Gimme a Break! The series starred Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief Dolph Sweet and his three daughters. The sitcom takes place in Glenlawn, a fictional suburblocated in either central or northern California.
Little Wheel - Various - She Moves Me episodes into the Whats His Name/Whats His Number - Kimm* - Gimme A Break and final season, the show changed locales from Glenlawn to New York City, when Nell, concerned for Joey's welfare after he moved there with his absentee father, traveled there to check on him.
She subsequently assumed guardianship of Joey and his younger brother Matthew played by Joey Lawrence's real-life brother Matthew Lawrence at their father's request and was forced to permanently relocate there after Chief Kanisky's father Stanley John Hoyt sold the family's Glenlawn home.
More often than not, the guest singers would perform a song with Nell on the episodes. The episode "Cat Story" was performed and broadcast live on March 2,as a promotional gimmick, which the cast performed without major incident. An earlier episode from the —85 season"Baby of the Family," ranked No. The location of Glenlawn is never fully clarified, and various contradictory location information is presented during the series.
Season 3 episode "James Returns" states that Glenlawn is "over miles" from Santa Barbara, and "The Mayor", an episode from the same season, shows the chief boasting that a new police car could make it to Sacramento in 23 minutes. These would place Glenlawn somewhere near Stockton. However, another episode from Season 3, "Flashback", placed the town an hour away from Fresnoin the direction of Bakersfield. In another episode where exterior shooting took place, GlenLawn is on the ocean with palm trees.
FremantleMedia owns the international rights, as they own Thames Television Whats His Name/Whats His Number - Kimm* - Gimme A Break , which acquired Reeves Entertainment Group in The creators of the show were Mort Lachman and Sy Rosen.
The series was taped at Metromedia Square in Hollywood before a studio audience. Over its run, the series used two different theme songs.
The first was composed by Bob Christianson with lyrics by Bob Garrett and Marley Sims; two versions of this song were used, one for the first season and a new recording for the second. A new theme, with music by Jay Graydon and lyrics by Richard Page, was introduced in the Town Crier - Liecus - What have They Come For season and used for the remainder of the show's run.
The new theme has similarities to the first but with a more positive attitude. Carter performed both themes. The show has been in syndication since Antenna TV has aired the show since January 2, The Complete Series is now available in the US. Visual Entertainment under license from FremantleMedia released the first two seasons of Gimme a Break! InVEI announced that they plan on releasing the entire series in a complete series box set in Simply Media TV Ltd released the first and second series in the UK, although the series has never been broadcast on British television.
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