Nell's (Nell Carter) mother (Rosetta LeNoire) is seeing a man (guest star Bill Henderson) from her past.
Nell is courted by an African prince who invented chocolate chip cookies in his home country.
Nell learns that her father's church is about to be demolished.
Nell works on a plan to encourage Sam and Eric to stay in college.
Sam announces plans to leave college, get married and move to South Dakota.
Nell convinces Joey to make friends with her boss's daughter.
Nell donates her blood to a television hero who turns out to be a bigot.
Joey's teacher sues Nell for $2.1 million after he falls in her apartment.
Joey confides in Grandpa when he develops an infatuation for Maggie.
Nell quits her job to stay at home and care for Matthew and Joey.
Nell considers giving up her promotion to pay closer attention to Matthew and Joey.
Nell and Addy's friendship is strained when Addy fails to repay a loan.
Nell discovers that she has had a secret admirer since her high-school days.
Marty ruins Joey and Matthew's Christmas by telling them there's no Santa Claus.
Maybelle's savings are stolen when Nell falls for a major scam.
Nell and Marty teach Joey a lesson about the evils of gambling.
Nell joins an animal-rights group after Joey rescues a hamster from an experimental lab.
Nell and Addy learn that mixing business with friendship is a bad idea.
Nell regrets moving to New York after experiencing a series of setbacks.
Nell and Addy begin their search for an apartment in New York.
Lonesome Nell decides to travel back to New York City to see Joey.
Joey's father wants his sons Joey and Matthew to live with him.
Joey's in for a surprise after he and Nell fly to New York to visit Addy.
Nell is left alone at home with the last girl leaves for college.
Sam's crushed when her college scholarship doesn't come through.
After Nell's purse is stolen at a restaurant, the eager young manager and his inept assistant attempt to trap the thief.
Nell urges the family to spend her inheritance money, but the check bounces.
When Katie develops problems in both her personal and professional lives, Nell worries she may be considering suicide.
Nell's plans for a romantic dinner date are dashed when she must baby-sit a large group of children.
Nell meddles in her sister's marriage when she expresses her woes.
Nell and Addy claim racism when their job applications are rejected.
Nell's determined to terminate Grandpa's relationship with a much younger woman.
Nell is injured when Joey accidentally shoots her with the chief's gun.
Jonathan and Julie are reunited when he returns from an archaeological dig.
Nell has a mutiny on her hands when she's unable to book a concert date for her fledgling rock band. Guest star: Gary Collins.
Nell drops out of college to become the manager of a rock 'n' roll group.
Nell and the Kaniskis reflect upon happier times during the Christmas holiday.
Though living on her own, Katie still feels as if she's being hounded by Nell.
Nell overreacts when tests reveal that Joey is a gifted learner.
Nell's purchase of Addy's car causes hostility when the vehicle turns out to be a lemon.
Nell and Addy become stranded in separate elevators in a department store.
Samantha shirks her duties as a Big Sister to date a handsome new neighbor.
Nell's patience is tested when her cranky mother comes to visit.
Jonathan refuses a grant to travel to Mexico because Julie can't go along.
Addy takes a job in New York and then doesn't invite Nell to the going-away party.
Joey's life is saved by a man claiming to be from another planet.
Nell loses her singing voice and has to foot the bill for the ocean cruise and for her guests Joey and Addy.
Nell accepts a job singing on a cruise ship with her ex-husband.
Nell and the Kaniskis have trouble dealing with the death of the chief.
Julie and Jonathan hope to solve the problems in their sometimes-rocky relationship by running off to Las Vegas and getting married.
When Nell begins to feel that Addy is spending less time with her, she relies on a rather simple-minded friend for companionship.
The chief's stubbornness prompts Nell, Katie, Julie and Samantha to leave the house.
Nearly the entire Glenlawn police force succumbs to an outbreak of food poisoning, so Nell and Addy sign on as temporary cops.
A flood threatens Glenlawn and Simpson's out there looking for his cat.
After Nell settles for celebrity look-alikes for a church benefit, the real Sammy Davis Jr. shows up.
During an earthquake, Nell (Nell Carter) is stranded in the library with a hearing-impaired woman (guest star Phyllis Frelich).
Nell's trip to Alabama provides a big surprise -- her mother announces she's decided to move to California.
Nell learns that her newlywed sister is planning to move and will no longer be able to care for their mother.
Nell warns Katie about accepting an expensive gift from a man, then fails to heed her own advice.
Nell learns she's made a big mistake about the voice of a strange woman on her boyfriend's telephone-answering machine.
Grandpa is down in the dumps when he realizes that he has nothing to leave anyone in his will.
Nell and Addy spend a friendly, sentimental Christmas together until a battle starts over Addy's handsome neighbor.
Nell tries to bring the family closer by forcing them to give up television for an entire evening.
Seeking revenge because Nell wouldn't let her go on a coed camping trip, Samantha "helps" Joey prepare a song for Nell's church choir.
Nell and Addy's plans to spend a quiet weekend at a ski resort are dashed when they encounter an all-too-familiar face.
Carl is sued for sexual harassment by a policewoman he refused to promote.
A handsome older man sweeps Nell off her feet, then she learns he's Addy's long-lost father.
Nell learns that Joey has been cutting school to spend his afternoons break dancing at the beach.
Feeling responsible for the death of a jogger who saw their auto accident, Nell and Ray Parker Jr. plan a benefit concert for his widow.
Teenage Samantha falls in love for the first time, but her family sees the boy in a very different light.
Nell's (Nell Carter) efforts to stop Grandpa (John Hoyt) from marrying an heiress (guest star Rue McClanahan) are thwarted by the woman's father (guest star Milton Berle).
As a surprise birthday gift, Joey and the girls alter Nell's birth certificate so that it appears she's a year younger than she thought.
Nell's relationship with Charlie is threatened by her worries about Joey's reaction to his father.
At the New Orleans World's Fair, Joey meets a man he believes is his father and Nell gets reacquainted with an old flame.
Nell may not realize her dream of graduating from high school after she's accused of cheating on a class project.
Grandpa joins a senior citizens center just in time to be involved in a battle between two generations.
Nell isn't too happy when Katie announces that she's opening a boutique instead of going on to college.
Joey learns an important lesson after he pesters Grandpa into taking him to the rodeo.
Nell and Addy find themselves in the middle of a drug bust. Guest star: Tony Randall.
While on vacation in New York, Nell and Addy encounter the mayor, a group of street singers and a supply of cocaine.
On Valentine's Day, Nell's decision to hand out advice to the lovelorn nearly ruins her relationship with her boyfriend.
Nell makes an appointment with a hypnotist after she misplaces Mrs. Kaniski's engagement ring.
At the request of the Kaniski kids, Nell tells the details of how she met their mother and later became their guardian.
The chief investigates a sit-in at a mission school that's about to be demolished -- and the protesters turn out to be his daughters and Nell.
After she learns that her ex-husband has remarried, Nell rekindles an old romance with her second love who just divorced his wife.
Sam's in a slump because a conniving teenage boy is anxious to compromise her principles.
Nell wants Joey's first real Christmas to be special, but her hopes are dashed when everyone has other plans.
When Grandpa returns from a trip to Poland he discovers that his belongings have been moved into the chief's home.
Nell's enemy from her high-school days stops by for a visit and infuriates Nell with her snobbish attitude.
Romantic sparks fly when the chief starts dating a wonderful woman, but a secret threatens to end the relationship.
When Greenlawn's mayor arrives at the Kaniski home for dinner, Nell becomes the target of his amorous advances.
Nell's idea to take Joey in as a foster child doesn't go over too well with the chief.
Nell and the Kaniskis learn that the cute 6-year-old boy who's collecting for "charity" has a criminal motive.
The chief explodes when he learns that Katie's latest boyfriend is in college -- not as a student but as a professor.
Nell spots a handsome man in her "Weight Winners" class, but another woman steps in and makes the first move.
Katie thinks a piece of Andy Gibb's clothing will provide her with the ticket she needs to get into a popular clique.
When Grandma Kaniski decides to take over for an ailing Nell, she manages to disrupt the well-organized home.
Nell tries to save a young shoplifter from the misery of being sent to prison.
Samantha spends a day observing the chief at the police station as research for a school essay.
Samantha spends a day at the police station.
A series of misunderstandings leads bank officials to believe that Grandpa's holding the place up.
The chief's brother Ed begins having second thoughts on his wedding day.
Nell wants revenge on her former singing partners who left her behind 15 years ago. Guest stars: the Pointer Sisters.
The late Mrs. Kaniski's snobbish sister threatens to gain custody of the girls.
The mayor hands the chief an ultimatum: Either he reinstates the policewoman who posed nude in a magazine or he loses his job.
Despite public outcries, Carl fires a policewoman from the force after she poses nude for a national magazine.
The chief angrily searches the house and interrogates the girls after he finds a cigarette butt in his laundry.
The chief discovers that his brother's kidney condition is serious and that he'll need a transplant to survive.
Nell takes a neighbor to court after she is bitten by their dog.
Nell tries her hand at selling vacuum cleaners in a get-rich-quick deal headed by a shady character.
Samantha starts worrying about death when the chief is accidentally shot.
Sibling rivalry flares when Julie tutors a handsome quarterback whose mind seems to be on Katie rather than the books.
The chief learns one of his officers is homosexual.
Nell and her fellow dieters drive an overweight lecturer into deep depression.
Katie's friend announces she has decided to give her baby up for adoption.
Grandpa manages to turn the Kaniski home upside down when he moves in and tackles household chores.
Samantha tests everyone's patience when she insists that her imaginary friend actually exists.
The chief isn't too thrilled when he discovers that his brother is going out with a prostitute.
Nell's thrown behind bars after creating a disturbance at the phone company.
An unmarried, pregnant friend of Katie's arrives for a visit.
The quick-thinking Nell thwarts the plans of burglars who chose the Kaniski home as their next stop.
Samantha's first kiss prompts her to ask questions about the facts of life, but no one takes her curiosity seriously.
Katie's singing group accepts an offer to appear at a Hollywood nightclub.
On their 55th wedding anniversary, Grandpa Kaniski uncovers his wife's long-kept secret.
Upset that no one's listening to her problems, Samantha storms out of the house and takes off in a squad car.
Samantha and Nell learn the true meaning of family love after Nell's father dies.
The chief finally comes to the realization that Katie isn't his little girl anymore.
Katie asks Julie to help her in school by taking an exam in her place.
Nell's smooth-talking former husband arrives at the Kaniski home and leaves with $1,000.
Julie's late-night date with an electronics wizard costs her a stiff punishment.
Julie tries for membership in an exclusive club.
The chief has second thoughts about his job after he fatally wounds a drugstore robber.
Nell packs her bags after she and the chief have a heated argument about her personal life.
Mouth-watering food commercials and the Kaniski's refrigerator prove to be irresistible temptations for the dieting Nell.
Nell sets out to lift the family's spirits on the late Mrs. Kaniski's birthday.
A high-school sweetheart re-enters the chief's life.
The chief tries to improve Nell's love life.
The chief is in for a surprise when Katie is hauled in on a shoplifting charge.