Gimme a Break!
The TV show Gimme a Break was a comedy starring Nell Carter. She played the vivacious character Nell Harper. Nell had agreed to be the housekeeper for her friend's family after she became ill and passed away.
The husband of her friend was Police Chief Carl Kanisky. He was raising 3 teenage daughters alone. Nell helped out with the girls by lending an ear and giving them a woman's perspective. Nell and the chief butted heads many times but at the end of the day, they were still family.
The oldest daughter was Katie Kanisky. She was the beautiful blonde but not the brightest Kanisky in the household. Often times, she wouldn't understand something so Nell or her middle sister would have to explain it to her. She eventually opened a boutique but it went out of business.
The middle child was Julie Kanisky. She was the typical brain and loved to show it. Katie was an easy target for Julie. She loved to show how smart she was and usually at Katie's expense.
The youngest of the girls was Samantha Kinisky. She liked to be called Sam. Sam was a tomboy through and through. Climbing trees and playing ball was all in a day's work for Sam. Once she hit her later teens, she then became somewhat boy crazy.
Later in the series, along came little Joey Donovan played by Joey Lawrence. He was an orphan/con-artist that won the hearts of Nell and the whole family. He moved in with them and they were his foster family.
Midway through the series the father dies. It's very tough on the whole family. Not long after that Katie moves away to San Francisco for a job. Julie gets married, has a baby, and her family moves to San Jose. Sam ends up moving to New Jersey to go to college. Nell moves to New York with Joey and her best friend Addy.
Gimme a Break! Full Episode Guide:
Season 6 (0 sources)
Episode 25 - Mama's Date
First Aired: May 12, 1987
Episode 24 - Someday, My Prince . . .
First Aired: May 05, 1987
Episode 23 - Save the Church
First Aired: April 28, 1987
Episode 22 - Parents' Week (2)
First Aired: April 07, 1987
- Episode 21 - Parents' Week (1)
- Episode 20 - Joey the Gigolo
- Episode 19 - Joey's Hero
- Episode 18 - Joey's Teacher
- Episode 17 - Joey's First Crush
- Episode 16 - The Window (2)
- Episode 15 - The Window (1)
- Episode 14 - The Loan
- Episode 13 - Nell's Secret Admirer
- Episode 12 - Christmas in New York
- Episode 11 - The Scam
- Episode 10 - Joey the Gambler
- Episode 9 - Harry the Hamster
- Episode 8 - Nell the Boss
- Episode 7 - I Love New York
- Episode 6 - The Apartment
- Episode 5 - Nell Goes Back to New York
- Episode 4 - Joey Meets Matthew
- Episode 3 - Below Sea Level
- Episode 2 - Sam Goes to College (2)
- Episode 1 - Sam Goes to College (1)
Season 5 (0 sources)
- Episode 24 - The Purse Snatcher
- Episode 23 - Found Money
- Episode 22 - Katie's Korner
- Episode 21 - Getting to Know You
- Episode 20 - Family Reunion
- Episode 19 - Pride and Prejudice
- Episode 18 - A Lesson for Nell
- Episode 17 - The Gun
- Episode 16 - Bienvenido, Jonathan
- Episode 15 - Second Chance (2)
- Episode 14 - Second Chance (1)
- Episode 13 - Snippets
- Episode 12 - Katie's Apartment
- Episode 11 - Nell's Gifted Child
- Episode 10 - Nell's New Car
- Episode 9 - The Elevator
- Episode 8 - Sam's Little Girl
- Episode 7 - Mama
- Episode 6 - So Long, Jonathan
- Episode 5 - Addy's Goodbye
- Episode 4 - The Man From Zoron
- Episode 3 - Ship of Fools (2)
- Episode 2 - Ship of Fools (1)
- Episode 1 - Joey's Train