Family Affair (2002 TV series)

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Family Affair
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15 (2 unaired)
Executive producers
  • Bob Young
  • Gavin Polone
  • Sid and Marty Krofft
  • Randy Pope
ProducerDan Kaplow[1]
Production companies
Original release
NetworkThe WB
ReleaseSeptember 12, 2002 (2002-09-12) –
March 13, 2003 (2003-03-13)

Family Affair is a television comedy that aired on The WB from September 12, 2002 to March 13, 2003. It was a remake[2] of the original 1966 television series. This version was from Sid and Marty Krofft, and was produced by Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, Pariah Films, and Turner Television. The WB canceled the series after airing thirteen of the fifteen episodes produced.


Kathy Garver and Johnny Whitaker from the original series guest starred as Beverly and Kevin in the Christmas episode, "Holiday Fever".


The series was created as a remake[2] of the original 1966–1971 Family Affair television series. It was produced by Pariah Films and Turner Television, with Bob Young, Gavin Polone, Sid and Marty Krofft, and Randy Pope acting as the series' executive producers.[1][3] It was filmed in the same CBS Studio City lot as the original series.[citation needed]

It was picked up to series by The WB in May 2002, when it was announced that the series would anchor a new Thursday night comedy block for the network.[4] Luke Benward originally played the role of Jody in the series pilot, but was replaced by Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak as Jody in subsequent episodes.[5]

Family Affair earned a full season, when The WB gave the series a back-nine episode order in October 2002,[6] but suffered low viewership soon after.[7] In November 2002, The WB reversed course and cut the episode order for Family Affair by three episodes,[8][9] and then soon after changed the episode order to just two additional episodes, for a total production order of 15 episodes rather than 22 or 19.[10] The series was then pulled from the air in December 2002 due to low ratings.[11]

The series returned with new episodes in late February 2003, airing after Sabrina the Teenage Witch.[12] By late March 2003, Family Affair was again pulled from the air and was generally considered to be "done".[13] The WB officially passed on a second season of the series in May 2003.[14]


No.Title [15]Directed by [15]Original air date [15]Prod.
code [15]
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"[16]Barnet KellmanSeptember 12, 2002 (2002-09-12)1014.55[2][17][18]
Note: One-hour episode.
2"French Lessons"Barnet KellmanSeptember 19, 2002 (2002-09-19)1023.38[19][20]
3"Mrs. Beasley Disappears"Barnet KellmanSeptember 26, 2002 (2002-09-26)1032.95[21][22]
4"Skivvies"Allison Liddi-BrownOctober 3, 2002 (2002-10-03)1042.78[23][24]
5"Ballroom Blitz"Barnet KellmanOctober 10, 2002 (2002-10-10)1072.35[25][26]
6"No Small Parts"Neal IsraelOctober 17, 2002 (2002-10-17)1062.20[27][28]
7"Nightmare on 71st Street"Barnet KellmanOctober 31, 2002 (2002-10-31)1051.88[29][30]
8"The Room Parent"Lou AntonioNovember 7, 2002 (2002-11-07)1082.67[31][32]
9"I Know What You Did Last Sunday"Barnet KellmanNovember 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)1092.52[33][34]
10"Holiday Fever"Barnet KellmanDecember 5, 2002 (2002-12-05)1113.08[35][36]
Note: Guest stars Kathy Garver (Beverly) and Johnny Whitaker (Kevin) appeared as regulars in the original series as "Cissy" and "Jody".
11"Sissy's Big Fat Moroccan First Date"[16]Barnet KellmanFebruary 27, 2003 (2003-02-27)1132.68[37][38]
12"Miss Turnstiles"Neal IsraelMarch 6, 2003 (2003-03-06)1143.37[39][40]
13"Crushed"Sheldon LarryMarch 13, 2003 (2003-03-13)1152.22[41][42]
14"Space Invaders"TBDUnaired110N/A
15"Uncanny Nanny"TBDUnaired112N/A



Variety critic Michael Speier reviewed the series premiere of Family Affair negatively, describing it as "a dog of a debut", adding that it "wreaks of manufactured happiness and warm-and-fuzzy plotlines", though Speier praised production designer Scott Heineman for the set design.[1]


The one-hour pilot garnered high ratings for The WB, drawing 4.55 million viewers for its one-hour series premiere.[2][17] The second episode "held up reasonably well", drawing 3.38 million viewers for its airing.[19] But subsequent episodes declined against competition on Thursdays, and by December 2002 Variety stated that the series "barely register[s] on Nielsen’s charts".[7] For the season, Family Affair ranked 148th out of 159 U.S. broadcast network series (155th in the 18–49 demographic), averaging 2.6 million viewers.[43]


  1. ^ a b c Michael Speier (September 9, 2002). "Family Affair". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  2. ^ a b c d Rick Kissell (September 15, 2002). "Frog net in 'Family' way". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  3. ^ Josh Friedman; Daryl H. Miller; Mark Sachs; Scott Sandell; Jonathan Taylor (September 15, 2002). "Let the Shows Begin". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  4. ^ Brian Lowry (May 14, 2002). "WB Will Move Comedies to Thursday Nights in Fall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  5. ^ Mark Sachs (November 11, 2002). "In the world of TV casting, nothing's set in stone". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  6. ^ Michael Schneider (October 15, 2002). "'Blue' sees green for 11th season". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-10. As for "What I Like About You" and "Family Affair," the back nine orders on both shows came a day after the WB picked up its other two frosh laffers, "Do Over" and "Greetings From Tucson."
  7. ^ a b Michael Schneider; Rick Kissell (December 15, 2002). "Fall shows put nets in limbo". Variety. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  8. ^ Cynthia Littleton (November 19, 2002). "WB Net clips 'Birds' wings, picks up 'Grounded' sitcom". The Hollywood Reporter. p. 4+.
  9. ^ Paige Albiniak (November 19, 2002). "UPN orders Monday-night extras". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2022-05-26. Meanwhile, The WB Television Network has cut back its order of two shows, Thursday-night comedies Do Over and Family Affair, by three episodes each.
  10. ^ Paige Albiniak (November 24, 2002). "Here's How to Take Care of the Backend". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2022-05-26. The WB also has cut back its orders for Thursday-night comedies Do Over and Family Affair, picking up only two new episodes of each, bringing the total order for each to 15.
  11. ^ Mark Sachs (February 9, 2003). "My name's ... Sunday?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-05-26. ...but the WB's new version of the 1960s sitcom "Family Affair" was yanked due to low ratings.
  12. ^ Michael Schneider (February 4, 2003). "WB makes room for 'Life' laffer". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  13. ^ Rob Owen (March 30, 2003). "Keep or Cancel? The viewers choose". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2018-02-17. The second "Family Affair" is done.
  14. ^ Josef Adalian (May 12, 2003). "Sibling revelery [sic] works for WBTV, Frog net". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  15. ^ a b c d From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Family Affair : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  16. ^ a b From the Writers Guild of America, West catalog: "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "Family Affair"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  17. ^ a b Paul Brownfield (September 14, 2002). "'Smackdown!' Takes Down UPN's 'Family Affair' Premiere". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-05-26.
  18. ^ Rick Kissell (September 16, 2002). "Auds nix crix, give 'Family' strong bow." Daily Variety, p. 11. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  19. ^ a b Rick Kissell (September 22, 2002). "'Survivor' thriving in ratings". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  20. ^ Scott Collins (September 25, 2002). "Rookie shows buoy ABC, but it's NBC's week. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 6+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  21. ^ Rick Kissell (September 30, 2002). "NBC, CBS race heating up." Daily Variety, p. 4+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  22. ^ Scott Collins (October 2, 2002). "NBC, CBS return to top form: eye, WB only nets with year-to-year gains. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 3+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  23. ^ Rick Kissell (October 9, 2002). "NBC takes demo lead; WB's solid." Daily Variety, p. 35+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  24. ^ Scott Collins (October 9, 2002). "Primetime players shift: CBS, WB rise; NBC off 4% in demo. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 4+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  25. ^ Rick Kissell (October 16, 2002). "CBS, NBC lead weekly ratings race." Daily Variety, p. 8+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  26. ^ Scott Collins (October 16, 2002). "ABC getting back in ratings game: NBC, CBS still lead, but alphabet is season's comeback kid. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 4+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  27. ^ Rick Kissell (October 23, 2002). "Peacock delivers key demos." Daily Variety, p. 8+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  28. ^ Scott Collins (October 23, 2002). "CBS streaking as sweep looms. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 3+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  29. ^ Rick Kissell (November 7, 2002). "NBC, CBS back atop Nielsens." Daily Variety, p. 10+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  30. ^ Scott Collins (November 6, 2002). "Super sophs boost flagging nets: '24,' 'Bachelor,' 'Smallville' buck jinx; NBC, CBS still win. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 4+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  31. ^ Rick Kissell (November 13, 2002). "Peacock pumped; Eye solid." Daily Variety, p. 8+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  32. ^ Scott Collins (November 13, 2002). "NBC expands with more-see TV: stretched-out Thurs. hits fuel demo win; CBS tops in viewers. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 4+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  33. ^ Rick Kissell (November 20, 2002). "Peacock struts atop sweeps; ABC rises." Daily Variety, p. 5+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  34. ^ Scott Collins (November 23, 2002). "'Bachelor,' Lopez give ABC love: pairing spurs net's best week of season; NBC tops in demo. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 5+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  35. ^ Rick Kissell (December 14, 2002). "NBC rings in season with wins." Daily Variety, p. 26+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  36. ^ "TV rate race." The Hollywood Reporter, December 11, 2002, p. 22+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  37. ^ Rick Kissell (March 5, 2003). "Fox reigns with reality 1-2 punch." Daily Variety, p. 30+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  38. ^ Scott Collins (March 5, 2003). "Fox makes it a February sweep: 'Joe' fuels net's 5th straight demo victory; CBS tops viewers. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 4+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  39. ^ Rick Kissell (March 12, 2003). "Fox rocks to top spot; eye scores." Daily Variety, p. 7+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  40. ^ "TV Rate Race." The Hollywood Reporter, March 12, 2003, p. 34+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  41. ^ Rick Kissell (March 19, 2003). "'Idol' and 'CSI' hot, ABC's not." Daily Variety, p. 14+. General OneFile. Accessed 23 Apr. 2018.
  42. ^ Scott Collins (March 19, 2003). "'Fear' and ratings at NBC: peacock back atop demo; net halts Fox streak; CBS tops viewers. (News)." The Hollywood Reporter, p. 6+. General OneFile. Accessed 2018-04-23.
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