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Family Season 5 Episodes

17 Episodes 1979 - 1980

Episode 1


Tue, Nov 20, 1979 60 mins

Doug refuses to acknowledge signs of senility in his father. Kate: Sada Thompson. Buddy: Kristy McNichol. Willie: Gary Frank. Annie: Quinn Cummings. Nancy: Meredith Baxter Birney.

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Episode 2

'Tis the Season

Mon, Dec 24, 1979 60 mins

Doug has chest pains, but puts off medical tests for fear of spoiling Christmas. Kate: Sada Thompson. Harry: J. Pat O'Malley. Willie: Gary Frank. Dr. Simon: Stephen Pearlman.

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Episode 3

Jack of Hearts

Mon, Jan 14, 1980 60 mins

Nancy is interested in a college-freshman friend of Buddy's. Kristy McNichol. Doug: James Broderick. Kate: Sada Thompson. Willie: Gary Frank.

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Episode 4

When the Bough Breaks

Mon, Jan 21, 1980 60 mins

Kate receives some surprising news---she's pregnant. Doug: James Broderick. Erica: Dominique Dunne. Buddy: Kristy McNichol. Audrey: Louise Foley.

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Episode 5

Hard Times

Mon, Jan 28, 1980 60 mins

The duties of motherhood and career pressure Nancy; while Buddy (Kristy McNichol) tries to salvage a romance between friends. Rob: Fred Lehne. Kate: Sada Thompson. Sandy: Helen Hunt. Doug: James Broderick. Jim Hodges: Richard Venture. Debra Greenfield: Nancy Locke.

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Episode 6


Mon, Feb 4, 1980 60 mins

Rumors circulate that Buddy is having an affair with a teacher; Willie uses Annie's name when submitting a play to a producer she claims to know. Gary Frank. Alex: Cliff De Young.

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Episode 7

Play on Love

Mon, Mar 3, 1980 60 mins

Willie becomes fond of his play director just before announcing his engagement. Sada Thompson. Rachel: Devon Ericson. Doug: James Broderick. Jo: Judith Chapman.

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Episode 8

Daylight Serenade

Mon, Mar 10, 1980 60 mins

Kate prepares a piano student for a recital, and doesn't want Buddy to ask him to a dance on the eve of his performance. Kristy McNichol. Annie: Quinn Cummings. Nancy: Meredith Baxter Birney. Doug: James Broderick.

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Episode 9

Such a Fine Line

Mon, Mar 17, 1980 60 mins

Willie defends Nancy's ex-husband---even though he is deeply indebted to drug dealers. James Broderick. Jeff: John Rubinstein. Kate: Sada Thompson. Richard Topol: Michael Fox. Buddy: Kristy McNichol. Ron: Allen Williams. Lotus: Ilene Kristen. Weedge: Carl Anderson.

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Episode 10

The Ties That Bind

Wed, Jun 4, 1980 60 mins

Kate's former best friend, now divorced, expresses her need for attention by shoplifting. Sada Thompson, James Broderick. Elaine Hogan: Louise Latham.

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Episode 11

Just Like Old Times

Wed, Jun 11, 1980 60 mins

Buddy's attachment to Willie and her fear of leaving home prompt her to lie that she was rejected by every college she applied to. Buddy: Kristy McNichol. Kate: Sada Thompson.

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Episode 12


Wed, Jun 18, 1980 60 mins

Buddy prepares for college entrance exams, while Annie deals with classmates who envy her academic prowess. Kate: Sada Thompson. Miss Chase: Jenny O'Hara. Doug: James Broderick. Elisa: Debbie Lytton. Willie: Gary Frank. Martha: Dana Hill. Peter: Calvin Rose.

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Episode 13

Letting Go

Wed, Jun 25, 1980 60 mins

Doug dislikes Buddy's boyfriend; Annie is reunited with a friend from New York. Kristy McNichol. Steven: Kraig Cassity. Kate: Sada Thompson. Debbie: Dana Plato.

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Episode 14

Taking Chances (Part 1)

Sat, Dec 22, 2018 60 mins

After a hit-and-run accident, Doug must decide between a life of total blindness or risky surgery that could completely restore his vision.

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Episode 15

Starting Over

Sun, Dec 23, 2018 60 mins

The Lawrences adjust to a new addition to the family when eleven year old Annie Cooper comes to live with them.

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Episode 16

Thursday's Child Has Far to Go

Mon, Aug 9, 2021 60 mins

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Episode 17

Taking Chances: Part 1

Thu, Feb 10, 2022 60 mins

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