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Shows about divorce and single-parent homes hit the airwaves during the late 1960s through the 1970s, and of special attention was the father in the role of a motherless household. Beginning September 17, 1969 in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby) was a widower raising his son, Eddie (Brandon Cruz). These motherless homes in these situation comedies often had a female or two cast as support and care-helper for the father and child/children. Mrs. Livingston (played by Miyoshi Umeki) was the reliable and ever-philosophical housekeeper and sometimes babysitter for the often busy Tom Corbett, magazine publisher (Los Angeles-based Tomorrow). As well, Tom got help from Tina Rickles (Kristina Holland), who was Tom's secretary. James Komack played Tom's best friend and buddy, photographer Norman Tinker, who rounded out the "group" who was interested in the welfare and upbringing of Tom's son. Father and son were very close and very loving, with lots of hugs (often making real children in America rather envious if they didn't have this same loving attention at home ). Show topics often turned serious as young Eddie peppered his dad with questions about life, while his father patiently explained (or tried to explain) the whys and where-fors of life - or sometimes explained that he couldn't explain and that Eddie would understand when he grew older. These serious exchanges occurred throughout the episodes, always ending in endearing loving moments between the two, and often carried a moral message. Young Eddie (Brandon Cruz who began the role at seven years old), was also incessantly interested in finding a romantic mate and bride for his father (and obviously, a mother for himself). The combination of his non-stop life questions and interest in his dad's love-life made Eddie seem older than his years, except when a young Jodie Foster appeared from time to time as Eddie's friend, Joey Kelly. Despite Eddie's match-making attempts, though, his dad remained unattached. This series was based on a novel by Mark Toby. The show's theme song "Best Friend" (written by pop singer Harry Nilsson) was quite catchy and and warmed the hearts of viewers. Theme Song: "Best Friend", by Harry Nilsson People let me tell you 'bout my best friend, He's a warm hearted person who'll love me till the end. People let me tell you 'bout my best friend, He's my one-boy-cuddly-toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy. People let me tell you 'bout him he's so much fun Whether we're talkin' man to man or whether we're talking son to son. Cause he's my best friend. Yes he's my best friend. (la - la da-da-da-da --da !). The show aired on ABC from 1969-1972.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Jun 14, 1972
Premiere September 17, 1969
Episodes 78
Network ABC
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Brandon Cruz....   Eddie Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki....   Mrs. Livingston
James Komack....   Norman Tinker
Kristina Holland....   Tina Rickles
Bill Bixby....   Tom Corbett

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