1 9 7 9 (USA)
4 x 60 minute episodes
Following the death of his wife, black assembly-line worker Mike Harris (former pro footballer Bernie Casey) and his five children decided to move from Detroit to Los Angeles and build a new life. As with every decision in the Harris household, all family members were consulted and it was put to a vote (hence the “company” in the series title).
In LA, Mike went into partnership with Harry Foreman (James Luisi) running a garage.
Stories revolved around problems with work and the comic difficulties of a single parent raising a family. The Harris children ranged in age from college-student Liz (Renee Brown) to 6-year-old Richard (Dain Turner).
Charlie (Stu Gilliam) and Angie Adams (C. Tillery Banks) were cousins who helped Mike with the kids.
Harris & Company was an unusual attempt to build a dramatic series around a loving, caring black family. ABC premiered it in March 1979 and it drew a small following but didn’t last a month on the network’s schedule.
Juanita Priscilla Harris
Richard Allen Harris
C. Tillery Banks