Since MacMurray was an established movie star, filming for "My Three Sons" was shot around his schedule and he worked on the show only a few months a year. Tina said the toughest part was shooting scenes out of sequence to accommodate MacMurray.
“My Three Sons” aired for 12 seasons (1960-72) – five on ABC, seven on CBS, shooting 380 episodes, the second longest running family sitcom in history. MacMurray stunned the film industry when he jumped from the silver screen to the small screen.
While America was undergoing tremendous change and the Summer of Love occurred during the latter days of the“My Three Sons” period, the show retained its Eisenhower era values.
“The real world was quite tumultuous and revolution was in the air,” Barry Livingston, who played Chip Douglas, told CBS News in 2009. “And we were still eating Uncle Charley's cookies and having milk.”
“(Fred) was very concerned that the moral value was there,” Tina said, “that we wouldn't do or say anything that was the least bit controversial.”