Our House (1986 TV series)
|Created by||James Lee Barrett|
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
|Theme music composer||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||46|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original run||September 11, 1986– May 8, 1988|
Our House is an American television drama series that aired on NBC for two seasons from September 11, 1986 to May 8, 1988. The series centers on the Witherspoon family and the challenges they face adjusting to life with three generations living in the same house.
After his son John dies, retired widower Gus Witherspoon (played by Wilford Brimley) invites his daughter-in-law Jessica 'Jessie' Witherspoon (played by Deidre Hall) and her three children to move to California to live with him until they can get back on their feet financially.
Despite protests from her children, Jessie, along with 15-year-old daughter Kris (played by Shannen Doherty), 12-year-old son David (played by Chad Allen), eight-year-old daughter Molly (played by Keri Houlihan), and their basset hound named Arthur leave Fort Wayne, Indiana to start their new lives in California. As they settle in to life with Gus, they realize that he can be a difficult man to live with. Predictably, a major part of the plot each week was centered on the conflict that can arise when extended family tries to live together in the same house. As the man of the house, Gus imposed rules on the three grandchildren the same way he raised his own children, but later learned ways to convey his lessons to the kids without having to be gruff. Jessie and the kids learn that beneath Gus' stern facade is a man who is wise about the ways of the world and cares about them very much.
In a feature reminiscent of the 1960s T.V. series The Wild Wild West, each act of an episode ended with a freeze frame moment, which would then occupy one of the rooms in the "house" on the screen just before the commercial break. As the episode unfolded, more rooms would be filled until finally, when the dilemma had been resolved, the final piece would be put in place, completing the house.
John Witherspoon (played by Patrick Duffy) was seen in one episode, and in the occasional flashback.
- Wilford Brimley - Gus Witherspoon
- Deidre Hall - Jessica 'Jessie' Witherspoon
- Shannen Doherty - Kris Witherspoon
- Chad Allen - David Witherspoon
- Keri Houlihan - Molly Witherspoon
- Gerald S. O'Loughlin - Joe Kaplan
Upon its 1986 premiere, the Associated Press called the series "a family show suitable for framing." Despite good reviews, and likely owing to being scheduled Sundays at 7 PM (EST) opposite CBS's powerhouse 60 Minutes, the show was not a ratings hit, only ranking 53rd in its first season and 64th in its second season.
The Inspiration Network re-aired syndicated episodes of Our House in the US on from October 18, 2010 to December 31, 2011. Prior to that, reruns of the show aired on The Family Channel in the early-90s, and on Pax TV and Odyssey Channel about a decade later.