Family Affair was one of those successful family comedies of the 1960's. Bill Davis' carefree existence as a swinging bachelor was just about perfect. A highly paid consulting engineer, he maintained an elegant apartment off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and had his domestic needs cared for by a very English gentleman's gentleman, Mr. French. Into this life of independence came three young orphans, the 6-year old twins Buffy and Jody and 15-year-old Cissy. Their parents, Bill's brother and sister-in-law, had died in an accident, and other relatives felt that Bill could best provide for them. Despite initial misgivings, Bill and French became very attached to the children and learned to adjust their lifestyle to make room for the new members of the household. Mr. French, a stickler for neatness and order, had the toughest adjustment to make, he was with the children all the time while Bill was often out of town on assignments. All in all, they were a happy family. Family Affair aka Fed
Poison-pen letters implicate Mr. French in a scandal.
Bill takes the entire family with him to Tahiti, where the kids this that it is the most wonderful place in the world. Buffy and Jody instantly make friends with native children and goes to school with them, and Cissy falls for a handsome tour guide. Mr. French thinks that the Tahitian lifestyle is too perfect and that it would hurt the children's string character. Bill decides to stay in Tahiti.
The twins bring home a large dog that dislikes Bill.
The siblings try to pair Bill with their teacher.
Cissy thinks that Buffy is being shafted by Bill because he favors Jody. Bill then decides to spend all of his time with Buffy, but then, this starts to be a problem for Cissy and Jody.
Camping is not such a hot idea for Mr. French, Buffy and Cissy, which spoils the boys' fun.
Uncle Bill leaves for a trip (and having trouble finding his dentist as well) and Mr. French goes out for the evening, leaving Cissy to watch the twins. Then Cissy leaves to go to a concert (big mistake) and leaves her friend Sharon in charge. Then Sharon comes down with the measles and her mama comes to watch the kids. Then her mama levaes to take care o Sharon and puts her husband and his poker pals on babysitter duty. My lord, what a turn of events, but thankfully Bill and French come home to see all the trouble that Cissy started in the first place.
A bonsai tree given to Jody begins to die.
A tidal wave is predicted for New York and the kids get scared.
Cissy is sad because she is not getting any attention from boys, except one named Wendell who she thinks is dull by comparison. So she have a complete and total makeover and she is an instant sex symbol! The boys are so enamored by her, except for Wendell who liked her as she was before. Cissy realizes that Wendell liked her the whole time for just being herself.Watch Now:iTunes
Bill sends the kids away for a week-long trip at camp because they are driving him up the wall. He then starts to miss them when he goes back to his bachelor life.
Cissy and Buffy are starstruck when they meet a Broadway star living in the building.
French contemplates marriage to raise his professional esteem.
Cissy wants to go to a public school, but she overhears Bill considering to send her to a boarding school and thinks that Bill doesn't want her home. Cissy goes to Bryerfield and Bill promises her an evening on the town when she comes home for the weekend. Bill unknowingly breaks his promise and Buffy and Jody hitch to Connecticut to see her. Bill then notices his error and brings Cissy home.
Bill takes the twins to the rodeo where he meets his old friend Gabe, whom he invites to stay with them. The twins are mesmerized at the thought of meeting a real live cowboy, and Gabe takes them under his wing. Of course, Bill thinks that they like Gabe more than they like him. But the twins tell him that Bill will always come first in their lives.
Cissy has trouble finding a date for the Sadie Hawkins dance, and asks a boy who throws her a curve because of a broken leg. Thinking that he is lying, she feels miserable. Bill suggests that an actor friend of his who is visiting escort her to the dance, but Cissy turns him down. Then, Cissy sees that Virgil really does has a broken leg, and she is happy that he didn't lie to her.
Emily playes matchmaker to Mr. French and Miss Faversham, and a matchbreaker to her son Jim and Cissy. Bill thinks that Emily believes that Jim is not good enough for Cissy.
The Davis family meets Elena and a little boy named Johnnie, who is running away from military agents who want to take him back to his father in a military-torn country.
Buffy meets a chubby girl named Angela who has a crush on Jody. Buffy tries her best to turn Angela into a lovely young lady and puts together a party so Angela can make friends. Buffy gets Jody to dance with Angela, but he bribes another boy to dance with her. Angela is disheartened when she finds out that this whole party was staged. Buffy and Jody then apologize for the way they treated her and gets her to make friends the right way.
Buffy, Jody and their friend Ricky find a vacant lot where they can play, until the city decides to put a parking lot on that space.