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 Family Affair - Season 1

 Family Affair - Season 2

 Family Affair - Season 3

 Family Affair - Season 4

 Family Affair Season 5


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 12, 1966

Last Telecast: March 13, 2003

Broadcast History:

September 1966 - September 1969, Monday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

September 1969 - September 1971, Thursday 7:30-8:00 on CBS

September 2002 - December 2002, Thursday 8:00-8:30 on WB

February 2003 - March 2003, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on WB

Cast (1966-1971)

Bill Davis..... Brian Keith

Mr. (Giles) French..... Sebastian Cabot

Buffy..... Anissa Jones

Jody..... Johnnie Whitaker

Cissy..... Kathy Garver

Emily Turner (1970-1971)..... Nancy Walker

Cast (2002-2003)

Bill Davis..... Gary Cole

Giles French..... Tim Curry

Elizabeth "Buffy" Patterson-Davis (age 6)..... Sacha Pieterse

Jonathan "Jody" Patterson-Davis..... Luke Benward

Sigouney "Sissy" Patterson-Davis..... Caitlin Wachs

Bert, the doorman..... Jack McGee

Chelsea..... Marina Malota


Bill Davis's carefree existence as a swinging bachelor was just about perfect. A highly paid consulting engineer, he maintained an elegant apartment off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and had his domestic needs cared for by a very English gentlemen's gentleman, Mr. French. Into his life of independence came three young orphans, the 6-year-old twins Buffy and Jody and 15-year-old Cissy. Their parents, Bill's brother and sister-in-law, had died in an accident, and other relatives felt that Bill could best provide for them. Despite initial misgivings, Bill and French became very attached to the children and learned to adjust their lifestyle to make room for the new members of the household. Mr. French, a stickler for neatness and order, had the toughest adjustment to make - he was with the children all the time while Bill was often out of town on assignments - but he and the children managed to compromise and learn to live with each other.

For a period during the show's first season, co-star Sebastian Cabot was taken ill and was replaced in nine episodes by John Williams. In the story line, Giles French was called away to special service for the Queen of England and his brother Nigel arrived at the Davis residence to serve the family during his absence. Although not a full-time member of the cast, Nancy Walker appeared in the continuing role of Mr. Davis's part-time housekeeper, Emily, during the last season.

CBS aired reruns of Family Affair on weekdays from September 1970 to January 1973.

When the WB revived Family Affair in 2002, nothing much had changed - the show even used the same instrumental theme song, and Buffy was still attached to her beloved doll, Mrs. Beasley. In the new version Bill was a high-powered corporate executive living in a luxurious Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, whose sister, Jenny, prevailed upon him to honor his promise to take his late brother's twins after her own kids had  grown up. The adorable tykes, brassy Buffy and blunt Jody, arrived from the Midwest, and later the same day their older sister, Sissy, who had been living with Bill's other sister, Lucy, showed up with a backpack and moved in too. Bill spoiled them all rotten and French adjusted to their presence - it wasn't always easy - but there was much love amidst the consternation. French enrolled the twins in the Dovetail School, which had been organized by local parents looking for an alternative to the stuffy private schools in the neighborhood, while Sissy attended a performing-arts high school where Chelsea was her best friend.