Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 17, 1969

Last Telecast: June 14, 1972

Theme Music: "Best Friend" by Harry Nilsson

Broadcast History:

September 1969 - September 1970, Wednesday 8:00-8:30 on ABC

September 1970 - September 1971, Wednesday 7:30-8:00 on ABC

September 1971 - January 1972, Wednesday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

January 1972 - June 1972, Wednesday 8:00-8:30 on ABC


Tom Corbett..... Bill Bixby

Eddie Corbett..... Brandon Cruz

Mrs. Livingston..... Miyoshi Umeki

Norman Tinker..... James Komack

Tina Rickles..... Kristina Holland

Joey Kelly..... Jodie Foster


Magazine publisher Tom Corbett who was one of televisions many widowers saddled with the responsibility of running a motherless household. In this case, his son, freckle-faced young Eddie (played by Brendan Cruz who was seven years old when the series began), did most of the plotting. Eddie had a special penchant for getting his father romantically involved with prospective brides, which led to many warm and comic moments. Mrs. Livingston was Tom's dependable, philosophical, but sometimes confused housekeeper; Tina, his secretary; and Norman Tinker, a mod photographer at the magazine. Although not a regular on the show, young Jodi Foster appeared from time to time as Eddie's friend, Joey Kelly. The series was based on a novel by Mark Toby, also made into a 1963 movie starring Glenn Ford and Ronny Howard, and had a theme song ("Best Friend") written by pop singer Harry Nilsson.