Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

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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, ... See full summary »

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 Nellie Ruth 'Nell' Harper (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Samantha 'Sam' Kanisky / ... (119 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Julie Kanisky / ... (114 episodes, 1981-1986)
Kari Michaelsen ...
 Katie Kanisky (111 episodes, 1981-1986)
Dolph Sweet ...
 Chief Carl Kanisky / ... (88 episodes, 1981-1985)
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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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 Addy Wilson (68 episodes, 1983-1987)
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 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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The episode "Cat Story", , was aired live over NBC-TV on 2 March 1985. See more »

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

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Samantha: What's a cliché?
Nell: [serving breakfast] A black woman serving pancakes to a white kid.
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Sing A Song
Performed by Nell Carter
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Average 80's fare
23 March 2015 | by (USA) – 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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