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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Year: 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

11 November 1980
It is getting a little crowded in the Rush family's duplex row house. Sisters Jackie and Sara want to move out, but their father, Henry, doesn't like the idea of two young girls living in the big city by themselves. However, they might be headed to a win-win situation when Jackie and Sara contemplate on renting the downstairs apartment from their dad.

Season 1, Episode 2: It Didn't Happen One Night

16 November 1980
Sara goes on a trip to Lake Tahoe with her friends, and Henry panics after he inadvertently finds birth control pills in her room.

Season 1, Episode 3: The Bag Lady

18 November 1980
Henry and Muriel hire two ex-convicts to repair a damaged wall in their kitchen. Meanwhile, Jackie was tasked to deposit a large sum of money for her work at the bank. When the bank closes before she gets there, Jackie had to take the cash home. As a result, Henry tries to hide the cash, not wanting the ex-cons to spot it.

Season 1, Episode 4: Sara's Monroe Doctrine

25 November 1980
On the Rushes 24th Anniversary, Monroe Ficus follows Sarah home. Then he never leaves.

Season 1, Episode 5: Que Sara, Sara

2 December 1980
Sarah gets a job as a waitress. Muriel moves in with Jackie and Sarah after a fight with Henry over Sarah's new job.

Season 1, Episode 6: Tenants, Anyone?

9 December 1980
Mildred Rafkin, the sister of the former tenant of Jackie and Sara's apartment, returns to claim her late brother's belongings, including all the furniture. With an unfurnished apartment, the girls find another apartment to rent, albeit in a seedy and high-crime neighborhood.

Season 1, Episode 7: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolfe?

16 December 1980
Sara is a new hire at Jackie's bank. Jackie is suspicious when her boss promotes Sara to a manager level position after only a week on the job.

Ted Knight ... Henry Rush

Nancy Dussault ... Muriel Rush

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Jackie Rush

Lydia Cornell ... Sara Rush

Jack Riley ... The Hold-Up Man
Jim Weston ... Barry Wolfe
Rose Michtom ... The Bank Customer
Dave Cameron ... Customer #1 (uncredited)
Patricia Stich ... Newsperson (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 8: Mister Big

6 January 1981
Henry's comic book company is being acquired by Wainwright Publishings, and he thinks his job is in jeopardy when new boss Arthur Wainwright prefers to hire more youthful people.

Season 1, Episode 9: The Location

13 January 1981
Sara rents her apartment to a film crew for a movie, which involves live animals. Unfortunately, one of the animals, a male lion, escapes and ventures into Henry and Muriel's apartment during their dinner engagement with Arthur Wainwright.

Season 1, Episode 10: A Friend in Need

27 January 1981
Monroe feels it's time to finally lose his virginity. Henry hopes talking will help, while Sara thinks a sex surrogate is a better idea. Oddly enough, Mrs. Rafkin may be the answer.

Season 1, Episode 11: A Fine Romance

3 February 1981
Muriel's friend from college, Sylvia Walker, pays her a visit after undergoing a divorce. While left alone with Henry, Sylvia makes advances towards him.

Season 1, Episode 12: The Boy in the Band

10 February 1981
Rich Holland, Muriel's old drummer, is in town. Rich takes a liking to Jackie, which does not exactly thrill Muriel.

Season 1, Episode 13: Deadline for Henry

17 February 1981
Arthur Wainwright gives Henry an assignment that requires him to work overnight, which is a huge burden for Henry as he has jury duty. Therefore, Muriel, Jackie and Monroe take turns keeping Henry awake at night.

Ted Knight ... Henry Rush

Nancy Dussault ... Muriel Rush

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Jackie Rush

Lydia Cornell ... Sara Rush

Jim J. Bullock ... Monroe Ficus
Hamilton Camp ... Arthur Wainwright
Ceil Cabot ... Eulema Preston
Inga Neilsen ... Regis (as Inga Neilson)

Jill Jaress ... Woman
Jay Gerber ... The Prosecutor
Claude Stroud ... The Judge

Season 1, Episode 14: Huey

24 February 1981
Henry's father, Huey, gets kicked out of his retirement home and is thinking of venturing out on his own. Meanwhile, Jackie is considering moving to New York for a new job opportunity.

Season 1, Episode 15: Centerfold

3 March 1981
An "oversexed quarterback" chooses Muriel to photograph him nude.

Season 1, Episode 16: What's Wrong with Mr. Right?

17 March 1981
Jackie is dating a married (actually separated) man.

Season 1, Episode 17: Up Your Easter Bonnet

24 March 1981
Henry and Muriel go on a skiing trip, which gives Sara the opportunity to offer her parents' apartment to Monroe to stay during Spring Break, as Monroe's parents do not want him to visit.

Season 1, Episode 18: Cosmic Cow vs. the Oval Office

5 May 1981
Henry loses his job when he writes a satire of Cosmic Cow and Nancy Reagan fixing the country's problems. To combat the salary loss, Muriel takes a job and the Rushes deal with the role reversal.

Season 1, Episode 19: The Return of Rafkin

12 May 1981
The Rush's hire a medium to conduct a séance for Miss Rafkin, as she thinks her late brother is trying to communicate with her from the other side.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Guess Who's Coming to Burp?

13 October 1981

Season 2, Episode 2: Your Guest Is as Good as Mine

27 October 1981

Season 2, Episode 3: Who's Sara Now?

3 November 1981

Season 2, Episode 4: The Prince and the Frog

10 November 1981
A guy who was pursuing Jackie years ago comes back to town. When Jackie learns this, she makes herself scarce. Sara meets him when he arrives and is amazed by how great he looks. She makes a play for him and they go out. When Jackie learns of this, she's upset.

Season 2, Episode 5: What's Our Rush?

17 November 1981
Henry and Muriel decide not to find out what the gender of their baby is; however, Henry's father wants to know. He drags Monroe with him to help break into the doctor's office to find out.

Season 2, Episode 6: Rafkin's Bum

24 November 1981
A bum shows up and says that he and their previous tenant were close. However, he appears not to know that their tenant was a transvestite and they don't tell him. When he leaves something behind, they bring it back to him and discover that he's also keeping a secret.

Season 2, Episode 7: Where There's a Will

1 December 1981

Season 2, Episode 8: The Remaking of Monroe

8 December 1981
Sara comes home from a concert angry at Monroe because he didn't stand up to someone who took their seats. She takes him to an assertiveness training class which does wonders for his self-confidence but it also makes him pushy, arrogant and rude to the point that he is told never to set foot in the Rush home again.

Season 2, Episode 9: When the Bough Breaks

15 December 1981

Season 2, Episode 10: Cop-Out

5 January 1982
Against her father's wishes, Jackie falls for and accepts a marriage proposal from a police officer she's only known for a couple of months. After Muriel succeeds in getting Henry to let Jackie make her own decisions, Will Henry's biggest concern and Jackies' worst nightmare come true?

Season 2, Episode 11: April and September

12 January 1982

Season 2, Episode 12: A Fan for Henry

19 January 1982

Season 2, Episode 13: Brotherly Hate

2 February 1982
April's father, Bill, comes to visit. April and Muriel plan a reunion between Bill and Henry to put an end to their childhood argument from which they haven't spoken in forty years. A bad cheesecake almost ruins their reunion.

Season 2, Episode 14: Charlie's Last Hurrah

9 February 1982
Henry's practical joker rival, Charlie, makes a visit. Henry schemes with Monroe to finally pull one over on Charlie. But Charlie has his own plan that throws Henry for a loop.

Season 2, Episode 15: The Last Weekend

16 February 1982

Season 2, Episode 16: My Unfavorite Martin

23 February 1982

Season 2, Episode 17: Seventh Month Blues

2 March 1982

Season 2, Episode 18: As the Cookie Crumbles

9 March 1982

Season 2, Episode 19: Foreign Exchange

16 March 1982

Season 2, Episode 20: A Matter of Degree

23 March 1982

Season 2, Episode 21: A Policeman's Wife Is Not a Happy One

4 May 1982

Season 2, Episode 22: Don't Shoot the Piano Movers

11 May 1982

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Break Out the Pampers: Part 1

30 September 1982

Season 3, Episode 2: Break Out the Pampers: Part 2

30 September 1982

Season 3, Episode 3: Guess Who's Coming Forever?

14 October 1982

Season 3, Episode 4: A Snip in Time

21 October 1982
Henry has intimacy issues with Muriel after the baby is born.

Season 3, Episode 5: The Luck of the Iris

28 October 1982
Henry ruins a date for Iris.

Season 3, Episode 6: Do You Take This Woman Again?

4 November 1982
Muriel wants to renew their vows for their anniversary in a small get-together that soon balloons out of control.

Season 3, Episode 7: Who Was That Baby I Saw You With?

11 November 1982
While Muriel was taking portraits of babies, Andrew is accidently taken by a confused grandmother leaving her grandson behind.

Season 3, Episode 8: Monroe's Secret Love's Secret

18 November 1982
Henry gives Monroe advice on how to land a woman (or so he thinks) who refuses to go out with him.

Season 3, Episode 9: A Thanksgiving Tale

25 November 1982
Iris is feeling depressed. When she doesn't show up at the Rush's everyone is worried.

Season 3, Episode 10: Pressure's Rising

9 December 1982
Henry has to get a physical for a life insurance policy.

Season 3, Episode 11: Mr. Christmas

16 December 1982
Jackie invites a sweet old Santa home for Christmas, which prompts Henry to think the worst of him.

Season 3, Episode 12: The Yearning Point

6 January 1983
Muriel's famous old singing partner comes for a visit prompting Muriel to wonder "what if" she never stopped performing.

Season 3, Episode 13: Briefly at the Counter

13 January 1983
Iris falls in love with a man who she believes is highly successful.

Season 3, Episode 14: To Buy or Not to Buy

20 January 1983
The Rushs are robbed after Sara lets the burglers into the apartment. Henry decides to get a gun.

Season 3, Episode 15: The Separation

27 January 1983
Jackie has an argument with her fiance over her working after they're married which prompts Henry, Muriel, and Iris to separately recount an incident that nearly broke up the Rush couple.

Season 3, Episode 16: Girls of the Media

3 February 1983
Sara is upset that Henry only supports and celebrates Jackie's accomplishments so she poses for a men's magazine.

Season 3, Episode 17: The Courier

17 February 1983

Season 3, Episode 18: The Adoption Story

24 February 1983
Iris' gift of a trip to Paris backfires when Muriel needs a passport and her birth certificate reveals she was adopted.

Season 3, Episode 19: Out to Lunch

10 March 1983
Andrew's hungry and his nursing mother is at work, so Henry takes the baby to the photo session.

Ted Knight ... Henry Rush

Nancy Dussault ... Muriel Rush

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Jackie Rush

Lydia Cornell ... Sara Rush

Jim J. Bullock ... Monroe Ficus
Phil Boroff ... Muriel's Photography Assistant

James T. Callahan ... Marvin Rowe
Michael Philip Cannon ... Andrew Rush
William Thomas Cannon ... Andrew Rush
Howard George ... The Stevedore

Jeffrey Paul Morgan ... The Bearded Stevedore
Jenna Weiss ... The Woman Stevedore

Season 3, Episode 20: A Portrait of Henry

17 March 1983
Henry is upset with Monroe after he accidentally damages the living room wall while hanging a self-portrait of Henry. He chases Monroe out the door, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs. While Monroe is sent to the hospital, Henry is racked with guilt after his conscience starts speaking to him through the portrait.

Season 3, Episode 21: Don't Rock the Boat

28 April 1983

Season 3, Episode 22: Family Business

5 May 1983
After Iris gets mugged, the Rushes decide to add on a room for her. Unfortunately, the male workers hired are young and inept, as Henry informs their mother who runs the business. She hires a female foreman, much to the boys' surprise.

Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: The Enemy Above

7 April 1984

Season 4, Episode 2: Making Mountains Out of Molehills

14 April 1984
Jackie is envious of Sara's many dates, so she decides to get breast implants to make herself more attractive.

Season 4, Episode 3: Just Another Pretty Face

21 April 1984
Sara auditions for an anchor position at the station and thinks she's a shoo-in next to her plain Jane competition.

Season 4, Episode 4: Home Is Where the Bart Is

28 April 1984

Season 4, Episode 5: High Infidelity

5 May 1984
Monroe's father comes for a vist.

Season 4, Episode 6: Son of the Groom

12 May 1984
Henry's father visits to ask if he will be his best man at his upcoming wedding. The happy news is dampened by Henry's suspicions of his father's much younger fiancée.

Season 4, Episode 7: Witness for the Persecution

19 May 1984
Henry witnesses a robbery and works with the police to identify the suspect. The suspect then threatens Henry not to testify.

Season 4, Episode 8: Henry Draws a Blank

26 May 1984
Henry suffers from a case of writer's block. Surprisingly, Mrs. Rafkin ends up being extremely helpful.

Season 4, Episode 9: Shipmates

2 June 1984
Henry runs into his cantankerous former Navy commander who is now a doorman. Despite their antagonizing relationship, Henry invites him to dinner as a way of burying the hatchet. His significant other throws Henry for a loop.

Season 4, Episode 10: Is There a Doctor in the House?

9 June 1984
Henry's cartoonist friend suggests donating his early work to a college with the hopes of being awarded an honorary doctorate - and a guaranteed tax break.

Season 4, Episode 11: High and Inside

16 June 1984
Henry eagerly sets Sara up with a major league baseball star. Sara begrudgingly agrees to one date but ends up falling for him. Henry's enthusiasm quickly wanes after he finds out about the star's past drug use and worries it may not be in the past.

Season 4, Episode 12: The Runaway

23 June 1984
Monroe asks if a friend could spend a week with him, but neglects to tell Henry the friend is female and a runaway. When Henry runs into her in the middle of the night, the jig is up.

Season 4, Episode 13: The Graduates

14 July 1984
As Monroe nears graduation, he is having a hard time finding a job. Monroe twists Henry's concern into an assistant's position.

Season 4, Episode 14: Goodbye, Mr. Chip

21 July 1984
Monroe gets a computer and wins big in the stock market and horse racing thanks to computer tips. Soon after, Henry wants in on the action.

Season 4, Episode 15: No Patsy, This Kelly

6 October 1984
Henry almost misses an important meeting with his boss because the guard dog Monroe agrees to watch overnight, traps him in the kitchen.

Season 4, Episode 16: Hawaii Five-8

13 October 1984
Jackie and Sara return from a Hawaiian vacation with their grandmother Iris. Jackie fell in love with her surfing instructor and plans to marry him. Henry is opposed to the union until he finds out that he's not just a beach bum.

Season 4, Episode 17: Quick on the Draw

27 October 1984
After Henry breaks his arm, his boss sends a young artist to help keep up with his deadlines. The young artist is cocky, abrasive, and very good which upsets Henry.

Season 4, Episode 18: The Missing Fink

3 November 1984
After Muriel's camera is stolen at a gallery opening, her attempts at retrieving it lead Henry to think she's having an affair.

Season 4, Episode 19: The Sound of Mother

10 November 1984
Muriel's biological mother writes asking to meet. Despite being angry and bitter, Jackie and Sara convince Muriel to meet her.

Season 4, Episode 20: The Return of Mr. Wonderful

17 November 1984
Iris visits in order to meet up with the Lothario who broke her heart. He lures her there with the premise to ask her "a very important question."

Season 4, Episode 21: Divorce Chicago Style

24 November 1984
Muriel's best friend, Sylvia, is recently divorced and enjoying every minute of her new life and loves. Muriel is envious of her freedom and decides to start working again to gain a little of her own. Her new male client is very complimentary and throws her for a loop.

Season 4, Episode 22: Cinderella Update

1 December 1984
Jackie considers a move to Dallas to find a job in fashion. That is, until she meets Sara's date and they hit it off. Sara and Jackie's relationship is tested.

Season 4, Episode 23: Henry Bites the Big Apple

8 December 1984

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: Drawing Room

2 February 1985
Henry decides to work at a downtown office, due to life at home getting crazier, but it turns out there were more distractions downtown than he bargained for.

Season 5, Episode 2: Nearly Departed

9 February 1985
After his father's death, Henry decides it's time to plan his own funeral. He soon starts to examine his life decisions.

Season 5, Episode 3: My Son, the PhD

16 February 1985
Andrew might be a genius and is recruited by a school for gifted children.

Season 5, Episode 4: All in a Day's Unemployment

23 February 1985
Budgets are tight throughout the Rush household. Henry coaches Monroe to ask for a raise at work, but the coaching backfires and Monroe is fired. Henry works overtime to find Monroe a new job.

Season 5, Episode 5: Devereaux & Son

2 March 1985
The Rushes' friend Paul pretends to be a member of their family to impress his long-lost son.

Season 5, Episode 6: And Baby Makes Two

4 May 1985
Jackie drops a bomb on Henry and Muriel when she announces that she wants to become a single mother.

Season 5, Episode 7: Reconcilable Differences

11 May 1985
Henry and Muriel end up in counseling thanks to the strain of helping another couple settle a squabble.

Season 5, Episode 8: The Two Faces of Muriel

18 May 1985
Muriel considers cosmetic surgery to revive Henry's interest in her.

Season 5, Episode 9: No Mas, Monroe

25 May 1985
The Rushes hire an illegal housekeeper with good looks, minimal English, and an urge to become a naturalized citizen.

Season 5, Episode 10: For Every Man, There's Two Women

20 July 1985
Monroe is kidnapped and raped by two women in a van. When the police dismiss Monroe's story, Henry searches for the rapists himself.

Season 5, Episode 11: Finders Keepers

27 July 1985

Season 5, Episode 12: These Stupid Things Remind Me of You

3 August 1985

Season 5, Episode 13: Terms of Endangerment

28 September 1985
Monroe's new love interest is not only mature but possibly married. Henry and Muriel butt in to make sure Monroe doesn't get his heart broken.

Season 5, Episode 14: The British Are Coming, the British Are Coming

5 October 1985
Henry discovers that his war-time buddy visiting from England is still a womanizer.

Season 5, Episode 15: No Deposit, No Return

12 October 1985
Henry takes drastic measures to avoid paying a high penalty for library books that are 5 years overdue.

Season 5, Episode 16: Off and Running

19 October 1985

Season 5, Episode 17: Accused, Confused and Abused

26 October 1985
Monroe and Sara decide to help a teenage boy who was going to juvenile hall for stealing. The boy has a history of being abused, and when Henry tries to step in to offer his own help the boy rejects him and runs away.

Season 5, Episode 18: Arrivederci, Jackie

2 November 1985
Jackie has been offered a job working at The House of Aldo, an Italian designer, but she doesn't tell her father about it. She invites Senor Aldo to the house without telling Henry who he is. When the man tells Henry he wants Jackie for his House, Henry thinks he's a dirty old man so he throws him out. Later, he is told the truth. Jackie can't believe what Henry did so she decides to move out. Henry calls the man and tries to apologize. He asks him to give Jackie a chance, but Aldo doesn't think it would be good for Jackie because of how overprotective he is.

Season 5, Episode 19: Ars Gratia Iris

9 November 1985
Henry's married pal chases Muriel's friend.

Season 5, Episode 20: Henry Enters the '80s

16 November 1985
Sara agrees to go on a blind date with a man that Muriel had set her up with. To everyone's amazement, Bob is gorgeous. After several dates, Bob and Sara make plans to move in together, which Henry is totally against.

Season 5, Episode 21: Freddie Loves It, We Love It, You're Cancelled

23 November 1985
Henry gets the chance to make Cosmic Cow a Saturday morning cartoon. But when heads of programming keep changing, he's constantly asked for several (sometimes absurd) changes.

Ted Knight ... Henry Rush

Nancy Dussault ... Muriel Rush

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Jackie Rush

Lydia Cornell ... Sara Rush

Jim J. Bullock ... Monroe Ficus

Daryl Anderson ... Harvey Brandon
Kellie Bennett ... Network Executive

Larry Cedar ... Shepard Krause
Carl Congelo ... Larry
Joshua Goodwin ... Andrew Rush
Elyse Knight ... Secretary
David Ruprecht ... Freddie Copperman

Season 6

Season 6, Episode 1: Henry's Change of Life

5 April 1986
Henry, Muriel and Monroe move to Mill Valley, CA. The Rushes buy a new home. Henry bought a 49% share in a newspaper with a demanding 51% owner. Monroe is now his assistant and Muriel his photographer.

Season 6, Episode 2: Front Page Monroe

12 April 1986
Monroe publishes a front page story about corporate pollution and gets sent to jail for not revealing his source.

Season 6, Episode 3: Four Is a Crowd

19 April 1986

Season 6, Episode 4: Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Henry

26 April 1986

Season 6, Episode 5: Miss Marin Bugler

3 May 1986

Season 6, Episode 6: Garfield the Cat Joins the Marin Bugler

10 May 1986

Season 6, Episode 7: Bedtime for Henry

17 May 1986

Season 6, Episode 8: Educating Lisa

24 May 1986

Season 6, Episode 9: Henry's Novel Solution

31 May 1986
Henry's admiration for a famous author diminishes when he learns the man (Peter Haskell) gets his inspiration from the bottle.

Season 6, Episode 10: Henry Gets Taken for a Ride

7 June 1986
Henry decides to buy a car for Lisa. He attempts to show his business prowess by getting the best deal but in the process gets far less than he bargained for.

Season 6, Episode 11: Late, Great Herbert Maxwell

12 July 1986
Monroe and Henry learn about a coverup with regards to death of a friend of Mrs. Stinson.

Season 6, Episode 12: Muriel's Fish Story

19 July 1986
Muriel is offered a photography job from a famous oceanographer for his next expedition.

Season 6, Episode 13: Ya Gotta Have Heart

27 September 1986
When Mrs. Stinson's niece begins works as an intern at the newspaper, it causes friction.

Season 6, Episode 14: Monroe's Critical Condition

4 October 1986
Monroe's life is threatened after he gives a singer a bad review.

Season 6, Episode 15: Cyrano Henry

11 October 1986

Season 6, Episode 16: Family Feud

18 October 1986

Season 6, Episode 17: Rock Around Henry

1 November 1986

Season 6, Episode 18: Herb Kisses, Henry Tells

8 November 1986

Season 6, Episode 19: Believing Is Seeing

15 November 1986
Henry suddenly becomes editor of the paper when Mrs. Stinson quits. Henry realizes he needs her at the paper and Mrs. Stinson realizes quitting was the wrong move.

Season 6, Episode 20: Acropolis Now

22 November 1986
Henry suspects Iris' Greek fiancé is after her money.

Season 6, Episode 21: Presenting Buddy Ficus

31 January 1987
Monroe decides to become a stand up comedian, billing himself as "Buddy Ficus."

Season 6, Episode 22: Lisa Goes Lottery Loco

7 February 1987
In the final show, all but Mr. Rush play lottery scratch ticket games. Lisa is overjoyed when she wins $5 and becomes addicted to playing.

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