The Stu Erwin Show (also known as Trouble with Father) is 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). The show featured 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).

The series was produced by Roland D. Reed and Hal Roach, Jr., and filmed at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California. All 52 episodes of season one were first-run, followed by another 26 in season two for a total of 78 straight weeks of all-new shows before reruns began in the spring of 1952. Another 26 episodes were produced for the 1952-53 season, interspersed with reruns every third week between October 1952 and July 1953. Production then went on a lengthy hiatus while the network continued airing reruns from the summer of 1953 until the fall of 1954. The fourth and final season’s 26 episodes aired between October 1954 and April 1955.

Stu Erwin

Stuart Erwin (February 14, 1903 – December 21, 1967) was an American actor of stage, film, and television. Erwin was born in Squaw Valley, Fresno County, California. He began acting in college in the 1920s, having first appeared on stage. Film career He broke into […]

June Collyer

June Collyer (August 19, 1906 – March 16, 1968) was an American film actress of the 1920s and 1930s. Born Dorothea Heermance in New York City, Collyer chose to use her mother’s maiden name when she decided to pursue acting. A society girl chosen by […]

Willie Best

William “Willie” Best (May 27, 1916 – February 27, 1962), sometimes known as Sleep n’ Eat, was an American television and film actor. Best was one of the first African-American film actors and comedians to become well known. Of the 124 films he appeared in, […]