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In this sweet and heartwarming six season family sitcom that ran in the mid-eighties, Webster Long (Emmanuel Lewis) is an African American five year old who is adopted by his godfather after both of his parents die in a car crash. His new parents are George Papadopoulos (Alex Karras), a retired football player who used to be teammates with Webster's dad, and Katherine (Susan Clark), a sophisticated socialite. George and Katherine are newlyweds and both are white.

George is retired from football and now works as a sportscaster while Katherine works as a consumer advocate (and later as a psychologist). The family lives in Chicago, in a fancy high-rise apartment, and the three try to adjust to their new circumstances and come together as a family. There is some friction as Webster's uncle, who disapproves of the arrangement and believes that Webster should live with a blood relative, tries to get custody of the boy.

Webster is a Kids & Family Comedy series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (121 episodes). The series first aired on September 16, 1983. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

Webster is available for streaming on the Shout Factory website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Webster on demand at Google Play online.

Shout Factory
6 Seasons, 121 Episodes
September 16, 1983
Kids & Family Comedy
Cast: Emmanuel Lewis, Alex Karras, Susan Clark, Henry Polic II, Eugene Roche
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Webster Full Episode Guide

  • Webster's pen pal, an adult butler from England, visits to meet Webster in person.

  • Webster's very smart friend gets depressed because her science project didn't come in as number one.

  • Webster gets a brand new bike, but ends up getting a ticket from a cop.

  • Webster encounters a convicted gambler undergoing rehabilitation, but he has an influence on Webster.

  • When Katherine's rich uncle falls in love with the leading lady of a theatrical performance, Webster and Katherine's debuts are in danger.

  • Webster's rich aunt plans on adopting a boy, but Webster thinks that he's just interested in her money.

  • Katherine gives dating advice to a teen who wants to date an older woman, but she is in for a surprise when the older woman is her.

  • Webster is in charge of campaigning for a class presidential candidate.

  • George and Katherine find out that their friend Chelsea is a cat burglar.

  • The family supports Papa's techniques with a belly dance instructor.

  • Webster and his classmates appear on a TV game show.

  • Katherine is appalled when she sees a nude portrait of her in an art gallery, especially since she never posed that way.

  • After being bullied around, Webster fantasizes that he is in the Wild West to take care of his bully.

  • George is pexplexed when he mysteriously loses an endorsement as a candidate for the Board of Education.

  • The family wins a spa from a shady dealer who tricks George into endorsing his product.

  • Wanting to see George's cameo in a movie he's been forbidden to see, Webster sneaks into a showing, but soon regrets his decision.

  • Webster plays matchmaker to a romance-seeking Nicky.

  • George encounters a promising basketball player, but he must help him deal with a cocaine addiction.

  • George discovers two boys on Corky's football team shouldn't be playing for them.

  • Katherine is frightened when a ex-prisoner she testified against leaves a message on the Papadapolis' answering machine.

  • Katherine and George look back at the time they first met after Webster is assigned a project about famous lovers.

  • After finding out that a bunch of nerds are in the same school group Webster just joined, he starts to have second thoughts.

  • Katherine disapproves of the overly expensive gifts her wealthy uncle chooses to give the family.

  • Katherine proves surprisingly good at picking football winners when a struggling George asks for her help.

  • On a weekend trip, George and Katherine's hosts literally reveal themselves as nudists on a relaxing getaway.

  • Webster is upset when funds raised for sports equipment are stolen.

  • When George learns that an old school friend of his has died, he rethinks how he's been living his own life.

  • George's fishing plans get in the way of Webster's original plans.

  • Webster helps an old man who wants to be reunited with his jazz band in San Francisco.