The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.
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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sada Thompson ...  Kate Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
James Broderick ...  Doug Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
Gary Frank ...  Willie Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
Kristy McNichol ...  Letitia 'Buddy' Lawrence 86 episodes, 1976-1980
Meredith Baxter ...  Nancy Lawrence Maitland 60 episodes, 1976-1980
Quinn Cummings ...  Annie Cooper / ... 36 episodes, 1978-1980
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Storyline

The trials and tribulations, joyous occasions and heartbreaking moments of the Lawrence family: lawyer father Doug, housewife Kate, married (and quickly divorced) daughter Nancy, teenage son Willie and just-hitting-puberty daughter Buddy. In this critically acclaimed series, we watched various Lawrences fight, fall in love, become ill, graduate school, begin new jobs and, most of all, love each other. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Story Writer Linda Palmer was credited as "Linda Weintraub" for season two, episode four, and season two, episode five, "Jury Duty" Parts 1 and 2, because in 1976, "Weintraub" was her married name at that time. See more »

Crazy Credits

Timmy Maitland was played by twins Michael Schackelford and David Schackelford. The end credits are listed on various episodes as either Michael David Schackelford or Michael and David Schackelford. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time Chasers (1997) See more »

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I'm happy I'm not crazy
16 February 2006 | by gwenny3080See all my reviews

So for many years, I remembered a show I use to watch as a small child (I was born in 1980). For the life of me, I remembered only the theme song, the word "Family" in the title, and Kristy McNichol being in the cast. The show was on (in syndication) WSMH TV 66 here around 84-86. I owe thanks to VH1 for recently running the 100 famous teen stars in which Ms. McNichol and this wonderful show were mentioned. I am happy to know that my mind wasn't playing tricks on me and that this show really existed. I loved this show as a child and my family use to watch it together. It was a great time back then, when family actually did things as a family. I remembered eating dinner and finishing up just in time to watch this show. They (TVLand) need to bring this back so that my nieces and nephews can enjoy this classic also.


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