From 1976 through 1980, the drama Family provided a weekly slice of American life via the Lawrences of Pasadena, CA. Produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, it featured Sada Thompson as no-nonsense matriarch Kate, James Broderick as her equally levelheaded husband Doug, Gary Frank as their compassionate son Willie, Kristy McNichol (pictured at top, left) as their wise but never obnoxious youngest daughter "Buddy," Meredith Baxter Birney as their self-involved oldest daughter Nancy, and (in later episodes) Quinn Cummings as their adopted daughter Annie. Along the way, the series featured guest appearances by future stars Michael J. Fox, Annie Potts, Michael Keaton, Kim Cattrall, Shelly Long, Ted Danson and Helen Hunt, to name just a few. The legendary Henry Fonda guest starred as Doug's father. Teen idols (of the day) Willie Aames (Eight Is Enough) and Leif Garrett (Three for the Road) also appeared in notable guest spots, bringing the pages of Tiger Beat magazine to life on the small screen.
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