The First Family of Radio

You’ve probably heard of the radio shows “The Shadow,” “Abbott and Costello,” “Amos ‘n Andy” or “Ozzy and Harriet,” but what about One Man’s Family?

This popular American radio soap opera broadcasted from 1932 to 1959. Developed by Carlton E. Morse, One Man’s Family was the longest-running uninterrupted dramatic serial in the history of American radio. One Man’s Family also had the rare distinction to air both in prime time and daytime television (1949 – 1952).

In many ways it set the stage for family dramas in the 1950s and 1960s, from Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver to The Andy Griffith Show and Bonanza.

One Man’s Family was the template for the all-American television family.

And it debuted on this date in 1932.


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