Gimme a Break

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Gimme a Break
Gimme a Break-Cast (3).jpg
Premiere October 29, 1981
Finale May 12, 1987
Creator Mort Lachman and
Sy Rosen
Network/Provider NBC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Alan Landsburg Productions (seasons 1-4),
Reeves Entertainment Group (seasons 5-6),
Mort Lachman & Associates
Distributor MCA Television (1985-1996; USA)
Universal Television Enterprises (1996-1998; USA)
Studios USA (1998–2002; USA)
Universal Domestic Television (2002-2004; USA)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2004- ; USA)
Thames Television (1990-1997; non-USA)
Pearson Television International (1997-2001; non-USA)
Fremantle (2001- ; non-USA)
Seasons 6
Episodes 137
Origin USA

Gimme a Break is a sitcom that aired on NBC.

The sitcom took place in the fictional Los Angeles, California, suburb of Glenlawn. Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper agrees to be a housekeeper for the Kanisky household as a special favor to her late friend, Margaret Kanisky (née Huffman), who was the wife of police chief Carl Kanisky. Nell also served as a confidante to the chief's three daughters: Katie, Julie , and Samantha. A foster son, Joey, was added in season 3.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nell Carter Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper * * * * * *
Dolph Sweet Chief Carl Kanisky * * * *
Kari Michaelsen Katie Kanisky * * * * * *
Lauri Hendler Julie Kanisky Maxwell * * * * * *
Lara Jill Miller Samantha "Sam" Kanisky * * * * * *
John Hoyt Grandpa Stanley Kanisky o * * * * *
Howard Morton Officer Ralph Simpson o * * * *
Joey Lawrence Joey Donovan * * * *
Telma Hopkins Addy Wilson o * * *
Jonathan Silverman Jonathan Maxwell o * *
Rosetta LeNoire Maybelle Harper o o *
Matthew Lawrence Matthew Donovan *
Rosie O'Donnell Maggie O'Brien *
Paul Sand Marty *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One October 29, 1981 April 1, 1982 19
Season Two October 2, 1982 May 5, 1983 22
Season Three September 29, 1983 May 3, 1984 22
Season Four September 29, 1984 May 11, 1985 25
Season Five September 14, 1985 May 10, 1986 24
Season Six September 24, 1986 May 12, 1987 25

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One February 14, 2006 purchase 3
Season Two May 21, 2007 purchase 6
Multiple Season Sets  (Region 1)
Seasons One and Two February 14, 2006 purchase 6
Seasons Three and Four September 4, 2014 purchase 6
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series May 18, 2010 purchase 18

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