The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
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 Kate Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Doug Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Willie Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Letitia 'Buddy' Lawrence (86 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Nancy Lawrence Maitland (60 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Annie Cooper / ... (36 episodes, 1978-1980)
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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 <mmckee@soltec.net>

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9 March 1976 (USA)  »

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Eine amerikanische Familie  »

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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

Timmy Maitland was played by twins Michael Schackelford and David Schackelford. The end credits are listed on various episodes as either Michael David Schackelford or Michael and David Schackelford. See more »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.39 (2008) See more »

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Great show...but whatever happened to...?
13 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Does anyone have the inside scoop on why Elayne Heilveil, the actress who played Nancy during the first six "mini series" episodes, was replaced by Meredith Baxter-Birney? Turns out it was a great move, as Meredith was far easier on the eyes and played the role beautifully, but I've always been curious. Also of note, Meredith only appeared in about every other episode...was that the producers' desire to depict her as having moved away from the family, or was it something in Meredith's contract? This show reflected my family so closely as I was about Buddy's age. The first two seasons (three, if you count the first six as a season) were fabulous. I guess you could say it jumped the shark with the addition of Quinn Cummings. I've noticed the house used for the exterior shots has appeared in several TV commercials lately.


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