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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.

Oct 29, 1981
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All Upcoming Times for Gimme a Break

Episode Air Date Channel

Julie Smokes

S02, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 1983)
The chief angrily searches the house and interrogates the girls after he finds a cigarette butt in his laundry.

The Centerfold

S02, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1983)
Despite public outcries, Carl fires a policewoman from the force after she poses nude for a national magazine.

The Centerfold

S02, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 27, 1983)
The mayor hands the chief an ultimatum: Either he reinstates the policewoman who posed nude in a magazine or he loses his job.

The Custody Suit

S02, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 10, 1983)
The late Mrs. Kaniski's snobbish sister threatens to gain custody of the girls.

Return of the Doo-Wop Girls

S02, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 17, 1983)
Nell wants revenge on her former singing partners who left her behind 15 years ago. Guest stars: the Pointer Sisters.


S05, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 2, 1985)
Nell's patience is tested when her cranky mother comes to visit.

Julie's Lie

S04, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1984)
Nell and Addy's plans to spend a quiet weekend at a ski resort are dashed when they encounter an all-too-familiar face.

Eddie Gets Married

S02, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 24, 1983)
The chief's brother Ed begins having second thoughts on his wedding day.

Grandpa Robs a Bank

S02, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1983)
A series of misunderstandings leads bank officials to believe that Grandpa's holding the place up.

Greenlawn Street Blues

S02, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 1983)
Samantha spends a day observing the chief at the police station as research for a school essay.

Nell and the Kid

S02, E21  (First Aired: Apr. 28, 1983)
Nell tries to save a young shoplifter from the misery of being sent to prison.

Nell Gets Sick

S02, E22  (First Aired: May. 5, 1983)
When Grandma Kaniski decides to take over for an ailing Nell, she manages to disrupt the well-organized home.

Sam's Little Girl

S05, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 1985)
Samantha shirks her duties as a Big Sister to date a handsome new neighbor.