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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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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.
  • Tue 1/23
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

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.
  • Wed 1/24
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

An Unmarried Couple

S01, E19  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1982)
An unmarried, pregnant friend of Katie's arrives for a visit.
  • Thu 1/25
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Nell Goes to Jail

S02, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 1982)
Nell's thrown behind bars after creating a disturbance at the phone company.
  • Fri 1/26
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Joey

S03, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 1983)
Nell and the Kaniskis learn that the cute 6-year-old boy who's collecting for ``charity'' has a criminal motive.
  • Sun 1/28
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

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 1/28
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

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.
  • Mon 1/29
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Sam's Imaginary Friend

S02, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 16, 1982)
Samantha tests everyone's patience when she insists that her imaginary friend actually exists.
  • Tue 1/30
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Grandpa's Visit

S02, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 1982)
Grandpa manages to turn the Kaniski home upside down when he moves in and tackles household chores.
  • Wed 1/31
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Take My Baby, Please

S02, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 30, 1982)
Katie's friend announces she has decided to give her baby up for adoption.
  • Thu 2/1
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Porko's II

S02, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1982)
Nell and her fellow dieters drive an overweight lecturer into deep depression.
  • Fri 2/2
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Joey

S03, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1983)
Nell's idea to take Joey in as a foster child doesn't go over too well with the chief.
  • Sun 2/4
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

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 2/4
  • 5:30PM-6:00PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Oct. 29, 1981)
A rotund housekeeper keeps order from California to New York.
  • Mon 2/5
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2