Airdate: CBS at Friday 8:00 PM (30 min.)
Status: Ended Premiered: September 20, 1991 Last Aired: June 26, 1998
Show Category: Comedy
Step by Step
Two appealing stars, winsome kids, and a can't miss time slot in the middle of ABC's hit Friday lineup was more important than plot in the early success of this standard issue family sitcom. Frank (Patrick Duffy of Dallas) is a freewheeling, divorced contractor who impetuously marries widowed beautician Carol (Suzanne Somers of Three's Company) when they meet during separate vacations in Jamaica. They flew home to Port Washington, Wisconsin, where they both lived, told their kids-his three and her three - and all the problems of a merged family began. She is orderly and borderline OCD, he is laid back and almost chaotic. The kids eyed each suspiciously. Hers were teenagers Dana (the oldest), as compulsive as her mom, middle sis Karen, a budding fashion plate and young, nerdy Mark. Frank's were teenager J.T. (short for John Thomas), a cool customer, preteen Al, into sports and animals, and carefree Brendan. Working with Carol in her beauty shop next door were her mother Ivy and sister Penny. Cody was Frank's spaced-out 19-year-old nephew, whose nutty schemes and obsessions kept everyone in an uproar but who was really smarter than he seemed.
Show History: SBS was the latest addition to the already successful Friday night lineup on ABC, dubbed "TGIF." Scheduled right after the hit Friday night mainstay, "Family Matters" @ 8:30, it soon became an equally big hit. By the beginning of the 3rd season the series blossomed into the night's "tent pole" position @ 9:00, a position it would retain for a solid three year run.
"The Brady Bunch for the 90's" as it was hailed by critics upon its debut, was pretty much a straight forward "fun around the house" comedy, that ABC thrived on in the late 80's and early 90's. The series was Developed and Produced by the same team (Michael Warren, William Bickley, Robert L. Boyett, and Thomas L. Miller) responsible for many of ABC's hits (including all of T.G.I.F at one point) in that same era.
In the small town of Port Washington, Wisconsin you have newly married couple Frank Lambert and Carol Foster and their 6 kids. Frank (Patrick Duffy) and Carol (Suzanne Sommers) having met only a week before on vacation and impulsively married, now face the monumental task of blending their very different families into one. All kinds of personalities filled the house. On the Lambert side, there was Cody (Sasha Mitchell), the spaced-out but good hearted and lovable nephew of Frank, Al (Christine Lakin), the tomboy daughter, JT (Brandon Call), the joker and oldest son and Brendan (Josh Byrne), the youngest son. On the Foster side was Mark (Christopher Castile), the genius younger brother of the Fosters, Dana (Staci Keanan), the genius older sister and Karen (Angela Watson), the beautiful, popular and full of herself middle sister.
There were many others, notably Rich (Jason Marsden), Dana's short and well-meaning boyfriend, as well as friend of JT's, and Jean-Luc (Bronson Pinchot, "Meego"), the French hairstylist who worked with Carol.
Step By Step Season 6
Episode 1: Crazy Love
First aired: 3/7/1997
Already despondant about having to tutor a "moron jock", Dana's even more upset to discover it's Rich. Carol and Frank are in for a surprise when they take a trip to get away from Jean-Luc.
Episode 2: Road Trip
First aired: 3/14/1997
Dana stows away when J.T. and Rich take a road trip to Mexico. Meanwhile, Carol hopes Frank will teach Jean-Luc to drive.
Episode 3: Sex, Lies and Videotape
First aired: 3/21/1997
Jean-Luc is suspicious when a sexy French woman spontaneously asks J.T. to marry her. Mark and friends go behind Frank's back and rent pornography.
Episode 4: Just Say Maybe
First aired: 3/28/1997
Carol frets the kids will be unable to control themselves at a massive rock music event. Meanwhile, her married friend takes an immediate liking to Jean-Luc.
Episode 5: The "L" Word
First aired: 4/4/1997
On a camping trip, Jean-Luc's lie that he and Frank are neurosurgeons comes back to haunt them. An old friend of Dana's invites her to come see Harvard, throwing her relationship with Rich into disarry.
Episode 6: She's the One
First aired: 4/11/1997
J.T. falls for Samantha, a sexy tow truck driver. Karen's chosen to go to Chicago and appear in a country music video.
Episode 7: Independence Day
First aired: 4/18/1997
Looking for independence, J.T. moves out of the house—and in with Jean-Luc. Looking to spend time with the girls, Carol's forced to trick them into going out with her.
Episode 8: Reality Bites
First aired: 4/25/1997
Frank's forced to make a tough decision when J.T. and Rich are unable to come up with he rent due to him. Jean-Luc starts lavishing gifts on Lilly to quash his pain over not being with his daughter for her birthday.
Episode 9: Locket Man
First aired: 5/2/1997
Dana's outraged when Rich presents her with a locket that has a picture of he and an old girlfriend inside. The family's on edge as Frank seems to be going through a mid-life crisis.
Episode 10: How the West Was Won
First aired: 5/9/1997
Family laziness in cleaning up the house sends Franks fantasizing about being a Wild West sheriff, cleaning up a dirty town.
Episode 11: Absolutely Fabio
First aired: 5/16/1997
Jean-Luc keeps the family guessing as to which celebrity's hair he'll be soon cutting. Rich and Dana try to take charge of Lilly's birthday party.
Episode 12: Loose Lips
First aired: 5/23/1997
Mark's busted when he lies about how far he got with his date. Meanwhile, Karen's plagued by body-image issues after being dumped.
Episode 13: The Big Date
First aired: 5/30/1997
Al's crushed when her blind date is an obese pig. Carol's "worry meter" goes off the charts when Dana, Rich, J.T., and Sam get a room in a Chicago hotel.
Episode 14: Future Shock
First aired: 6/6/1997
Rich and Dana attend a wedding with J.T. and Sam, and have frightening daydreams of what marriage might be like. Jean-Luc's supposed cure for Frank's cold does nothing to help them assemble Lilly's new playset.
Episode 15: Show Me the Money
First aired: 6/13/1997
When J.T. and Rich take on the job as sports agents to an up-and-coming college hockey player, they find themselves becoming his personal servants. Meanwhile, the battle between the hairdressers and the contractors begins when Carol and Jean-Luc challenge an overly-macho Frank and his pal, Moose, to a game of bowling.
Episode 16: It Didn't Happen One Night
First aired: 6/20/1997
Carol and Dana get ignored after Frank order a new sports package, and Rich joins him in non-stop vegging on the couch. Al seeks to disprove the lies of her latest date, who's now grossly overstating how far he got with her.
Episode 17: Macho Man
First aired: 6/27/1997
J.T. feels emasculated when Sam bests him at every amusement center activity they play. Jean-Luc and Lilly confront their fears when he takes her for a tetanus shot.
Episode 18: Ain't Misbehavin'
First aired: 7/4/1997
J.T. starts feeling jealous when a hard-up Sam takes in a male roommate. Carol starts showing signs of stress after loaning money to Jean-Luc to pay back taxes.
Episode 19: The Facts of Life
First aired: 7/11/1997
Frank and Carol tell Lilly the birds and the bees after she's confused by seeing Dana and Rich making out. Jean-Luc starts having second thoughts about helping J.T. and Rich become better gamblers.
Episode 20: Talking Trash
First aired: 7/18/1997
Despite warnings from J.T., Franks insists on giving Carol a non-romantic birthday gift. Rich is hurt when Dana chooses a more-brainy teammate for a recycling contest, and sets out to prove he can be smart, too.
Episode 21: Walk Like a Man
First aired: 7/25/1997
Frank and Mark bar Carol from coming to their basketball team's championship game. J.T. convinces Rich that Dana has too much control in their relationship.
Episode 22: Shear Madness
First aired: 8/1/1997
Jean-Luc is fearful of failure when he's given the chance to cut Hillary Clinton's hair. Franks encounters a guy just like himself, and sets Al up on a date with him.
Episode 23: The Kissing Game
First aired: 8/8/1997
With J.T., Al, and Dana looking for some space, J.T. decides Carol's salon is the answer. Carol sets Jean-Luc up with one of her friends, but his nerves make it a disaster.
Episode 24: Bonjour Jean-Luc
First aired: 8/15/1997
Carols comes home from a convention with a new business partner, Frenchman Jean-Luc, who proves to be an asset to the family in other ways as well. Meanwhile, Frank becomes obsessed with making the perfect cookie.