Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Latter-day fans of suave British stage and recording star Michael Crawford (of Phantom of the Opera fame) may be surprised to discover that he once enjoyed enormous popularity as a situation-comedy buffoon. Debuting February 15, 1973 over BBC1, Some Mothers Do Have 'Em! cast Crawford as the spectacularly clumsy Frank Spencer, who, when not breaking everything he touched, was being sacked from job after job, causing all sorts of disaster for those nearest and dearest to him. Through it all, however, Frank's wife Betty (Michele Dotrice) remained devoted to her stumblebum hubby. Star Crawford took special pride in the fact that he performed all of his stunts himself, without the use of a double. Amazingly, he lived to tell the tale, even after a celebrated episode in which he haphazardly drove a brand-new car to the edge of destruction. Eventually yielding 20 half-hour episodes and three 50-minute specials, Some Mothers Do Have 'Em! ended (much to the relief of the BBC prop department!) on December 25, 1978.