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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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Porko's II

S02, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1982)
Nell and her fellow dieters drive an overweight lecturer into deep depression.

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.

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.

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(First Aired: Oct. 29, 1981)
A rotund housekeeper keeps order from California to New York.