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 »

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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine amerikanische Familie See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The actors who portrayed the Lawrence daughters, Kristy McNichol, who portrayed younger daughter Letitia 'Buddy' Lawrence, and Meredith Baxter, who portrayed older daughter Nancy Lawrence Maitland (as Meredith Baxter Birney), both came out as lesbian relatively late in life, while both were in long term romantic relationships, and both approximately 30 years after the end of the "Family" original 1976-1980 production run (2009 in the case of Baxter, and 2012 in the case of McNichol). 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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Referenced in Circus of the Stars #2 (1977) See more »

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Bring back the hit show "Family"
10 February 2002 | by ctgal69678See all my reviews

This was a great wholesome show for all ages. Even though it took place in the 70's, the issues and problems that the family members faced are still relevant today. I have contacted TV Land about bringing it back but received no response. Are there any other stations that would be willing to show it again in syndication ?


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