Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gimme a Break!

Gimme a Break! was a sitcom which ran on NBC from 1981-1987. It starred Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief and his three daughters.

The sitcom took place in the fictional Los Angeles suburb of Glenlawn, California. Nellie Ruth "Nell" Harper agrees to be a housekeeper for the Kanisky household as a special favor to her late friend, Margaret Kanisky, who was the wife of police chief Carl Kanisky. Nell also served as a confidante to the chief's three daughters, 17-year-old Katie, 15-year-old Julie, and 13-year-old Samantha.

Supporting characters included: Officer Ralph Simpson - a dopey police officer who worked with Carl; Grandpa Stanley and Grandma Mildred - Carl's parents; Uncle Ed - Carl's brother, an overweight mortician who loved to play practical jokes; Adelaide "Addy" Wilson, Nell's childhood friend who worked as a teacher; Joey Donovan, a six-year-old orphan who joined the Kanisky household.

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