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1 December 1986 (USA) See more »
Showgirl Kit Cavanaugh moves back to Boston when brother Chuck is widowed. Clashing with her estranged dad Francis, she focuses on her nephews, priest Chuck J., twins Kevin and John plus shy niece Mary. Uncle Pat is often around.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 9)

Barnard Hughes ... Francis 'Pop' Cavanaugh (26 episodes, 1986-1989)

Peter Michael Goetz ... Chuck Cavanaugh (26 episodes, 1986-1989)

Mary Tanner Bailey ... Mary Margaret Cavanaugh (26 episodes, 1986-1989)
John Short ... Father Chuck Cavanaugh Jr (26 episodes, 1986-1989)
Parker Jacobs ... John Cavanaugh (26 episodes, 1986-1989)

Danny Cooksey ... Kevin Cavanaugh (26 episodes, 1986-1989)

Christine Ebersole ... Kit Cavanaugh (26 episodes, 1986-1989)

Series Directed by
Andrew D. Weyman (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Pasquin (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
Matthew Diamond (3 episodes, 1988)
Jack Shea (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Series Writing credits
Robert Moloney (1 episode, 1986)
Robert Griffard (1 episode, 1987)

Series Produced by
Walter Barnett .... production executive (26 episodes, 1986-1989)
Seth Pearlman .... producer (26 episodes, 1986-1989)
Series Makeup Department
Dana Nye .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1987)

Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
Elaina P. Schulman .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Greg Gneier .... set designer (25 episodes, 1986-1989)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Faigh .... camera operator (1 episode, 1988)
Series Other crew
Mattie Caruthers .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1987)

Carol Summers .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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30 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
God Bless the Cavanaughs!, 13 October 2006
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I remember the Cavanaughs particularly Barnard Hughes and Christine Ebersole playing father and daughter. I apologize but my memory could be wrong. Anyway, they did a very good job on the show. The sitcom could have been a hit but CBS had too many other sitcoms on the air at the time. Unfortunately, I don't remember it being about stereotypes about being Irish Catholic. I'm Polish Catholic so I related to the family relationships. I was a kid when this show aired on television. It was one of the few shows that ever gave us Catholic characters at that time. Maybe they wanted Barnard Hughes to be the Catholic Archie Bunker, the show didn't last long because there were too many shows and not enough airtime. It may have succeeded in syndication if given that opportunity. It was just another good show that never really evolved on it's own.

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