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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
A real romance developed between Kari Michaelson and Andy Gibb, when he guest starred. Nell even predicted it, teasing her co-star that she would soon be dating Andy Gibb even before he came to the set, and she was right. See more »
In Season 1 Nell's mother's name is Emma Harper in later seasons her mother's name is Maybelle Harper. See more »
Chief Kanisky... I want you to know it wasn't just just. I mean... Ihave deep emotional feelings for Julie.
You're too *short* for deep emotions.
Daddy... George is very sensitive about his height.
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Unlike movies which appear once, it's hard to rate a TV show since you're dealing with dozens of episodes and several seasons.
For 'Gimme a Break!', the synopsis on TV reads: 'A feisty housekeeper named Nell helps a widowed police chief raise his three daughters'. This was true for the first few seasons and this was when the show was at it's best.
It dealt with controversial issues but gave a balanced approach as the chief represented the more conservative side and Nell represented the more liberal side. Unfortunately, the actor Dolph Sweet ran into health problems during the show's run and soon past away. I think this changed the nature of the show and it was never the same after.
The show turned more into a talent exhibition for Nell Carter and her singing voice and away from family comedy. By the last season, she was no longer a housekeeper, nor helping a widowed police chief nor raising three daughters. The whole successful premise of the show was gone and the show was deservedly cancelled as it was not nearly as funny anymore.
Had Dolph Sweet not incurred health problems, who knows what might have been.
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