Gimme a Break!: Show information


Miller, Carter, Michaelson, and J. Lawrence

First Telecast: October 29, 1981
Last Telecast:  May 12, 1987

Broadcast History:
                                       

Month/Year
Network
Day and Time
Oct 1981-Aug 1982
NBC
Thu 9:30-10:00PM
Sep 1982
NBC
Thu 9:00-9:30PM
Oct 1982-Dec 1982
NBC
Sat 9:00-9:30PM
Jan 1983-Aug 1983
NBC
Thu 9:00-9:30PM
Aug 1983-Sep 1984
NBC
Thu 8:00-8:30PM
Sep 1984-Nov 1984
NBC
Sat 8:30-9:00PM
Dec 1984-Aug 1985
NBC
Sat 9:00-9:30PM
Sep 1985-Jun 1986
NBC
Sat 8:00-8:30PM
Jun 1986-Mar 1987
NBC
Wed 9:30-10:00PM
Mar 1987-May 1987
NBC
Tue 9:00-9:30PM

Show Summary:

A rotund black housekeeper maintained order in the home of a portly white police chief in this old-fashioned comedy set in the fictional town of Glen Lawn, California.  Policeman Carl's beloved wife Margaret had died only months before, leaving him with three, winsome daughters, ranging in age from cute grade-schooler to troublesome teen.  Wisecracks and fat jokes abounded, but there was a lot of love as Nell tried to be friend and surrogate mother to the clan.  Officer Simpson was a dopey police officer who was frequently seen, and Joey was a six-year-old orphan and junior-grade hustler who joined the household in the third season.

As the 1985-1986 season opened the chief had passed away (actor Dolph Sweet had died), and Nell became both mother and father to the Kanisky brood.  The man of the house was now Jonathan, who had married Julie at the end of the previous season and moved in.  By 1986, with the Kanisky girls grown and/or college-bound, Nell and her best friend Addy decided to leave Glen Lawn for New York City, with Grandpa and little Joey in tow.  There they discovered Joey's irresponsible father Tim, who turned over Joey's younger brother Matthew (played by Joey Lawrence's real-life brother) and departed, adding a second child to the shifting household.  Marty was Nell's nutty New York landlord, who also owned the restaurant El Gaspacho downstairs, where he put on a phony Spanish accent and called himself "Esteban".

Gimme a Break! was created by Mort Lachman and Sy Rosen.


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