The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
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Series cast summary:
 Kate Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
 Doug Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
 Willie Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
 Letitia 'Buddy' Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
 Nancy Lawrence Maitland (60 episodes, 1976-1980)
 Annie Cooper / ... (36 episodes, 1978-1980)


The trials and tribulations, joyous occasions and heartbreaking moments of the Lawrence family: lawyer father Doug, housewife Kate, married (and quickly divorced) daughter Nancy, teenage son Willie and just-hitting-puberty daughter Buddy. In this critically acclaimed series, we watched various Lawrences fight, fall in love, become ill, graduate school, begin new jobs and, most of all, love each other. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

9 March 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine amerikanische Familie  »

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(86 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character 'Doug Lawrence' was ranked #26 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits lists the following title card: "A Mike Nichols Production" Nichols is not listed as an Executive Producer of the show. However, his production company, Icarus Productions, is listed in the show's end credits. See more »


Referenced in Battle of the Network Stars VII (1979) See more »

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One of the finest TV dramas.
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Family" was consistently entertaining and insightful television, in the wasteland that was late 70's television programming.

It dealt with sensitive issues in a thoughtful manner without proselytizing or being maudlin.

I had the good fortune of beginning my television career by being a fan of "Family." A new resident of the neighborhood, I hung-out during the filming of exterior shots at the location of the "Lawrence" home in South Pasadena, during "Family's" final season. That same summer, in 1979, I went to work for the production company, Spelling-Goldberg Productions. Watching "Family" shoot was magic.

The series hearkened-back to an era even earlier than the late 70' kind of had a sixties feel to it, an earlier, simpler, and kinder period among American families. However, unlike the family dramas that filmed during the sixties, "Family" was far more realistic and believable.

Clearly, the break-out star of "Family" was young Kristy McNichol who stole nearly every scene she was in.

"Family" is long overdue to be offered in a DVD collection, and I hope all four seasons will soon be available in a video collection.

Thanks for the memories.

Gary L. Myers

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