Accidental Family

Accidental Family is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC during the first part of the 1967-68 U.S. television season.

Accidental Family
Jerry Van Dyke Accidental Family.JPG
Jerry Van Dyke as Jerry Webster.
Created byMelville Shavelson
Written bySam Bobrick
Joseph Bonaduce
James L. Brooks
Bill Idelson
Peggy Elliott
Carl Kleinschmitt
Mary Loos
Dale McRaven
Harvey Miller
Peter Myerson
Bernie Orenstein
Richard Sale
Ed Scharlach
Mel Shavelson
Jack Sher
Treva Silverman
Saul Turteltaub
Sydney Zelinka
Directed byDon Appell
Earl Bellamy
Robert Day
Sheldon Leonard
Gary Nelson
Bob Sweeney
William Wiard
StarringJerry Van Dyke
Lois Nettleton
Composer(s)Earle Hagen
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Sheldon Leonard
Producer(s)Sy Gomberg
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Sheldon Leonard Productions, in association with NBC
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1967 (1967-09-15) –
January 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)


The series stars Jerry Van Dyke as a widowed comedian, Jerry Webster, who bought a farm in the San Fernando Valley to serve as a place for him to raise his son, Sandy, when he was not touring. When he was on the road, Sandy was under the care of the farm's manager, divorcée Sue Kramer (Lois Nettleton), who had a daughter the same age as Webster's son.

The program consistently lost in the Nielsen ratings to both the CBS Friday Night Movies and the ABC Western The Guns of Will Sonnett and was cancelled, midseason as a result. It was initially replaced by the first prime-time run of the game show Hollywood Squares.


Actor Role
Jerry Van Dyke Jerry Webster
Lois Nettleton Sue Kramer
Teddy Quinn Sandy Webster
Susan Benjamin Tracy Kramer
Larry D. Mann Marty Warren
Ben Blue Ben McGrath


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Everywhere a Chick Chick"Sheldon LeonardMelville ShavelsonSeptember 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
2"Hot Kid in a Cold Town"Bob SweeneyTeleplay by: James L. Brooks & Richard Sale & Mary Loos
Story by: Richard Sale & Mary Loos
September 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
3"If You Knew Martha"Bob SweeneySaul Turtletaub & Bernie OrensteinOctober 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
4"Minnesota Tracey"TBATBAOctober 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
5"It Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You"Bob SweeneySaul Turteltaub & Bernie OrensteinOctober 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
6"Halloween's on Us"Earl BellamyTeleplay by: Joseph Bonaduce
Story by: Barry E. Blitzer & Ray Brenner
October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
7"The Making of a Vegetarian"Bob SweeneyJim BrooksNovember 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
8"The Secret Life of Jerry Webster"Earl BellamyJack SherNovember 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
9"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Playground"Bob SweeneyTreva Silverman & Peter MeyersonNovember 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
10"What Is This - Thanksgiving or a Nightmare?"Gary NelsonPeggy Elliott & Ed ScharlachNovember 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
11"The Woodsman"Bob SweeneySam Bobrick & Bill IdelsonDecember 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
12"The Return of Mr. Ex"Robert DayTeleplay by: Joseph Bonaduce
Story by: Dale McRaven & Carl Kleinschmitt
December 8, 1967 (1967-12-08)
13"The Lush Life"TBATBADecember 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
14"The Treasure of San Fernando Valley"TBATBADecember 22, 1967 (1967-12-22)
15"Sandy Gets Tough"George TyneDick Bensfield & Perry GrantDecember 29, 1967 (1967-12-29)
16"Who's Been Sleeping in Daddy's Bed?"Don AppellBill Idelson & Harvey MillerJanuary 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)


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