What made the television series “My Three Sons” last for 12 seasons? Why did it change networks during it’s run? Why was the show final

What made the television series “My Three Sons” last for 12 seasons? Why did it change networks during it’s run? Why was the show finally cancelled after 1972?

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  1. 1 – It began in a time when television was now fully established, and a well-positioned show could endure for a really long time. It was run by the well-known movie star’s own production company, and backed up to some extent by the titan Desilu Productions. It rocked no boats, and was reliable whole-family entertainment.
    2 – Because of Fred MacMurray’s shooting schedule (He filmed all his scenes at once for all episodes of a season, so he could keep making the films which had made him a star), it probably forced the writers to focus on the boys and their family guardian, which made the episodes more diverse in their plots.
    3 – While this is off-putting in retrospect, the show had a way of retconning without being too blatant. After Bub left and Charlie came on, after awhile, it was like Charlie had always been there. When Mike left and got married, within two seasons it was like Robbie had always been oldest. Ernie’s adoption started vanishing, and was rarely brought up after the initial arc was done with, to the point of again – what adoption? It began to seem like Steve’s new wife and her daughter had also always been with them. This all kept new viewers from feeling like there was a ton of backstory they had missed.
    4 – ABC didn’t want the expense of filming in color; CBS had no problem there, so, network transfer.
    5 – By the end, the show was no longer getting anywhere near the same ratings. Consider – All In The Family and Mary Tyler Moore – two shows considered classics of the new era – were on at the same time (briefly) as this show that more or less avoided all the ground shows like those would find their legs covering. Chip was married, and likely at some point would become a father himself. The ‘My Three Sons’ label was being applied to Robbie and Katie’s triplets, and Robbie had left the show (Tina Cole as Katie was starting to wonder about her employment). Ernie was well into High School, and Dodie was the only real kid. Even the very last episode – featuring Ernie having a joint snuck into his bag by a panicky classmate – was still handled in the MTS style. It couldn’t update any further, and had lost almost all connections to its origins in every way. It was time.
    But hey, it didn’t get caught in The Rural Purge. Now, that was a bloodletting.

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  2. I will give my reasons and the previous blogger gave some really good reasons as well.
    It was a pure and wholesome show for its time and popular.
    As the ratings dipped, the show was still popular so they have to move it in order to make room for the new shows. Also a new time slot helps a show that is struggling.
    Like anything else, the show was cancelled because it ran its course.

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