The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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 »

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

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An hour with the Lawrences made for TV time well spent
23 August 2005 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

I first caught this show in re-runs on Lifetime and WOR 9 from New York in the late 80's, and I taped as many episodes as I could manage. I greatly admire the production values and story lines this frequently mawkish, yet unflinchingly progressive piece of late 70's serial TV "dramedy" had to offer in virtually every episode of it's four-year run. All of the key players were exceptional actors, and made for riveting television that has been largely taken for granted. With so much bunk arriving weekly on DVD, Columbia/TrisStar should really pick up the ball on this project and start compiling a comprehensive DVD collection while Sada Thompson and the rest of the crew are still with us, and can offer insightful reminiscence on a long-overdue and much-needed addition to the growing list of good and bad television shows available on DVD.


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