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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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A Stunning tribune to Nell Carter See more (10 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 92)

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

Lara Jill Miller ... Samantha '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 (78 episodes, 1982-1987)

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

Telma Hopkins ... Addy Wilson (68 episodes, 1983-1987)
Howard Morton ... Officer Ralph Simpson / ... (50 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 Bergmann (13 episodes, 1981-1983)
Terry Hart (13 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chip Keyes (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Doug Keyes (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Rod Parker (8 episodes, 1983-1987)
Tom Biener (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ron Landry (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
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)
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)
Rob Kaplan (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)
Coleman Mitchell .... producer (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Geoffrey Neigher .... producer (41 episodes, 1981-1983)
Marica Govons .... associate producer (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Terri Guarnieri .... associate producer / coordinating producer (10 episodes, 1983-1986)
Jan Siegelman .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Michael Mount .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1981)
Brigit Jensen .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Original Music by
Bob Christianson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael Weitzman (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Harold McKenzie (11 episodes, 1981-1986)
Larry Harris (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Casting by
Randy Stone (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
 
Series Art Direction by
Chris Idoine (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Chuck Murawski (9 episodes, 1983-1986)
Don Roberts (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Peter Clemens (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Palmer Brown (118 episodes, 1982-1987)
Adella Farmar (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Makeup Department
Maria Valdivia .... hair stylist (95 episodes, 1983-1987)
June Josef .... makeup artist (33 episodes, 1984-1987)
Jaren Millard .... makeup artist / hair stylist (32 episodes, 1984-1987)
Billie Jordan .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1981-1983)
Mary Guerrero .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
Lawrence Woodard .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Linda Cowan .... makeup artist / makeup artist: Miss Carter (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Pamela Huggins .... hair stylist: Nell Carter / hair stylist: Miss Carter (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Sue Cary Mayer .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Production Management
Douglas Wellman .... unit manager (19 episodes, 1981-1982)
Howard Lipstone .... executive in charge of production (12 episodes, 1981-1985)
Patty Gary Cox .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1984-1986)
Jim Gaston .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1982-1984)
Kevin E. Fortson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1986)

Debbie Elbin .... unit production manager: NY (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Maloney .... associate director (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Phil Ramuno .... associate director (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Art Department
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)
Ed Beceril .... property master / properties (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Larry Buck .... property master / properties (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Robert Murdock .... property master (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
George Sayeg .... property master / property (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steven Bemiller .... property / property master (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Sound Department
Sam Mallaun .... audio (33 episodes, 1983-1987)
Ken Turner .... audio (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Roberts .... lighting director (137 episodes, 1981-1987)
Gary W. Scott .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Bass .... assistant costume designer (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Janice Gordon .... costume assistant: Miss Carter / costumes: Miss Carter (2 episodes, 1984)
James Hopkins .... costumes: Miss Carter (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Shawna McGee .... costumes: Nell Carter (2 episodes, 1985)

Jefferson Beeker .... costumes: Miss Carter (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
 
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)
 
Series Other crew
Lorraine Sevre-Richmond .... production associate (96 episodes, 1983-1987)
Terry Hart .... creative consultant (49 episodes, 1985-1987)
Franco Bario .... production coordinator / production assistant (45 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rod Parker .... executive script supervisor / script supervisor / ... (35 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jeff Meyer .... stage manager (34 episodes, 1983-1987)
Arthur Julian .... executive script supervisor / executive story supervisor / ... (33 episodes, 1984-1987)
Michael Mount .... production executive / assistant to the executive producer (31 episodes, 1982-1983)
Robert A. Bowen .... technical director (29 episodes, 1984-1987)
Mady Julian .... story editor (29 episodes, 1985-1987)
Denise Fleissner Barta .... assistant to producers (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jody Margolin Hahn .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Sean Mulcahy .... stage manager (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tom Milo .... stage manager / assistant to producers (7 episodes, 1984-1986)
Tom Biener .... executive script consultant / executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ron Landry .... executive script consultant / executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1983-1985)
Gary H. Miller .... executive story editor / story editor (6 episodes, 1983-1985)
Yukiko Tokunaga .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gus Hornsby .... story editor (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Ted Bergmann .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Chip Keyes .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Doug Keyes .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Booker Bradshaw .... story editor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Chet Dowling .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sandy Krinski .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
J. Stanford Parker .... story editor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sy Rosen .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Meredith Siler .... assistant to producers / production coordinator (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Peggy Geary .... production associate (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dick Woodka .... technical director (3 episodes, 1982-1985)
Vince Mack .... technical director (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Ed Jurist .... executive script consultant (3 episodes, 1983)
Larry Rhine .... executive script consultant (3 episodes, 1983)
Gwen McCracken .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Sgueglia .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Peter Barth .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Cindy Brisker .... production associate (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Len Uslaner .... technical director (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Elvin Ivory .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1984)
Franklin Jones .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1985)
Bill Koshoway .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1985)
Kate McCallum .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1985)
Wendy Murphey .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1985)
Adam Waynert .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1985)
 

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30 min (137 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
'Helen Hunt' auditioned for the role of Katie Kanisky.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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Stunning tribune to Nell Carter, 28 January 2003
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Gimme A Break" was one of those shows that always had something going for itself and for one this was out of a pick of standard 80's family shows that hit a home run and so much more with the prime essential element of actress Nell Carter,who was also a accomplish Broadway singer/dancer who won a Tony award for her work in "Ain't Misbehavin" in 1978. The show "Gimme A Break" was based on a cop who moved his family from New York to California after his wife Margaret passed away and also became the chief of police in a small fictional California town who in turn had this housekeeper named Nell who was no only in charge of the household,but also was in charge of his three daughters too in which Nell was not only the mother to them,but she had some tough love around that too. For the six seasons that in ran on NBC-TV(1981-1987) in the eighties,this was one of those shows that was constantly in the top ten ratings during its run on the Peacock network. Though the sitcom was hardly groundbreaking for its time,the series earned Nell Carter two Emmy nominations for her work and in turn gave her an opportunity to sing and dance in some of the episodes occasionally.

The show itself was a launching pad for three young performers who would go on to be stars: Joey Lawrence,Matthew Lawrence(both of whom landed key roles on other TV sitcom series and also have recording careers),along with actress Telma Hopkins(of Tony Orlando and Dawn,and later on with Family Matters,and Half and Half),and in its final season Rosie O'Donnell(before she would break out in daytime television). The series was produced by Alan Landsburg(who was also crank out other sitcoms like Kate & Allie,and In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy). However,when the show went off the air in 1987,she returned to do several other series and also was a spokeswoman for Liberty Medical Insurance Company(who in turn spoke out about the effects of diabetes since she was a diabetic herself). However,Nell Carter is no longer with us(she passed away on January 23,2002 at the age of 54)but her presence with that series will always remained in our hearts since she was a entertainment legend. She will be truly missed.

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