herschel DaughertyTBAJune 7, 1972 (1972-06-07)

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