The Family Circle

The Family Circle was a Canadian documentary television series which aired on CBC Television in 1957.

The Family Circle
Presented byPolly MacKay-Smith
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Producer(s)Patrick Watson
Original networkCBC Television
Original release7 April –
9 June 1957


This series concerned the lives of children, using productions from Crawley Films, the National Film Board of Canada and United World Films. Polly MacKay-Smith hosted the films which were accompanied by a panel discussion involving teachers and parents.[1]


This half-hour series was broadcast on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) from 7 April to 9 June 1957.


  • 7 April 1957: this episode argues the emotional requirements of children as they develop
  • 14 April 1957: this episode featured the development patterns and playing behaviour of children 15 and under
  • 21 April 1957: "The Terrible Twos and Trusting Threes" (Crawley Films)
  • 28 April 1957: "The Frustrating Fours and Fascinating Fives" (Crawley Films)
  • 5 May 1957: "From Sociable Six to Noisy Nines" (Crawley Films)
  • 12 May 1957: "Why Won't Tommy Eat?" (Crawley Films)
  • 19 May 1957: "From Ten To Twelve" (Crawley Films)
  • 26 May 1957: "The Teens" (Crawley Films)
  • 2 June 1957: "Shyness" (NFB)
  • 9 June 1957: "Family Circles" - this episode features the relationship between school and home and its effect on child development


  1. ^ "Child As Individual Topic Of TV Series". The Gazette. Montreal. 6 April 1957. p. 60. Retrieved 17 April 2012.

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