Make Room for Daddy

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  • TV-Y7
  • 1953
  • 11 Seasons
  • 7.1  (1,203)

Make Room for Daddy is an American sitcom that was first broadcast on CBS in 1953. It revolves around the life of a struggling comedian and family man named Danny Williams, played by Danny Thomas. The show ran for 11 seasons, with a total of 344 episodes produced during its run.

Danny Williams is a nightclub performer who is often on the road, leaving behind his wife Kathy (played by Jean Hagen) and their two children, Terry (played by Sherry Jackson) and Rusty (played by Rusty Hamer). Despite his busy schedule, Danny is devoted to his family and is always trying to find ways to spend more time with them.

The show is set in New York City and primarily takes place in the Williams' apartment, where most of the family's domestic and personal issues are addressed. With Danny's unpredictable schedule and frequent absences, Kathy is often left to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of raising the children on her own. This often leads to friction between the couple, as Kathy struggles to balance her own career aspirations with her role as a homemaker.

As the show progresses, viewers watch as Danny and Kathy navigate the challenges of married life, while also raising their children and pursuing their individual dreams. Along the way, they receive support from their extended family, including Danny's business manager Phil (played by Jesse White), and Kathy's mother (played by Amanda Randolph).

The show also incorporates music and dance into its plotlines, as Danny frequently incorporates his performances and showbiz connections into his family's lives. Viewers are treated to guest appearances from a variety of celebrities, including Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, and Dick Van Dyke.

Despite its lighthearted and comedic tone, Make Room for Daddy also explores themes such as the challenges of balancing work and family life, the importance of communication and compromise in a marriage, and the struggles of raising children.

As the years go by, the show undergoes several changes. In the fifth season, Hagen leaves the show due to creative differences and is replaced by actress Marjorie Lord, who plays Danny's new wife Kathy. The show's name is also changed to The Danny Thomas Show, reflecting this shift in focus.

Make Room for Daddy is widely regarded as a classic television series, praised for its depiction of family life and the warmth and humor of its characters. It was also a groundbreaking show in terms of representation, featuring a multiracial cast and addressing issues such as adoption and interracial marriage.

Overall, Make Room for Daddy is a charming and entertaining show that provides a window into 1950s family life in America. Its relatable characters, catchy theme song, and heartwarming moments make it a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by viewers to this day.

Make Room for Daddy is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (335 episodes). The series first aired on September 29, 1953.

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The Persistent Cop
30. The Persistent Cop
April 27, 1964
Summary is not available.
Rusty and the Chorus Girl
29. Rusty and the Chorus Girl
April 20, 1964
After Rusty & Terry's rejection for an allowance from Danny, the two kids decide to lighten him up with a little surprise.
Call off the Hounds
28. Call off the Hounds
April 13, 1964
Summary is not available.
Beautiful Lady
27. Beautiful Lady
April 6, 1964
Summary is not available.
Pupa Loves Rusty
26. Pupa Loves Rusty
March 30, 1964
Summary is not available.
Pupa's Pooch
25. Pupa's Pooch
March 23, 1964
Summary is not available.
Pupa From Italy
24. Pupa From Italy
March 16, 1964
Danny imports a girl from Italy to sing at the Copacabana, but soon discovers she has stopped performing pop music in favor of opera music.
The Leprechaun
23. The Leprechaun
March 9, 1964
Howard Morris appears as a man who claims he's a leprechaun.
Tonoose Gets A Job
22. Tonoose Gets A Job
March 2, 1964
Summary is not available.
Sense Of Humor
21. Sense Of Humor
February 24, 1964
Danny's in trouble with the local tradesmen when they learn they are the brunt of the jokes in his nightclub act
Bunny Gets Into The Act
20. Bunny Gets Into The Act
February 17, 1964
Charley's in the doghouse when he refuses to allow Bunny a chance to perform in his new stage review at the Copacabana
The Antique Dealer
19. The Antique Dealer
February 10, 1964
Danny and Charley set up a roadside stand outside their Connecticut country home, and they try to pass off junk as valuable antiques.
Howdy, Neighbors
18. Howdy, Neighbors
February 3, 1964
Danny, Charley, and their wives are perplexed by the snobbish behavior of their Connecticut countryside neighbors.
The Quiz Show
17. The Quiz Show
January 27, 1964
Frank's mother needs a new washing machine, so he cons Danny into appearing with him on a quiz show in hopes of winning a brand new one.
Kathy ,The Secretary
16. Kathy ,The Secretary
January 20, 1964
When Danny complains to Kathy about her overspending, she cons Phil into giving her a temporary job as his secretary.
Linda's Crush
15. Linda's Crush
January 13, 1964
Summary is not available.
The Bowling Partners
14. The Bowling Partners
January 6, 1964
Danny is hopeful that Rusty will ask him be his partner at an upcoming Father and Son bowling tournament.
Peaceful Co-Existence
13. Peaceful Co-Existence
December 30, 1963
The renovations to the Williams/Halper Connecticut country home are finally complete, and the two couples spend a weekend in the country together. It doesn't take long for the best friends to become annoyed with each others habits.
Christmas Story
12. Christmas Story
December 23, 1963
Danny is disheartened because his family is so caught up in the material aspects of Christmas that they seem to have forgotten its real meaning. He comes up with a plan he hopes will remedy this.
The Two Musketeers
11. The Two Musketeers
December 16, 1963
Summary is not available.
The Hex
10. The Hex
December 9, 1963
Summary is not available.
Oh, The Clacys
9. Oh, The Clacys
December 2, 1963
Summary is not available.
Shy Alfie
8. Shy Alfie
November 18, 1963
Summary is not available.
My Fair Uncle
7. My Fair Uncle
November 11, 1963
Everyone is in the Williams household is taken aback when Uncle Tonoose announces his plans to marry.
Linda and the New Dress
6. Linda and the New Dress
November 4, 1963
After tearing her girlfriend's dress during a fight, Linda buys her a fancy new one and charges it to her father's account.
Rusty Drives a Car
5. Rusty Drives a Car
October 28, 1963
Rusty is now old enough to drive, and Danny is having trouble accepting the fact that his son is growing up.
The Woman Behind The Jokes
4. The Woman Behind The Jokes
October 21, 1963
Summary is not available.
Heres The 50 Dollars Back
3. Heres The 50 Dollars Back
October 14, 1963
A mysterious friend shows up to repay a loan made to him by Danny many, many years ago.
The Perfect Crime
2. The Perfect Crime
October 7, 1963
With Danny's birthday in a few weeks, Kathy has set aside money for his present. At least, that's what she thought until she's discovered it's gone missing.
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Make Room for Daddy is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Make Room for Daddy on demand at FuboTV, Tubi TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    September 29, 1953
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,203)