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The Brian Keith Show, originally entitled The Little People, is an NBC television series starring Brian Keith and Shelley Fabares as Sean and Anne Jamison, father-and-daughter pediatricians living in Hawaiimarker who operate a health clinic and also engage in private practice. The sitcom aired from September 15, 1972, to March 29, 1974. Reruns continued from April 5 to August 30, 1974. Some episodes were written by Garry Marshall about the time that he was launching Happy Days on ABC.

Supporting cast

The first season supporting cast included Stephen Hague as Alfred Landis and Sean Tyler Hall as Stewart, two neighborhood youngsters. Victoria Young played Nurse Puni. Michael Gray appeared the first season as Ronnie Collins, a student doctor, and Moe Keale played Officer O'Shaughnessy. In the fall of 1973 with the renaming of the series to The Brian Keith Show, Gray, Hague, and Hall left the cast. Instead Pennsylvaniamarker native Nancy Kulp and Roger Bowen joined the series in the roles of wealthy landlady, Mrs. Millard Gruber, and the allergist, Dr. Spencer Chaffee.

Guest stars

Guest stars included Edward Binns, Victor Buono, Christopher Connelly, Jackie Coogan, Jack Elam, Nina Foch, Dawn Lyn, Pat Morita, Douglas Mossman, Merlin Olsen (as himself), Dick Van Patten, Reta Shaw (as Miss Gormley), Ronnie Schell, Robert Sterling, Dub Taylor, and David Wayne (as Uncle Timothy Jamison).

Production notes

Bruce Johnson was the producer of the series, a Warner Brothers Production actually filmed at Paramount Studios in Californiamarker though set in Hawaii. Several episodes were directed by Earl Bellamy.

In its first season, the series aired on Fridays following the top 10 smash hit Sanford and Son. It was broadcast at 8:30 p.m. opposite CBS's The Sonny and Cher Show and ABC's The Partridge Family. In the second season, it aired at 9:30 p.m. Friday opposite CBS Friday Night Movies and ABC's short-lived sitcom Adam's Rib.

References

  1. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1997, p. 484
  2. McNeil, Total Television, appendix



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