Together We Stand

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Together We Stand
Created byAl Burton
Michael Jacobs
Sherwood Schwartz
Written byStephen Sustarsic
Directed byPeter Bonerz
Andrew D. Weyman
StarringDee Wallace
Elliott Gould
Scott Grimes
Jonathan Ke Quan
Julia Migenes
Natasha Bobo
Katie O'Neill
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19 (6 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Sherwood Schwartz
Al Burton
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Al Burton Productions
The Sherwood Schwartz Company
Universal Television
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1986 –
April 24, 1987

Together We Stand, also known as Nothing Is Easy, is an American sitcom 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 14), which served as a backdoor pilot, the Bradys' neighbors plan to adopt one child but end up adopting three boys of different ethnicities.


David Randall and his wife Lori, had two kids, adopted daughter Amy (Katie O'Neill) and biological son Jack (Scott Grimes). After seeing how well the Randall family did with an adopted child and a biological 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 Sally having parents for the first time, and Jack and Amy having to compete with the new arrivals for their parents' time and affection.



As Together We Stand (1986)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"Pilot"September 22, 1986 (1986-09-22)
22"Oh, Brother!"September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
33"It Happened One Night"October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)
44"Betrothal"October 8, 1986 (1986-10-08)
55"Socks and Bonds"October 15, 1986 (1986-10-15)
66"A Chicken in Every Wok"October 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)

As Nothing Is Easy (1987)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
71"We're a Family"February 8, 1987 (1987-02-08)
82"I Never Dance with Mother"February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15)
93"A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"March 27, 1987 (1987-03-27)
104"Double Date"April 3, 1987 (1987-04-03)
115"Mother, Can You Spare a Dime?"April 10, 1987 (1987-04-10)
126"That's What Friends Are For?"April 17, 1987 (1987-04-17)
137"Sunday, Monday and Always"April 24, 1987 (1987-04-24)
148"Girls Night In"Unaired
159"Little Miracle"Unaired
1610"Jack's Alter Ego"Unaired
1711"Against All Odds"Unaired
1812"Love Is in the Air"Unaired
1913"My Mentor"Unaired

Network run[edit]

Premiering on Monday, September 22, 1986 at 8:30 PM ET after Kate and Allie where its ratings were initially strong, Together We Stand moved to Wednesdays at 8:00 PM ET beginning on October 1 to make room for My Sister Sam, putting it up against ABC's Perfect Strangers and NBC's Highway to Heaven instead. When the show's ratings plunged, CBS pulled the series after six episodes had aired.[1]

The show returned three months later with a new title – Nothing Is Easy – new opening credits, a new time slot (Sundays at 9:30 PM ET, after Designing Women and up against movies on the other two networks), 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 a single mother. After two weeks in that time slot, it went on hiatus again for a month only to resurface on Fridays at 8:00 PM beginning on March 27, competing with ABC's The Charmings and NBC's Roomies. The revamp lasted only for a total of seven episodes before CBS cancelled it for good. The remaining six unaired episodes are not known to have aired anywhere.


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