(NBC, September 9-December
|A family portrait of Arnie with Agnes, Terry, Roger and Chester.|
Barkley (Henry Corden) was the patriarch of the family. Like other
stereotypical sitcom fathers, he was blustery, opinionated, had a deep unwillingness to keep
up with the times and constantly cooked up hairbrained schemes, but he deeply
cared about his family and only wanted what was best for them—regardless if
they wanted it or not. Not only was Arnie a bus driver like The Honeymooners
Ralph Kramden, but that connection was further deepened by Corden eventually
taking over the lead role in The
franchise, also inspired by the sitcom, and
providing dubs for star Jackie
in TV edits of Smokey and the Bandit
His wife, Agnes (Joan Gerber), did what she could to maintain the house and the
family peace. They had three children: teenagers Roger (Steve Lewis) and Terry
(Julie McWhirter), and young Chester (Gene Andrusco).
|Arnie tends house while Agnes goes off to work in a battle of the sexes moment.|
|Arnie doesn't like the looks of Terry's boyfriend.|
“Match Breaker” (9/9/72) – A TV show gives Arnie the idea
that Terry and her boyfriend are going to elope at a rock concert, which he
plans to stop at any cost.
“Finders Weepers” (9/16/72) – Arnie finds $500 and plans to
keep it, but when he finally decides to return it he discovers his kids
unwittingly spent it already.
“Lib and Let Lib” (9/23/72) – To prove that men can do
everything better than women, Arnie and Agnes switch roles: she drives his bus
while he runs the household.
“Half-Pint Hero” (9/30/72) – Arnie wants to turn the
non-athletic Chester into a basketball star.
“No Place for a Lady” (10/7/72) – Terry joins the auto shop
class and dismantles Arnie’s car for it the night before he needs to pick up a
senator for his boss’ party.
“For the Love of Money” (10/14/72) – Arnie tries to get
Roger to hook up with the daughter of his now-wealthy old classmate.
“Keeping Up with the Beagles” (10/21/72) – Arnie tries a
number of schemes to get his family’s attention off of their neighbors’ new
“Play No Favorites” (10/28/72) – Chester feels he needs to
compete with his siblings for their father’s attention, and when Arnie hurts
his feelings he runs off to join the circus.
“Law and Missorder” (11/4/72) – Terry and her friends go
camping with Agnes, but the boys decide to watch over them when Arnie spots motorcyclists
in the area.
“The Great Disc Jockey” (11/11/72) – Arnie becomes a deejay
so that he can hear the kind of music he likes on the radio, rather than the
new-fangled rock and roll.
“Barkley Beware” (11/18/72) – Arnie enlists his kids’ help
in getting rid of a worthless piece of land he was swindled into buying, unfortunately
they end up selling it to his boss’ wife.
“Arnie Come Clean” (11/25/72) – When Arnie goes back to
school to help with his new role as company president, he ends up caught in a
protest against the company.
“The Talent Agency Caper” (12/2/72) – After seeing Chester
in a school play, Arnie decides to push him into becoming a real actor.
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