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Vanishing TV Character - Mike Douglas The family-based sitcom My Three Sons ran for 12 seasons on two networks from 1960 through 1972. Originally the widowed Steve Douglas' three sons in the sitcom's title were Mike, Robbie, and Chip. Tim Considine played eldest son Mike, a level-headed, responsible young man who could be counted on to keep his younger brothers in line. The show was shot in black and white for the first five seasons when it ran on ABC. In the fifth season, Tim meets Sally Morrison (played by the lovely Meredith MacRae), who works in the secretarial pool at his father's firm. They quickly develop a romance. However, at that time Considine's relationship with the producers of My Three Sons was fraying and he did not want to return for the show's sixth season in 1965. This obviously created a problem for a show about three sons. A solution was devised: Mike and Sally would be married and move away. The plot had Mike becoming an assistant psychology professor somewhere "back east"--even though the Douglases lived in Maryland. Considine and MacRae appeared in the opening few minutes of the first episode of the 1965-66 season--which also happened to be the show's first episode on CBS and the first one to be shot in color. The opening scene had the newly married couple leaving the church and accepting the congratulations and good wishes of the wedding guests. Mike takes his dad aside and lovingly thanks him for everything in his life. He gets into a car with his new bride--and leaves the show forever. Mike was only mentioned a couple of times thereafter even though My Three Sons ran for another seven years. Oh, yes: an orphaned friend of Chip's, Ernie, is adopted into the Douglas clan so that Steve again has three sons under his roof. Since the color episodes were the only ones widely circulated, many My Three Sons fans who were first exposed to the show in reruns often have little knowledge about Mike being one of Steve Douglas' sons.
Tags: Tim  Considine  My  Three  Sons  Mike  Douglas 
Added: 15th June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-15 
Tim Considine already had considerable television experience before his tenure on My Three Sons. He played Spin in a Mickey Mouse Club serial from 1957 to 1959 titled The Adventures of Spin and Marty. If you are a movie buff, you might recall that Considine appeared in a small but important roll in the Oscar-winning movie Patton. He played the shell-shocked soldier whom General Patton slapped! Considine will be 75 years old on December 31, 2015.
Posted by: Steve on 2015-06-17 
Almost a forgotten sitcom too!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-18 
Yes, I fear that some of the classic sitcoms are vanishing forever from reruns because of age. My Three Sons is one of them. There's no depravity and immorality in the show,so it likely wouldn't be a hit with today's TV viewers.

It's been at least 15 years since I saw an episode of My Three Sons on TV--and it was on a Christian specialty channel in Canada at 12 noon on a weekday. I guess there's enough interest in the show from its old fans to make DVDs worth producing.

I do my share to keep these shows alive by showing them to my niece and nephew. Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart and The Brady Bunch have been hits with them.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-06-21 
I always chuckle when characters that have been eased out of sitcoms don't show up at important family events such as weddings--and there's no explanation for their absence. In this case Mike wasn't present for the wedding of younger brother Robbie nor we he at his father's marriage to his new stepmother.
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