The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sada Thompson ...  Kate Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
James Broderick ...  Doug Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
Gary Frank ...  Willie Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
Kristy McNichol ...  Letitia 'Buddy' Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
Meredith Baxter ...  Nancy Lawrence Maitland 60 episodes, 1976-1980
Quinn Cummings ...  Annie Cooper / ... 36 episodes, 1978-1980
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The trials and tribulations, joyous occasions and heartbreaking moments of the Lawrence family: lawyer father Doug, housewife Kate, married (and quickly divorced) daughter Nancy, teenage son Willie and just-hitting-puberty daughter Buddy. In this critically acclaimed series, we watched various Lawrences fight, fall in love, become ill, graduate school, begin new jobs and, most of all, love each other. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine amerikanische Familie See more »

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Runtime:

(86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cheryl Ladd auditioned for the role of Nancy. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits lists the following title card: "A Mike Nichols Production" Nichols is not listed as an Executive Producer of the show. However, his production company, Icarus Productions, is listed in the show's end credits. See more »

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Great show...but whatever happened to...?
13 June 2005 | by astrojetSee all my reviews

Does anyone have the inside scoop on why Elayne Heilveil, the actress who played Nancy during the first six "mini series" episodes, was replaced by Meredith Baxter-Birney? Turns out it was a great move, as Meredith was far easier on the eyes and played the role beautifully, but I've always been curious. Also of note, Meredith only appeared in about every other episode...was that the producers' desire to depict her as having moved away from the family, or was it something in Meredith's contract? This show reflected my family so closely as I was about Buddy's age. The first two seasons (three, if you count the first six as a season) were fabulous. I guess you could say it jumped the shark with the addition of Quinn Cummings. I've noticed the house used for the exterior shots has appeared in several TV commercials lately.


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