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The show's premise dealt with Danny rarely having time to spend with his family and Margaret dealing with the children on her own. Margaret, played by Jean Hagen, often felt neglected by her husband, and on several occasions felt like leaving him. Margaret was a society woman and strict with the children, but loved her family.

At the start of the fourth season, the series title was changed to The Danny Thomas Show.
Jean Hagen left the show due to dissatisfaction with her role and frequent clashes with Danny Thomas. Both Thomas and producer Sheldon Leonard were faced with a serious dilemma - how to explain Jean Hagen's absence on the show. So, it was explained that Margaret had died suddenly off-screen. It was a risky move. Until this time, no character on a situation comedy had died. Danny was now a widower juggling a performing career while raising two children on his own.

When CBS heard that ABC was cancelling The Danny Thomas Show, they picked it up for their fall season line-up. The Danny Thomas Show made its debut on the CBS Television Network inheriting the time slot vacated by I Love Lucy.

The show's premise dealt with Danny rarely having time to spend with his family and Margaret dealing with the children on her own. Margaret, played by Jean Hagen, often felt neglected by her husband, and on several occasions felt like leaving him. Margaret was a society woman and strict with the children, but loved her family.

At the start of the fourth season, the series title was changed to The Danny Thomas Show.
Jean Hagen left the show due to dissatisfaction with her role and frequent clashes with Danny Thomas. Both Thomas and producer Sheldon Leonard were faced with a serious dilemma - how to explain Jean Hagen's absence on the show. So, it was explained that Margaret had died suddenly off-screen. It was a risky move. Until this time, no character on a situation comedy had died. Danny was now a widower juggling a performing career while raising two children on his own.

When CBS heard that ABC was cancelling The Danny Thomas Show, they picked it up for their fall season line-up. The Danny Thomas Show made its debut on the CBS Television Network inheriting the time slot vacated by I Love Lucy.