Orphans Out West? “The Monroes”

Dear Dave: I was wondering if you could help me with an old TV show I used to watch either in the late 1960s or early ‘70s. It was about a wilderness family living out west somewhere without their parents and they had a lot of kids. I had a coloring book about them. Please tell me there was such a show! – L.A.,
New York

Dear L.A.: Sure there was such a show! You don’t think they just go around making coloring books willy-nilly, do you?

That was “The Monroes,” which ran on ABC from 1966-67. Michael Anderson Jr. played the head of the clan, Clayt, and assorted siblings were played by Barbara Hershey, Keith and Kevin Schultz, Tammy Locke, and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver. (Just kidding.)

Here’s the opening from the show’s pilot: