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Episode List


Season 1

29 Oct. 1981
Katie the Crook
Recently widowed Police Chief Carl Kanisky returns home to find his household in a mess. His housekeeper, Nell, has vacuumed his goldfish, Gertrude, his youngest daughter, Samantha, has a black eye, his middle daughter, Julie, is kissing a boy in the kitchen, and his oldest daughter, Katie, has been picked up for shoplifting.
5 Nov. 1981
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Nell is tired of striking out on the dating scene, so the Chief sets her up with one of his officers.
12 Nov. 1981
The Second Time Around
The Chief is reunited with a woman he knew when they were both high school students - when she runs into his police car.
19 Nov. 1981
Mom's Birthday
Nell, the Chief, and the girls try to take their minds off of the fact that it today would have been the girls' mother's birthday.
26 Nov. 1981
Do or Diet
Nell and the Chief, who have both struggled with weight problems for years, try not to think about food.
3 Dec. 1981
A Man in Nell's Room
Nell quits her job and moves out of the house when she argues with the Chief over inviting her boyfriend to stay the night.
10 Dec. 1981
Your Prisoner is Dead
The Chief is caught in a stand-off at a drug store and is forced to shoot the hold-up man.
17 Dec. 1981
Julie's Rejection
Katie sponsors Julie for membership in the Silver Slippers, an exclusive club to which she belongs.
7 Jan. 1982
Julie's First Love
Julie falls in love with Arnie, a boy she meets at a video arcade.
14 Jan. 1982
Nell's Ex
Nell's ex-husband Tony, a singer who had a modest Top 40 hit in the mid-1960s, returns to audition for a gig on a TV show.
21 Jan. 1982
Katie the Cheat
The Chief hopes Katie will be the first member of the Kanisky family to go to college, but she doesn't believe she can do well on a test. She asks Julie to take the test for her.
4 Feb. 1982
The Emergency
Katie is hospitalized with what turns out to be complications from an Intra-Uterine Device.
11 Feb. 1982
Nell Goes Home
Nell goes back to Alabama when she learns her father is dying.
18 Feb. 1982
Samantha Steals a Squad Car
Samantha runs into the house after getting into a fight. Failing to get the attention of Nell and the Chief, who are fighting because Nell sat on his hat, she runs off with a squad car.
25 Feb. 1982
Grandma Fools Around
On their 55th wedding anniversary, Grandpa Kanisky discovers a shocking revelation about Grandma when he goes through their old love letters.
11 Mar. 1982
Hot Muffins
Katie's band has an opportunity for a gig in Hollywood.
18 Mar. 1982
Sam's Affair
Samantha believes that an innocent kiss from a boy has made her pregnant, but no one will clear up the situation for her.
25 Mar. 1982
The Robbery
Two burglars break into the house while the Chief and the girls are away at an award ceremony and Nell is out with a friend.
1 Apr. 1982
An Unmarried Couple
Katie's friend Valerie is pregnant, and her boyfriend Jonathan is unsure about marrying her.

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