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Family Affair: Season 3

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Family Affair was a popular situation comedy and a regular top 20 hit show produced by Don Fedderson Productions for CBS-TV during its five-year run from 1966-71. Brian Keith stars as bachelor Bill Davis, a highly-paid engineering consultant who lives in a posh Manhattan apartment with his proper English manservant, Mr. Giles French (Sebastian Cabot). Davis’ carefree existence is turned upside down when his brother and sister-in-law die suddenly in a tragic plane accident, leaving their three children orphaned. Davis becomes an instant father figure to six year-old twins, Buffy and Jody (Anissa Jones, Johnnie Whitaker) and their big sister, Cissy (Kathy Garver).

In Season 3, Jody accepts a dare to clip Mr. French’s beard to get into an exclusive club, Buffy brings an early Christmas to a sick little girl, Cissy yearns to become a hippie, Mr. French is cast in a movie about Henry the VIII and Uncle Bill considers marriage to a beautiful (but child-hating) Italian girl.

John Williams joins the family for 9 episodes, as Mr. French’s equally unflappable butler brother.

Guest stars include Butch Patrick, Eve Plumb, Joe Flynn and Jamie Farr.

Family Affair Season 3 contains 28 episodes on 5 discs, including the three-part "Lost In Spain" and never-before-seen bonus features.

Special Features

  • All 28 episodes from the 1968-69 season on five discs
  • "The Family Affair Reunion Special"

Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, Johnny Whitaker
  • Directors: Charles Barton
  • Writers: Austin Kalish, Burt Styler, Charles R. Marion, Cynthia Lindsay, Don Fedderson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPR6AG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Family Affair: Season 3" on IMDb

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Season three boasts 28 episodes (the episode not listed in jon sieruga's excellent review/episode guide to this season is the 14th episode of this season, FAMMILY PLAN, where Uncle Bill breaks his leg during a skiing accident) and one truly sensational bonus feature. The special feature is a 30 minute "Family Affair Reunion Special" featuring Kathy Garver (who played Sissy), Sherry Alberoni (who played Sissy's bets friend and upstairs neighbor, Sharon), producer John Stephens and husband and wife writers Austin "Rocky" Kalish and Irma Kalish. The five sit in a semi-circle and chat for 30 minutes, offering lots of fascinating background information about the cast members (Irma remembers Brian Keith as never speaking to her on the set and Stephens remembers his prickly personality; Kathy adored him), the show's legacy and the interesting way the show was shot.

Each season the show got Brian Keith for just 65 days to shoot all his scenes for a season's worth of episodes. (The series was shot this way to give Keith time to keep filming motion pictures.) This meant that all the episodes had to be written before the season began and in most cases the episodes were filmed ahead of time, missing only the scenes that required Brian Keith. Producer Stephens remembers that when they were filmingw ith Keith, they would often work on 4 or 5 episodes in one day! He called its "organized chaos" and credits director Charles Barton, who filmed every episode.

We learn about Anissa Jones not being happy to still be dragging around her Mrs Beasley doll by season four when she was 12 (she was 9 years old in the first season when the twins were suposed to be 6) and both Stephens and Mr Kalish don't have positive things to say about her mother.
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Episodes for Season Three include the famous 3-parter where the twins get lost while on a trip through Spain (#19, 20, 21), Cissy falls in love with a pop star who writes a hit song for her (#25), Buffy and Jody befriend a black student--unusual for its time--with a big imagination (#9), and the incredibly sensitive episode guest-starring lovely Eve Plumb as a youngster dying of leukemia (#7). Thanks to the site "Apartment 27A" for the episode list.

1. The Latch Key Kid
2. By A Whisker
3. A Waltz From Vienna
4. Your Friend, Jody
5. The Substitute Teacher
6. Oliver
7. Christmas Came A Little Early
8. The Unsound of Music
9. Albertine
10. A Matter of Choice
11. Ciao, Uncle Bill
12. A Nanny for All Seasons
13. Family Plan
14. To Love With Buffy
15. A Family Group
16. A Lesson for Grown-Ups
17. Oh, To Be in England
18. A Matter of Privacy
19. Lost in Spain (1)
20. Lost in Spain (2)
21. Lost in Spain (3)
22. A Diller, A Dollar
23. The Young Man from Bolivia
24. Speak for Yourself Mr. French
25. The Flip Side
26. The Matter of Dignity
27. Flower Power
28. My Man, the Star
BONUS "Reunion Special"
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Would that we would have series like this on today's television. Thank God that DVD is bringing back these wonderful classic television programs. Season 3 of Family Affair is charming and engaging, poignant, thought-provoking and with messages that touch the heart. I always remembered the "Lost in Spain" episode because it made me cry. So too "The Latch Key Kid" and "Christmas Came a Little Early". "By a Whisker" is hilarious!!

So what if Buffy and Jody were portrayed as goody-two-shoes? I'm sorry but Jody cutting Mr. French's whiskers while he was asleep was NOT being exactly a model child. But if they were portrayed as a goody-two-shoes it was because they were brought up with standards and strict disciplinary rules. I see nothing unrealistic about this. It would do parents well to observe these tactics and employ them with the rearing of their own children today....those who care enough to do so. Children today are crying out for discipline and rules...take the "Latch Key Kid" for example. We have a child whose mother could care less about her. She has all the freedom in the world to do everything she wants. But is she happy? No. She spends a weekend with Buffy and gets a taste of what "discipline and rules" are all about. She knows that Buffy and Jody are loved because someone cares enough to teach them good manners and discipline them. Buffy on the other hand wants to experience the freedom that Lana has and comes to realize that the grass isn't always greener and comes to appreciate the love that her family has for her. This is just one example of the morals and standards this show strived to promote. Another great example is the "Cissy" episode entitled "Flower Power Child". Same principles.
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This show just keeps getting better with each season. This is the season that has one of my favorite and saddest episodes, "Christmas Came A Little Early". I couldn't wait for my children to see that episode. It is so touching. This whole season is full of great wholesome episodes. A real winner for the whole family!
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