A singing family named Cowsill - six kids and their mother - were the stars of the second special. The show was crowded into 30 minutes, and that isnít long enough to get into and out of a variety show. The program, apparently designed as a pilot program for a series, tried to project a warm family image, some mild comedy, do a lot of singing and leave time for a guest star, Buddy Ebsen.
The family seemed at ease doing musical numbers. They got into difficulty when they were engaging in stilted and obviously memorized dialogue. Ebsen did a soft-shoe routine with the youngest Cowsill, Susan, 9.