A photographer's life changes when her teenage sister comes to live with her.


Stephen Fischer




2   1  
1988   1987   1986  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Pam Dawber ...  Samantha 'Sam' Russell 44 episodes, 1986-1988
Jenny O'Hara ...  Dixie Randazzo 44 episodes, 1986-1988
Joel Brooks ...  J.D. Lucas 44 episodes, 1986-1988
David Naughton ...  Jack Kincaid 44 episodes, 1986-1988
Rebecca Schaeffer ...  Patti Russell 44 episodes, 1986-1988


Comedy about a San Francisco photographer whose teenage sister comes to live with her from Oregon. Most of the action took place in the apartment where the older sister had her photography studio. Written by Laine Worrix <Worrix@crc.ricoh.com>

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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself (1987) See more »

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Good show, canceled too soon
30 November 2006 | by mdcheekSee all my reviews

This was a great series starring Pam Dawber ("Mork & Mindy") as a San Francisco photographer whose life was turned upside down when her teenage sister Patti (Rebecca Schaeffer) came to live with her. Samantha (Dawber) never really knew whether to treat Patti as a friend, sister, or child, and sometimes, she treated her as all three.

The series premiered in 1986, and after mild success on Monday nights, CBS tampered with its schedule and moved it to Saturday nights opposite NBC's successful comedy lineup. Unable to find the show, its audience dwindled to one of the lowest on network TV, and CBS canceled it in mid-1988, after only half of the second season had aired.

A little over a year later (July 1989 to be exact) Schaeffer, then a promising movie star ("Scenes from the Class Struggle In Beverly Hills") was shot and killed in her Los Angeles home by a deranged fan who had idolized her as the young, energetic character she played on "My Sister Sam." Contrary to popular belief, "My Sister Sam" left the air 15 months BEFORE Schaeffer was murdered. Not long thereafter, USA Network picked up syndication rights to the series, eventually running all 44 episodes (including those never shown on CBS).

The show's writing was crisp, sharp and witty, and the acting, especially that of the young, never-before-seen Schaeffer, was top notch. Years later, the WB sitcom "What I Like About You" (2002-2006) re-introduced the premise with some success, but did not match the promise of its earlier sitcom cousin.

It would be a joy to see this show again on DVD.

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6 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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