Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,134 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 4 critic

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Creators:

,
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


Related News

Actress and Singer Nell Carter Dies at 54
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 13 Jul 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 03 Feb 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 26 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Gimme a Break!" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

Gimme a Break! (1981–1987) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gimme a Break!.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
1987   1986   1985   1984   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

227 (1985–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.

Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett. Later in the series, Mrs. Garrett is ... See full summary »

Stars: Mindy Cohn, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields
Alice (1976–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teenaged son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback
Good Times (1974–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis
One Day at a Time (1975–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This sitcom follows recently divorced mother (Ann Romano) and her two teenage daughters (Barbara and Julie) as they start a new life together in Indianapolis, They are befriended by the ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.
What's Happening!! (1976–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

What's Happening is loosely based on the 1975 movie Cooley High written by Eric Monte. Monte created What's Happening and was also a co-creator and writer for the TV series Good Times.

Stars: Haywood Nelson, Ernest Thomas, Danielle Spencer
Mama's Family (1983–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the ... See full summary »

Stars: Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry
The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
Too Close for Comfort (1980–1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock
What's Happening Now! (1985–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

"What's Happening Now!" is a sequel to "What's Happening!," a TV series about the adult main characters (Raj, Dwayne, Rerun, Shirley, and Dee) as teenagers/children.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Anne-Marie Johnson, Haywood Nelson
That's My Mama (1974–1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Ted Lange
Amen (1986–1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control. His new assistant, Rev. Reuben Gregory, however, has some ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Nellie Ruth 'Nell' Harper (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
...
 Samantha 'Sam' Kanisky / ... (119 episodes, 1981-1987)
...
 Julie Kanisky / ... (114 episodes, 1981-1986)
Kari Michaelsen ...
 Katie Kanisky (111 episodes, 1981-1986)
Dolph Sweet ...
 Chief Carl Kanisky / ... (88 episodes, 1981-1985)
...
 Grandpa Stanley Kanisky (78 episodes, 1982-1987)
...
 Joey Donovan (77 episodes, 1983-1987)
...
 Addy Wilson (68 episodes, 1983-1987)
Howard Morton ...
 Officer Ralph Simpson / ... (50 episodes, 1981-1986)
Edit

Storyline

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, Katie, Julie, and Samantha, in short, be like a mother to them. Later, Carl's father, Stanley, moves in. Around the same time, Nell takes in young Joey Donovan as her foster son. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Allo Nelly Bobo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(137 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dolph Sweet's final episode aired on 11 May 1985, three days after his death. See more »

Goofs

The front door of the set has a brass mail slot, but exterior shots are of a door with no slot. See more »

Quotes

Chief: Joey, this is your brother Matt.
Nell: He said that he always wanted a dog.
See more »


Soundtracks

Merry Christmas Stranger
Performed by Nell Carter and Telma Hopkins
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Above average sitcom
21 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good show that was one of many throughout TV sitcom history that revolved around a housekeeper/butler. Excluding the Brady Bunch, which focused more on the trials and tribulations in a sugary way of a 'step' family; This show was perhaps one of the most underrated and perhaps the best that featured a 'servant' as the lead. Hazel,The Nanny, Mr. Belvedere, Benson,and Family Affair. Nell Carter portraying Nell Harper was awesome. She can do it all sing, dance and act. She was basically the whole show , which dealt with many cast changes, perhaps the most shocking being Chief Carl Kaminskys death- Dolph Sweet. Mr. Kaminsky was a widower with 3 daughters, in the initial seasons and Nell was the surrogate mom/housekeeper. Wonderful show with many risqué , over the top episodes. Future seasons adding 'child' Joey Lawrence,Jonathon Silverman and Telma Hopkins as a fine tandem to Nell, especially proving more so important after Dolph Sweets sudden death with 2 seasons left. Ditzy friend Angie, senile Grandpa and many credible guest stars , including Tom Poston,Helen Hunt, Don Rickles, Rue McClanahan and Danny Glover. Not a brilliant show by any means, but certainly a show that highlights the great talents of Nell Carter, in basically her only venture in TV. Enjoy all of Ms. Carters' talents and cherish them for all time. Unfortunately she passed way too early.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
With the Chief or without the Chief...? jarrodmcdonald-1
Gimme a Break Comes To TV-One mikelutton35
How did they explain the cheifs death JAlexa9898
The last season ctfan79
Season 2 DVD jarredk
questions busybook91
Discuss Gimme a Break! (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page