Home Television Comedy Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 7  (USA)
116 x 30 minute episodes

Edward Stratton III likes Pac-Manpinball machines and electric trains. Ricky Stratton is mature, sensible and understands computers.

But Edward (Joel Higgins) is in his 30s, while his son Ricky (Ricky Schroder) is only 12. Edward is very rich. He also talks like Goofy, has the brains of a speed bump and lives in a mansion furnished by Santa Claus.

In the pilot episode, his fortune has been syphoned off through computer chicanery by a scheming business manager while Edward was playing with his choo-choo trains.

Along comes Ricky, who spots the scam and restores Daddy’s bucks. Ricky had been raised by his divorced mother and had never known his father.

After being shipped off to military school, Ricky wangled an invitation to move in with his wealthy father and soon helped him learn to be a parent, while Edward taught him a little about having fun.

Kate (Erin Gray) was Edward’s pretty secretary who he would eventually marry in 1985. Kate, along with Leonard his lawyer (Leonard Lightfoot) and Dexter his fussy business manager (Franklyn Seales) all do what they can to get the childlike Edward Stratton III through life.

Dropping in occasionally is Grandfather Stratton (John Houseman), a stuffy tycoon who had been estranged from his immature son until little Ricky came into the picture.

Ricky’s friends were Derek (Jason Bateman), a conniving con-artist, Alfonso (Alfonso Ribeiro), Dexter’s nephew, Freddy (Corky Pigeon) and J.T (Bobby Fite).

The series moved from NBC to first-run syndication for its final season (1986-1987).


Ricky Stratton 
Ricky Schroder
Edward Stratton III 

Joel Higgins
Kate Summers Stratton 

Erin Gray
Leonard Rollins 

Leonard Lightfoot
Dexter Stuffins 

Franklyn Seales
Derek Taylor 

Jason Bateman
Freddy Lippincottleman 

Corky Pigeon
Alfonso Spears 

Alfonso Ribeiro
J.T. Martin 

Bobby Fite
Edward Stratton II 

John Houseman
Uncle Harry Summers

Ray Walston

Billy Jacoby