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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1953!
Make Room for Daddy premiered in 1953 and became a fast favorite in American living rooms. Danny Thomas, the show's star, brought with him a comedic talent that was both heartwarming and charming. Going though various iterations over the years, and even changing its name after four years to The Danny Thomas Show, the show remained on television until 1964.  A short-lived revival occured in 1970 with Make Room for Granddaddy, but it never caught on like the original.
Make Room for Daddy also know as The Danny Thomas Show
Main Characters:
  • Danny Williams (the "daddy") played by Danny Thomas (1953-1964)
  • Margaret Williams (the mom) played by Jean Hagen (1953-1956 when she left the show and the producers made Thomas a widower on the program)
  • Kathy O'Hara Williams (the second wife) played by Marjorie Lord (1957-1964)
  • Terry Williams (the oldest daughter) played by Sherry Jackson (1953-1958 when she left the show they wrote her out as being away at school)
  • Terry Williams (the oldest daughter returned) played by Penny Parker (1959-1960 who left when she married the Pat Hannigan character on the show)
  • Rusty Williams (the son) played by Rusty Hamer (1953-1964)
  • Linda Wiliams (the youngest daughter from Kathy's first marriage) played by Angela Cartwright (1957-1964)
  • Uncle Tonoose played by Hans Conried (1958-1964)
  • Gina Minelli (Italian foreign exchange student) played by Annette Funicello (1959)
  • Pat Hannigan (the oldest daughter's husband) played by Pat Harrington, Jr. (1959-1960)
  • Louise played by Louise Beavers (1953-1954) and Amanda Randolph (1955-1964)
  • Bunny Halper played by Pat Carroll (1961-1964)
  • Rosey Robbins played by Roosevelt Grier (1970-1971)
  • Henry played by Stanley Myron Handleman (1970-1971)
  • Phil Brokaw played by Sheldon Leonard (1957-1961)
  • Benny played by Ben Lessy (1953-1959)
  • Horace played by Horace McMahon (1953-1954)
  • Charley Halper played by Sid Melton (1959-19640
  • Jesse Leeds played by Jesse White (1953-1957)
  • Liz O'Neal played by Mary Wickes

Show Concept:

  • The misadventures of the Williams family. Danny Williams, a nightclub entertainer, (a character much like Danny Thomas himself) tries to strike a balance between family life and the entertainment business.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Andy Griffith
  • Bill Dana
  • Joey Bishop

Writers or Producers:

  • unknown

Sponsors:

  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • ABC (1953-1957)
  • CBS (1957-1964)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on September 29, 1953
  • Final episode on April 27, 1964
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