A classy, superbly acted drama about the middle-class Lawrences of Pasadena, Cal., this began life as a six-part miniseries and presented an unusually realistic (and often somber) view of everyday life. Mike Nichols was one of the show's producers.
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.
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.
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.
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.