Gimme a Break!

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1981-87 NBC

DAD: Carl Kanisky (Dolph Sweet) / Widower

DAD’S JOB: Police Chief

KIDS: Katie (17), Julie (15), and Samantha (12)

WHERE’S MOM?: Died just before series started

STAND-IN "MOM": Nellie Ruth ("Nell") Harper (Nell Carter)

The focus in this show is in the stand-in mom, played by Nell Carter. Nell took care of the three girls, acting as a surrogate mother for them, while sparring with Police Chief Kanisky, their dad.

This show isn’t that much different from Hazel, if you leave out the mom.

A flap of the Lorne Greene Memorial Leather Vest at Jo Ann Veneziano ( for the information about the girls’ ages. Thanks, Jo Ann!