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The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Drama | Family


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The original Nancy, actress Elayne Heilveil , declined an offer to continue in the role after the original six part miniseries was ordered to regular series. For the second season, producers Nigel and Carol Evan McKeand replaced Heilveil with Jane Actman , whose appearance and mannerisms were similar to Heilveil's. Actman completed the first filmed episode of the 1976-77 season; however, she was abruptly replaced by ABC chief Fred Silverman, who actively pursued Meredith Baxter for the part. In her autobiography Untied, Baxter stated that she was reluctant to accept the job because she had two young children at home, but Silverman convinced her with a promise that the role would be recurring, giving her enough time to perform on the series while also raising her children. According to Baxter, Silverman replaced Actman because he felt the family dynamic would be enhanced with a blonde actress as Nancy. Arguably, Baxter became best known in the 1970s for playing Nancy Lawrence , a role which earned her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress. See more »

Crazy Credits

Timmy Maitland was played by twins Michael Schackelford and David Schackelford. The end credits are listed on various episodes as either Michael David Schackelford or Michael and David Schackelford. See more »

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One of the very best TV dramas of all time
24 June 2006 | by golanbar99See all my reviews

As a young adult in the mid 1970's to early 1980's, I greatly enjoyed watching all original episodes of this TV show. This series is of the highest artistic quality and adheres to the highest standards. The screenplay pauses long enough to flesh out each of its characters in depth, allowing the viewer to feel deeply for the characters. The show makes you feel great sympathy for the daily existential struggle of ordinary people in their search for love and purpose in their lives. This series is one of those rare works of art that is intelligent, smart, insightful, and life-affirming. It is a beautiful story, an emotionally moving experience that that helps make the world a little better place. I am hoping that all original episodes of 'Family' will be issued on DVD soon --- I would very much like to watch this series all over again.

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9 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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