2. The King Family Show
Image retrieved from The Official King Family website.
(1965–1966, revived in 1969)
Before the Osmonds came the Kings, who were referred to as “America’s First Family of Song” in the 1960s. With more than 30 extended family members, the King family was one of the most popular music acts of the 1960s and '70s.
Back in the 1920s, music teacher and father William King Driggs Sr. (also known as "King") created a family orchestra, recruiting his wife, Pearl, and their seven children to move to California. Initially appearing on The Hollywood Palace, their popularity led TV producers to feature the family on a television special The Family is King, which received high ratings and over 60,000 fan letters. After their smashing success as a family act TV special, they were given a weekly TV showcase, The King Family Show, which ran from January 1965 to January 1966.
The King family performed in various groupings, and some of which continued on to reach further success, like The King Sisters, The King Cousins, and King Kids. With a mixture of comedy and talent, the King family put on a clean, fun, and family-friendly musical show that resonated positively with viewers.