A New Kind of Family

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A New Kind of Family
Genre Sitcom
Written by Bob Illes
James R. Stein
Directed by James Burrows
Bob Claver
Herbert Kenwith
Jeremiah Morris
Alan Myerson
Starring Eileen Brennan
Rob Lowe
Telma Hopkins
Composer(s) Dan Foliart
Howard Pearl
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Producer(s) Nick Arnold
Bob Illes
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Gordon-Eisner Productions
Original network ABC
Original release September 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]


  • Eileen Brennan.....Kit Flanagan
  • Rob Lowe.....Tony Flanagan
  • Lauri Hendler.....Hillary Flanagan
  • David Hollander.....Andy Flanagan
  • Gwynne Gilford.....Abby Stone (September – October 1979)
  • Connie Ann Hearn.....Jill Stone (September – October 1979)
  • Telma Hopkins.....Jess Ashton (December 1979 – January 1980)
  • Janet Jackson.....Jojo Ashton (December 1979 – January 1980)
  • Chuck McCann.....Harold Zimmerman


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "I Do" September 16, 1979
1-2 "Are You Sure Barnum and Bailey Started Like This?" September 23, 1979
1-3 "The Hero" September 30, 1979
1-4 "The Break-up" October 7, 1979
1-5 "Invasion of Privacy" October 14, 1979
1-6 "Andy's New Dad" October 21, 1979
1-7 "Thank You for a Lovely Evening" December 15, 1979
1-8 "Is There a Gun in the House?" December 22, 1979
1-9 "Fair Weather Friend" December 29, 1979
1-10 "No Smoking, Please" January 5, 1980

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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