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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Trivia

{link=tt5339440] was originally titled "All About Us" and was just about a single divorced mother raising her daughter. It was created/written by Whitney Blake and was based on her own true life experiences raising her daughter Meredith Baxter. She presented to all the networks back in the 60s but no one bought it. By the time CBS and Norman Lear optioned it she was too old; it was already 1975. Ironically; by the time One Day At a Time made it to the air, in the 1975-1976 season; Meredith Baxter Birney landed a role in another hit family TV show; the critically acclaimed Aaron Spelling drama "Family". 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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