The Smith Family (TV series)

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The Smith Family
The Smith Family cast.jpg
Cast photo
Created by Bob Sorrentino
Directed by Herschel Daugherty
Starring Henry Fonda
Janet Blair
Darleen Carr
John Carter
Ron Howard
Michael-James Wixted
Theme music composer George "Red" Callender
Wayne Shanklin
Opening theme "Primrose Lane"
performed by Mike Minor
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 39
Executive producer(s) Don Fedderson
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Don Fedderson Productions
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Original network ABC
Original release January 20, 1971 (1971-01-20) – June 7, 1972 (1972-06-07)

The Smith Family is an American comedy-drama television series starring Henry Fonda and Ron Howard and produced by Don Fedderson Productions in association with CBS television. The series aired on ABC from January 20, 1971 to June 7, 1972, for 39 episodes.[1]


  • Henry Fonda - Detective Sergeant Chad Smith, the father of the Smith family
  • Janet Blair - Betty Smith, Chad's wife
  • Darleen Carr - Cindy Smith, the daughter
  • John Carter - Sergeant Ray Martin
  • Ron Howard - Bob Smith, the elder son
  • Michael-James Wixted - Brian Smith, the younger son

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Chad Smith is a police detective in Los Angeles. The show covered the exploits of Sergeant Smith and his relationships with his wife Betty and their three children, 18-year-old Cindy, 15-year-old Bob and 7-year-old Brian.

The opening season theme song was "Primrose Lane", composed by Red Callender (as George Callender) and Wayne Shanklin.[2][3]


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