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Family Affair 

Bill's comfortable lifestyle must change when he receives a group of unexpected, long-term, guests.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Brian Keith ...  Uncle Bill Davis 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Kathy Garver ...  Catherine 'Cissy' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Anissa Jones ...  Ava Elizabeth 'Buffy' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Johnny Whitaker ...  Jonathan 'Jody' Patterson-Davis / ... 138 episodes, 1966-1971
Sebastian Cabot ...  Mr. Giles French 130 episodes, 1966-1971
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Bill Davis is a highly paid and successful engineer living in a large apartment in New York with his valet, Mr. Giles French . His life is suddenly changed when his niece, Buffy shows up. In the midst of deciding what to do, Buffy's twin brother, Jody shows up, and Bill has to leave for Peru. Once he leaves, Buffy and Jody's older sister, Cissy shows up. Bill and French's life is suddenly changed as they become surrogate parents for the 3 children. Written by Doug Leighton

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Bachelor and butler inherit three tots. Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot star. In color. See more »


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Several of the plot lines of Brady Bunch were borrowed from a similarly themed show about step families of the 60s and 70s: Family Affair. The Grand Canyon episode where Bobby and Cindy get lost in the Grand Canyon was inspired by Lost In Spain, a Family Affair episode where Buffy and Jody get lost in Spain. The My Fair Opponent episode where Marcia makes over a homely classmate is a copy of Buffy's Fair Lady; where Buffy does the same. Hello, Alice Goodbye, and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore; both episodes where Alice plans to quit the Bradys were both inspired by a number of Family Affair episodes where Mr. French plans to quit his butlering job with the Davises. The episode "The Drummer Boy" where Bobby is rejected from the Glee club auditions is a copy of the episode "The Unsound of Music" where Buffy is almost cut from Girls' Glee club. The episode "The Private Ear" where Peter tapes the other Bradys and gets in trouble was inspired by a similar episode "The Jody Affair" where Buffy and Jody tape record Mr. French. The episode "Our Son, The Man", where Greg makes himself over into a 70s hipster is modeled after an episode of Family Affair called "Flower Power" when Cissy adopts a hippy look as well. The "Kitty Carry-All is Missing" episode where Cindy loses her doll is inspired by "Lost in Spain" and various other Family Affair episodes where Buffy loses her doll, Mrs. Beasely, as well. "Double Parked", the episode where Carol and the Brady kids protest against Mike's firm which threatens to bulldozer over a park the kids play at; is a reworking of "You Can Fight City Hall"; which has the Davis family fighting a plan to build over a park the kids play at. "Today, I am a Freshman", which has Marcia trying to be accepted in the snotty Boosters clique at Westdale High, is very similar to "The Joiners" which has Uncle Bill trying to help Buffy join a similarly mean girl type clique at her school. Also both the "Our Son, The Man" episode, and the "Room at the Top" episode, which have Greg trying to get his own apartment or his own room, are like "Flower Power" which also follows Cissy trying to get her own apartment. And "Hello, Alice, Goodbye", which has maid-friend Kay telling Alice not to get too close to the Brady kids, is like "A Nanny for All Seasons," which has Mr. French giving the Davis kids the cold shoulder because his friends pressure him to. And in a recent interview on Fox Family Affair star Kathy Garver said the whole Cindy Brady character was closely modeled off of Buffy Davis; wearing the same pig tails and mini skirts; and carrying her famous doll; on Brady Bunch it was Kitty Carry All, and on Family Affair it was Mrs. Beasely. And in fact, after season 6, in 1971 when CBS was in the process of cancelling Family Affair, as part of their famous "Rural Purge"; where they cancelled all rural and country themed programming as well as all 1950s style family programs; at that point Don Fedderson started shopping Family Affair around to the other networks to pick it up; and ABC did option to pick up the series as a matter of fact. But then they ended up dropping the series because, ironically, they thought it was too much like "The Brady Bunch"; the current sitcom on their schedule about a large step family. See more »


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Family Affair
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A great but almost-forgotten classic
10 January 2004 | by juliafwilliamsSee all my reviews

There was and still is an endearing quality about this show. You had an engineer who was suddenly thrust into the role of a bachelor father, supported by his gentleman's gentleman.

Note: When Sebastian Cabot was written off the show for a few episodes, John Williams stepped in and did an equally credible job of playing Mr. French's brother.

Note 2: It should be noted that two up-and-coming child performers made appearances on this show, Erin Moran and Eve Plumb, and nothing more need be said on the latter.

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