This section contains interesting facts about the
show, the characters, the cast members, etc.
The show went through several name changes, it was originally called Valerie during
its' first 2 seasons (1986 and 1986-1987). When Valerie Harper was fired from the show,
it became Valerie's Family during the 1987-1988 season. Finally, it became The Hogan
Family for its' final 3 seasons.
Valerie finished tied for 24th in the ratings during its' first abbreviated season with
an 18.1 rating.
Valerie's Family finished tied for 20th during the 1987-1988 season with a 16.9
The Hogan Family finished tied for 22nd in the ratings during the 1988-1989 season
with a 16.3 rating.
The Hogan Family was filmed at Lorimar Studios in Culver City, California.
The series was produced by Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett who also brought
to us Perfect Strangers, Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters. They were previously partnered
with Edward Milkis at Paramount Studios where they produced such top-rated
series such as "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy."
Jason Bateman made his directing debut on "The Hogan Family" in 1988, giving him the
distinction of being the youngest person ever admitted to the Director's Guild - he
directed 3 episodes of the series.
Valerie Harper is married to Tony Cacciotti who was one of the executive producers
The original name for the pilot for The Hogan Family was Close to Home. It was directed by
James (Cheers, Taxi) Burrows. The day they were to film the pilot, Jeremy Licht contracted
chicken pox, and was so ill that he doesn't remember filming that evening. Besides
his illness, the pilot itself was terrible, and wasn't chosen by NBC for its Fall Lineup
(all of this according to Jeremy Licht). They were later picked up as a mid-season replacement, the name
was changed to Valerie, and they replaced Dick Clark's TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes.
They would rehearse for four days, and shot one night for a few hours for the Valerie/Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family episodes.
The February 8th, 1987 series episode "Bad Timing" is believed to be the first
sitcom episode in which the word "condom" was used.
The exterior of the house was shot somewhere in Pasadena, CA and all
the snow, rain or fire was generated.