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Family (1976-1980)

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I always thought season 1 of Knots Landing reminded me of Family...but with four marriages/families instead of one family.  I think David jacobs wrote some episodes..if Im not mistaken.

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1 hour ago, amybrickwallace said:

 

Yes, David Jacobs wrote many of FAMILY's very best episode.  Whenever I saw his name in the credits, I knew we would be in for a treat.

 

On the other hand, when I saw Charles Pratt's name credited as writer (here on FAMILY or on LIFE GOES on, another family-oriented dram from the past), I would cringe in fear, wondering how he would ruin the episode and characters that night.

 

 

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What's also interesting about reading that article is that 25 years have passed and the longevity records that DALLAS and KL both held have long since been broken. The record-breakers, of course, are L&O (20 seasons) and L&O: SVU (still running and in its 18th season). Even Michele Lee's record for the most appearances by an actress on TV was broken by L&O's S. Epatha Merkerson.

 

Getting back to Family, it only lasted for 86 episodes. In the original 1976 miniseries, I always thought it would make more sense to air "Thursday's Child" before the pilot. Yes, I know the pilot was made first, but I think "Thursday's Child" really told more about who the Lawrence and Maitland families were all about - and it would have made Jeff's adultery all the more jarring.

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