Gimme A Break




Gimme A Break Cast


Series Description
    


Gimme A Break was a 30 minute dramatic comedy series on NBC about a police chief who asked his wife's friend to become his housekeeper and surrogate mother to his three daughters after his wife passed away.

Gimme A Break Cast

Nell Carter .... Miss Nellie "Nell" Ruth Harper
Kari Michaelson .... Katie Kanisky
Lauri Hendler .... Julie Kanisky Maxwell
Lara Jill Miller .... Samantha "Sam" Kanisky
Dolph Sweet .... Police Chief Carl Kanisky
John Hoyt .... Stanley "Grandpa" Kanisky


Gimme A Break Trivia

The front door of the Kanisky home has a mail slot in it when viewed from the inside but the slot is nowhere to be seen in outside shots. Where was the script supervisor on that one!

Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") tried out for the role of Katie Kanisky.

In an unusual move for 1980s TV, episode #84, "Cat Story", was performed live. Instead of the usual closing clips, the cast came out onto the set together and took a bow at the end of the episode.

Nell Carter's full name is "Nell Ruth Carter" and the character she played on Gimme A Break was named, "Nell Ruth Harper". Only the last names were different.

Dolph Sweet died on May 8, 1985 from cancer. Three days later, the final episode he appeared in (#88, "Julie's Birthday") was broadcast. Gimme A Break could have passed along with Dolph (as often happens when a major character disappears from a TV show), but Dolph's death was "mirrored" in the first episode of the fifth season where the characters all grieved over the death of Chief Kanisky. Then Nell Carter's character took over as mother and father of the kids and the series lasted two more seasons.

Nell Carter was nominated for two Emmys for her role as Nell Harper in 1982 and 1983. (Carol Kane won for "Taxi" in 1982 and Shelley Long won for "Cheers" in 1983). Nell Carter was also nominated for two Golden Globes in 1983 and 1985 (Debbie Allen won for "Fame" in 1983 and Shelley Long won for "Cheers" in 1985. Nell did win an Emmy in 1982 but it wasn't for her role on Gimme A Break. It was for her role in the 1982 TV movie titled, "Ain't Misbehavin'"!

The Kanisky family (and Nell's) address was 2938 Wells Drive; Glenlawn, California.


Theme Song

Title: "Gimme A Break"

By: "R. Page and J. Graydon"

Gimme a break I sure deserve it
It's time I made it to the top.
Gimme a break I'm looking forward
Get behind me pull out every stop

I want a happy ending
I'm tried of pretending
Won't let em get the best of me
Wo wo wo wo

Gimme a break the game is survival
Gimme a break and plan my arrival
Gimme a break for heaven's sake
to my piece of the cake

Gimme a break
Gimme a break
Gimme a break


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1
  1. Katie the Crook (10/29/1981)
  2. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (11/5/1981)
  3. The Second Time Around (11/12/1981)
  4. Mom's Birthday (11/19/1981)
  5. Do Or Diet (11/26/1981)
  6. A Man In Nell's Room (12/3/1981)
  7. Your Prisoner Is Dead (12/10/1981)
  8. Julie's Rejection (12/17/1981)
  9. Julie's First Love (1/7/1982)
  10. Nell's Ex (1/14/1982)
  11. Katie The Cheat (1/21/1982)
  12. The Emergency (2/4/1982)
  13. Nell Goes Home (2/11/1982)
  14. Samantha Steals A Squad Car (2/18/1982)
  15. Grandma Fools Around (2/25/1982)
  16. Hot Muffins (3/11/1982)
  17. Sam's Affair (3/18/1982)
  18. The Robbery (3/25/1982)
  19. An Unmarried Couple (4/1/1982)
Season 2
  1. Nell Goes To Jail (10/2/1982)
  2. Brother Ed And The Hooker (10/9/1982)
  3. Sam's Imaginary Friend (10/16/1982)
  4. Grandpa's Visit (10/23/1982)
  5. Take My Baby, Please (10/30/1982)
  6. Porko's (11/6/1982)
  7. The Chief's Gay Evening (11/13/1982)
  8. Katie Steals Julie's Jock (11/27/1982)
  9. Sam Faces Death (12/4/1982)
  10. Nell Goes Door to Door (12/11/1982)
  11. Love Thy Neighbor (12/18/1982)
  12. Love, Kidney (1/6/1983)
  13. Julie Smokes (1/13/1983)
  14. The Centerfold - Part 1 (1/20/1983)
  15. The Centerfold - Part 2 (1/27/1983)
  16. The Custody Suit (2/10/1983)
  17. The Return Of The Doo-Wop Girls (2/17/1983)
  18. Eddie Gets Married (2/24/1983)
  19. Grandpa Robs A Bank (3/3/1983)
  20. Greenlawn Street Blues (3/10/1983)
  21. Nell And The Kid (4/28/1983)
  22. Nell Gets Sick (5/5/1983)


Season 3
  1. The Groupie (9/29/1983)
  2. The Way To A Man's Heart (10/13/1983)
  3. Katie's Commitment (10/20/1983)
  4. Joey - Part 1 (10/27/1983)
  5. Joey - Part 2 (11/3/1983)
  6. The Mayor (11/10/1983)
  7. Melissa (11/17/1983)
  8. Nell's Friend (12/1/1983)
  9. Grandpa's Rebellion (12/8/1983)
  10. A Kanisky Christmas (12/22/1983)
  11. Herbie (1/5/1984)
  12. James Returns (1/12/1984)
  13. Samantha's Protest (1/19/1984)
  14. Flashback (1/26/1984)
  15. Knock Three Times (2/2/1984)
  16. Valentine (2/9/1984)
  17. The Big Apple - Part 1 (2/16/1984)
  18. The Big Apple - Part 2 (2/23/1984)
  19. Rodeo (3/8/1984)
  20. Katie's College (3/15/1984)
  21. The Center (4/19/1984)
  22. Class Of '84 (5/3/1984)


Season 4
  1. Joey Goes To New Orleans - Part 1 (9/29/1984)
  2. Joey Goes To New Orleans - Part 2 (10/6/1984)
  3. Nell's Birthday (10/13/1984)
  4. Grandpa's Secret Life (10/20/1984)
  5. Sam's First Love (10/27/1984)
  6. Who Dunnit? (11/3/1984)
  7. Breakdance (11/10/1984)
  8. Daddy's Little Girl (11/17/1984)
  9. Carl's Delicate Moment (11/24/1984)
  10. Julie's Lie (12/1/1984)
  11. Baby Of The Family (12/8/1984)
  12. TV Or Not TV (12/15/1984)
  13. The Spirit Of Christmas (12/22/1984)
  14. Grandpa's Will (1/5/1985)
  15. The Answering Machine (1/12/1985)
  16. The Gift (1/19/1985)
  17. Alabamy Bound - Part 1 (1/26/1985)
  18. Alabamy Bound - Part 2 (2/2/1985)
  19. The Earthquake (2/9/1985)
  20. The Lookalike (2/16/1985)
  21. Cat Story (2/23/1985)
  22. Police Mamas (3/23/1985)
  23. Monkey See, Monkey Do (3/30/1985)
  24. Friendship (5/4/1985)
  25. Julie's Birthday (5/11/1985)


Season 5
  1. Joey's Train (9/14/1985)
  2. Ship of Fools - Part 1 (9/21/1985)
  3. Ship of Fools - Part 2 (9/28/1985)
  4. The Man From Zoron (10/5/1985)
  5. Addy's Goodbye (10/19/1985)
  6. So Long, Jonathan (10/26/1985)
  7. Mama (11/2/1985)
  8. Sam's Little Girl (11/9/1985)
  9. The Elevator (11/16/1985)
  10. Nell's New Car (11/23/1985)
  11. Nell's Gifted Child (11/30/1985)
  12. Katie's Apartment (12/7/1985)
  13. Snippets (12/14/1985)
  14. Second Chance - Part 1 (1/4/1986)
  15. Second Chance - Part 2 (1/11/1986)
  16. Bienvenido, Jonathan (1/18/1986)
  17. The Gun (2/1/1986)
  18. A Lesson For Nell (2/8/1986)
  19. Pride And Prejudice (2/15/1986)
  20. Family Reunion (2/22/1986)
  21. Getting To Know You (3/29/1986)
  22. Katie's Korner (4/5/1986)
  23. Found Money (5/3/1986)
  24. The Purse Snatcher (5/10/1986)


Season 6
  1. Sam Goes To College - Part 1 (9/24/1986)
  2. Sam Goes To College - Part 2 (9/24/1986)
  3. Below Sea Level (10/1/1986)
  4. Joey Meets Matthew (10/8/1986)
  5. Nell Goes Back To New York (10/15/1986)
  6. The Apartment (10/29/1986)
  7. I Love New York (11/5/1986)
  8. Nell The Boss (11/12/1986)
  9. Harry The Hamster (11/19/1986)
  10. Joey The Gambler (11/26/1986)
  11. The Scam (12/3/1986)
  12. Christmas In New York (12/10/1986)
  13. Nell's Secret Admirer (1/7/1987)
  14. The Loan (1/14/1987)
  15. The Window - Part 1 (1/21/1987)
  16. The Window - Part 2 (1/21/1987)
  17. Joey's First Crush (1/28/1987)
  18. Joey's Teacher (2/4/1987)
  19. Joey's Hero (2/11/1987)
  20. Joey the Gigolo (2/25/1987)
  21. Parents' Week - Part 1 (2/25/1987)
  22. Parents' Week - Part 2 (3/4/1987)
  23. Save The Church (4/28/1987)
  24. Someday, My Prince . . . (5/5/1987)
  25. Mama's Date (5/12/1987)




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