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Release Date:
8 October 1988 (USA) See more »
"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston... See more »
Won Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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The TV-series: theme song said it all: ("Life Goes On"). See more (13 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 101)

Richard Mulligan ... Dr. Harry Weston (170 episodes, 1988-1995)

Dinah Manoff ... Carol Weston (170 episodes, 1988-1995)

David Leisure ... Charley Dietz (170 episodes, 1988-1995)

Park Overall ... Laverne Todd (170 episodes, 1988-1995)

Kristy McNichol ... Barbara Weston (100 episodes, 1988-1995)

Series Directed by
Steve Zuckerman (127 episodes, 1989-1995)
Hal Cooper (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
Doug Smart (11 episodes, 1990-1995)
Dinah Manoff (7 episodes, 1992-1995)
Series Writing credits
Susan Harris (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
Pat Dougherty (15 episodes, 1989-1993)
Steven Sullivan (14 episodes, 1992-1995)
Ursula Ziegler (14 episodes, 1992-1995)
Arnie Kogen (13 episodes, 1988-1993)
Rob LaZebnik (13 episodes, 1988-1993)
Peter Gallay (12 episodes, 1991-1995)
Susan Beavers (11 episodes, 1988-1993)
David Sacks (9 episodes, 1988-1991)
Harold Kimmel (9 episodes, 1989-1993)
Paul B. Price (9 episodes, 1991-1995)
Gary Jacobs (8 episodes, 1988-1991)
David Tyron King (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Dennis Snee (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
Roger Garrett (7 episodes, 1990-1993)
David Richardson (7 episodes, 1991-1993)
Regina Stewart (4 episodes, 1991-1995)
Bob Tischler (4 episodes, 1993-1995)
Andrew Guerdat (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Rick Newberger (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
Sydney A. Blake (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Bill Braunstein (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lawrence J. Cohen (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Fred Freeman (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dinah Manoff (2 episodes, 1992-1995)
Wendy Braff (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Vince Cheung (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ben Montanio (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Series Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
Tony Thomas .... executive producer (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
Gary Jacobs .... executive producer (69 episodes, 1988-1991)
Joanne Diaz-Koegl .... associate producer (52 episodes, 1992-1994)
Peter Gallay .... supervising producer (52 episodes, 1992-1994)
Dennis Snee .... co-producer / producer (50 episodes, 1993-1995)
Bob Tischler .... supervising producer / executive producer (50 episodes, 1993-1995)
Gil Junger .... producer / co-producer (49 episodes, 1988-1993)
Arnie Kogen .... executive producer / supervising producer (48 episodes, 1988-1993)
Pat Dougherty .... supervising producer (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Roger Garrett .... co-executive producer (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rob LaZebnik .... executive producer (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Richardson .... supervising producer (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Nina Feinberg .... co-executive producer (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Rick Newberger .... supervising producer (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Regina Stewart .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Steven Sullivan .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Ursula Ziegler .... co-producer (26 episodes, 1993-1994)
Susan Beavers .... co-producer / producer (22 episodes, 1988-1989)
David Tyron King .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Hal Cooper .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rod Parker .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1988-1989)

Vince Cheung .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Susan Harris .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Ben Montanio .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Paolo Poeti .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton (1 episode, 1988)
Series Film Editing by
Art Kellner (26 episodes, 1992-1993)

Brent Carpenter (unknown episodes)
Harold McKenzie (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Ellen Meyer (1 episode, 1988)
Sally Stiner (1 episode, 1988)

Vicki Beck (unknown episodes)
Camille H. Patton (unknown episodes)
Julie Pernworth (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Series Makeup Department
Joyce Conroy .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Art Harding .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1988-1991)

Barbara Fonte-Kunkel .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
George Englund Jr. .... post production executive (112 episodes, 1991-1995)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Skip Collector .... associate director (1 episode, 1988)
Doug Smart .... associate director (1 episode, 1988)
Series Art Department
Bob Church .... property master (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Paul Wadian .... head carpenter (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Series Sound Department
John Hart .... sound (100 episodes, 1991-1995)
Nick Carbone .... sound utility (76 episodes, 1992-1995)

Craig Porter .... sound re-recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John O'Brien .... video controller (119 episodes, 1988-1993)

Dave Heckman .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Chester Jackson .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Stephen A. Jones .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Andy Kassan .... lighting designer (unknown episodes)
Ritch Kenney .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ron Ruby .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Crosby .... set costumer (64 episodes, 1993-1995)
Patricia McLaughlin .... set costumer (50 episodes, 1993-1995)
Julie Rhine .... costume supervisor / costumer (46 episodes, 1988-1992)
Monique Long .... costumer (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Eric Van Wagoner .... set costumer (13 episodes, 1988-1989)

Terry Anderson .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Nancy Butts Martin .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Elaine Down .... set costume (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Todd Morris .... assistant editor (24 episodes, 1994-1995)

George Englund .... post-production executive (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
John Bettis .... lyricist: theme music (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
George Aliceson Tipton .... composer: theme music (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
Billy Vera .... singer: theme music (170 episodes, 1988-1995)
John Bettes .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1991)

Nick South .... music coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Jeff Sparks .... transportation (50 episodes, 1991-1993)
Series Other crew
Paul Durant .... production assistant (38 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bill Braunstein .... story editor (24 episodes, 1990-1991)
Janel Cunneen .... production assistant (24 episodes, 1991-1992)

David Krovitz .... assistant to writer (unknown episodes, 1995)
David Amico .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Jack Amiel .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Michael Begler .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Wendy Braff .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Doug Dessero .... video (unknown episodes)
Catherine Dunne .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Glabman .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jim Horky .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Nikki Kessler .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Lance Lyon .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Dinah Manoff .... teleplay (unknown episodes)
Sean Mulcahy .... associate director (unknown episodes)
David Rosenberg .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Matthew Singer .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Doug Smart .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Ken Tamburri .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Danny White .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Kate Wright .... production associate (unknown episodes)
Kent Zbornak .... dga stage manager (unknown episodes)

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30 min (170 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Aired in a programming block with sister shows "The Golden Girls" (1985) and "Nurses" (1991). All three shows were created by Susan Harris and took place in Miami, Florida. On several occasions the shows featured interwoven story lines (such as a hurricane), in which characters from all three shows would interact.See more »
Dr. Harry Weston:Laverne, I've just told a ten-year-old boy that he's become a woman!
Laverne Higby Todd Kane:Then he'll probably be wanting a second opinion
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The TV-series: theme song said it all: ("Life Goes On")., 30 December 2000
Author: Brian-272 from Oakwood, Virginia USA

I am sad as I'm sure many others are to learn of the death of Richard Mulligan (1932-2000), he died this past year of cancer at 67. When I read the news I felt somber then I remembered the good times the "Empty Nest" days and I type this comment as a tribute to him. "Empty Nest" was one of the few TV-series: in my lifetime that I watched together with my family and received enjoyment. A Saturday night tradition. Having struck ratings gold with the Miami-based "Miami Vice" and "The, Golden Girls", NBC scored again with this sunny sitcom based in the Sunshine City. Like "The, Golden Girls", it featured a star of the 70's Richard Mulligan as a generous and heartwarming worrywart Dr. Harry Weston, and his only family consisted of two grown daughters Carol Weston (Dinah Manoff) and Barbara Weston (Kristy McNichol). Rounding the cast out were Harry's hick hillbilly southern nurse LaVerne (Park Overall) and a nerd and inept neighbor Charley (David Leisure) who supposedly worked on a cruise ship but would always splash and deadbeat into the Weston's kitchen. "Empty Nest" was a great comedy I know I got annoyed from time to time by putting up with the neurotic Carol and sarcastic LaVerne. Put those minor problems aside Richard Mulligan made this show a hit with his wit and comedic ability at the same time being the generous and serious Dr. Harry Weston. I know people think that producers just go to some little town and find a dippy person, but acting takes great skill and Richard Mulligan proved that on "Empty Nest". I also wish that this show like it's Miami counterpart "The, Golden Girls" would receive Lifetime airings as well it sure deserves it. The theme song of "Empty Nest" describes it all not just for the show but everyday life as well no matter what mysteries, problems, or things we find in life we will get the answer no matter how hard remember "Life Goes On". Finally I know we will all miss Richard Mulligan and his many talents we must remember no matter how much sadness we can find the answers and "Life Goes On".

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