1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
13 x 60 minute episodes
Deciding to make good on a dream of her late husband Jake, attractive widow Shirley Miller (Shirley Jones) relocated her four children from New York to a small town in Placer County on the shores of the California/Nevada resort, Lake Tahoe, where she got a job as a substitute teacher.
Unfortunately, her 17-year-old stepson Bill (Peter Barton) felt he was neither needed nor wanted, and 16-year-old daughter Debra (Rosanna Arquette) pined for her boyfriend back east and behaved in a fairly obnoxious fashion.
The other siblings were 10-year-old Hemm (Bret Shryer) and 8-year-old Michelle (Tracey Gold). Oregano was the family dog.
Helping Shirley were the kindly but worrisome housekeeper, Charlotte McHenry (Ann Doran), and her estranged husband, Dutch (John McIntire), who ran a boat rental business.
Shirley’s handsome ski instructor friend, Lew (Patrick Wayne), was the potential new man in her life.
NBC was certain it had a winner. Unfortunately, CBS’s Incredible Hulk had other ideas and killed the terminally cute sitcom in the ratings.
Ethan ‘Dutch’ McHenry