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Series cast summary:
 Frank Lambert / ... (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 Carol Foster Lambert (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 Dana Foster (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 John Thomas 'J.T.' Lambert / ... (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 Karen Foster (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 Alicia 'Al' Lambert (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 Mark Foster (160 episodes, 1991-1998)
 Brendan Lambert (132 episodes, 1991-1997)
 Cody Lambert (114 episodes, 1991-1998)


Frank Lambert is a construction worker and a single father of 3 kids: J.T., Alicia "Al", and Brendan. Carol Foster, a beautician, also has 3 children: Dana, Karen, and Mark. After Frank and Carol run into each other on vacation and spontaneously get married, they and their children (who appeared to have known and hated each other) have to learn to live together and love each other. It's not easy, but they are trying to do this step by step. Written by Boris Shafir <>

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Carol and Frank just got married. Their kids just got the news.




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Not THE worst but one of the worst!
12 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not sure where to even begin but I'll try to get right down to it and point out some, if not all of the details of why this is my least favorite of one of ABC's former sitcoms during the once lived TGIF lineup. But also to finally get the opportunity to let out the frustration that I had been building up in my system for so long and to finally let it out.

First off this show is nothing short then a clicheish modern style "Brady Bunch" parody that does not (Or ever) even deliver. It's basically a sitcom (Or aleast is trying to be one) that is trying to be funny (Which is saying a lot) but to no avail. Whatever the show display something that is supposively funny it ends up being something that is not only absolutely not funny but just something that ends being nothing more than classless, distasteful and just downright obnoxious not to mention annoying. Can't possibly imagine anyone in the live audience even with only limited amount of common sense or a severely short amount of an attention span would laugh at the supposive jokes or even thought they were even funny.

Plus the show has practically in almost every episode through all seven seasons or just the entirety of the whole series in general is nothing more than an insult fest and it's nearly impossible to find let alone, watch through an episode without hearing a line that relates to insults, name-callings, berations, and put-downs that got so overly done it instantly becomes redundant, again... Going back to not mentioning it being annoying.

But the show's biggest flaw of all was it's stereotypical nature that is especially in regards to the characters. The plot of the series or what was revealed in the pilot episode is two single parents each of them with three kids of their own and when they tie the knot without any of their kids having any knowledge of it things get chaotic real fast much to the UNDISMAYED to the parents.

And here are the main cast in stereotypical order:

Frank Lambert: An assertive joe kind of guy

Carol Foster: An enabling and somewhat passive type of woman

The Foster/Lambert kids:

Diana Foster: An overachieving feminine activist of some-sort

Karen Foster: A materialistic drama queen

Mark Foster: The socially awkward nerd

J.T. Lambert: The fun loving slacker

Al Lambert: The tomboyish tough girl/bitch

Brenden Lambert: The carefree type (I think)

Lily Foster Lambert: The cute kid and the youngest

Supportive cast:

Cody Lambert: The valley dude type and the supposive "Steve Urkle" of the show

Jake Gordon: The goofballish short lived replacement for Cody

Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux: Some french guy

But they are other flaws this show consist on such as trying to explore, borrow elements and living up to the decade the show was aired in it's entirety which happens to be the 90's in the most clicheish fashion possible. Even trying so hard (Apparently to no avail) to be like other dysfunctional family style sitcoms during that time such as "The Simpsons" and "Married, with Children". And like other sitcoms the show even try to dwell on everyday issues that actually end with moral lessons but inspite of the best attentions those moral lessons are quickly forgotten within the next episode along with those same moral lessons being repeatedly established in later episodes. In other words... An episode give a moral lesson for the characters to learn from and after learning from that lesson it becomes forgotten then in later episodes that process is repeated over.

Oh, and one other thing... I should also mention that (And brace yourself for this one) live action versions of Beavis & Butthead actually show up on this show like three times in a row. Yeah, you may want to let that sink in for a moment after reading that last illustration!

Bottomline... This show is not really worth watching, taking a look at or giving it any chance whats-so-ever is out of the question. It's not only a show that's nothing but a full on insult fest but also a full annoyance that would instantly insult the intelligence of even the most average of viewers.

So there you have it... Take it for what it is!!!

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