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Created byPrudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Written byEllen Guylas
David Nichols
Trish Soodik
Directed byValentine Mayer
David Nichols
Andrew D. Weyman
StarringLisa Patrick
Kimberley Farr
Hugh Maguire
David Moscow
Chris Young
Opening theme"Happy Together"
Composer(s)Ray Colcord
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Running time24 mins.
Production company(s)Sternin & Fraser Ink
ELP Communications
DistributorColumbia Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 20 (1989-03-20) –
May 29, 1989 (1989-05-29)

Live-In is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March 20, 1989 to May 29, 1989.[1] The series stars Australian actress Lisa Patrick and was described as an updated version of Nanny and the Professor.[2]


Lisa Patrick stars as Lisa Wells, a young, attractive Australian woman who grew up in a large family in the Australian outback. After coming to the United States, Lisa is hired as a live-in nanny for the Matthews, a suburban New Jersey family. Kimberley Farr stars as Sarah Mathews who works as a manager at Macy's in Manhattan. Her husband Ed (Hugh Maguire) is the proprietor of Mathews Sporting Goods Store in New Jersey. The couple have three children: oldest son Danny (Chris Young), a girl crazy high school sophomore; Peter (David Moscow), a high school freshman who has yet to develop an interest in girls and infant daughter Melissa (played by twins Melissa and Allison Lindsay). The supporting cast includes Jenny O'Hara as Muriel Spiegelman, Sarah's best friend and Lightfield Lewis as Gator, Danny's equally girl crazy best friend.[1][3]

Storylines revolve around Lisa's adjustment to American culture and her interaction with the children she cares for. Comedic situations also arise from Danny's obsession with girls, namely Lisa, whom he has a crush on.[3]


  • Lisa Patrick as Lisa Welles
  • Hugh Maguire as Ed Mathews
  • Kimberley Farr as Sarah Mathews
  • David Moscow as Peter Mathews
  • Chris Young as Danny Mathews
  • Melissa and Allison Lindsay as Melissa Mathews
  • Jenny O'Hara as Muriel Spiegelman
  • Lightfield Lewis as Gator

Guest stars[edit]

Production notes[edit]

Live-In was created by Prudence Fraser and Robert Sternin. The series was produced by Sternin & Fraser Ink and ELP Communications, and distributed by Columbia Pictures Television.

The series' theme song was a cover of "Happy Together".[1]

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Live-In was a mid-season replacement that premiered on March 20, 1989. The series was scheduled on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST preceding another new comedy series Heartland, starring Brian Keith.[4] Both series featured predominately young casts and teen-oriented storylines that CBS hoped would draw in teen and young adult viewers.[5] However, both series received generally negative reviews from critics and suffered from low ratings. CBS announced its decision to cancel both series on May 20, 1989.[6] The final episode of Live-In aired on May 29, 1989.[1]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Will MackenzieRobert Sternin & Prudence FraserMarch 20, 1989 (1989-03-20)
2"The Coupe, The Group and Everything"Andrew D. WeymanDavid NicholsMarch 27, 1989 (1989-03-27)
3"Dan, the Man, B-Ball Scam"Andrew D. WeymanMindy GlazerApril 3, 1989 (1989-04-03)
4"Peter's I-Dented-It Crisis"TBATBAApril 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)
5"Les Liaisons Harmless"Valentine MayerEric GillilandApril 17, 1989 (1989-04-17)
6"Mommy and Me and Au Pair Makes Three"Valentine MayerEllen GuylasMay 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)
7"Kissing Cousin"Howard MurrayDavid NicholsMay 8, 1989 (1989-05-08)
8"Daddy's Girl"Andrew D. WeymanEllen GuylasMay 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)
9"It Takes Two to Tutor"Andrew D. WeymanTrish SoodikMay 29, 1989 (1989-05-29)


  1. ^ a b c d Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (October 17, 2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 802. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  2. ^ Quill, Greg (Mar 10, 1989). "Yuppie nanny yarn added to CBS-TV comedy line up". Toronto Star. p. E24.
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2 ed.). McFarland. p. 618. ISBN 0-786-46477-1.
  4. ^ "MONDAY, LINEUP RESHUFFLED". Akron Beacon Journal. March 6, 1989. p. C6.
  5. ^ "TWO NEW CBS SITCOMS TAKE AIM AT YOUNGER VIEWERS". Miami Herald. March 18, 1989. p. 4E.
  6. ^ Feder, Robert (May 20, 1989). "CBS revamps prime-time program schedule for fall". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 5.

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