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Gimme a Break

Nell Harper is the no-nonsense housekeeper and surrogate mother for police chief Carl Kanisky's children: Samantha, Julie and Katie. The Kanisky daughters need all the help they can get after their mother dies - because Carl isn't exactly in touch with his feminine side.

Premiere:
Oct 29, 1981
Original Network:
NBC
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Ship of Fools

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 21, 1985)
Nell accepts a job singing on a cruise ship with her ex-husband.
  • Sun 7/22
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Grandpa's Secret Life

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 20, 1984)
Nell's (Nell Carter) efforts to stop Grandpa (John Hoyt) from marrying an heiress (guest star Rue McClanahan) are thwarted by the woman's father (guest star Milton Berle).
  • Sun 7/22
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Katie the Cheat

S01, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1982)
Katie asks Julie to help her in school by taking an exam in her place.
  • Mon 7/23
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

The Emergency

S01, E12  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1982)
The chief finally comes to the realization that Katie isn't his little girl anymore.
  • Tue 7/24
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Nell Goes Home

S01, E13  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1982)
Samantha and Nell learn the true meaning of family love after Nell's father dies.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Samantha Steals a Squad Car

S01, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1982)
Upset that no one's listening to her problems, Samantha storms out of the house and takes off in a squad car.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Grandma Fools Around

S01, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1982)
On their 55th wedding anniversary, Grandpa Kaniski uncovers his wife's long-kept secret.
  • Fri 7/27
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Ship of Fools

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 21, 1985)
Nell accepts a job singing on a cruise ship with her ex-husband.
  • Sun 7/29
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Sam's First Love

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 1984)
Teenage Samantha falls in love for the first time, but her family sees the boy in a very different light.
  • Sun 7/29
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Sam's Affair

S01, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1982)
Samantha's first kiss prompts her to ask questions about the facts of life, but no one takes her curiosity seriously.
  • Mon 7/30
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

The Robbery

S01, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 25, 1982)
The quick-thinking Nell thwarts the plans of burglars who chose the Kaniski home as their next stop.
  • Tue 7/31
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

An Unmarried Couple

S01, E19  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1982)
An unmarried, pregnant friend of Katie's arrives for a visit.
  • Wed 8/1
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Nell Goes to Jail

S02, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 1982)
Nell's thrown behind bars after creating a disturbance at the phone company.
  • Thu 8/2
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2

Brother Ed and the Hooker

S02, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 9, 1982)
The chief isn't too thrilled when he discovers that his brother is going out with a prostitute.
  • Fri 8/3
  • 4:30PM-5:00PM
  • 46.2
  • KDLTDT2