A New Kind of Family

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A New Kind of Family
Written byBob Illes
James R. Stein
Directed byJames Burrows
Bob Claver
Herbert Kenwith
Jeremiah Morris
Alan Myerson
StarringEileen Brennan
Rob Lowe
Telma Hopkins
Composer(s)Dan Foliart
Howard Pearl
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Producer(s)Nick Arnold
Bob Illes
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Gordon-Eisner Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1979 (1979-09-16) – January 5, 1980 (1980-01-05)

A New Kind of Family is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 1979 to January 1980. The series stars Eileen Brennan, Rob Lowe, and Telma Hopkins. It is not to be confused with, nor is it related to, the series Family, which aired concurrently on ABC.


Eileen Brennan stars as Kit Flanagan, a widowed mother of three who shares a home with a divorced woman, Abby Stone (Gwynne Gilford), and her daughter Jill in an effort to save money.

Halfway during the series' first season, it was pulled from the schedule and re-tooled in an effort to boost ratings. The characters of Abby and Jill Stone were written out and new characters, Jess and Jojo Ashton (played by Telma Hopkins and Janet Jackson respectively), were added to the series. Despite the cast change, the show was cancelled in January 1980.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"I Do"TBATBASeptember 16, 1979 (1979-09-16)
2"Are You Sure Barnum and Bailey Started Like This?"TBATBASeptember 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)
3"The Hero"TBATBASeptember 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)
4"The Break-Up"TBATBAOctober 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
5"Invasion of Privacy"TBATBAOctober 14, 1979 (1979-10-14)
6"Andy's New Dad"TBATBAOctober 21, 1979 (1979-10-21)
7"Thank You for a Lovely Evening"TBATBADecember 15, 1979 (1979-12-15)
8"Is There a Gun in the House?"TBATBADecember 22, 1979 (1979-12-22)
9"Fair Weather Friend"TBATBADecember 29, 1979 (1979-12-29)
10"No Smoking, Please"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1980 (1980-01-05)

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1980 Emmy Award Outstanding Video Tape Editing for a Series Nominated Marco Zappia (editor) (For episode "I Do")


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 972–973. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.

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