The Danny Thomas Show/Make Room For Daddy (1953-1965)
Make Room For Granddaddy (1970-1971)
Type: Spin Off
Hollywood is always trying to revive old shows people loved by bringing them back in some new form. But usually the original series was cancelled because it had grown old and a little stale and so many of the updates don't seem any fresher.
That seems to have been the case with Make Room For Granddaddy, a revival of The Danny Thomas Show which was originally titled Make Room For Daddy. It brought back Danny Thomas's character of Danny Williams along with his wife and his now adult son from the original series. Also on hand were a number of the original shows supporting characters. Danny's daughter Terry and her husband were over overseas due to his military career but they left there son Michael with Granddaddy and company.
So what do we have: a revival of an old show from the 50's and early 60's coming out at the start of the tacky counter culture 70's. And on top of that it's gimmicky: they write the grandson's folks off so as to get them out while leaving a new kid in the house for Granddad to play off of and so that they can use the title Make Room For GRANDdaddy. It was the wrong show for the wrong year and maybe not done to par with the level of excellence set by the original. Not to utterly snub Granddaddy. The original show set that bar pretty high and the spin off had a lot of obstabcles to overcome.Other Danny Thomas Show Crossover Links
The Danny Thomas Show and The Andy Griffith Show
The Danny Thomas Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Danny Thomas Show and I Love Lucy
The Danny Thomas Show and The Joey Bishop Show
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