1 9 8 7 (USA)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived NBC sitcom about an earnest yuppie couple trying to raise two small children starred Dana Delany as career woman Georgia Holden, who quit work to be with the kids – 5-year-old Bart (Edan Gross) and 2-year-old baby Lynnie (played by twins Rebecca and Sarah Simms on a rotating basis) – and Mark Blum as her husband, Ken.
Other regular characters included Georgia’s recently divorced father, Frank Macklin (David Doyle); Ken’s mother, Joyce(Marjorie Lord) ; Georgia and Ken’s neighbours Marty and Lya Gafney (Thom Sharp and Louise Williams); their son Taylor (Victor DiMattia); swinging bachelor Vaughn Parker (Christopher Rich); Ray (Damon Wayans), and the Holdens’ punk babysitter, Cak (Viveka Davis).
The debut episode was a trite affair about Georgia and Ken having their plans to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary disrupted by Bart locking himself in a closet on his first day of kindergarten. It didn’t get any better.
Five episodes were shown in a Saturday night slot in the spring of 1987, temporarily replacing 227.
A sixth episode was run on 8 July because NBC censors insisted on a later timeslot – the episode dealt with attempts by Ken and Georgia to get away from their kids long enough to enjoy an intimate moment together (they eventually check into a motel in the middle of the afternoon).
Dana Delany went on to bigger fame a year later in an altogether different series, China Beach.
Francis “Frank” Macklin