The Smith Family (ABC, 1971-1972) is available now on DVD from VEI and CBS DVD. Henry Fonda starred as police detective Chad Smith alongside Janet Blair, Darleen Carr, Ron Howard, and Michael-James Wixted. The series debuted as a mid-season replacement in January 1971 and ran for 15 episodes. ABC renewed it for a second season that debuted in September 1971. The network put the show on hiatus in January 1972. It returned three months later. A total of 39 episodes aired.
Here’s the official summary from the VEI website:
Oscar® winner Henry Fonda (“12 Angry Men,” “On Golden Pond”) is Sergeant Chad Smith, a Los Angeles police detective officer, husband and father to three. While trying to solve case-after-case, it seems inevitable that his wife and children become involved.
A light-hearted comedy for the entire family, “The Smith Family” also stars Janet Blair (“The Fuller Brush Man”), as Smith’s wife, and Ron Howard (“The Andy Griffith Show”), Darleen Carr (“The Jungle Book”), Michael-James Wixted (“The Swiss Family Robinson”), as the Smith children. The series aired for two seasons beginning in January 1971 on ABC.
The Smith Family DVD features all 39 episodes. The first season theme song, Primose Lane, which rose to the #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sergeant Chad Smith works as a Los Angeles police detective, working to solve burglaries, arson cases and murders. At the same time, he tries to balance the ups and downs of being a husband and father to three in stride.
On the job, police detective Chad Smith faces bad guys and bad situations. At home, he faces the trials, tribulations and happenings that come with a worried wife, two teenagers and a young son.
Here are the first and second season opening credits:
(via Home Theater Forum)