The Brian Keith Show

The Brian Keith Show (titled The Little People during its first season) is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 1972 to March 1974. The series stars Brian Keith and Shelley Fabares.

The Brian Keith Show
Also known asThe Little People (1st season)
Created byGarry Marshall
Theme music composerJerry Fielding (1st season)
Artie Butler (2nd season) [1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes47
Executive producer(s)Garry Marshall
Producer(s)Bruce Johnson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Miguel Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1972 (1972-09-15) –
March 29, 1974 (1974-03-29)


Keith plays Dr. Sean Jamison, a pediatrician running a free clinic for children in Hawaii. Shelley Fabares stars as his daughter Anne, who also works as pediatrician alongside her father.[2] The first-season supporting cast included Stephen Hague as Alfred Landis and Sean Tyler Hall as Stewart, two neighborhood youngsters. Keith's wife Victoria Young played Nurse Puni. Michael Gray appeared the first season as Ronnie Collins, a student doctor, and Moe Keale played Officer O'Shaughnessy. Keith drove a tiny 1970 Citroën Méhari jeep as his main automobile.

In the fall of 1973, with the series renamed The Brian Keith Show, Gray and Hague left the cast. Nancy Kulp and Roger Bowen joined the series in the roles of wealthy landlady, Mrs. Millard Gruber, and the allergist, Dr. Austin Chaffee.[3]

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, David Wayne (as Uncle Timothy Jamison), and Chris Hanks (as the kid bouncing an airless ball).[2]

Production notesEdit

Bruce Johnson was the producer of the series, for Warner Bros. Television. Filming took place at an estate at the foot of Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii. Several episodes were directed by Earl Bellamy. Some episodes were written by Garry Marshall about the time that he was launching Happy Days on ABC.[2]

In its first season, the series aired on Fridays following the top-10 hit Sanford and Son. It was broadcast at 8:30 pm opposite CBS's The Sonny and Cher Show and ABC's The Partridge Family. In the second season, it aired at 9:30 pm Friday opposite CBS Friday Night Movies and ABC's short-lived sitcom Adam's Rib.[4] After its cancellation in March 1974, reruns of The Brian Keith Show continued from April 5 to August 30, 1974.



Season 1: The Little People (1972–73)Edit

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Tonsils for Two"TBATBASeptember 15, 1972 (1972-09-15)
A 6-year-old patient is afraid of having a tonsillectomy, and so is Dr. Jamison, who has been putting off his own tonsillectomy for months — but the doctor is tricked into having his tonsils removed.
22"Little Boy Flu"TBATBASeptember 22, 1972 (1972-09-22)
A boy has a psychological hangup: He gets sick every time his father plans to take him sailing, and his mother asks Dr. Jamison by phone to give her son a "favorable sick diagnosis" and to forbid him to accompany his father on a sailing trip.
33"The Noise of Music"TBATBASeptember 29, 1972 (1972-09-29)
Dr. Jamison becomes concerned about the fate of an infant being raised amid a rock music trio.
44"The Lovers"TBATBAOctober 6, 1972 (1972-10-06)
Dr. Jamison provokes the enmity of his staff, and the visit of a former girlfriend adds to his misery. Meanwhile, after a harmless kiss on the beach, Ronnie becomes infatuated with Anne and asks Dr. Jamison's permission to marry her.
55"The Stork is Alive in Hawaii"Gary NelsonDick Bernsfield & Perry GrantOctober 13, 1972 (1972-10-13)
Dr. Jamison is determined not to address the local parent–teacher association despite Puni's pleading, and he convinces her that his daughter Anne would be the ideal speaker. Anne then battles misconceptions about conception as she runs up against the indignant members of the PTA.
66"The Birthday Boy"TBATBAOctober 27, 1972 (1972-10-27)
Anne, Puni, and a small boy plan a novel surprise for Dr. Jamison's birthday, not realizing how unusual it will become when his peskiest patient gets trapped in a mine shaft.
77"And Then I Wrote Citizen Taboo"TBATBANovember 3, 1972 (1972-11-03)
A small boy is unhappy as he watches his parents become naturalized citizens, but the reason is not what Dr. Jamison and his staff assume: He resents his new baby brother, and Dr. Jamison notices that the child's resentment of the baby is far more intense and deep than is natural and common among older siblings of new babies.
88"The Vet Set"TBATBANovember 10, 1972 (1972-11-10)
Dr. Jamison misinterprets a rush call to the children's zoo, believing his patient is a child, and runs into a series of misadventures with a chimpanzee.
99"Sound Advice"TBATBANovember 17, 1972 (1972-11-17)
1010"The Love Bite Will Bug You"TBATBANovember 24, 1972 (1972-11-24)
When Puni joins some other women in protesting pollution by the business empire of Lady Whittaker, they get arrested for rioting, and Dr. Jamison is caught up in the middle of a comical mix-up when he is arrested as the ringleader of the riot. Then he meets Lady Whittaker, who turns out not to be British but an islander, and love blooms.
1111"Kicking the Habit"TBATBADecember 1, 1972 (1972-12-01)
Dr. Jamison finally convinces Alfred's father to set a good example and stop smoking, then discovers that kicking a bad habit can have humorous as well as frustrating results when some of his little patients stage a smoke-in and he also has to give up smoking.
1212"Take It Off, Take it All Off"TBATBADecember 8, 1972 (1972-12-08)
Dr. Jamison tries to prevent a four-year-old girl from disrobing in front of boys.
1313"Splish Splash, I Was Taking a Nap"TBATBADecember 15, 1972 (1972-12-15)
One of Dr. Jamison′s patients is a young football player who has a great future — if only he could stop wetting the bed.
1414"Puni B. DeMille"TBATBADecember 22, 1972 (1972-12-22)
Puni is directing and casting the annual Christmas pageant. Determined to make it better than ever — bigger, more colorful, and more spectacular — she decides that no one can count on playing the role he or she played last year, and she disappoints Dr. Jamison, who always plays Santa Claus, by disqualifying him from playing Santa because he is too grumpy.
1515"The Matchmaker"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1973 (1973-01-05)
Anne is despondent when her boyfriend leaves for the United States mainland and Dr. Jamison is forced to play matchmaker — with unintended results that lead to romantic misadventure.
1616"Honest Sean Driving Again"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1973 (1973-01-12)
In a comedy of errors, Dr. Jamison's medical practice and love life take a back seat as he faces frustration and embarrassment when Puni fails to remind him to renew his driver's license before it expires, Officer O'Shaughnessy pulls him over after he runs a stop sign, and an unyielding examiner flunks him on his driving test.
1717"Malpractice Makes Perfect"TBATBAJanuary 19, 1973 (1973-01-19)
Dr. Jamison and his lawyer friend Jerry prepare to go to the church where Jerry is to be married with Dr. Jamison as his best man, but before they can leave, Dr. Jamison has to treat a 13-year-old teenage singing idol for a sore throat.
1818"The Bestest Doctor in the Whole Wide World"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1973 (1973-01-26)
Against his better judgment, Dr. Jamison stars in a movie made by one of his little patients for a school project, and a comedic madhouse ensues.
1919"Man's Best Friend...His Allergy"TBATBAFebruary 2, 1973 (1973-02-02)
When Anne accuses Dr. Jamison of interfering with some of her patients, they decide to divide them up alphabetically, but Dr. Jamison seems to have forgotten the alphabet. Meanwhile, Stewart develops a mysterious allergy to his new puppy and the thankless task of taking away the child's pet falls to Anne.
2020"Break a Leg"TBATBAFebruary 16, 1973 (1973-02-16)
Stewart receives a skateboard from Alfred, then leaves it in a hallway where Dr. Jamison accidentally steps on it, and reprisals ensue.
2121"Sean's Midas Touch"TBATBAFebruary 23, 1973 (1973-02-23)
Dr. Jamison's several bumbling attempts to raise money for a children's hospital prove disastrous until Anne gets the local veterinarian involved, resulting in a successful approach to fundraising.
2222"The Man Who Came to Luau"TBATBAMarch 9, 1973 (1973-03-09)
A retired Postal Service employee vacationing in Hawaii hoodwinks Dr. Jamison into becoming his personal guide, and during the tour they become involved in a wacky incident. The retiree then insists that Dr. Jamison is a foot doctor, not a pediatrician, and wants Dr. Jamison to treat him — even going as far as to claim over the telephone that he is Harry Belafonte .
2323"The Generation Gap"TBATBAMarch 23, 1973 (1973-03-23)
A hard-nosed United States Army sergeant makes a fool of himself after he seeks help for a problem that doesn't exist: He thinks his son is a sissy. Also entitled "My Son, the Strange One."
2424"Sean Meets Double X-7"TBATBAMarch 30, 1973 (1973-03-30)
A 10-year-old with a very active imagination infiltrates Dr. Jamison's office disguised as a secret agent and causes pandemonium when he makes things disappear.
2525"TV or Not TV"TBATBAApril 6, 1973 (1973-04-06)
Dr. Jamison appears on a children's television show as a public service and suddenly is hit in the face with a pie and subjected to other outlandish tricks, all part of the show's format.

Season 2: The Brian Keith Show (1973–1974)Edit

Ep Title Original air date
261"Dr. Chaffee, I Presume"September 21, 1973 (1973-09-21)
Dr. Jamison has his first encounter with a very proper allergist, Dr. Austin Chaffee, who rents office space at his medical facility. Austin immediately takes over Dr. Jamison's staff.
272"The Camp Doctor"September 28, 1973 (1973-09-28)
Dr. Jamison receives a frantic call and rushes to the location, thinking it is a children's camp. To his surprise and chagrin he finds a nudist colony — and tries to maintain his cool while treating the emergency.
283"Austin Moves In"October 5, 1973 (1973-10-05)
Dr. Jamison realizes his mistake when he shares his home with Austin, who begins to develop a rapport with Anne. His frustrations skyrocket at the thought of Austin as a possible son-in-law, and he devises various plans to keep the two apart.
294"The Pineapple League"October 12, 1973 (1973-10-12)
A girl wants to be on the Little League team Dr. Jamison coaches, leading to all sorts of objections, and his efforts to make people look at the situation rationally have little success.
305"Inflation"October 19, 1973 (1973-10-19)
Puni secretly moonlights at a golf range to supplement her income, and is so exhausted from working two jobs that she makes mistakes at the clinic and Austin wants her fired. Then she suffers a black eye — and the male nurse who takes over for her nearly organizes the clinic out of business.
316"Sean, the Allergist"October 26, 1973 (1973-10-26)
When a falling coconut hits Austin on the head, Dr. Jamison temporarily takes over his allergy practice while he recovers — but Austin's patients consider Dr. Jamison′s bedside manner too gruff, and he shocks them with his diagnoses of certain itches.
327"Sean, the Swinger"November 2, 1973 (1973-11-02)
Dr. Jamison is rumored to be a swinger and wild partier after attending a singles party, and his popularity soars. But when he disappoints a few of his dates, his reputation suffers and he tries to set the record straight.
338"Sunday, Fishy Sunday"November 9, 1973 (1973-11-09)
Dr. Jamison plans a relaxing day of fishing for his Sunday, but instead spends the day dealing with a parking-lot baby delivery, Puni being tossed in jail, and having to teach Sunday school.
349"The Big Build-Up"November 16, 1973 (1973-11-16)
Dr. Jamison enjoys his own little part of the island, which he considers paradise. But after he requests a children's bathroom for his clinic, he is outraged when he hears that the bathroom project has mushroomed into Mrs. Gruber joining with a promoter to build a huge medical office complex near him.
3510"Uncle Timothy"November 23, 1973 (1973-11-23)
Dr. Jamison's uncle, a retired doctor, visits Anne and him on a 10-day "swinging" Hawaiian vacation that turns their lives upside down and is capped with a marriage proposal to Mrs. Gruber.
3611"Doctor Take Five"December 7, 1973 (1973-12-07)
Dr. Jamison becomes an immediate celebrity when he delivers quintuplets. When his clinic becomes a stop on the tourism circuit, he must figure out a way to put a stop to it to give his patients and their parents peace and a sense of normality.
3712"The Thunderball Syndicate"December 21, 1973 (1973-12-21)
Anne's new boyfriend Jeff is a financial advisor and they are worried about Dr. Jamison's finances, so Jeff convinces Dr. Jamison to invest in livestock, and in particular to stake his financial future and that of his friends on the potential breeding fees of a $25,000 prize bull.
3813"Here Comes the What?"January 11, 1974 (1974-01-11)
Dr. Jamison is undecided on how to proceed when the first baby he ever delivered — now an adult and a beautiful bride-to-be — shows up and asks him to do her the favor of officiating at her "non-marriage," a commitment ceremony that has no legal bearing.
3914"Sean the Dad"January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
Dr. Jamison temporarily takes care of young Stewart while his parents are on a trip and finds that doing so includes more than he realized, including "new math" homework, attending Indian Scouts, and waking up to kiddie cartoons.
4015"Make Room for Sean"January 25, 1974 (1974-01-25)
After Anne lets Dr. Jamison stay with her while Mrs. Gruber has his apartment painted, Anne's uninhibited lifestyle causes him concern and in spite of himself he begins to interfere.
4116"Play It Again, Sean"February 1, 1974 (1974-02-01)
After Anne and Puni convince him to become a music student, Dr. Jamison grudgingly tries piano lessons, but he unwittingly leads a music revolt among the island′s children when he quits his lessons, and then must convince the kids of the value of getting a musical education.
4217"The Ultra Marine"February 15, 1974 (1974-02-15)
Dr. Jamison is delighted when his old United States Marine Corps buddy Linc arrives in Hawaii to live the island life, but he is slightly perturbed when he learns that Linc now makes a living painting female nudes and becomes more annoyed when Linc shows a romantic interest in Anne.
4318"Sean-Do the Magician"February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)
Dr. Jamison's magic tricks delight six fatherless children so much that they think he would make the perfect father and try tricking him into becoming their father. He tries to extricate himself from the situation and yet make the kids life better by finding them a place to live — but a big magic show, with Austin involved, proves you can't trick a woman in love.
4419"The Titanic Sails Again"March 1, 1974 (1974-03-01)
A con-man talks Dr. Jamison into accepting half-ownership in a catamaran as payment for a bill, but does not tell him of the boat's condition — and it is so dilapidated and unseaworthy that it is a money pit, and repairing it begins to take up all of Dr. Jamison's time.
4520"No Man Is an Atoll"March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
To get away from all the stress and distractions of the modern world, Dr. Jamison arranges a camping trip on a remote island, but he and his friends encounter Captain Tuttle, an eccentric and feisty recluse who ensures their vacation is anything but relaxing.
4621"A Star Is Sean"March 15, 1974 (1974-03-15)
When Dr. Jamison lets an eccentric young filmmaker film a documentary on children's medicine at his clinic as a public service for children, the filmmaker's presence disrupts the office routine and makes Dr. Jamison even more irascible than usual — and he is shocked to discover the film has X-rated overtones.
4722"Classmates"March 29, 1974 (1974-03-29)
Austin falls for Anne′s old college friend Linda. Anne is stunned to discover that Linda is now a prostitute, and she and Dr. Jamison must decide whether to tell the innocent Austin about Linda′s line of work.


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  2. ^ a b c "The Brian Keith Show (1973-1974), or The Little People (1972-1973)". Classic Television Archives. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1997, p. 484
  4. ^ McNeil, Total Television, appendix

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