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Gimme a Break! 

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 »

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 Julie Kanisky / ... 114 episodes, 1981-1986
Kari Michaelsen ...
Dolph Sweet ...
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 Grandpa Stanley Kanisky / ... 82 episodes, 1982-1987
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 Joey Donovan 77 episodes, 1983-1987
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Howard Morton ...
 Officer Ralph Simpson 49 episodes, 1981-1986
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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

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29 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Trivia

A running gag involved the Kanisky's goldfish, Gertrude. The fish died in the first episode, and kept coming back in subsequent episodes. See more »

Goofs

In Season 1 Nell's mother's name is Emma Harper in later seasons her mother's name is Maybelle Harper. See more »

Quotes

Julie: Daddy, you're so old-fashioned. Didn't you ever suck face?
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Ave Maria
Performed by Nell Carter
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Average 80's fare
23 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is one of many shows I used to watch just because it was on, not because I particularly enjoyed it. All these years later I watched a couple episodes just to "check in", and it was pretty much as I'd remembered it. Now, maybe it's just because I watched the three or four episodes that were the exception to the rule, but... didn't that oldest daughter ever have any lines? I saw episodes from Seasons One and Two and it seemed like the middle and younger daughters got all the speaking parts, and the youngest one all the zingers. The blonde oldest girl was very pretty but didn't have much to do, just a "hi Nell" or "bye Dad" and that was it. She might as well not have been there at all. Never could quite figure out what made Nell Carter such a big deal, either... I know she did musicals but her singing voice is like chalk on a blackboard, very nasal. Typical family situation comedy, nothing special.


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