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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
12 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A TV-series about the life of the Thachers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming)... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Despite its flaws, one of the best family shows ever See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 93)

Bill Smitrovich ... Andrew 'Drew' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Patti LuPone ... Libby Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Chris Burke ... Charles 'Corky' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)

Kellie Martin ... Rebecca 'Becca' Thacher (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Tracey Needham ... Paige Thacher (40 episodes, 1990-1993)

Chad Lowe ... Jesse McKenna (35 episodes, 1991-1993)
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Series Directed by
Michael Lange (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kim Friedman (13 episodes, 1989-1992)
Rick Rosenthal (10 episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael Nankin (8 episodes, 1990-1993)
Larry Shaw (7 episodes, 1990-1992)
Jerry Jameson (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Gene Reynolds (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Braverman (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Georg Fenady (2 episodes, 1989-1992)
Mel Damski (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Nankin (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Charles Pratt Jr. (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Star Frohman (4 episodes, 1989-1991)

Michael Braverman (unknown episodes)
Toni Graphia (unknown episodes)
Joe Shulkin (unknown episodes)
Thania St. John (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Nankin .... producer / supervising producer / ... (61 episodes, 1990-1993)
Bruce Ettinger .... co-producer (38 episodes, 1991-1993)

Rick Rosenthal .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael Braverman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
William Cairncross .... producer (unknown episodes)
Lorenzo DeStefano .... producer (unknown episodes)
R.W. Goodwin .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Thania St. John .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
William Olvis (31 episodes, 1991-1992)

Craig Safan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Joe Pennella (82 episodes, 1989-1993)

Irv Goodnoff (unknown episodes)
Bruce M. Pasternack (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jeanene Ambler (1 episode, 1989)
Barbara Pokras (1 episode, 1992)

Lorenzo DeStefano (unknown episodes)
Mallory Gottlieb (unknown episodes)
John Loeffler (unknown episodes)
Jim Stewart (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Deedee Bradley (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gregory A. Weimerskirch (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Carl Bailey .... head hair stylist (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kimberly Felix .... key makeup artist (21 episodes, 1989-1990)

Teresa M. Austin .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Vera Yurtchuk .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Jerram A. Swartz .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1989)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... first assistant director / second assistant director (10 episodes, 1989-1990)

Mark Bashaar .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Dinah LeHoven .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Louis Race .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Jimmie Herron Jr. .... property master (11 episodes, 1990)

Dervon 'Von' Herron .... assistant property master (unknown episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Sound Department
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (61 episodes, 1990-1993)
Daniel P. Church .... boom operator (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor (17 episodes, 1992-1993)

John Speak .... sound mixer / sound supervisor (unknown episodes, 1989-1991)
Norval D. Crutcher III .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes, 1992-1993)
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Andrew Gilmore .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Jim Hilton .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Jim Stephan .... stunt double / stunt coordinator (22 episodes, 1989-1992)
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts (2 episodes, 1991)

Charlie Brewer .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Laura Dash .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jim McConnell .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Victor A. Shelehov .... best boy grip (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Malcolm Bryce .... lighting operator (5 episodes, 1991)
Adrian Licciardi .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 1989-1991)

Jim Duggan .... best boy grip (unknown episodes, 1989-1992)
Glenn Corbett .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Robert Heine .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Tom Jensen .... additional second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: props (unknown episodes)
Bruce M. Pasternack .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Sean Shinneman .... company grip (unknown episodes)
Ted Shinneman .... key grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Herrin .... set costumer (unknown episodes, 1992)
 
Series Editorial Department
Marc Wielage .... digital colorist (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

Marta Evry .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Craig Safan .... composer: end title theme (83 episodes, 1989-1993)
Doug Botnick .... scoring mixer (39 episodes, 1991-1993)
Robert Battaglia .... score mixer (22 episodes, 1989-1990)

John Beal .... composer: additional music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Suzanne Gangursky .... production coordinator (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bryce Zabel .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
R. Ruddell Weatherwax .... animal trainer (4 episodes, 1989-1992)

Kaley Hummel .... chris burke's dialog coach (unknown episodes)
Keith McNulty .... cue cards (unknown episodes)
Errol Reichow .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
60 min | 60 min (83 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of the first shows to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its social implications. In its later seasons the show depicted a relationship between Kellie Martin's character Becca Thacher and Chad Lowe's character Jesse McKenna. Becca and Jesse dated, and were often shown kissing. Jesse had HIV/AIDS and Becca, of course, did not. The show used this relationship, and the character of Jesse to address issues of bigotry and unwarranted hysteria regarding the disease. Moreover, the show helped to inform it's audience as to what the facts and myths were about HIV/AIDS (for example: the various ways one could or could not contract HIV/AIDS) and urged people to practice safe sex, avoid drug use involving needles, and to get tested.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Harlem Aria (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Despite its flaws, one of the best family shows ever, 26 April 2010
Author: JanieJane96 from New York

This show debuted when I was in the 6th grade, and it quickly became one of my favorite TV shows. I remember feeling bowled-over when seeing the opening credits and theme song for the first time - it was one of the funniest, most realistic portrayals of a regular family I had ever seen. The same can be said for the rest of the show. Being only a few years younger than Becca, and nerdy like her, I completely related to her trials and tribulations. At the time I didn't think the inclusion of a Down Syndrome character was that big of a deal, but looking back I realize how groundbreaking it was for a family show to portray a main character with a mental disability. I enjoyed Corky just as much as Becca.

The first three seasons were great, and it stayed on track as a unique family show that focused on Corky and his challenges going to a regular school and trying to live a regular life. However, the fourth season took a sharp turn as it focused 90% of its time on Becca's boyfriend Jesse, who had AIDS. At the time, AIDS was just starting to become a mainstream cause, though there were still many misconceptions about the disease. I'm glad the show, never afraid of being edgy, portrayed a character with AIDS, but I wish he wasn't the focus. I actually grew tired of Becca and Jesse's constant dramas every week, and wasn't surprised when the show ended. It was kind of depressing for me to see Becca's life constantly consumed by Jesse and his AIDS status, and I wish the writers let her have a bit more fun during the last days of her high school years. The final episode, which wrapped up the Becca/Jesse storyline, was particularly strange and I wish they had went full circle and focused on Corky instead.

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