Show Toppers: The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett ('The Courtship of Eddie's Father,' circa 1971)

Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett (‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,’ circa 1971)


“People let me tell ya ’bout my best friend…”

On this edition of Show Toppers we offer up the intro for The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. This sitcom, based on a movie of the same name from 1963, is especially well-remembered by young folks (like myself) who grew up watching reruns in the 1970s.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father originally ran on ABC from September, 1969 to March, 1972 and starred Bill Bixby as 30-something widower, Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as his precocious six-year-old son, Eddie. The Corbett’s Japanese housekeeper was played by Academy Award-winning actress, Miyoshi Umeki and show creator and producer, James Komack, played family friend, Norman.

Tom (Bill Bixby) and Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki) ('The Courtship of Eddie's Father,' circa 1971)

Tom (Bill Bixby) and Mrs. Livingston (Miyoshi Umeki) (‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,’ circa 1971)



1970s-related cast factoids: Bill Bixby went on to star in The Incredible Hulk TV series (1977-1982). Brandon Cruz appeared in The Bad News Bears (1976). James Komack created and produced Chico and the Man (1974) and produced Welcome Back, Kotter (1975). Miyoshi Umeki presumably had enough of the limelight and went into self-imposed retirement for the remaining decades of her life.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father TV Intro Circa 1970

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father Wiki, IMDb

Previously, on Show Toppers: Arnie

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2 Responses to Show Toppers: The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

  1. Steve H. says:

    The pier that they are running on and under looks like the one in Malibu that was near Jim Rockford’s trailer in “The Rockford Files.”

  2. David Moore says:

    It does look like Malibu. Could be.