DAD:James Greyson Culver (Robert Wagner) / Widower
DAD’S JOB: Detective / Horse Farmer
DAD’S KIDS: Elizabeth (Samantha Smith) (13), Margaret Ann (Maia Brewton) (11)
WHERE’S MOM?: Dead
STAND-IN "MOM": Evelyn Camp (Anne Haney) / Housekeeper
A series that had a tragic reason for leaving the air.
First a little world history background: Samantha Smith was a young girl who lived in Maine and had a social studies assignment to write to the leader of a foreign country. Samantha picked Yuri Andropov, the leader of the Soviet Union. She asked him why he wanted to conquer the United States. Mr. Andropov read the letter, and invited young Samantha and her family over to Moscow for a meeting in the Kremlin. The story made headlines around the world and brought celebrity to little Samantha.
Enter ABC. The network, just finishing up the success of Hart to Hart, wanted another starring vehicle for Robert Wagner. They found a new show called Lime Street, in which Wagner would play James Greyson Culver, a Virginia horse farmer who also investigated insurance fraud (like Banacek) for a British insurance company. They cast Samantha Smith as Culver’s daughter Elizabeth, and cast Maia Brewton (one of the kids from Adventures in Babysitting) as her little sister Margaret Ann. The show began filming in May of 1985.
Tragedy struck during a mid-summer break in the filming. While returning to her home in Maine, the commuter plane carrying Samantha crashed, ending her brief life. With only a few episodes filmed, the show itself was DOA when it appeared in September, and was cancelled before Halloween.
A wave of the Juliet Mills Memorial Feather Duster to Marni Page (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pointing out this show. And a flap of the Juliet Mills Memorial Apron to "The Rogmeister" for the show details. Thanks, Marni! Thanks Rogmeister!