Show Type: Drama

First Telecast: March 9, 1988

Last Telecast: May 25, 1988

Broadcast History:

March 1988-May 1988, Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC


Aaron Miller..... Merlin Olsen

Sarah Miller..... Belinda Montgomery

Roseanne Miller (age 15)..... Samantha Mathis

Martha Miller (age 12)..... Erin Chase

Frank Miller (age 11)..... Scott Curtis

Susannah Lo Verde..... Kathleen York

Connie Lo Verde..... Jessica Walter

Mickey Lo Verde (age 16)..... Christopher Gartin

Mr. Benvenuto..... Pierrino Mascarino


Merlin Olsen, best known for his roles in such "warm and wonderful" dramas as Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy, starred in another one in 1988. Aaron Miller was a strict, bearded Amish patriarch who uprooted his tight-knit family from their cloistered environment in Pennsylvania and moved to California when his eldest son died there. Noah Miller had forsaken Amish ways and, when he perished in a surfing accident, he left behind a pregnant girlfriend (Susannah) with a vineyard she couldn't maintain alone. So, unbidden, the Millers moved in to help.

Stories revolved around the Millers' culture shock as they adjusted to modern California ways, while trying to retain their deep-rooted moral values and peculiar style of dress. Conservative Aaron always seemed to clash with free-spirited Susannah and her sharp-tongued mother, Connie, who ran the local beauty salon. Underneath, of course, there was a lot of love. Susannah's teenaged brother Mickey had his own plan for bridging the culture gap, with eyes for Aaron's daughter, Roseanne.