Written by Arnold Belgard
Edward E. Seabrook
Directed by Charles Barton
Frank R. Strayer
Starring Stuart Erwin
Theme music composer Alexander Laszlo
Opening theme “A Family Story”
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 128
Executive producer(s) Roland D. Reed
Producer(s) Roland D. Reed
Hal Roach, Jr.
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Lothrop B. Worth
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 26 min
Production company(s) Hal Roach Studios
Roland D. Reed Productions Inc.
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 21, 1950 – April 13, 1955
The Stu Erwin Show (also known as The Trouble with Father) was known as an American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1950 to 1955. Only four of the series’ five seasons on the network included new episodes; the 1953-54 season consisted entirely of reruns.
The series stars Stuart Erwin and real-life wife June Collyer. Ann E. Todd and Sheila James portray the couple’s fictional daughters (Merry Anders replaced Ann Todd in the final season). One notable aspect of the show was that it featured a black actor Willie Best in a regular supporting role.
Predating modern single-camera sitcoms, The Stu Erwin Show originally aired without a laugh track (one was added in its final season), and each episode was around 26 minutes long, without commercials. During its original network run on ABC, it was sponsored by General Mills (1950–54), Paper Mate (1953-’54) and Liggett & Myers (1954–55).