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Gimme a Break! 

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Nell Carter ...  Nell Harper 137 episodes, 1981-1987
Lara Jill Miller ...  Sam Kanisky 119 episodes, 1981-1987
Lauri Hendler ...  Julie Kanisky / ... 114 episodes, 1981-1986
Kari Michaelsen ...  Katie Kanisky 111 episodes, 1981-1986
Dolph Sweet ...  Chief Carl Kanisky / ... 88 episodes, 1981-1985
John Hoyt ...  Grandpa Stanley Kanisky / ... 82 episodes, 1982-1987
Joey Lawrence ...  Joey Donovan 77 episodes, 1983-1987
Telma Hopkins ...  Addy Wilson 68 episodes, 1983-1987
Howard Morton Howard Morton ...  Officer Ralph Simpson 49 episodes, 1981-1986
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Storyline

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, Katie, Julie, and Samantha, in short, be like a mother to them. Later, Carl's father, Stanley, moves in. Around the same time, Nell takes in young Joey Donovan as her foster son. Written by Anonymous

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TV-G

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 October 1981 (USA) See more »

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Gimme a Break! See more »

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Runtime:

(137 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Nell Carter was the only cast member to appear in every episode. See more »

Goofs

In Season 1 Nell's mother's name is Emma Harper in later seasons her mother's name is Maybelle Harper. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: What's a cliché?
Nell: [serving breakfast] A black woman serving pancakes to a white kid.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD versions restore as much as two minutes of footage to each episode that have not been seen since the show's original network run. See more »

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Referenced in Night of 100 Stars II (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Performed by Nell Carter
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Average 80's fare
23 March 2015 | by irishmSee all my reviews

This is one of many shows I used to watch just because it was on, not because I particularly enjoyed it. All these years later I watched a couple episodes just to "check in", and it was pretty much as I'd remembered it. Now, maybe it's just because I watched the three or four episodes that were the exception to the rule, but... didn't that oldest daughter ever have any lines? I saw episodes from Seasons One and Two and it seemed like the middle and younger daughters got all the speaking parts, and the youngest one all the zingers. The blonde oldest girl was very pretty but didn't have much to do, just a "hi Nell" or "bye Dad" and that was it. She might as well not have been there at all. Never could quite figure out what made Nell Carter such a big deal, either... I know she did musicals but her singing voice is like chalk on a blackboard, very nasal. Typical family situation comedy, nothing special.


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