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Gimme a Break
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Cast of 'Gimme a Break'

  • Nell Carter as Nellie Ruth ``Nell'' Harper
  • Dolph Sweet as Chief Carl Kanisky
  • Kari Michaelson as Katie Kanisky
  • Lauri Hendler as Julie Kanisky Maxwell
  • Lara Jill Miller as Samantha ``Sam'' Kanisky
  • Howard Morton as Officer Ralph Simpson
  • John Hoyt as Grandpa Stanley Kanisky

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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Julie's Rejection

S01, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1981)
Julie attempts to make a good impression at an exclusive club's initiation rites.
  • Wed 7/18
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Julie's First Love

S01, E09  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1982)
Julie's late-night date with an electronics wizard costs her a stiff punishment.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

Nell's Ex

S01, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1982)
Nell's smooth-talking former husband arrives at the Kaniski home and leaves with $1,000.
  • Fri 7/20
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 7:30AM-8:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 7:30AM-8:00AM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

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
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Oct. 29, 1981)
A rotund housekeeper keeps order from California to New York.
  • Mon 7/30
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4
  • Tue 7/31
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 21.4
  • KHSVDT4