1976, Drama
The lives of the Lawrence family in Pasadena, Calif.

Episode Guide

  • Family - Letting Go (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Letting Go

    Doug and Buddy clash over Buddy's involvement with a college graduate; Annie resents a friend's (Dana Plato) flirting; guest Tony O'Dell.

  • Family - Smarts (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:


    Annie finds friendship difficult when she is labeled the smartest student in the class; Buddy studies for college-entrance exams.

  • Family - The Ties That Bind (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    The Ties That Bind

    Kate becomes embarrassed when a friend (Louise Latham) is arrested for shoplifting; Annie is angry when she takes a look in Buddy's diary.

  • Family - Such a Fine Line (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Such a Fine Line

    Willie borrows $3,000 from Kate, intending to save Jeff from the hands of an angry drug dealer; a teenager (Michael J. Fox) pursues Kate.

  • Family - Daylight Serenade (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Daylight Serenade

    Buddy and Kate pressure a pianist (Timothy Wead) preparing for an audition; Annie wants to go to a party with Nancy; guest Ted Danson.

  • Family - Play on Love (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Play on Love

    Willie's sudden involvement with his play's director causes him to reconsider his engagement to Rachel; Buddy's new car causes problems.

  • Family - Whispers (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:


    Rumors spread about Buddy and a teacher/advisor (Cliff De Young); Willie uses Annie as a referral to submit a play to a major producer.

  • Family - Hard Times (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Hard Times

    Kate accuses Nancy of neglecting troubled Timmy as she prepares an important legal brief; Buddy tries to reunite two friends.

  • Family - When the Bough Breaks (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    When the Bough Breaks

    The whole family is disrupted when Kate finds out she is pregnant; a zany friend of Buddy's is determined to have an affair with Willie.

  • Family - Jack of Hearts (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Jack of Hearts

    Buddy becomes jealous and angry when her college-age jogging partner (Jameson Parker) begins dating Nancy; Annie thinks she is psychic.

  • Family - 'Tis the Season (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    'Tis the Season

    Willie announces he won't be home for Christmas, bringing an argument from Doug; Buddy asks Kate to give odd jobs to the school custodian.

  • Family - Thanksgiving (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:


    Doug refuses to deal with his father's (Henry Fonda) senility until confronted by the elder Lawrence himself. Directed by Joanne Woodward.

  • Family - From Russia With Love (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    From Russia With Love

    Doug is jealous of a Soviet composer (George S. Irving) Kate is escorting; Annie and Buddy vie for Willy's room; guest Elya Baskin.

  • Family - Going Straight (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Going Straight

    Finally allowed to have a secretary, Willie offers the job to a prostitute (Shera Danese) who wants to better herself; guest Marty Ingels.

  • Family - Prelude (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:


    A pack of old love letters makes Kate wonder what became of her first boyfriend; Buddy loses her heart to her handsome swimming coach.

  • Family - An Apple for the Teacher (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    An Apple for the Teacher

    A disruptive music student (Steve Guttenberg) makes Kate question her career choice; Annie tries to repay Buddy for a lost ring.

  • Family - Diversions (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:


    Nancy, studying hard for her bar exams, allows herself to be distracted by a charming young lawyer (Greg Mullavey) who lives next door.

  • Family - Ballerina (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:


    Willie falls for a dancer (Stephanie Zimbalist) devoted to ballet; Doug and Kate enroll in an exercise class.

  • Family - The Competition (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    The Competition

    Buddy works hard to come out first in a history competition, only to have a troubled classmate teach her a lesson in the price of winning.

  • Family - The Athlete (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    The Athlete

    Hospital-volunteer Buddy meets an athlete (Michael Biehn) who may lose a leg to bone cancer; Doug helps Annie in her class-presidency bid.

  • Family - Buddy and the Disco Queen (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Buddy and the Disco Queen

    A girl (Priscilla Lopez) drives drunk with dancing-class partner Buddy in the car then does nothing when Buddy is mistakenly arrested.

  • Family - Sleeping Over (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Sleeping Over

    Kate discovers Willie is having an affair with recital partner (Shelley Long) from her music class.

  • Family - Malicious Mischief (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Malicious Mischief

    Nancy becomes involved with a school psychologist (David Birney) and learns he was accused of molesting a girl.

  • Family - Moment of Truth (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Moment of Truth

    Doug buys a gun after being threatened by a parolee he helped send to prison; loyalty to a friend causes Buddy to be accused of cheating.

  • Family - Exits and Entrances (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Exits and Entrances

    Kate's old friend (Rachel Roberts), now a famous actress, is so impressed with Buddy's school-play performance that she offers her a role.

  • Family - The Friend's Affair (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    The Friend's Affair

    Doug accidentally discovers that his friend and law partner is having an affair with his assistant; Annie thinks a woman has been killed.

  • Family - The Gift (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    The Gift

    Annie is depressed when she has no Christmas gifts from her parents; Willie gets a haircut to please an old friend; guest Michael Keaton.

  • Family - Expectations (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:


    Nancy gets a job as researcher in a prestigious law firm, but discovers that her new boss has more than a professional interest in her.

  • Family - Generations (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    The Lawrences decide to spend Thanksgiving at the farm Willie inherited from his grandmother, before he sells the land.

  • Family - Just Friends (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Just Friends

    Willie falls in love with a fellow writing student (Kim Cattrall) then discovers she is married; Nancy decides to get her own apartment.

  • Family - Magic (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    Kate's hopes for a quiet weekend in the hospital are shattered because her roommate is a rock singer (Annie Potts); guest Charlotte Rae.

  • Family - Changes (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:


    Nancy's plans to remarry Jeff are derailed by his impractical ambitions; Annie wants to add Lawrence to her name; guest Stephen Furst.

  • Family - All for Love (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    All for Love

    The boyfriend (Leif Garrett) of 16-year-old Buddy pressures her to have sex; Doug covets a red Corvette; guest Lisa Whelchel.

  • Family - Starting Over (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Starting Over

    Kate's dreams of quiet in her empty nest end when 11-year-old orphan Annie Cooper (Quinn Cummings) comes to stay; guest Nicolas Coster.

  • Family - Counterpoint (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:


    Doug neglects work when he renews his interest in astronomy; Kate's music teacher (William Daniels) tells her to leave the class.

  • Family - Sleeping Gypsy (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Sleeping Gypsy

    Buddy's oldest friend (Dinah Manoff) refuses to behave like everyone else; Kate buys a plaid sports jacket for Doug.

  • Family - Fear of Shadows (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Fear of Shadows

    A dream in which she strikes a child while driving a red car so frightens Kate that she hesitates taking injured Buddy to the hospital.

  • Family - Friend of the Family (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Friend of the Family

    Willie's dishonest old schoolmate (Joseph Bottoms) visits for a few days, alienating everyone but Buddy.

  • Family - The Covenant (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    The Covenant

    Doug and his father (David Wayne) travel to their summer home in an attempt to resolve an old conflict; pregnant Nancy has problems.

  • Family - Crossing Over (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Crossing Over

    On the eve of his 21st birthday, Willie begins to feel like a failure and winds up spending the night with Doug and a concerned stripper.

  • Family - And Baby Makes Three (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    And Baby Makes Three

    Buddy discovers that her friend Audrey is about to give herself to a deceitful boy; Nancy decides not to tell Jeff about her pregnancy.

  • Family - Lifeline (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:


    Nancy fears a recently jilted friend (Jennifer Salt) is on the verge of doing something foolish; guests Ken Kercheval, Vincent Baggetta.

  • Family - See-Saw (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:


    Buddy departs on a ski weekend with T.J.'s family, leaving Kate to lavish her motherly attentions on a young blind man (John Friedlich).

  • Family - Echoes of Love (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Echoes of Love

    Willie begins dating Lizzie's former roommate (Gretchen Corbett) but can't escape memories of his life with Lizzie; guest Terri Nunn.

  • Family - The Princess in the Tower (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Princess in the Tower

    Kate becomes locked in a model condominium overnight with a pregnant woman (Kim Darby); Buddy's hair-streaking attempt ends in disaster.

  • Family - More Than Friends (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    More Than Friends

    Nancy learns that Willie's old writing teacher (David Selby), whom she has been dating, has given a false evaluation of Willie's script.

  • Family - A Child Is Given (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    A Child Is Given

    The joy of the holiday season in the Lawrence household is shattered when little Timmy is taken ill and faces a crisis on Christmas Eve.

  • Family - Labors of Love (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Labors of Love

    Willie learns the real reason his boss (Samantha Eggar) suddenly gave him a big promotion; Buddy uses another boy to make T.J. jealous.

  • Family - Tale Out of Season (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Tale Out of Season

    Kate fills in for Buddy on a baby-sitting job and becomes convinced her charge is a child-abuse victim; a puppy is left in Nancy's car.

  • Family - Childhood's End (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Childhood's End

    Buddy's friend Laura returns for a visit and reveals her alcoholism; Doug's lonely business acquaintance becomes attached to the family.

  • Family - The Little Brother (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    The Little Brother

    Willie becomes attached to a 14-year-old orphan (Kirk Calloway) and tries to convince the family to adopt the boy; guest Dorian Harewood.

  • Family - We Love You, Miss Jessup (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    We Love You, Miss Jessup

    Willie sees his married buddy becoming friends with Nancy; Buddy discovers that a teacher (Blair Brown) she likes is homosexual.

  • Family - Annie Laurie (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Annie Laurie

    Doug's relationship with a woman lawyer (Linda Lavin) who has fallen in love with him puts a strain on the family, particularly Buddy.

  • Family - Change of Heart (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Change of Heart

    Buddy competes with a pretty classmate for T.J.'s affections; Nancy decides to win Jeff back after meeting his fiancee (Veronica Hamel).

  • Family - The First Time (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    The First Time

    Gifts of bracelets -- a diamond one for Kate, and T.J.'s I.D. band for Buddy -- make mother and daughter realize the changes in their lives.

  • Family - Acts of Love (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Acts of Love

    Willie falls for a student (Brooke Adams) who reveals she may be dying from radiation poisoning; guest Gretchen Corbett.

  • Family - Acts of Love (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Acts of Love

    Willie and Lizzie wed, but their happy life together is destined to be brief; guests Gretchen Corbett, Priscilla Pointer.

  • Family - An Endangered Species (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    An Endangered Species

    An acquaintance (William Windom) of the Lawrences', recently divorced after 25 years of marriage, leans on lonely Kate for companionship.

  • Family - There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth

    A self-styled psychic (David Dukes) reveals personal information to Kate about her mother and long-lost aunt; guest Daniel J. Travanti.

  • Family - Comings and Goings (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Comings and Goings

    Nancy's former mother-in-law pleads a bad back while visiting and stays in Willie's room, vacant since he decided to live with Salina.

  • Family - Taking Chances (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Taking Chances

    Blinded after a hit-and-run accident, Doug faces the choice of having risky surgery to restore his sight or remaining blind.

  • Family - Taking Chances (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Taking Chances

    Family and friends seem disappointed when Doug decides to forgo risky surgery and remain blind.

  • Family - Best Friends (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Best Friends

    Nancy's renewed ties to a former boyfriend (Peter Coffield) falter when she learns he is a drug addict.

  • Family - A Safe House (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    A Safe House

    Willie's old friend, a fugitive kidnapper, wants Willie's help to see his ailing father; a news story could cost Buddy a friend.

  • Family - Someone's Watching (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Someone's Watching

    Nancy receives gifts from an uncomfortably observant secret admirer; Buddy's lonely school-project partner adopts the Lawrences.

  • Family - Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

    A woman (Tovah Feldshuh) thinks Kate is her natural mother; Willie falls for a wealthy girl who came for an engagement photograph.

  • Family - Return Engagement (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Return Engagement

    When Doug's old flame (Pat Crowley) visits, he postpones joining Kate and the family on a weekend trip.

  • Family - Lovers and Strangers (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Lovers and Strangers

    Willie meets an older woman (Elizabeth Ashley) when he takes Nancy and Timmy to the airport; Kate and Buddy decide to buy a dog for Doug.

  • Family - An Eye to the Future (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    An Eye to the Future

    Bored Kate considers getting a job; Buddy flirts over her CB radio; guests Murray Matheson, James Woods.

  • Family - Rites of Friendship (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Rites of Friendship

    Willie finds the truth hard to accept when his lifelong friend (Brian Byers) is arrested for assaulting an officer in a homosexual bar.

  • Family - Skeleton in the Closet (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Skeleton in the Closet

    Kate discovers Doug's visiting sister Emily is an alcoholic; Buddy attempts to help an elderly woman.

  • Family - The Cradle Will Fall (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Cradle Will Fall

    Salina fights her baby's father (Nicholas Hammond) for custody; Kate sees Fred Hogan with another woman.

  • Family - Jury Duty (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Jury Duty

    Buddy pursues a skateboard whiz (Willie Aames); Kate serves on the jury for the trial of a boy accused of rape and murder.

  • Family - Jury Duty (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Jury Duty

    The Lawrence home is bombarded by threats and protests after news leaks out that Kate was responsible for the hung jury.

  • Family - Coming of Age (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Coming of Age

    Nancy accepts Peter's (David Hedison) proposal but then is drawn to another man (Tommy Lee Jones); Buddy worries about becoming a woman.

  • Family - Home Movie (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Home Movie

    Buddy asks to be excluded from a home movie Willie is making, after he ignores requests for help with a speech she must make at school.

  • Family - Such Sweet Sorrow (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Such Sweet Sorrow

    Willie tries to choose between Big Al and old love Salina; Doug considers a prestigious job offer in New York.

  • Family - Coming Apart (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Coming Apart

    Willie falls for Buddy's boss, a college student who runs a bakery; Nancy's college professor makes a pass when her divorce hearing nears.

  • Family - A Point of Departure (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    A Point of Departure

    A burglary in the Lawrence home makes it difficult for Willie to announce his intention to leave home and live on the farm he inherited.

  • Family - Thursday's Child Has Far to Go (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Thursday's Child Has Far to Go

    The christening of Nancy and Jeff's baby causes conflict when he is named after a Lawrence son lost years earlier during a fishing trip.

  • Family - A Right and Proper Goodbye (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    A Right and Proper Goodbye

    Willie can't accept that a visit by his outspoken maternal grandmother (Mildred Natwick) may be her last.

  • Family - A Special Kind of Loving (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    A Special Kind of Loving

    Buddy, jealous of Willie's attentions to a waitress (Season Hubley), is upset by the girl's pregnancy.

  • Family - Monday Is Forever (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Monday Is Forever

    Kate tries to be composed while awaiting results of a breast-tumor biopsy; Buddy's best friend prepares to move.

  • Family - The Best Years (Episode 86)
    Episode 86:

    The Best Years

    Nancy arrives home early and finds her husband, Jeff, with another woman, forcing her to move back in with her family; Buddy runs away after overhearing Kate talking about her children.