A Sacramento household witnesses the growing pains of eight children, ranging in age from 8 to 23. Patriarch Tom Bradford is a columnist who remarried after his wife's death in the show's first season, and new stepmom Abby helped bridge the gap between her slightly old-fashioned husband and his independent-minded clan.
First Aired: April 18, 1981
Conclusion. Tommy's wedding day nears; meanwhile, Joannie (Laurie Walters) resents a competitive newswoman at the TV station. Tommy: Willie Aames. Ellen: Tarah Nutter. Tom: Dick Van Patten. Melanie: Laura Johnson. Jeremy: Ralph Macchio. Mrs. Gregory: Bonnie Bartlett.