16 September 1983
Newlyweds George and Katherine Papadopolis return from their honeymoon to find themselves the guardians of seven-year-old Webster Long, orphaned son of one of George's old football teammates.
23 September 1983
Because his real birthday is July 15, Webster lies about the day of his birthday so that he can have a party at school. Katherine and George are unaware of this until Katherine finds his vaccination records which reveal the truth.
30 September 1983
Webster tries out for a community league football team. After the coach finds out who his father and guardian are, he makes the team.
7 October 1983
While Katherine struggles to find common interests with Webster, his friend Melanie Easton runs away from home-by staying under Webster's bed-because she is jealous of the attention her new baby sister gets from her mother.
21 October 1983
When Katherine and George go to a banquet in fancy clothes, Webster believes they won't come back. He tells Jerry, his babysitter, that his parents were dressed that way the night they left and didn't come back. When Katherine and George do come back, they learn that no one on the football team told him his parents died, and he didn't go to their funeral. So they must explain to Webster that his parents are not just "away."
28 October 1983
When Molly, who was once Webster's favorite babysitter, comes to Chicago to ask George to help her get into sportscasting, Katherine is jealous when she finds that Molly, whom George described as being overweight and unattractive, is now pretty and shapely.
4 November 1983
When Webster sees Katherine and George fighting, he tries to arrange a "real" wedding for them to get them to stop fighting.
Season 1, Episode 8: Travis11 November 1983
Katherine's former school friend Ellen, a sociologist who is black, says she doesn't think Webster should be raised by white parents. George refuses to believe this, and when they try to ask Webster how he feels, they have trouble being straightforward about it.
18 November 1983
Webster auditions for the school talent show but doesn't get in. He only tells his friend Maxine that it's because he got stage fright right before he was about to begin and totally froze up. Meanwhile, George brings home Ben Vereen, who went to school with Webster's mother and is in town for a telethon benefiting homeless children. George arranges for Webster to appear in the telethon with Ben without knowing why he blew the talent show audition.
25 November 1983
Because of budget cuts, Katherine volunteers as the art teacher at the school. When her rambling and erratic teaching style makes the other kids dislike her, Webster has to find a way to make her look good. He finds the answers to the test that Katherine has prepared in her desk drawer and copies them.
2 December 1983
When Katherine can't find a sitter for Webster, he spends the night with George and his poker buddies at the Trocadero. When they arrives home, Webster realizes he has forgotten his teddy bear; he thinks it's at the diner, but George admits he left it in the cab on the way home. Katherine and George present Webster with a challenge: to see if he can sleep for one night without his teddy bear.
16 December 1983
Webster's new friends are a group of nine year old boys who hate liver, spinach, and girls and love playing practical jokes on people. Unfortunately, their misbehavior doesn't stop there; at the Trocadero they take the money from Harry's table. Maurice tells George and Katherine what happened, but Webster refuses to tell who did it because he doesn't want to be labeled a tattletale.
23 December 1983
In order to investigate a sexual harassment accusation against the host of the TV game show "Don't Jump," Katherine goes on the show as a contestant with George and Webster in tow. While the accusation proves to be false, Katherine is overcome by the excitement of the game play, while George feels bad about not getting to answer any questions.
6 January 1984
George is called to Detroit to comment on "Monday Night Football" and plans to take Webster with him. In the meantime, George refuses to get surgery for his knee pain, and when Webster hears him say that "pain is my co-pilot," he doesn't want to miss the trip to Detroit for his illness, which turns out to be tonsillitis, because he believes dealing with injury is a sign of weakness. When he is taken to the hospital, he runs away.
Season 1, Episode 15: Maybe Baby13 January 1984
Webster wants a baby brother or sister so he enlists the aid of a playmate to make a baby.
Season 1, Episode 16: Missing20 January 1984
George comes home early from a trip and finds Katherine home; she moved the half-day she takes to be with Webster up a day and trades it with George. When Webster gets out of school, he is supposed to be picked up by Trudy, who was supposed to pick him up the day George got back; she wasn't told that he got back. Harry, from the Trocadero, passes by Webster's school, and when no one at home answers the phone, he takes him home.
27 January 1984
With pressure building on Webster due to tests in math, spelling, and karate, he starts wetting the bed. When Katherine and George go into his room to find the missing sheets, he considers this a breach of trust.
3 February 1984
George doesn't get to go to Sarajevo to cover the Winter Olympics, but when Webster learns that champion ice skater Jo Jo Starbuck is helping with the Special Olympics in Chicago, George agrees to cover that. Meanwhile, Webster is excited about getting to meet one of the athletes, a boy named Darryl. What he doesn't realize is that the Darryl is mentally handicapped until his friends tell him that. They also tell him that they won't continue to be his friends if he is friends with Darryl.
24 February 1984
George mysteriously refuses to give his blessing to a reunion between Webster and his Uncle Phillip.
2 March 1984
A worried Webster feels responsible for Jerry's decision to quit his job as Katherine's assistant and open his own gym.
Season 1, Episode 21: Dreamland9 March 1984
Webster's fear that his classmates will laugh at his composition of his crush on his teacher.
4 May 1984
Webster is delighted when George, Katherine and his Uncle Phillip all want to adopt him, but he's torn when he learns they can't all live together.
21 September 1984
When the custody suit goes to court, George and Katherine find that the judge is a childhood friend of Uncle Phillip's. When Phillip asks them if he can take care of Webster for the weekend, they agree. Webster's remark that his uncle is "not his everyday family" prompts Phillip to change his plans regarding their weekend together.
28 September 1984
Philip takes Webster to Atlanta to see where his father and uncle grew up, but the police bring them back to Chicago, where an agreement that decides Webster's fate is reached.
12 October 1984
Webster helps an old man do his magic tricks again.
19 October 1984
Webster misinterprets George and Katherine's explanation of the intimate moment he witnessed, then Webster and his girl friend get caught about to play together in their birthday suits.
Season 2, Episode 5: Burn-Out26 October 1984
After the family safely escapes a fire in their apartment, Web rushes back in to save some cherished mementos.
Season 2, Episode 6: Moving On2 November 1984
Katherine and Web won't be talked out of renting an old Victorian house with hidden passageways and secrets.
9 November 1984
After ten years of inactivity, George gets a change to practice his favorite sport again.
16 November 1984
Webster meets his new grandparents when George's father and Katherine's mother visit for Thanksgiving, but the reunion between Katherine and her mother is not a happy one.
23 November 1984
Webster's faith is shaken by a pastor's remark that God took his parents away.
30 November 1984
Webster is promoted to a class for gifted students, but he gets a failing grade when he lists the first US President as the one who first served under the Constitutional Congress, and not George Washington.
7 December 1984
George takes Webster to one of his broadcasts; while on the air he reveals a secret about Katherine that no one else, not even George, knew about.
14 December 1984
When Web's favorite diner is targeted as a parking lot, Katherine tries to have it declared as a landmark.
4 January 1985
Uncle Philip buys Webster a dog without asking George and Katherine.
Season 2, Episode 14: Runaway11 January 1985
The Parkers' estranged daughter, Maggie, and her son, return to try and reconcile.
18 January 1985
Papa Papadopolis decides to move back to the US for good, but his spirits are crushed when he has trouble finding work.
25 January 1985
Web overhears a substitute teacher's improper advances toward a student and worries about his own upcoming meeting.
1 February 1985
Webster writes a letter to Diahann Carroll, who is in town taping a TV special, hoping to get her to perform for his school benefit. Two of his friends decide to write a fake response.
8 February 1985
Katherine finds out she is pregnant.
15 February 1985
In spite of her doubts, Katherine decides to go through with the pregnancy, but she suffers a miscarriage.
22 February 1985
Webster throws something on the table away without realizing it was actually a sculpture.
15 March 1985
While George and Bill argue over a board game, Webster gets into a fight with his best friend.
22 March 1985
When Katherine starts taking classes and becomes enthused with her professor, she starts spending less and less time at home, making George jealous and Webster concerned.
29 March 1985
George threatens to move out when Bill goes too far in teasing him after a fall caused when he left a large tool on the stairs. When Katherine and Cassie start to argue after discussing the situation-and after Cassie's Wandering Jew dies from not being watered-Jerry is forced to intervene to resolve the feud between the Parkers and the Papadopolises.
5 April 1985
After being denied entry onto an amusement park ride for being under 42 inches, Webster becomes depressed about his height and worries that he will never grow taller.
24 February 1987
During a massive snowstorm, Webster gets trapped in a secret passage in the house.
25 February 1985
As they are still reminiscing from past shows, they realize that they haven't seen Webster around the house and they start to get worried, not knowing that he is still in the secret room.
20 September 1985
The family visits the Tumbleweed Ranch in Lizard Flats, Arizona, where George once went as a child. While George is disappointed at the modernization, he is happy to see that Dusty, the old cowboy who was there in the old days, is still around. After Webster hears Dusty's campfire retelling of an Indian legend about a white horse named Moonhunter, he sees a white horse that he thinks is the same one from the legend. Webster wants to catch it, offering the wranglers co-ownership in return. However, Jack, the head wrangler, has other plans.
20 September 1985
After the wranglers catch Moonhunter, Webster is upset to see what they have to do to domesticate him. Meanwhile, George meets a realtor and wants to fulfill his dream of owning a ranch.
27 September 1985
Webster's class has to do a report on what it's like to be married and raise a child; he has been assigned an arrogant girl named Annette as his "wife," while their "baby" is an egg named Chester who meets with a tragic fate at the breakfast table.
4 October 1985
Webster's new friend Rob is quite a bit taller than he is; eventually Rob comes to believe that's the only reason he wants them to be friends.
Season 3, Episode 5: Alien11 October 1985
While George prepares for an IRS audit, Webster becomes convinced that he is from Jupiter after reading an article in a tabloid newspaper that Rob shows him.
18 October 1985
Webster has been getting home late and not calling; George decides to ground him, but Katherine, who is now majoring in psychology, comes up with a more novel idea: that Webster act as the parent to her and George to see what it's like from their perspective.
Season 3, Episode 7: Good Grief25 October 1985
When Katherine's mother dies of a sudden stroke, she becomes withdrawn from the world. She won't go to her classes or go out with friends or family, and she refuses to go to Webster's party even though she promised him that she would.
1 November 1985
Webster has a dream to make a free throw from a regulation basketball court, like his favorite basketball player, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks. When George takes Webster and Katherine to New York, Katherine's former sorority sister gets mid-court tickets to the Knicks-Celtics game for Webster and George as well as opera tickets for the two of them. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned.
8 November 1985
Webster travels to Hollywood to see Uncle Philip, who has been signed to do a movie musical called "Rockin' Feet." He also has a surprise for Webster: he's dating a woman named Sherette. When they visit the Paramount lot, Webster sees Sherette make her move toward the film's producer.
15 November 1985
While at first Philip doesn't believe Webster when he tells the truth about Sherette, he eventually figures it out when his part in "Rockin' Feet" is rewritten for a woman - and that woman is her. Back in Chicago, Katherine and George's attempt at a second honeymoon is spoiled when a blizzard knocks out the power and the heat.
22 November 1985
Webster is upset when his friends tease him about having a babysitter, so he persuades Katherine to let him stay home alone for an hour. When he gloats about this to his friends, two older boys who hear this take the opportunity to rob his house. Meanwhile, Bill hires his nephew Skippy to represent him in a lawsuit over a car accident.
Season 3, Episode 12: Chained29 November 1985
When Webster throws out a chain letter that promised bad luck if he doesn't send it to 25 people, bad things start to happen. He gets a D in math, Katherine's beaded bracelet breaks, and Papa is hospitalized because of what he says is "bad luck." This makes Webster think the chain letter was right, but Katherine and George must find a way to convince him that it's just a series of coincidences.
6 December 1985
As the Parkers' 25th wedding anniversary approaches, Webster shows Katherine a picture he took of Bill's car at a hotel. She tries to confront Bill with this, but the clumsy way she does this makes Bill think she's interested in him. Bill tells this to Cassie, who refuses to believe it, but when George hears about it and goes to talk to Cassie, Webster, who doesn't understand what they're misunderstanding, tries to explain it to Katherine who draws an equally wrong conclusion.
13 December 1985
Katherine gets a homemade dress as a present from Webster: an unflattering lime green one that says "I Love Paris" and has a large, battery-powered, lighted Eiffel Tower embedded on it. She can't admit to Webster that she doesn't like the dress, and he wants her to wear it for a special occasion. Cassie tells her to wear it as she goes out the door and then change at the neighbors' house while Webster isn't looking. The day she chooses to wear the dress is the day she participates in an experiment where she and other students will be observing four children's interaction with toys - those four children are Webster and three of his classmates.
10 January 1986
Katherine's Aunt Charlotte drops in for a surprise visit; when Papa comes to play cards and refuses to take George's car, he meets Charlotte and they become smitten with each other.
17 January 1986
Webster fantasizes about winning the lottery.
24 January 1986
George is upset that a younger pro football player has been signed to do the morning sports report. Webster suggests that he cover his hockey team's charity game as a human interest story. The station agrees, and George's report goes over so well that he starts to get more children's sports stories, which distresses him. Webster is upset when he overhears him saying so, but his spirits pick up when he and Rob audition for the job of covering kids' sports at the station.
31 January 1986
Rob spends the night with Webster after he and his mother have dinner at his house. The next morning, his Dad comes to pick him up in his two-seat convertible. Webster doesn't see anything wrong until George and Katherine explain to him that Rob's parents are divorced and have been fighting over custody; they believe his father may have tried to kidnap him.
7 February 1986
Ever since his sister was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years ago, Jerry has volunteered as a hospital clown for children with leukemia, and he invites the family to join him. George refuses to go because he saw too many dying children during his football career and can no longer handle it, but Katherine and Webster go with him. At the hospital, Webster befriends Mark, a boy from Wisconsin who is in remission from leukemia, and invites him to stay the night. At the house, he gets more activity and fun than his overprotective mother allows him to have.
14 February 1986
Webster's outlook on Valentine's Day brightens when a cute new girl joins his class.
21 February 1986
Webster visits "Uncle" Jake Tyler, a collage classmate of George and Travis. Jake is a country music singer who, after his son died and his wife divorced him, has chosen a new career path: taking care of foster children. When one of their mothers comes back to pick him up, he has trouble letting go.
7 March 1986
Since George and Katherine won't let Webster have a BB gun until he proves he's responsible, he sneaks a shooting lesson from a friend and kills a bird.
14 March 1986
Katherine and George arrange a dream wedding for Katherine's Aunt Charlotte, but Webster senses distress in the bride-to-be.
Season 3, Episode 24: Gotcha28 March 1986
Katherine frustrated by her inability to surprise George on his birthday, decides to make him suffer for his curiosity.
2 May 1986
Webster keeps losing library books, including the one on which he has to write a book report. Meanwhile, Katherine has to give a speech, but she comes down with laryngitis the day before it is due.
4 June 1987
When the new maid Maria shows up very pregnant, Katherine and Webster help with the chores, and George helps with the delivery.
24 January 1988
Katherine brings patients to the house for therapy on a night when George & Webster have settled in to watch a big game.
30 March 1987
Papa is staying home with Webster while George and Katherine are in the Bahamas. Webster complains that he doesn't get to go with him, but Papa reminds him of all the places that he's been, as seen in past clips.
31 March 1987
Jerry comes by to tell Webster and Papa that a hurricane in the Bahamas has put Katherine and George's lives in jeopardy.
Season 4, Episode 1: McGruff20 August 1986
When Katherine discovers that a bully is extorting lunch money from Webster and his classmates, she enlists the crime-prevention dog McGruff to talk to the class.
26 September 1986
George and Katherine, who bought Bill & Cassie's house, have a three-ring circus with the clown they found to rent the downstairs apartment.
Season 4, Episode 3: The Derby3 October 1986
George is so obsessed with Webster winning a derby that he builds the car without him, hurting his feelings since Webster wanted to build the car together.
17 October 1986
George secures a $10,000 pledge for Katherine to run in a 10K charity race, but when she's injured, Webster decides to run for her.
24 October 1986
The family thinks Papa has a vision problem, but the truth is that Papa never learned to read.
31 October 1986
7 November 1986
Web's school, Franklin Cooper Elementary, is about to be renamed for his late father, until Cooper's nephew (Ron Reagan) steps forward to preserve the name of his uncle.
14 November 1986
Webster is disillusioned when his TV hero Jed Hammond comes to Chicago and makes a pass at Katherine.
Season 4, Episode 9: Play Ball21 November 1986
5 December 1986
George and Katherine are delighted when Webster makes a new friend and extends an invitation for a sleepover until they discover that Tony is a girl.
12 December 1986
With the holidays approaching, George is elated after being chosen to play Santa in the Chicago Downtown Christmas Parade. However, when the parade is able to land a much bigger celebrity, Webster and Karen must break the news to George.
Season 4, Episode 12: Secrets9 January 1987
16 January 1987
Webster and George think that Katherine has bought wrestling tickets as Web's surprise, but they turn out to be opera tickets.
23 January 1987
Webster's crafts instructor (Kenneth Tigar) takes credit for Web's winning picture in a photo contest.
30 January 1987
Web's article in the school paper exposes the personal problems of a teacher Katherine is counseling.
6 February 1987
When Papa is working as a janitor, Webster's friends make fun of him.
13 February 1987
Season 4, Episode 18: Our Song20 February 1987
27 February 1987
6 March 1987
Webster holds a costume party at home, but when he refuses to play a kissing game with his friend Jamie, the other children leave.
20 March 1987
27 March 1987
8 May 1987
Webster tries to buy friendship to fit in with the two coolest kids in his school, Joey and David. George finds out he's supposed to speak at a ceremony for Gloria Steinem.
21 September 1987
28 September 1987
Webster and George search for Henry (Weaver), who disappeared after getting stage fright.
5 October 1987
12 October 1987
Webster helps his cousin Nicky, who's afraid to tell his family that he doesn't want to move to Nigeria with them.
Season 5, Episode 5: Grab Bag19 October 1987
Katherine and Webster devise their own schemes for avenging the theft of Katherine's purse.
26 October 1987
An enthusiastic George takes the family on a fishing trip, but all Webster can think about is the fun he could be having with his buddies.
Season 5, Episode 7: The Strike2 November 1987
The unconventional methods of Webster's teacher earn him an A from the students and a pink slip from an outraged PTA.
9 November 1987
After learning that his buddies from school have died, George quits his job and resolves to live life to the hilt.
16 November 1987
Webster and Nicky's excitement over a fund-raiser they organized fizzles when the proceeds are stolen.
30 November 1987
A weekend at Wisconsin Dells with parents of Webster's best friend reveals more than Katherine and George want to see, they are nudists.
7 December 1987
14 December 1987
4 January 1988
Webster is delighted when the Four Tops take time off to visit him, but their sudden breakup sends him into a spin.
11 January 1988
When Webster decides to join the school's community service club, he finds that all of its members are nerds. But after giving back to a community of retirees, Webster discovers that nerds are people too.
18 January 1988
25 January 1988
Jerry wears out his welcome by staying to recuperate from an injury.
Season 5, Episode 17: The Cruise1 February 1988
George and Katherine recall how they met on a two-week Greek cruise, fell in love, and got married before it was over.
8 February 1988
Season 5, Episode 19: Homecoming15 February 1988
George learns that Nicky's school's football team is recruiting players from outside the district.
22 February 1988
Webster and Nicky discover that an up-and-coming basketball star is abusing cocaine.
14 March 1988
21 March 1988
28 March 1988
Webster and his friends want to see a violent movie that one reviewer described as "more violent than The Three Stooges at a hardware store." Katherine, George, and the other parents object until they see it first.
4 April 1988
George and Katherine buy a hot tub that leaks so badly that it destroys the second floor bathroom.
11 April 1988
9 September 1988
16 September 1988
At an art gallery, George glimpses at a truly shocking work of art: a nude portrait of Katherine in her younger days.
23 September 1988
30 September 1988
Papa finds a cure for the blues, he starts dating the local belly dancing instructor
7 October 1988
Season 6, Episode 6: Sale Away14 October 1988
Season 6, Episode 7: The Crush21 October 1988
28 October 1988
4 November 1988
Aunt Charlotte surprises Papa and Webster by announcing her intention to adopt.
Season 6, Episode 10: Heaven11 November 1988
Webster's sorrow over the death of his pet increases when he's told animals don't go to heaven.
18 November 1988
25 November 1988
2 December 1988
When Katherine's rich uncle falls in love with the leading lady of a theatrical performance, Webster and Katherine's debuts are in danger.
9 December 1988
16 December 1988
6 January 1989
13 January 1989
Katherine's so insistent on getting Webster tickets to a sold-out Jets game that she soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law.
20 January 1989
27 January 1989
Webster gets a brand new bike, but ends up getting a ticket from a cop.
3 February 1989
When Frieda gets sick and can't make it to the science fair, Webster has to come to the rescue.
10 February 1989
Webster inadvertently books a gospel group instead of a rock band for a school party.
17 February 1989
24 February 1989
3 March 1989
Season 6, Episode 25: Webtrek10 March 1989
Webster dreams himself aboard the Starship Enterprise, where he explains the concept of feelings to Lt. Worf, as demonstrated in clips from the series' six seasons.
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