The Fitzpatricks is an American drama series which ran on CBS during the 1977–78 season. The series premiered on September 5, 1977; it lasted thirteen episodes, and was cancelled on January 10, 1978, failing in the faces of established ABC competitors Happy Days (in its first 30 minutes) and Laverne & Shirley (in its last 30 minutes), which both aired in the show's time-slot of 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern/Pacific on Tuesday nights.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Television|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 5, 1977– January 10, 1978|
The focus was on the Fitzpatricks, an Irish Catholic family of six who lived in Flint, Michigan. The father, blue collar, Mike Fitzpatrick (Bert Kramer) worked overtime as a steelworker to provide a life for the family; while his pregnant wife, Maggie (Mariclare Costello) also worked part-time at a diner as a waitress to help support the family's income. They had four children, eldest son, Sean (Clark Brandon); introspective second son, Jack (Jimmy McNichol); only daughter Maureen (nicknamed Mo) (Michele Tobin) and youngest son, Max (Sean Marshall). At various times, all of the Fitzpatrick children had held down part-time jobs to help the often cash-strapped family. They also owned a dog, aptly named Detroit. Also involved in the family was R.J. (Derek Wells), who was Max Fitzpatrick's African-American best friend. A young Helen Hunt played neighbor, Kerry Gerardi, supposedly a friend of Mo's, who was interested in the older Fitzpatrick brothers, Sean and Jack, which sparked a bit of a rivalry between the two. Much of the stories deal with moralistic lessons and also with growing up.
- Bert Kramer as Michael Fitzpatrick, a steelworker, and the patriarch of the family.
- Mariclare Costello as Margaret "Maggie" Fitzpatrick, the matriarch, works part-time at a diner to supplement the family income.
- Clark Brandon as Sean Fitzpatrick, the oldest son (16)
- Jimmy McNichol as Jack Fitzpatrick, the second oldest (15)
- Michele Tobin as Maureen "Mo" Fitzpatrick, the only daughter (14)
- Sean Marshall as Max Fitzpatrick, the youngest at 10, delivers newspapers.
- Helen Hunt as Kerry Gerardi, the girl next door, who intensified the rivalry between Jack and Sean.
- Derek Wells as R.J., Max Fitzpatrick's best friend.
- The Fitzpatricks
- FitzLo Co.
- The Shark
- A Love Story
- The Sacrament
- Say Goodbye to Buddy Bonkers
- A Living Wage
- The New Fitzpatrick
- Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. 8th ed. Random House Digital; October 14, 2003 [cited September 27, 2011]. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0. pp. 414–415.