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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'The Smith Family' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'The Smith Family':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

January 20, 1971: Cindy
Season 1, episode 1
W: Edmund L. Hartmann   D: Herschel Daugherty

With June Vincent (Mrs. Bradford), Yale Summers (Mr. Bowers), Heather Menzies (Janie Bradford).
Henry Fonda returns to TV in a series about the home life of a 25-year veteran of a police force. His family represents various stages of the generation gap, but all are frequently reminded of the demands and dangers of his profession. In the first episode, a divorcee imposes on his friendship when she discovers her daughter is hiding marijuana.

January 27, 1971: The Ex-Con
Season 1, episode 2
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Booth Colman (Ex-Con), Paul Petersen (Paul).
An ex-convict comes to the Smith home for help, and Detective Smith agrees he is entitled to resume his place in society.

February 3, 1971: Chicano
Season 1, episode 3
D: Herschel Daugherty

With A Martinez (Ramon), Diane Holly (Maria), Carlos Romero (Blanco), Gil Serna (George Lopez).
Det. Smith uncovers a lead to a series of barrio bombings when he drives his son Brian's little friend home after a visit.

February 10, 1971: The Blue Tie
Season 1, episode 4
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Bruce Gordon (Ziggie), William Mims (Mr. Ritter), Virginia Vincent (Mrs. Ritter), Jan Arvan (Womrath).
A routine morning phone call for Det. Smith from his partner alarms his wife Betty because it has been open season on all policemen.

February 17, 1971: All The Good Neighbors
Season 1, episode 5
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Quinn O'Hara (Terry), Walter Brooke (Dave Anderson), Victor Brandt (Max), Shirley O'Hara.
Det. Smith's children, unlike the neighbors, become friendly with hippies who've just moved into the area.

February 24, 1971: Strangers (1)
Season 1, episode 6
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Betty Lynn (Barbara Martin).
Knowing he will be a special target at a stakeout, Chad Smith goes out of his way to show his love for his family.

March 3, 1971: Strangers (2)
Season 1, episode 7
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Ann Summers (Mrs. Mitchell), Jo Ann Harris (Lynn Mitchell), Robert Brubaker (Mr. Mitchell).
Chad becomes involved in the search for a runaway teenager because his daughter, Cindy, is worried about her friend. Acting more as a father than a police officer, Chad meets Lynn's wealthy parents and learns the girl cares nothing about material possessions.

March 10, 1971: Another Day, Another Dollar
Season 1, episode 8
W: Edmund Beloin, Henry Garson   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Henry Jones.
Betty Smith lets a man identifying himself as Chad's old Army buddy into the house to wait for her husband. Chad learns he's a murderer recently out of prison.

March 17, 1971: The Desk Job
Season 1, episode 9
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Vince Howard (Ed Thomas), Herb Armstrong.
While Chad is recuperating from injuries received during the arrest of two robbery suspects, Betty talks him into taking a safe job at the station.

March 24, 1971: Brian And The Sheriff
Season 1, episode 10
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Arthur O'Connell (Sheriff), Bart Burns (Deputy).
Chad's youngest son Brian joins an old homesteader in his armed confrontation with the law over an eviction.

March 31, 1971: Remember Lisa
Season 1, episode 11
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Joanne Dru (Lisa Benton), Kevin Burchett (Jeff Benton).
A former sweetheart of Chad's seeks his help when her teenage son is found in a crashed stolen vehicle.

April 7, 1971: Rookie
Season 1, episode 12
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Peter Helm, Natalie Masters, Tim Graham.
Although Chad has reservations about his new partner, he invites him home for dinner where a romance develops between Cindy and the man.

April 14, 1971: The Peer Group
Season 1, episode 13
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Richard Bull (Wilson), Butch Patrick (Gary), Stefan Angrim (Lennie), Claire Wilcox (Susan), Brad Trumbull (Gifford), Diane Quinn (Jan).
When vandals wreck his high school classroom, Bob tells his father that he wouldn't fink even if he knew who did it.

April 21, 1971: Greener Pastures
Season 1, episode 14
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Barbara Nichols (Effie Howell), Bert Freed (Tom Weaver), A.G. Vitanza (Ramirez), David Roya (Ricardo), Joan Benedict (Marge).
Chad is offered a safe job with better pay at a propitious time: he's recuperating from injuries received while serving a warrant.

April 28, 1971: No Place To Hide
Season 1, episode 15
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Gorman), William Wintersole (Mr. Grimm), Jeanne Baird (Mrs. Grimm), Mitzi Hoag (Mrs. Torrey), Morgan Jones (Chandler), Tony Fraser (Donald), Sue Bernard (Linda).
Chad is assigned to a narcotics investigation that concerns him personally as well as professionally.





September 15, 1971: The Anniversary
Season 2, episode 1
W: Sydney Boehm   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Greg Mullavey (Pete Willis), Julie Parrish (Agnes Hoffer), Agnes Moorehead, Vince Howard (Ed Thomas).
Second season begins with Chad Smith loking forward to a gourmet dinner that Cindy, his daughter, is preparing for his and Betty's 21st wedding anniversary. But a bomb threat at police headquarters changes his plans.

September 22, 1971: Day In Court
Season 2, episode 2
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Alex Dreier.
Det. Smith identifies a man who fled the scene of a killing, and the suspect's wealthy father hires a famous criminal lawyer for the defense.

September 29, 1971: Stakeout
Season 2, episode 3
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Ahna Capri (Joyce Baxter), Gene Evans (Capt. Dexter), Norman Grabowski (Robber), Vicki Cos (Debbie), Lois January (Stella).
Cindy and Bob believe their father is two-timing their mother when they see him drive off in a flashy car with an attractive woman.

October 6, 1971: Lost Lady
Season 2, episode 4
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Sheree North (Sheree), Richard Webb (Sergeant), Gail Bonney (Manager), Vince Howard (Ed Thomas).
Chad befriends a former movie star, an alcoholic living on skid row who he discovers in a police line-up, and when the family hears about it they bring her to the house to help rehabilitate her.

October 13, 1971: Father's Day
Season 2, episode 5
W: John McGreevey   D: Herschel Daugherty

With David Barton, Erin Moran (Julie), Patience Cleveland (Pat Keefer), Jeanne Bates, Michael McGreevey (Scott), Richard Webb (Sergeant).
Det. Smith gets a day off following a successful all-night stakeout, but the leisurely day he and his family plan for themselves is complicated by problems.

October 20, 1971: Blind Chance
Season 2, episode 6
D: Herschel Daugherty

With June Dayton (Helen), John Baer (Al).
Pressured by Brian to attend his school's parents' night, Chad swaps duty with a detective and he is killed while working with Chad's partner.

October 27, 1971: Mac
Season 2, episode 7
W: Alan J. Levitt, Sydney Boehm   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Neville Brand.
Chad Smith learns that the truck driver who rescues his son from a fatal car accident is a convicted murderer escaped from prison.

November 3, 1971: Rumpus Room
Season 2, episode 8
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Karen Carlson, Rick Jason (Tom).
Moonlighting as a bodyguard to finance home improvement, Chad becomes suspicious of his wealthy charge.

November 10, 1971: Ambush
Season 2, episode 9
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Lurene Tuttle (Edith), Richard Webb (Detective), Elvia Allman (Clara), Pamela McMyler (Barbara).
The Smiths take in a girl as a houseguest who is the sole witness to the shooting of two policemen.

November 17, 1971: The Weekend
Season 2, episode 10
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Herbert Anderson, Jon Lormer.

December 1, 1971: Man In The Middle
Season 2, episode 11
D: Herschel Daugherty

With William Boyett (Tom), Geoffrey Deuel (Roy Hunter), Tim Considine (Jim York).
Chad and his partner investigate the bombing of an underground newspaper which is read by the Smith children.

December 8, 1971: Class Of '46
Season 2, episode 12
D: Herschel Daugherty

With John Larch, Richard O'Brien (Capt. O'Farrell).
When a classmate of Chad's at the Police Academy is appointed commissioner, he offers Chad the job of his executive assistant.

December 15, 1971: Family Man
Season 2, episode 13
W: Preston Wood   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Richard O'Brien (Capt. O'Farrell), Ned Romero, Craig Guenther, Gary Clarke, Carol Locatell, Robert Biheller, Lori Loughlin.
Chad Smith helps a fellow officer whose tensions from police work threaten his marriage.

December 22, 1971: Christmas Rush
Season 2, episode 14
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Maria Grimm, Tom Nardini, Florence Lake.
Chad Smith gives up his Christmas vacation so that a fellow detective can go on his honeymoon. Then Chad learns that his youngsters are leaving home for the holidays so that he and his wife can have a second honeymoon.

December 29, 1971: Taste Of Fear
Season 2, episode 15
D: Herschel Daugherty

With John Vivyan (Craig Saunders), Mike Henry, Richard O'Brien (Capt. O'Farrell), Warren Hammack.
Bob Smith's enthusiasm for police work is dampened when he becomes involved in a shootout as part of his Explorer Scout training.

January 5, 1972: Where There's Smoke
Season 2, episode 16
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Susan Oliver, Mark Miller, Richard O'Brien (Capt. Farrell).
Det. Smith is framed by a woman when he goes to her apartment seeking information about her boyfriend, a jewel thief.

April 12, 1972: Off Duty Cop
Season 2, episode 17
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Wayne Heffley (Scott), Tom Troupe (Reporter), Scott Walker (Holdup Man), Peggy Stewart (Mrs. Dennison), Richard O'Brien (Capt. Farrell).
Det. Sgt. Chad Smith has to make a difficult decision while in a crowded supermarket during a robbery.

April 19, 1972: Winner Take All
Season 2, episode 18
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Betty Anne Rees (Anne), Guy Madison, Booth Colman, Steve Brodie.
Investigating the robbery of an armed truck in which the guard is killed, Chad recognizes the driver as a former policeman.

April 26, 1972: San Francisco Cop
Season 2, episode 19
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Benson Fong (Frank Low), Irene Tsu (Nancy Low), Beulah Quo (Anna), Vince Howard (Ed Thomas).
Chad is assigned to help a San Francisco police detective in his search for an 18-year-old runaway he is ashamed to admit is his daughter.

May 10, 1972: My Mother, The Star
Season 2, episode 20
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Patience Cleveland (Martha), Yvonne White (Robin), Monty Margetts, Selette Cole (Laura).
Chad's assignment to a series of robberies keeps him on a lengthy stakeout while wife Betty is busy as the PTA talent show chairman.

May 17, 1972: Rogue Cop
Season 2, episode 21
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Larry Levine, Al Lanti (Steve), Aron Kincaid (Tony).
Chad becomes suspicious of a wealthy police rookie who is dating his daughter Cindy.

May 24, 1972: Ten O'Clock And All Is Well
Season 2, episode 22
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Butch Patrick, Florence Lake, Barbara Collentine, Sheldon Collins.
On Chad and Betty's night out, Brian schemes to prove he is too old to need a babysitter.

May 31, 1972: Homecoming
Season 2, episode 23
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Hank Jones (Bellboy), Harry Lauter (Jack), Richard O'Brien (Capt. Farrell), Dean Haren (Morgan), Dorothy Keller (Jane).
Chad and Betty visit their home town, Philadelphia, after an absence of 25 years when Chad is sent there to pick up a prisoner.

June 7, 1972: Father-In-Law
Season 2, episode 24
D: Herschel Daugherty

With Tim Matheson (Mark), Tim Graham (Steve), Jonathan Lippe (John).
Chad and Betty are at first pleased when daughter Cindy becomes romantically involved with a clean-cut youth who plans a law enforcement career, but then change their minds.


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