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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
29 October 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 nominations See more »
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Above average sitcom See more (13 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 101)

Nell Carter ... Nell Harper (137 episodes, 1981-1987)

Lara Jill Miller ... Sam Kanisky (119 episodes, 1981-1987)

Lauri Hendler ... Julie Kanisky / ... (114 episodes, 1981-1986)
Kari Michaelsen ... Katie Kanisky (111 episodes, 1981-1986)
Dolph Sweet ... Chief Carl Kanisky / ... (88 episodes, 1981-1985)

John Hoyt ... Grandpa Stanley Kanisky / ... (82 episodes, 1982-1987)

Joey Lawrence ... Joey Donovan (77 episodes, 1983-1987)

Telma Hopkins ... Addy Wilson (68 episodes, 1983-1987)
Howard Morton ... Officer Ralph Simpson (49 episodes, 1981-1986)
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Series Directed by
Hal Cooper (81 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jim Drake (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
Linda Day (10 episodes, 1981-1987)
Will Mackenzie (7 episodes, 1981-1982)
Tony Singletary (5 episodes, 1982-1987)
Patrick Maloney (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Phil Ramuno (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dick Harwood (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Howard Storm (2 episodes, 1981)
John Bowab (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Oz Scott (2 episodes, 1983)
Jules Lichtman (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Mort Lachman (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
Sy Rosen (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
Arthur Julian (28 episodes, 1983-1987)
Mady Julian (20 episodes, 1984-1987)
Ted Bergman (13 episodes, 1981-1983)
Terry Hart (13 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chip Keyes (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Doug Keyes (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Tom Biener (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ron Landry (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
Rod Parker (7 episodes, 1983-1987)
Gary H. Miller (7 episodes, 1983-1985)
Pam Veasey (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ron Bloomberg (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
J. Stanford Parker (4 episodes, 1981-1983)
Chet Dowling (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sandy Krinski (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joan Brooker (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Nancy Eddo (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Booker Bradshaw (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Coleman Mitchell (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Geoffrey Neigher (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Rob Kaplan (3 episodes, 1983-1986)
Hal Cooper (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ed Jurist (3 episodes, 1983)
Larry Rhine (3 episodes, 1983)
Erik Tarloff (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Gina Goldman (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Pamela Norris (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Series Produced by
Mort Lachman .... executive producer (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
Hal Cooper .... executive producer (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Arthur Julian .... producer (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Rod Parker .... executive producer (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Terri Guarnieri .... associate producer / coordinating producer (68 episodes, 1983-1986)
Coleman Mitchell .... producer (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Geoffrey Neigher .... producer (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Marica Govons .... associate producer (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Brigit Jensen .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jan Siegelman .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
Michael Mount .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1981-1984)
Gayle S. Maffeo .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Original Music by
Bob Christianson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Harold McKenzie (81 episodes, 1981-1986)
Michael Weitzman (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Larry Harris (22 episodes, 1982-1984)
Kelly Sandefur (7 episodes, 1983-1986)
 
Series Casting by
Randy Stone (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
 
Series Art Direction by
Chris Idoine (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Chuck Murawski (70 episodes, 1983-1986)
Peter Clemens (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Don Roberts (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Richard L. Johnson (1 episode, 1984)
 
Series Costume Design by
Palmer Brown (114 episodes, 1982-1987)
Adella Farmar (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Betty Pecha Madden (4 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Maria Valdivia .... hair stylist (93 episodes, 1983-1987)
June Josef .... makeup artist (88 episodes, 1983-1987)
Linda Cowan .... makeup artist: Miss Carter / makeup artist (86 episodes, 1983-1987)
Pamela Huggins .... hair stylist: Nell Carter / hair stylist: Miss Carter (79 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jaren Millard .... makeup artist / hair stylist (66 episodes, 1984-1987)
Billie Jordan .... makeup artist (45 episodes, 1981-1983)
Sue Cary Mayer .... makeup artist (36 episodes, 1982-1984)
Mary Guerrero .... hair stylist (23 episodes, 1982-1984)
Lawrence Woodard .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Susan Cook .... hair stylist: Miss Carter (7 episodes, 1987)
Wendy Pennington Holz .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dale Miller .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1987)
Paulette Pennington .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dannie Todd Willis .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1987)
Jerrie Werkman .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Management
Howard Lipstone .... executive in charge of production (89 episodes, 1981-1985)
Patty Gary Cox .... unit manager / unit production manager (46 episodes, 1984-1986)
Jim Gaston .... unit manager / executive in charge of production / ... (44 episodes, 1982-1984)
Douglas Wellman .... unit manager (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Cindy Brody .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1987)
Kevin E. Fortson .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mary Ellen Jones .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1985)

Debbie Elbin .... unit production manager: NY (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Maloney .... associate director (91 episodes, 1983-1987)
Phil Ramuno .... associate director / assistant director (39 episodes, 1981-1983)
Jeff Meyer .... associate director (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Pat Fischer-Doak .... associate director (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Art Department
Ed Beceril .... property master / properties (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Larry Buck .... property master / properties (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Robert Murdock .... property master (37 episodes, 1981-1983)
Scott Herbertson .... assistant art director (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Milt Sport .... key prop / key props (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bill Wall .... property master (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
George Sayeg .... property master / property (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steven Bemiller .... key prop / property master / ... (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Cantoro .... property master (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Stu Rudolph .... boom operator (136 episodes, 1981-1987)
Sam Mallaun .... audio (84 episodes, 1982-1987)
Ken Turner .... audio (39 episodes, 1981-1983)
James L. Mylenek .... audio (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chris Chigaridas .... audio (4 episodes, 1984)
Kerry Boggio .... audio (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Roberts .... lighting director (134 episodes, 1981-1987)
Gary W. Scott .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janice Gordon .... costume assistant: Nell Carter / costume assistant: Miss Carter / ... (27 episodes, 1983-1984)
Elizabeth Bass .... assistant costume designer (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
James Hopkins .... costumes: Nell Carter / costume assistant: Nell Carter / ... (20 episodes, 1984-1986)
Shawna McGee .... costume assistant: Nell Carter / costumes: Nell Carter (15 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jefferson Beeker .... costumes: Nell Carter (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Karen Hytten .... costumer: Nell Carter (3 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Music Department
Jay Graydon .... composer: theme music (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Bob Christianson .... composer: theme music (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Bob Garrett .... lyricist: theme music (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Marley Sims .... lyricist: theme music (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Mari Falcone .... music coordinator (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
 
Series Other crew
Lorraine Sevre-Richmond .... production associate (95 episodes, 1983-1987)
Rod Parker .... executive script supervisor / script supervisor / ... (94 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jeff Meyer .... stage manager (90 episodes, 1983-1987)
Franklin Jones .... assistant to producers / assistant to executive producers (73 episodes, 1984-1987)
Arthur Julian .... executive script supervisor / executive script consultant / ... (73 episodes, 1984-1987)
Robert A. Bowen .... technical director (63 episodes, 1981-1987)
Tom Milo .... stage manager / assistant to producers (63 episodes, 1983-1986)
Terry Hart .... creative consultant (49 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bill Koshoway .... assistant to producers (48 episodes, 1984-1986)
Meredith Siler .... assistant to producers / production coordinator (48 episodes, 1984-1986)
Mady Julian .... story editor (48 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jody Margolin Hahn .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (48 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tom Biener .... executive script consultant / executive story consultant (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ron Landry .... executive script consultant / executive story consultant / ... (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Gary H. Miller .... executive story editor / story editor (46 episodes, 1983-1985)
Franco Bario .... production coordinator / production assistant (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gwen McCracken .... assistant to producers (42 episodes, 1983-1985)
Yukiko Tokunaga .... stage manager (40 episodes, 1981-1983)
Dick Woodka .... technical director (33 episodes, 1981-1986)
Gus Hornsby .... story editor (33 episodes, 1984-1985)
Michael Mount .... production executive / assistant to the executive producer (31 episodes, 1982-1983)
Chip Keyes .... story editor (27 episodes, 1981-1983)
Doug Keyes .... story editor (27 episodes, 1981-1983)
Kate McCallum .... assistant to producers (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Wendy Murphey .... assistant to producers (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Adam Waynert .... assistant to producers (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Denise Fleissner Barta .... assistant to producers (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Sean Mulcahy .... stage manager (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Booker Bradshaw .... story editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Chet Dowling .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sandy Krinski .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
J. Stanford Parker .... story editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sy Rosen .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Peter Barth .... stage manager (21 episodes, 1982-1984)
Cindy Brisker .... production associate (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Meredith Baker .... assistant to producers (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
Rob Kaplan .... assistant to producers (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
Michael Martin .... assistant to producers (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
Len Uslaner .... technical director (21 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ted Bergman .... executive story consultant (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jane Lipstone .... publicist (19 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Sgueglia .... stage manager (18 episodes, 1981-1982)
Peggy Geary .... production associate (17 episodes, 1981-1982)
Barbara Rogers .... assistant to producers (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ed Jurist .... executive script consultant (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
Larry Rhine .... executive script consultant (14 episodes, 1982-1983)
Vince Mack .... technical director (13 episodes, 1981-1984)
Gina Goldman .... story editor (13 episodes, 1983-1984)
Elvin Ivory .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1984)
John Westbrook .... technical director (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
Charlotte McDaniel .... production associate (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Michael Morris .... story editor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kevin McDonough .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Madison Cole .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1983-1984)
Maynard C. Virgil I .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1984)
Teresa O'Neill .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1985)
Chuck Vinson .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1982)
Barry Goldstein .... medical consultant (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (137 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
In her autobiography, Rue McClanahan says this was a bad television show, but at that point in her career, she had to take what she was offered.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In Season 1 Nell's mother's name is Emma Harper in later seasons her mother's name is Maybelle Harper.See more »
Quotes:
Katie:Dad, it's hard for Nell to stick to her diet when you're stuffing your face like that.
Chief:I'm not stuffing.
Nell:Right. He's eating for two in case he gets pregnant.
Chief:See what happens? You take away their trough and they get vicious?
Nell:It's no problem. I'm eating clean, lean, and healthy. After all, you are what you eat. Another helping of jackass, Chief?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Our Idiot Brother (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave MariaSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Above average sitcom, 21 November 2009
Author: (Greatornot) from United States

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.

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