Double Trouble (American TV series)

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Double Trouble
SagalTwins M2.jpg
Publicity shot of the Sagal twins
Created byDavid W. Duclon
Robert Illes
James Stein
Directed byJohn Bowab
Jim Drake
Ellen Falcon
Marlene Laird
John Pasquin
StarringJean Sagal
Liz Sagal
Composer(s)Ray Colcord
Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23
Executive producer(s)Judith Allison
Janis Hirsch
Robert Illes
Bernie Orenstein
Bill Richmond
Saul Turteltaub
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Embassy Television
DistributorColumbia Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseApril 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) –
March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)

Double Trouble is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from April 4, 1984 to March 30, 1985. The series stars identical twins Jean and Liz Sagal as Kate and Allison Foster, two teenagers living under the watchful eye of their widowed father. The show was considered an updating of the "twins in mischief" concept seen in films like The Parent Trap or the Patty Duke Show of the 1960s. The Sagal sisters acknowledged that Norman Lear, the Sagal family's godfather,[1] was the one who held influence over the show's concept.[2]


Double Trouble premiered in April 1984. Initially, the series was set in Des Moines, Iowa, and generally revolved around the twins' high school or their father's dance studio (thus giving the girls a chance to show off their real-life dancing skills). Most of the show's comedy was generated from the fact that one twin was serious while the other more laid-back and happy-go-lucky.

Beginning as a mid-season replacement, the show also starred Donnelly Rhodes as the girls' father, Art Foster. The show did not generate high enough ratings in its initial debut to be included in NBC's fall schedule; however, it was brought back for a second go-'round as a mid-season replacement in December 1984. After some retooling, the setting of the show was relocated to New York City. Rhodes was replaced by Barbara Barrie as the twins' aunt. The second season ran for fifteen episodes. The series was not renewed after the second season, but it was seen in reruns on NBC until August 21, 1985, and for several years on USA Network in the late 1980s and early 1990s.



Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04)May 30, 1984 (1984-05-30)
215December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)

Season 1 (1984)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
11"One Drives, the Other Doesn't"Marlena LairdTeleplay by: Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
Story by: Robert Illes & James Stein & Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04)226151
22"Lust"Jim DrakeJill Gordon & Susan Jane LindnerApril 11, 1984 (1984-04-11)TBA
33"First Day"John BowabDeidre Fay & Stuart WolpertApril 18, 1984 (1984-04-18)TBA
44"Bad Chemistry"John BowabKimberly HillApril 25, 1984 (1984-04-25)TBA
55"Dueling Feet"Marlena LairdEmily PotterMay 2, 1984 (1984-05-02)TBA
66"Separate Birthdays"Marlena LairdTeleplay by: Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
Story by: David Chambers & Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
May 16, 1984 (1984-05-16)TBA
77"Hearthache"TBATBAMay 23, 1984 (1984-05-23)TBA
88"Bombshell"Jim DrakeRobert Illes, James Stein & Janis HirschMay 30, 1984 (1984-05-30)TBA

Season 2 (1984–85)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
91"If We Can Make It Here..."Jim DrakeDon ReoDecember 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
102"Do You Believe in Magic?"Jim DrakeJanis HirschDecember 8, 1984 (1984-12-08)
113"Dream Girls"John PasquinLissa LevinDecember 15, 1984 (1984-12-15)
124"O Come All Ye Faithful"John PasquinJanis HirschDecember 22, 1984 (1984-12-22)
135"Man for Margo"John PasquinBill RichmondJanuary 5, 1985 (1985-01-05)
146"The Boy Next Door"Ellen Chaset FalconLissa LevinJanuary 12, 1985 (1985-01-12)
157"Memories"Don ReoJudith D. AllisonJanuary 19, 1985 (1985-01-19)
168"Two Girls for Every Boy"Ellen Chaset FalconLissa LevinJanuary 26, 1985 (1985-01-26)
179"The Write Stuff"Linda DayJanis HirschFebruary 2, 1985 (1985-02-02)
1810"Commercial Break"Ellen Chaset FalconBill RichmondFebruary 9, 1985 (1985-02-09)
1911"Old Movies"Ellen Chaset FalconDon ReoFebruary 16, 1985 (1985-02-16)
2012"September Song"Ellen Chaset FalconPerry Grant & Dick BensfieldFebruary 23, 1985 (1985-02-23)
2113"Funny Girl"Judi EltermanJanis HirschMarch 2, 1985 (1985-03-02)
2214"The Day of the Rose"Ellen Chaset FalconTBAMarch 23, 1985 (1985-03-23)
2315"Where's Poppa?"Ellen Chaset FalconDon Reo & Judith D. AllisonMarch 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1983-84 8 March 4, 1984 May 30, 1984 71 13.1[3] N/A
1984-85 13 December 1, 1984 March 30, 1985 43 13.8[4] "The Dukes of Hazzard", "TJ Hooker"


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  3. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".
  4. ^ {{cite web|url= Season Nielsens -- NBC Breaks its 8-Year Curse and Shoves Into 2nd Place as ABC and CBS Continue to Bank on Soap Prominence|}

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