My Three Sons (TV Series 1960–1972) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

  • Widower Steven Douglas is left to bring up three boys with the aid of his father-in-law, Michael "Bub" O'Casey, and later Bub's brother, "Uncle Charley." The series revolves around the trials and tribulations of life's experiences as a single parent family.

  • Widowed aircraft engineer Steve Douglas is raising his three sons in the town of Bryant Park: college student Mike, high school student Robbie, and Chip, the youngest. Helping Steve out is the boys' maternal grandfather, Michael "Bub" O'Casey. As the years go on, Bub leaves and moves to his family's homestead in Ireland and is replaced by his brother, Charley, a retired merchant marine, Mike marries his college sweetheart Sally after his graduation and Steve adopts Chip's friend Ernie. The biggest change comes when the Douglases and Uncle Charley move from Bryant Park to North Hollywood, California. Almost immediately, Robbie meets and eventually marries Katie Miller. Robbie and Katie eventually have three sons of their own in the form of Robbie Jr., Charley and Steve. It is also there that Steve himself falls in love with Barbara Harper and the two eventually marry and Steve winds up adopting Barbara's daughter Dodie. Not to be outdone, Chip gets into the act and marries his college sweetheart Polly a few years later.


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