1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
11 x 30 minute episodes
Two single mothers – widow Kit Flanagan (Eileen Brennan) and divorcee Abby Stone (Gwynne Gilford) – rent the same Los Angeles house, sight unseen, from an unscrupulous real estate agent.
Realising they have been duped, and with their money gone and no place else to go, they reluctantly agree to move in together with their total of four children (and a dog named Heinz).
The children (three for Kit, one for Abby) quickly become friends.
Their neighbour and landlord, Harold Zimmerman, was played by Chuck McCann.
A New Kind Of Family featured a very young Rob Lowe as 15-year-old Tony Flanagan. Lauri Hendler (who played his younger sister, Hillary) recalls; “The girls in our taping audience went wild over Rob. There were actual shrieks when he came out. I hadn’t yet discovered boys, so I didn’t know what all the fuss was about.”
The show premiered on 16 September 1979 but was not successful. Only 11 episodes were made.
Connie Ann Hearn
I Do | Are You Sure Barnum and Bailey Started Like This? | The Hero | The Overcharge | Invasion of Privacy | Andy’s New Dad | Thank You for a Lovely Evening | Is There a Gun in the House? | Fair Weather Friend | The Breakup | No Smoking, Please