Silver Spoons is an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982, to May 11, 1986, and in first-run syndication from September 27, 1986, to May 30, 1987. The series was produced by Embassy Television for the first four seasons until Embassy Communications moved the series to syndication after being canceled by NBC. Silver Spoons was created by Martin Cohan, Howard Leeds and Ben Starr.
The show focuses on the wealthy playboy Edward Stratton III, and his relationship with his young son Ricky Stratton. Ricky was the product of a brief marriage between Edward and Ricky’s mother. Edward was unaware that he had a son until Ricky comes to live with Edward at the outset of the series. The main cast starred Joel Higgins as Edward, Rick Schroder as Ricky, Leonard Lightfoot as Edward’s attorney, Franklyn Seales as Edward’s business manager, and Erin Gray as Edward’s personal assistant and later love interest. Jason Bateman played Ricky’s best friend over the first two seasons of the show; he was replaced by Alphonso Ribeiro over the last several seasons of the show, and legendary British actor John Houseman plays Edward’s dour and disapproving father.