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, ...
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This series took place in an apartment building numbered 227. The cast would frequently be sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, involved in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plotline.
Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control. His new assistant, Rev. Reuben Gregory, however, has some ... See full summary »
Anna Maria Horsford
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
This is part of an overall trend in American television. In the early and mid 70s we had blaxploitation sitcoms like Good Times and What's Happening; black characters in tough urban settings. In the mid-80s we had black characters in upscale yuppie settings; like The Cosby Show; or Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In the late 70s the bridge between those two trends was to have a single black character in an upscale white setting. Like Arnold in Diffrent Strokes, Benson on Benson, Tootie on Facts of Life, Nel on Gimme a Break. Marla Gibbs on Checking in. And Debbie Allen on Fame. Nel Carter on Gimme a Break was a big example of that trend. See more »
In Season 1 Nell's mother's name is Emma Harper in later seasons her mother's name is Maybelle Harper. See more »
What's a cliché?
A black woman serving pancakes to a white kid.
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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 »
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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