You Take the Kids

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
You Take the Kids
Written byPaul Haggis
Stephen Nathan
Directed byPeter Baldwin
Frank Bonner
Paul Haggis
Marcia L. Leslie
William Levinson
J.D. Lobue
StarringNell Carter
Roger E. Mosley
Dante Beze
Caryn Ward
Marlon Taylor
Trent Cameron
Leila Danette
Theme music composerJeff Moss
Opening theme"Nobody's Got It Easy" performed by Nell Carter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Paul Haggis
CinematographyBill Williams
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)CBS Entertainment Productions
Paul Haggis Productions
MTM Enterprises
DistributorEyemark Entertainment (1996-2000)
KingWorld (2000-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseDecember 15, 1990 (1990-12-15) –
January 12, 1991 (1991-01-12)

You Take the Kids is an American sitcom television series that aired on CBS from December 15, 1990, to January 12, 1991. The series starred Nell Carter, who also performed the theme song "Nobody's Got It Easy". You Take the Kids, which was perceived as being the black answer to Roseanne due to its portrayal of a working-class African-American family, featured Carter as a crass, no-nonsense mother and wife.


Carter stars as Nell Kirkland, the opinionated matriarch of a blue collar African American family living in Pittsburgh. Nell's husband Michael (Roger E. Mosley) worked as a bus driver while Nell gave piano lessons at the family home for extra money. The Kirklands had four children: the oldest, Raymond (Dante Beze), boy crazy daughter Lorette (Caryn Ward), 12-year-old Peter (Marlon Taylor), and 10-year-old Nate (Trent Cameron). In addition to the kids, Nell and Michael also had to contend with Nell's equally opinionated mother Helen (Leila Danette), who lived in the couple's basement.[1]



The series was scheduled on Saturdays at 8pm (EST).[1] It was canceled after six episodes (five were aired, but the sixth was pre-empted by CBS' special coverage of the Gulf War).

You Take the Kids was executive produced by Paul Haggis. The series was produced by CBS Entertainment Productions, MTM Enterprises and Paul Haggis Productions, and is currently distributed by CBS Television Distribution.


No.Title [2][3]Directed by [3]Original air dateProd.
code [3]
1"Pilot"Paul HaggisDecember 15, 1990 (1990-12-15)1458
Nell's and Michael's plans for a romantic getaway are complicated by Nate's new job: delivering stolen audio equipment.
2"Merry Christmas to All and a Pointy Hat to You"Frank BonnerDecember 22, 1990 (1990-12-22)0707
The Christmas tree and presents are stolen by a homeless family.
3"The Eggs and I"J. D. LobueDecember 29, 1990 (1990-12-29)0704
Lorette's folks misunderstand when she teams with a cute boy in a school parenting project to care for eggs.
4"Fishes Are Like Sisters... You Can't Flush Them Without Feeling Guilty"Peter BaldwinJanuary 5, 1991 (1991-01-05)0706
Lorette asks out Raymond's cool and sexually active friend spunk; Nate has plans to assassinate an unwanted goldfish.
5"What I Did For Love"TBAJanuary 12, 1991 (1991-01-12)TBA
Raymond borrows from high school loan shark Dewayne to take out the most materialistic girl in school and then steals to repay his debt.
6"Bad Boy"J.D. LobueUnaired0711
Peter steals the family car in hopes of finally getting his parents' attention.[4]


  1. ^ a b 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. 1554. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  2. ^ From the Writers Guild of America, West Signatory Project Confirmation catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "You Take the Kids"]"". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  3. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "You Take the Kids"]"". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  4. ^

External links[edit]