1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (USA)
48 x 30 minute episodes
Originally known as The Little People, this heart-warming sitcom from NBC featured the cases of two paediatricians – father and daughter team Sean and Anne Jamison – who ran the free Jamison Clinic for Children in Kahala, Hawaii.
Brian Keith (from Family Affair) starred with Shelley Fabares as his daughter and a cast of delightful Hawaiian children. The concern that the Jamisons had for their “little people” formed the crux of most of the stories.
Their staff consisted of a beautiful native girl named Puni (Brian Keith’s real-life wife, Victoria Young), who served as their nurse and receptionist, and a young local boy named Stewart (Sean Tyler Hall) who received a salary of one dollar a week to sweep, clean and empty trash baskets.
Stewart’s friend, Alfred Landis (Stephen Hague) was the terror of the island and delighted in annoying Sean and his patients.
In the second season, the situation changed somewhat, as did the title, which became The Brian Keith Show.
The very proper Dr Chaffee (Roger Bowen) now shared office space with Sean and found that adjusting to Sean’s informality could be rather difficult.
Wealthy widow, Mrs Gruber (Nancy Kulp), owner of the free clinic – and much of Hawaii – was added to the cast to help add problem situations for the easygoing doctor and his attractive and equally competent daughter.
In some regions, the entire series was screened under the alternate title, The Little People.
Brian Keith committed suicide in his Malibu home in 1997. The 75-year-old actor was suffering from lung cancer and emphysema and was apparently distraught over the suicide of his own 27-year-old daughter 10 weeks prior.
Like her father, Daisy L. Sampson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dr Sean Jamison
Dr Anne Jamison
Dr Austin Chaffee
Mrs Millar Gruber
Sean Tyler Hall
Officer Moe O’Shaughnessy