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A New Kind of Family 

Two single mothers rent the same house, sight unseen, from an unscrupulous real estate agent. With their money gone and no place else to go, they decide to move in together with their total of four children.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Eileen Brennan ...  Kit Flanagan 11 episodes, 1979-1980
Lauri Hendler ...  Hillary Flanagan 11 episodes, 1979-1980
David Hollander ...  Andy Flanagan 11 episodes, 1979-1980
Rob Lowe ...  Tony Flanagan 11 episodes, 1979-1980
Gwynne Gilford ...  Abby Stone 8 episodes, 1979-1980
Connie Ann Hearn Connie Ann Hearn ...  Jill Stone 8 episodes, 1979-1980
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Two single mothers rent the same house, sight unseen, from an unscrupulous real estate agent. With their money gone and no place else to go, they decide to move in together with their total of four children.

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16 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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One of the Most Short Lived and Mind Boggling Shows Ever!
23 April 2004 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

Remembered only for having Eileen Brennan in it, A New Kind of Family was a briefly seen show about a woman with three kids living with a woman with one kid. I guess it would be trimmed up years later and became "Kate & Allie" which was more successful.

Eileen Brennan I knew was the mother of the three kids. I also recalled David Hollander, unmistakeable child actor of the seventies, was one of the kids.

Wow, look who the other two kids were. Laurie Hendler of Gimme A Break and Rob Lowe of Saint Elmo's Fire. Didn't remember them that well.

But what makes this show really stand out was the mother and her one kid. It wasn't Gwynne Gilford and Connie Ann Hearn that anyone who has seen this will recall, it was that they were replaced with a black mother and her one child.

So I decided to check out this show here and see who all the cast was. Big surprise for me to see Telma Hopkins (of Tony Orlando & Dawn, as well as Gimme A Break) and Janet Jackson (Good Times and the Super Bowl Halftime with Justin Timberlake) were the token replacements.

The show offered no explanation for Hopkins and Jackson's arrival or Gilford and Hearn's departure. There was no chemistry between any of the cast members.

At best it was a cute idea, but it is very surprising to see how many people were connected to this show and what they went on to do.

Clearly it was nothing more than a vehicle for Brennan, who then had done supporting work in Last Picture Show and Murder By Death.

Just surprising to think of Janet Jackson, David HOllander, Laurie Hendler, Rob Lowe, Eileen Brennan and Telma Hopkins all together in a show and nothing came of it. Had the show lasted, I wonder if they would have pursued a romance between Brennan and McCann? Ah well.


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