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 Family - The Complete First and Second Seasons


Show Type: Drama

First Telecast: March 9, 1976

Last Telecast: June 25, 1980

Broadcast History:

March 1976 - February 1978, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

May 1978, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

September 1978 - March 1979, Thursday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

March 1979 - April 1979, Friday 8:00-9:00 on ABC

May 1979, Thursday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

December 1979 - February 1980, Monday 10:00-11:00 on ABC

March 1980, Monday 9:00-10:00 on ABC

June 1980, Wednesday 8:00-9:00 on ABC


Doug Lawrence..... James Broderick

Kate Lawrence..... Sada Thompson

Nancy Lawrence Maitland (1976)..... Elayne Hailveil

Nancy Nawrence Maitland (1976-1980)..... Meredith Baxter-Birney

Willie Lawrence..... Gary Frank

Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence..... Kristy McNichol

Jeff Maitland..... John Rubinstein

Mrs. Hanley (1976-1978)..... Mary Grace Canfield

Salina Magee (1976-1977)..... Season Hubley

Annie Cooper (1978-1980)..... Quinn Cummings

Timmy Maitland (1978-1980)..... Michael David Schackelford


Family was a prime-time soap opera that followed the travails of the middle-class Lawrence family in Pasadena, California. Doug was the father, a highly independent lawyer, and Kate his quiet, steadfast wife. The series opened with daughter Nancy discovering that her husband Jeff was untrue (she walked in on him making love to another woman!) and it was all downhill from there. Nancy had a baby (Timmy), divorced Jeff, then began to having affairs of her own. Later she went to work for a law firm, which seemed more interested in her body than in her brains. Brother Willie, age 17, vulnerable and idealistic, was confronted with his first love, an unwed mother (Salina), then married a girl with a terminal illness (Lizzy). Little sister Buddy, age 13, feeling unwanted, ran away from home. Before Kate could worry about that,  she discovered that she had breast cancer, after which Doug was temporarily blinded in an automobile accident. An 11-year-old waif named Annie joined the household, only to reject everyone's affections. Then, if that weren't enough,  there was the dying grandmother and Doug's alcoholic sister.