You know, regardless of any other considerations, it's really a shame that Seasons 1 through 3 of Make Room for Daddy are being treated as if they never existed, because of this:
At the 1954 Emmy Awards, the show won "Best New Series."
At the 1955 Emmy Awards, it won "Best Situation Comedy," beating The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Mr. Peepers, Our Miss Brooks, Private Secretary, and this little thing called I Love Lucy.
That year, Thomas won Best Actor in a series, and that included dramas as well as comedies. (And Jean Hagen was nominated, but in the "Supporting Actress" category.)
The next year, it was nominated in all these categories -- and Hagen was nominated this time as Best Actress AND as Supporting Actress. If anyone can figure that out, let me know.
Anyway, my point is, these seasons which are hidden from view forever for mysterious and probably petty reasons were very highly regarded in their day. If they're that good, you'd think the family would want them to be seen.
This series, all eleven years of it, is surely Danny Thomas's legacy. It was one of the most successful and awarded sitcoms in the so-called "golden age" of television. But we have to pretend 3/11 of it never existed, I guess.
That's interesting - thanks for the research.
Another thing that's quite sad and extremely selfish of the Thomas family for holding back the first 3 seasons (no matter what the reason) is that they are severely undermining the contribution of the kids! Especially in Seasons 1 - 3, the kids were the youngest, therefore, probably the funniest, if the writers knew from the get-go how funny kids can be and how to write for them. So, how far up their asses are the Thomas family's heads to think it was mainly about the 2 different Moms....or what Danny thought about one of them off-stage, which has absolutely nothing to do with the enjoyment for the viewers of what's happening on-stage.
Sure, I'll agree that Lord definitely added some enjoyment of watching the Mom character, not only for her "cute reactions" and all-around more animated acting style, but for her looks too. However, that pales in comparison to the kid's comedic lines (and sometimes Danny's reaction) that the writers were smart enough to give them.
If you want proof of that, the next time you watch a MRFD episode, fast-forward through the scenes with the kids and see how much you laugh (or) even enjoy the show in general. I bet you find it quite boring! If you don't, then you're not watching it for the comedy; instead, you're into Danny's singing (or) the few guest stars they had (or) the drama of the moral lesson that Danny sometimes (? quite often ?) beats you over the head with, which, 2 out of these 3 are terribly boring to me.
So, ENOUGH about the Moms - release the first 3 seasons so the public can enjoy the KIDS ! As it stands now, we're missing three full seasons of "funny, young kid's stuff".
P.S.: O.k., maybe some of the Uncle Tonoose scenes are somewhat funny without hearing what the kids say, but ironically, I can distinctly remember as a kid watching, I didn't like the Uncle Tonoose character, probably because being a kid, I couldn't understand his broken english and his jokes were over my head.
I can enjoy him a little more now, BUT, the kids.....