Together We Stand

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Together We Stand
Genre Sitcom
Created by Al Burton
Michael Jacobs
Sherwood Schwartz
Written by Stephen Sustarsic
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Andrew D. Weyman
Starring Dee Wallace
Elliott Gould
Scott Grimes
Jonathan Ke Quan
Julia Migenes
Natasha Bobo
Katie O'Neill
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (6 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Sherwood Schwartz
Al Burton
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Al Burton Productions
The Sherwood Schwartz Company
Universal Television
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 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 13), 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.



  1. Pilot (9-22-1986)
  2. Oh, Brother (9-29-1986)
  3. It Happened One Night (10-1-1986)
  4. Betrothal (10-8-1986)
  5. Socks and Bonds (10-15-1986)
  6. A Chicken in Every Wok (10-29-1986)
  7. We're a Family (2-8-1987)
  8. I Never Danced with My Mother (2-15-1987)
  9. A Kiss is Just a Kiss (3-27-1987)
  10. Double Date (4-3-1987)
  11. Mother, Can You Spare a Dime? (4-10-1987)
  12. That's What Friends Are For (4-17-1987)
  13. Sunday, Monday, and Always (4-24-1987)

Network run[edit]

The series was pulled by CBS after six episodes. The show returned three months later with a new title (Nothing Is Easy), new opening credits, 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. The revamp lasted only a couple more episodes.

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