Together We Stand

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Together We Stand
Genre Sitcom
Created by Michael Jacobs
Written by Stephen Sustarsic
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Andrew D. Weyman
Starring Dee Wallace
Elliott Gould
Scott Grimes
Jonathan Ke Quan
Julia Migenes
Natasha Bobo
Katie O'Neill
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19
Production
Executive producer(s) Sherwood Schwartz
Al Burton
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 22, 1986 – April 24, 1987

Together We Stand, also known as Nothing Is Easy, is an American television series that aired on the CBS network from 1986 to 1987. It was written by Stephen Sustarsic and directed by Andrew D. Weyman.

Together We Stand is about a married couple, David (Elliott Gould) and Lori Randall (Dee Wallace), and their array of adopted children from all walks of life. According to producer Sherwood Schwartz, the plot for this show was originally written as a spin-off from The Brady Bunch called Kelly's Kids. In the January 4, 1974 episode of The Brady Bunch (also titled "Kelly's Kids"; Season 5, Episode 13), which served as a backdoor pilot, the Bradys' neighbors plan on adopting one child but end up adopting three boys, all of different ethnicities.

Summary[edit]

David Randall and his wife, Lori had two kids: an adopted daughter named Amy (Katie O'Neill) and a natural-born son, Jack (Scott Grimes). After seeing how well the Randall family did with an adopted child and a natural child, a pushy social worker gives them two more children: an Asian-American boy named Sam (Ke Huy Quan) and a little African-American girl named Sally (Natasha Bobo). The story lines consisted of the cultural differences and adjustments that had to be made by all — Sam and Kelly having parents for the first time, and also Jack and Amy having to compete with the new arrivals for their parents' time and affection.

Network run[edit]

The series was pulled by CBS after six episodes. Several reasons can be given for the show's quick demise. First, CBS decided to air the episodes out of order (for example, the second episode produced was aired sixth). Secondly, despite airing only five episodes, CBS shifted Together We Stand around to three different time slots.

Revamped as Nothing Is Easy[edit]

The show returned three months later with a new title (Nothing Is Easy), new opening credits, a new theme song, and a new cast member (Julia Migenes as bitter, divorced neighbor Marion Simmons). Elliott Gould did not appear in the revamped series; his character was killed off in an automobile accident, and Dee Wallace-Stone continued on as the family's single mother.

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