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The Hogan Family

First Telecast:  March 1, 1986
Last Telecast:  July 20, 1991
Total number of episodes:  110

Broadcast History:
 

Month/Year
Network
Day/Time
Mar 1986
NBC
Sat 8:30-9:00PM
Mar 1986-Jun 1986
NBC
Mon 8:30-9:00PM
Jun 1986-Sep 1986
NBC
Mon 8:00-8:30PM
Sep 1986-Nov 1986
NBC
Sun 8:30-9:00PM
Nov 1986-Jan 1987
NBC
Sun 8:00-8:30PM
Jan 1987-Mar 1987
NBC
Sun 8:30-9:00PM
Mar 1987-Jun 1990
NBC
Mon 8:30-9:00PM
Sep 1990-Dec 1990
CBS
Sat 8:30-9:00PM
Jul 1991
CBS
Wed 8:00-8:30PM
Jul 1991
CBS
Sat 8:00-9:00PM

Show Summary:

Uproar on and off the screen marked this family sitcom, originally called Valerie.  The premise was straightforward enough--take one harried mom (Valerie), juggling part-time career and full-time responsibility for running a household due to the frequent absence of her husband (Michael), an international airline pilot; add one rambunctious teenager (David) and two super-cute fraternal twins (Willie and Mark).  All that was missing was a dog, or a feisty maid.

Valerie did have a career of sorts, first as the manager of an auction house and later as a graphic artist.  However, most of the action took place in her suburban Oak Park, Illinois, home (near Chicago), where girl-hungry David (the "man of the house"), fun-loving Willie, and brainy Mark could always be counted on to stir things up.  Barbara was Valerie's understanding friend, and Mrs. Poole the busybody neighbor.

In the fall of 1987 Valerie Harper abruptly left the show in a well-publicized dispute with the producers.  NBC decided to continue without her, retitling the series Valerie's Family (some suggested "Where's Valerie?" or "Who's Valerie?" might be more appropriate.  Later, in June 1988, it became The Hogan Family.  Valerie was written out of the series as having died, and Michael's divorced sister Sandy, a high school counselor moved in to serve as a sort of surrogate mom.  Stories began to focus more on the kids, especially teenager David, who the producers hoped would become the next TV heartthrob.  Others joining the cast included David's pals Rich and Burt, and Mrs. Poole's jovial husband Peter, played on an infrequent basis by Today show weatherman Willard Scott.

By the fall of 1988 everyone in the house had entered the dating scene, including Sandy and Michael (who was now home more often).  David enrolled at nearby Northwestern University; later, the twins began working at a local fast-food establishment, Bossy Burger.  Dates came and went like side orders of fries, but toward the end of the run Cara was Mark's steady girlfriend, while Brenda was Willie's.   In the fall of 1990 Grandpa Lloyd Hogan (Sandy and Michael's father) joined the household, moving from Los Angeles after his own divorce.

In addition to dating and fun around the kitchen, The Hogan Family sometimes tackled more serious subjects, as when David nearly ended his friendship with Rich by stopping the latter from driving home from a party while drunk or when David and Burt discovered something more shocking---that their buddy Rich had AIDS.


For more facts about the show and cast members, please see the Did you know? section.


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