"Hold it! I think you're gonna like this picture!" With this jaunty assurance, Bob Cummings calmly snuggled into the late-Sunday-night NBC time slot previously occupied by The Hunter for the first season of the breezy sitcom Love That Bob (originally The Bob Cummings Show). Little time is wasted establishing professional photographer Bob Collins (Cummings) as an insatiable skirt-chaser, who uses his profession primarily as an excuse to romance a variety of curvaceous models and starlets. Nor is Bob the only person on the series with an ulterior motive. His widowed sister Margaret MacDonald (Rosemary de Camp), with whom he shares a tasteful little L.A. bungalow, is forever doing her best to undermine Bob's love life -- not out of any sisterly concern, but because she feels that Bob's hedonistic behavior sets a bad example for her teenaged son Chuck (Dwayne Hickman).
In the same vein, Bob's "gal Friday" Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz (Ann B. Davis) never tires of delivering little verbal zingers calculated to throw Bob's models off the track -- not because she feels her boss would be better off keeping his mind on his work, but because she secretly yearns to be "Mrs. Collins" herself. The series' first episode finds Bob going through the motions of finding a suitable second husband for Margaret (again, there's that ulterior motive: Marry Margaret off, and she'll stop meddling in his affairs). Later on, he attempts to fix up Schultzy with a girl-shy soda jerk, and still later he gives her the "glamour" treatment so she'll be more appealing to her erstwhile sailor beau Frank (Dick Wesson). Of course, these missions of mercy are secondary to Bob's own never-ending pursuit of the fairer sex -- said pursuit arousing the envy -- and emulation -- of his two Air Force reserve buddies, Paul Fonda (Lyle Talbot) and Harvey Helm (King Donovan). Paul, in fact, evinces so many "wolf-like" tendencies that a panicky Bob tries to discourage what he thinks is a budding romance between Paul and Margaret. Love That Bob did not crack the Top Twenty ratings during its first season, and in fact never would rank any higher than 32nd or 33rd place. But the series was popular and a solid performer -- so much so that when NBC decided to cancel at the end of the first season, the series' sponsor simply shifted the program over to rival CBS, where it remained for the next three years. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi