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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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All Upcoming Times for Gimme a Break

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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.

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).

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.

The Emergency

S01, E12  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1982)
The chief finally comes to the realization that Katie isn't his little girl anymore.

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.

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.

Grandma Fools Around

S01, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1982)
On their 55th wedding anniversary, Grandpa Kaniski uncovers his wife's long-kept secret.

Ship of Fools

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 21, 1985)
Nell accepts a job singing on a cruise ship with her ex-husband.

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.

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.

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.

An Unmarried Couple

S01, E19  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1982)
An unmarried, pregnant friend of Katie's arrives for a visit.

Nell Goes to Jail

S02, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 1982)
Nell's thrown behind bars after creating a disturbance at the phone company.

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.