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Welcome to The Courtship of Eddie's Father Online: devoted to the classic situation comedy on ABC from 1969-1972 starring Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki, James Komack, and Kristina Holland.

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete Third Season

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The third and final season of the beloved TV classic brings with it some new faces (comedy greats Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller), new fears (Summer camp! Karate! Fetching Soviets!), and new foes (Eight is Enough's Willie Aames taking up the 'best frenemy' role previously enjoyed by Jodie Foster). But the show still delivers its sitcom-changing mix of maturity, tenderness and laughs thanks to the evident bond enjoyed by series' stars Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz along with comedic support from series creator James Komack and series regular Kristina Holland. Adding to the razzamatazz is one very special guest-star, Sammy Davis, Jr as a phobia-filled insurance adjuster as well as Carol Lawrence as the aforementioned sexy Soviet, All in the Family's Sally Struthers, Alice's Vic Tayback, Columbo's Bruce Kirby, and One Day at a Time's Pat Harrington, Jr.

  • 12/24/13: The Warner Archive Schedules the 3rd and Final Season for MOD

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete Second Season

    11/01/12: Read our review of The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete Second Season

    10/09/12: The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete Second Season is now available from Warner Archive via .

    Hitting on all cylinders thanks to an in-sync crew in front and behind the camera, the sophomore season of this ground-breaking situation ‘dramedy’ takes on birth, marriage, crime, ghosts, poverty, women’s liberation and more. This season features also both an unconventional un-birthday and an un-Christmas tale. Although different from other shows of its era, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father never loses sight of its heart — the very special friendship shared by widowed father Tom (Bill Bixby) and his son Eddie (Brandon Cruz). James Komack (Norman), Miyoshi Umeki (Mrs. Livingston), and Kristina Holland (Tina Rickles) continue to aid the Corbett boys in their adventures, while Jodie Foster (in a recurring role), Will Geer (as Eddie’s grandfather), and Suzanne Pleshette (as a potential paramour for Tom) make notable guest performances in this 3-Disc, 24-Episode Collection. The second season of the beloved TV classic shines so bright it attracted a very special guest star – real-life NASA titan Gordon “Gordo” Cooper!

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    The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete First Season

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  • 10/14/11: Read our review of The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete First Season

    Warner Archive has posted an excellent podcast interview with Brandon Cruz on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

    Part I (36:24) - Brandon talks about he got the role of Eddie Corbett and his memories of the show.

    Part II (9:35) - Brandon talks about his career after the show ended and what he's currently doing.

    He also gives our a site a shout out and plug. Thanks Brandon!

  • 09/27/11: The Courtship of Eddie's Father is now on DVD!

    This newly remastered edition finds Eddie, Tom and Mrs. Livingston looking crisper and cleaner than ever. An instant family classic, The Courtship of Eddie's Father shared little with the 1963 film on which it was nominally based, opting instead to break new ground on television. Creator James Komack (also seen on screen as supporting character Norman Tinker) chose to make the relationship between father (Bill Bixby as the widowed magazine executive, Tom Corbett) and grade-school son (Brandon Cruz as his son Eddie) the central focus of the show. As epitomized by the Harry Nilsson penned and performed signature theme song, that relationship - in turns sober, sweet, and silly - was something not seen before on TV comedies or dramas, a nurturing father figure who treats his offspring with equal measures of love, respect, and understanding. In short, a parent who treats his child as an equal. Not to be forgotten are the contributions of acting great Miyoshi Umeki, playing housekeeper Mrs. Livingston. Among the first season guest stars to keep an eye out for in this 4-Disc, 26 Episode Collection are a young Jodie Foster, Cicely Tyson, once and future Star Trek star Diana Muldaur, and Martha Scott.

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  • 09/27/11: 'The Complete 1st Season' is Now Selling from the Warner Archive - 4-DVD set is available exclusively from the studio's MOD program (

    Classic TV Christmas Collection

    Warner Archive brings us 10 classic Warner Bros. series on DVD with 10 classic Christmas episodes on a 4-disc set in Classic TV Christmas Collection - available exclusively on! These DVDs are made on demand on Warner made to order DVD (on DVD-R’s). So if it is your wish, it is their command! All 10 episodes are being released on DVD for the very first time, as none of these episodes have ever been released on DVD before. This set includes also the DVD debuts of Dr. Kildare, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Eight is Enough, Suddenly Susan, and Veronica’s Closet. We also get Welcome Back Kotter, Alice, CHiPs, Perfect Strangers and Mama’s Family on this set. So we get something for everyone here, whether it is comedy or drama!

    This holiday, settle in front of the TV with the California Highway Patrol, a Mypos immigrant and other wacky friends and co-workers in this wonderful 4-disc collection of vintage TV series Christmas episodes. The yuletide season doesn’t mean less work for Dr. Kildare and Dr. Gillespie and for Jon and Ponch of CHiPs. A prized medallion is passed around as a gift in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. Menorahs, mistletoes and Balky Claus – festive traditions of all kinds are celebrated on Welcome Back, Kotter and Perfect Strangers. The season is nearly ruined twice: on Eight Is Enough the Bradford family’s presents are stolen and Alice gets stuck in a Christmas blizzard. Mama’s Family debates the fate of Mama’s present, a goose. Keep it as a pet or eat it? The staffs from Veronica’s Closet and Suddenly Susan find Christmas with their co-workers to be the most challenging time of the year. So gather ’round and savor this classic compilation filled overflowing with holiday spirit!

    Includes this episode:

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father - “Gifts are for Giving” (25:11) OAD: 12/23/70
    What goes around comes around when Norman’s prized medallion circulates among the cast. Although not a Christmas episode per se, this story, originally aired two days before the holiday warmly illustrates the pure joy of giving.

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  • 10/22/10: A Christmas Episode on DVD on Nov. 9 from!

  • 09/20/09: Brandon Cruz ("Courtship of Eddie's Father"): Then And Now!

    Sign the Add Bill Bixby to the Emmy Hall of Fame Petition

    Hall of Fame Bill Bixby: Tribute to a Remarkable Man

    Bill Bixby Tribute from Talking Television - Brandon Cruz Interviewed

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    Miyoshi Umeki

  • 09/06/07: Oscar-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki, star of 'Sayonara' and 'Flower Drum Song,' dies at 78

    Miyoshi Umeki; Recorded American Pop Standards, Won Oscar for 'Sayonara' (Washington Post)

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  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father left the AmericanLife TV Network schedule in June 2007. They had it aired weekly since October 2004.

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  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father airs on the AmericanLife TV Network on Sunday nights at 8PM ET (and repeated at 11 PM ET). For the schedule of episodes, please visit their website.

    They also air My Favorite Martian on Saturday nights at 9PM ET (and repeated at 12AM).

  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father was airing in Canada on Vision TV from about September-December 2005. They now have My Favorite Martian on weekdays at 6:30PM.

  • Bill Bixby in TV Mirror March of 1971 (article)

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  • Bill Bixby TV Series on DVD

    The Incredible Hulk has been available for awhile and My Favorite Martian was released in September, but some of his other tv series aren't available on dvd yet. Please go to and show your support and vote for The Courtship of Eddie's Father and The Magician (1973). It's free to register there and only takes a minute.

  • 10/01/04: The GoodLife TV Network will begin airing The Courtship of Eddie's Father on Sunday, October 3rd at 9PM ET (and repeated at midnight). They will show 1 episode per week. I've heard that this channel airs their programs unedited as they show very few commercials. Another Bill Bixby series, My Favorite Martian, will be airing Saturdays at 10PM ET (and repeated at 1AM ET).

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father

    Mrs. Livingston, I Presume?

    While touring MGM studios with his father (Bill Bixby), Eddie (Brandon Cruz) invites a homeless starlet (Victoria Vettri) to spend the night. 30 minutes-

    Sun Oct 3 09:00P on The Goodlife Network
    Mon Oct 4 12:00A on The Goodlife Network

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father

    Teacher's Pet

    Eddie's (Brandon Cruz) classmates accuse him of being the teacher's pet when Tom (Bill Bixby) starts dating their teacher, Miss Allen (Ann Prentiss). 30 minutes-

    Sun Oct 10 09:00P on The Goodlife Network
    Mon Oct 11 12:00A on The Goodlife Network

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father

    And Eddie Makes Three

    Tom (Bill Bixby) falls in love with a model (Diana Muldaur) who isn't ready for motherhood. 30 minutes-

    Sun Oct 17 09:00P on The Goodlife Network
    Mon Oct 18 12:00A on The Goodlife Network

    The Courtship of Eddie's Pather

    The Littlest Kidnapper

    Eddie decides that Mrs. Livingston should have a "someone" of her own to love. So, one day he brings home a five-year-old Japanese boy named Frank to "give" to the housekeeper. 30 minutes-

    Sun Oct 24 09:00P on The Goodlife Network
    Mon Oct 25 12:00A on The Goodlife Network

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    The Computer

    Tom (Bill Bixby) reluctantly agrees to enroll in a computer dating service to do some research. 30 minutes-

    Sun Oct 31 09:00P on The Goodlife Network
    Mon Nov 1 12:00AM on The Goodlife Network

  • 03/11/04: Brandon Cruz is scheduled to appear on the TV Land Awards airing on March 17th

    Here's an update Brandon recently posted on 02/06/04 on the message board:

    It has been a busy time for me since I last posted. I dislocated my shoulder in England while performing with Dead Kennedys. I finished the tour 5 days later, came home, promptly quit the band and went to work on the Roseanne show. The show was cancelled after 4 months so I went to work at MTV on Viva La Bam, and now I am at the Discovery Channel and editing American Chopper. My wife is as beautiful as ever and my children are getting bigger and smarter every day. I have a few projects in the works, two of which are Eddie's Father projects. I will let you all know as soon as I hear more. It's a weird business, and it takes a long time to get anything done. I wish you all health and happiness. Thanks for visiting this site and for remembering the show. It means a lot to those of us who made it.
    Take Care,
    Brandon Cruz

  • An update on Miyoshi Umeki: she is alive and well and living in Sherman Oaks, California.

    RCA Victor Japan has recently released a CD of her early recordings in Japan (most if which are sung in English) called "The Early Days Of Nancy Umeki". It can be ordered as an import.

  • 01/24/04: My Favorite Martian - Season 1 is coming to DVD in May!


    After releasing 3 single-disc DVDs back in 2000-2001, Rhino informs us that they are now returning to the world of My Favorite Martian and exploring it more thoroughly. As in season-set thoroughly!

    Look for "My Favorite Martian - Season 1," which consists of 37 episodes starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby, on DVD in May. We don't know yet if these will be delivered in the original black-and-white, but based on Rhino's previous releases we aren't worried about this. I'm confident we'll see the first two seasons in black-and-white, and the third season in color, just as they should be. Stay tuned, though, and we'll have complete details for you just as soon as they are available.

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father on DVD

  • The 1962 movie "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" which starred Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Ron Howard, and Jerry Van Dyke has been released on DVD.

    Click here to order your DVD today!

  • Unfortunately, the new "Eddie's Father" series was not picked up The WB when they announced their fall schedule lineup.

  • A pilot for a new WB series is in development and will be shot in April. Ken Marino will play the Tom Corbett character. Marino ("Joe Somebody") clinched the lead role in the WB's revival of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," now being called simply "Eddie's Father." Marino's character is a San Francisco widower with a 9-year-old son. Credits for the thesp, repped by Schachter Entertainment and Ilene Feldman Agency, include "Wet Hot American Summer" and NBC's "Leap of Faith." Warner Bros. TV and Pariah TV are producing. Scribe Jay Kogen and Gavin Polone are the exec producers.

    Zak Orth has joined the WB Network's "Eddie's Father," which has cast 10-year-old Josh Hutcherson as Eddie.

    Nicole Bilderback has reportedly been cast as Jenna Livingston "Livingston," nanny to Eddie. She is young, hip and her relationship with Tom (Ken's character) is more of a best friends/brother-sister type rather than an employer/employee type.

    It has not been placed on the WB fall schedule, so perhaps it could be a mid-season replacement sometime in 2003-2004.

  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father theme song ("Best Friend" by Harry Nilsson) can be heard in the Lycos commercials with Mark McGwire and John Elway.

    Brandon Cruz

    An update has been posted by Brandon Cruz on the message board.

  • Brandon Cruz has been touring and singing for the legendary seminal punk band the Dead Kennedys. He continues his job as frontman for Dr. Know

    Turner South

  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father was on Turner South (available in parts of the southeast US) a year or two ago, but they no longer have it on their schedule. Visit the Turner South website for their schedule of programs.

    Past Updates:

  • 01/10/06: Added various news and links

  • 05/21/05: Updated information The AmericanLife TV Network (formerly The GoodLife TV Network); Added links to purchase My Favorite Martian on DVD and review links

  • 10/01/04: Added information on the GoodLife TV Network

  • 04/01/03: Added news on the new WB series pilot "Eddie's Father"; Added 28 photos to a new Picture Gallery 4

  • 11/05/02: Re-ogranized the episode guide in original broadcast order - added/verified the original air dates for season 2 and 3 episodes; Added several interesting facts to the did you know? section - find out if the Courtship of Eddie's Father was ever nominated for an Emmy, which Brady Bunch kid was originally offered the role of Eddie Corbett, and how much Brandon Cruz was paid every week

  • 09/03/02: The message board is back up after being moved to a new server... Discuss The Courtship of Eddie's Father and your other favorite sitcoms on the Sitcoms Online Message Boards

  • 07/23/02: Added Brandon Cruz update

  • 03/18/02: Added wav file of the ending theme song

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father movie

    Looking for The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963 movie on VHS tape?

    The movie starred Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Ron Howard, and Jerry Van Dyke.

    From film guru Leonard Maltin: Cute family comedy with Howard trying to find wife for widower father Ford. Look sharp for Lee Meriwether as Glenn's assistant. Later a TV series. Panavision.

    The video is priced at a very reasonable $13.99. For more information and to order:

    This site is in memory of Bill Bixby, James Komack and Miyoshi Umeki.


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