Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

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Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

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  • Joey Lawrence, Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Lauri Hendler, Kari Michaelsen, and Dolph Sweet in Gimme a Break! (1981)

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Mort Lachman, Sy Rosen

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21 March 2007 | Syl
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| Gimme A Stroke! Only Kidding! This show made Nell famous!
Nell Carter will always be known as Nell from Gimme a Break than her Broadway background which included singing and dancing. Sadly, she died in her fifties. She plays a beloved housekeeper in a Caucasian American home led by the wonderful Dolph Sweet who passed away during the show's run. The cast also included three teenage daughters. The show had an extended family of regular cast members like Telma Hopkins who played Nell's best friend. Sweet's character was a police chief of Glenlawn, California. Over the years during it's run, Nell welcomed Joey and Matthew Laurence and other cast members. The show dealt with sensitive topics like depression, suicide, teenage angst, death, loss, racism, etc., without being preachy or dumb. It was never a critical favorite but you felt at home with Nell and the gang.

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