Gimme a Break!
Gimme a Break! stars Nell Carter as Nell Harper, a once-aspiring singer who agrees to take on the responsibilities of the Kanisky family housekeeper as a special favor to her dying friend and Kanisky family matriarch. Although Harper initially joins the Kanisky household as a feisty housekeeper to widower Carl, chief of police of the fictional Glennlawn, California (Dolph Sweet), she quickly assumes the role as a key parental figure for his three teenage daughters, Katie, Julie, Vanessa, and eventually a foster son named Joey, played by a young Joey Lawrence. Gimme a Break! is an early example of sitcoms that managed to mock common stereotypes through the power of humor and loving relationships.
Gimme a Break! originally aired on NBC from October 29, 1981 to May 12, 1987 for six seasons and 137 episodes featuring guest appearances from Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Gibb, Ray Parker Jr., and The Pointer Sisters.