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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Robbie and Katie's triplet sons, Stevie, Charley, and Robbie Jr, are identical.



* PrecociousCrush: Dodie and several of her classmates all develop one on their new teacher, Mr. Turley, in "The Love God". It ends after Mr. Turley has dinner with the Douglases, brings his fiancee along, kisses her "right at the table", and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "slobs his custard" while eating dessert.]]



** Mike Douglas, played by Tim Considine, who left after the first color episode of the 1965-1966 season when he grew tired of the role. He was married to his girlfriend, Sue Ann (played by Meredith [=MacRae=]), and the two moved out east... never to return. The resultant void was filled by Ernie (Chip's orphaned friend, played by Stanley Livingston's real-life brother, Barry).

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** Mike Douglas, played by Tim Considine, who left after the first color episode of the 1965-1966 season when he grew tired of the role. He was married to his girlfriend, Sue Ann Sally (played by Meredith [=MacRae=]), and the two moved out east... never to return. The resultant void was filled by Ernie (Chip's orphaned friend, played by Stanley Livingston's real-life brother, Barry).


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* SameSexTriplets: Robbie and Katie's three sons, Stevie, Charley, and Robbie Jr.


* OldSchoolChivalry. Moments of this occur throughout the series, like when Bub tells Robbie tuck his shirt in after a lady enters their house in ''Chip Off the Old Block'', or when Mike offers to drive a girl home rather than let her walk in ''Brotherly Love''.

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* OldSchoolChivalry. Moments of this occur throughout the series, like when Bub tells Robbie to tuck his shirt in after a lady enters their house in ''Chip Off the Old Block'', or when Mike offers to drive a girl home rather than let her walk in ''Brotherly Love''.



* OverprotectiveDad: Steve mentions in ''The Elopement'', that his father-in-law, Bub, fought him every step of the way when he wanted to marry his first wife. The show's premise and their interactions throughout the series suggest they got over it.

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* OverprotectiveDad: Steve mentions in ''The Elopement'', Elopement'' that his father-in-law, Bub, fought him every step of the way when he wanted to marry his first wife. The show's premise and their interactions throughout the series suggest they got over it.



* ParanormalEpisode: In the episode "Coincidence." After wishing that he'd have had three girls instead of boys, Steve gives a ride to a mysterious hitchhiker visible only to himself. In a unknown neighborhood on the other side of town, Steve's car breaks down and he seeks help at a house with a widow, her mother-in-law and her three daughters - the distaff counterparts of his family, down to being the same age with similar names.

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* ParanormalEpisode: In the episode "Coincidence." After wishing that he'd have had three girls instead of boys, Steve gives a ride to a mysterious hitchhiker visible only to himself. In a unknown neighborhood on the other side of town, Steve's car breaks down and he seeks help at a house with a widow, her mother-in-law and her three daughters - the distaff counterparts of his family, down to being the same age with similar names.



** Mike Douglas, played by Tim Considine, who left after the first color episode of the 1965-1966 season when he grew tired of the role. He was married to his girlfriend, Sue Ann (played by Meredith [=MacRae=]), and the two moved out east ... never to return. His role was replaced by Ernie (Chip's orphaned friend, played by Stanley Livingston's real-life brother, Barry).
** Robbie Douglas, the middle son played by Don Grady, who left the show in 1971. Robbie, who followed his father into engineering, was sent to an extended construction project in Peru.

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** Mike Douglas, played by Tim Considine, who left after the first color episode of the 1965-1966 season when he grew tired of the role. He was married to his girlfriend, Sue Ann (played by Meredith [=MacRae=]), and the two moved out east ...east... never to return. His role The resultant void was replaced filled by Ernie (Chip's orphaned friend, played by Stanley Livingston's real-life brother, Barry).
** Robbie Douglas, the (initially) middle son played by Don Grady, who left the show in 1971. Robbie, who followed his father into engineering, was sent to an extended construction project in Peru.



-->'''Robbie:''' I'm just thinking about how much I love you.....and my three sons.

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-->'''Robbie:''' I'm just thinking about how much I love you.....you... and my three sons.


DomCom about Steven Douglas, a wise, kindly widower, raising his three sons by himself; kind of like half ''Series/TheBradyBunch''. Starred Creator/FredMacMurray and William [=Demarest=]. The show lasted from 1960 to 1972, a total of 378 episodes in 12 seasons.

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DomCom about Steven Douglas, a wise, kindly widower, raising his three sons by himself; kind of like half ''Series/TheBradyBunch''. Starred Creator/FredMacMurray and William [=Demarest=].Demarest. The show lasted from 1960 to 1972, a total of 378 episodes in 12 seasons.



* LongRunnerCastTurnover: The only two actors in the main cast who remained on the show all 12 seasons were Fred [=MacMurray=] and Stanley Livingston (Chip).



* MissingMom: Steve's first wife had died at some point before the series began, leaving him a widower with three sons. At some later point, Steve hires his father-in-law (his first wife's father), Michael "Bub" O'Casey (William Frawley), to help manage the household. The first wife's uncle, Charles ("Uncle Charlie") O'Casey, Bub's brother, takes over in 1965.

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* MissingMom: Steve's first wife had died at some point before the series began, leaving him a widower with three sons. At some later point, Steve hires his father-in-law (his first wife's father), Michael William "Bub" O'Casey (William Frawley), to help manage the household. The first wife's uncle, Charles ("Uncle Charlie") O'Casey, Bub's brother, takes over in 1965.



* OneLineAnxiety: In "Robbie Valentino", an educational film is being shot in Robbie's chemistry class, and he is given one line he can't stop worrying over: "Please pass the Bunsen burner."



** "Bub" for William O'Casey

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** "Bub" [[note]]or, less commonly, "Bill"[[/note]] for William O'Casey



** Chip's original best friend "Sudsy" for Hubert Pfeiffer.

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** Chip's original best friend Hubert "Sudsy" for Hubert Pfeiffer.

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* CompanionCube: Dodie's puppet doll, Myrtle,[[note]]most likely [[FollowTheLeader following the lead]] of Series/FamilyAffair with Buffy and her doll[[/note]] although it was used less as the series went on and Dodie aged.


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* InsistentTerminology: Myrtle is a ''puppet'', not a doll, as Dodie will tell anyone who refers to her as such.

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* {{Elopement}}: [[spoiler: Chip and Polly in season 11. Also seems to be a FourthDateMarriage, as they get married seven episodes after her introduction.]]


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* FourthDateMarriage: Steve and Barbara meet in the first episode of season 10, get engaged three episodes later, and are married four episodes after ''that''.
** More or less the standard on this show, with the only exception being Mike and Sally, who are engaged for over a season and half.(They did, however, get engaged five episodes after her introduction.)


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* ItsACostumePartyISwear: Robbie falls victim to one of these pranks (as does Bub) in "The Chaperone". [[spoiler: Luckily, his GirlOfTheWeek love interest (who was hosting) realized how mean-spirited the prank was and also came in costume.]]


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** Discussed in "The Chaperone". Robbie complains that Bub ruined a party he (Robbie) was attending by insisting that the teenage party-goers behave this way.


* AfraidToHoldTheBaby: Discussed in "Marriage By Proxy". Steve tells Mike that he was too afraid to hold him for about a week after he was born, not wanting to infect Mike with his "adult germs."



* NotWhatItLooksLike: The entire plot of ''The Little Ragpicker''. Miss Pitts, a neighbor, thinks the Douglas men are criminally dangerous, because of a few out-of-context moments.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: The entire plot of ''The Little Ragpicker''. Miss Pitts, a neighbor, thinks the Douglas men are criminally dangerous, dangerous because of a few out-of-context moments.



** Chips original best friend "Sudsy" for Hubert Pfeiffer.

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** Chips Chip's original best friend "Sudsy" for Hubert Pfeiffer.



* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Bud and Steve play with this dynamic, especially in the episode "Brotherly Love." The former thinks his grandsons should solve their problems with fisticuffs, while the latter thinks they should resolve it with diplomacy. However, Bud is the homemaker and Steve is the breadwinner.

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Bud Bub and Steve play with this dynamic, especially in the episode "Brotherly Love." The former thinks his grandsons should solve their problems with fisticuffs, while the latter thinks they should resolve it with diplomacy. However, Bud Bub is the homemaker and Steve is the breadwinner.breadwinner.
* SpinningPaper: The opening of "Heat Wave".

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Almost every major character:
** "Steve" for Steven Douglas
** "Bub" for William O'Casey
** "Mike" for Michael Douglas
** "Robbie" for Robert Douglas
** "Chip" for Richard Douglas
** Chips original best friend "Sudsy" for Hubert Pfeiffer.
** Later "Ernie", for Ernest Douglas.
** Charlie, for Charles O'Casey
** "Kate" for Katherine Douglas, Robbie's wife.
** "Dodie" for Dorothy Douglas, Steve's stepdaughter.
** AND the exception. Barbara, Steve's second-wife, is Barbara. Never Barb, or Barbie!

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* HouseHusband: Or rather "House Grandpa" for Bub, and later "House Uncle" for Uncle Charlie.

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* DeadpanSnarker: All of the casts. Even the mild-mannered Steve has his moments.

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* EndangeredSouffle: In "Happy Birthday, World," son Robbie tries to earn extra money by setting up a home business making birthday cakes. At one point, while he's making a set of cakes, a door is slammed in the house and causes the three cakes in the oven to collapse.


DomCom about Steven Douglas, a wise, kindly widower, raising his three sons by himself; kind of like half ''Series/TheBradyBunch''. Starred Creator/FredMacMurray and William [=DeMarest=]. The show lasted from 1960 to 1972, a total of 378 episodes in 12 seasons.

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DomCom about Steven Douglas, a wise, kindly widower, raising his three sons by himself; kind of like half ''Series/TheBradyBunch''. Starred Creator/FredMacMurray and William [=DeMarest=].[=Demarest=]. The show lasted from 1960 to 1972, a total of 378 episodes in 12 seasons.


* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Possibly the originator of this trope, except in name. As mentioned below, Bub was no longer referred to sometime after William Frawley left; sometimes, even flashbacks showed only Uncle Charlie. Once after Mike left, it was discussed having the two younger boys move in with him, and then he was mentioned no more, neither was Ernie's being adopted. One imagines the re-marriage and Dodie would have eventually been so retconned, making Beverly Garland's character a very tired woman. Knowing of this policy, Katie's actress wondered what would happen to her if the show continued without Robbie. It only lasted one season past this, though.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Possibly the originator of this trope, except in name. As mentioned below, Bub was no longer referred to sometime after William Frawley left; sometimes, even flashbacks showed only Uncle Charlie. Once after Mike left, it was discussed having the two younger boys move in with him, and then he was mentioned no more, neither was Ernie's being adopted. One imagines the re-marriage and Dodie would have eventually been so retconned, making Beverly Garland's Creator/BeverlyGarland's character a very tired woman. Knowing of this policy, Katie's actress wondered what would happen to her if the show continued without Robbie. It only lasted one season past this, though.

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* TeensAreShort: Mike, Robbie and eventually Chip and Ernie, are considerably shorter than their father through their teens and (with Mike and Robbie) even into their twenties. Could be explained by their taking after their mother's family; Mike, Robbie and Chip are about the height of Grandpa Bub.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most of the 'Bub and Mike' episodes, particularly the first season, are decidedly more manic and slapstick than the more phlegmatic episodes that come later in the run. Steve in particular is more like a mild BumblingDad than the [[StandardFiftiesFather wise sage]] that he would later become.

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* AbsenteeActor: Sort of. Fred [=MacMurray=]'s contract allowed him to shoot ''all'' his scenes for the season in a short time frame, allowing him much more time off than would normally be available to a series star. This meant that an episode was almost never completed all at once, and the other actors regularly found themselves shooting scenes that belonged to episodes for which [=MacMurray=]'s contribution had been done weeks or even months before. The staff had to be very meticulous about things like wardrobe, props, makeup, etc. to preserve continuity, making sure that, for example, haircuts didn't vary much over the course of a season so that scenes shot weeks or months apart would match in the finished product.

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