Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and moved to CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998.

Summary Edit

Frank Lambert, a divorced contractor, has three children: John Thomas (J.T.), tomboyish Alicia (Al), and Brendan. Carol Foster, a widowed beautician, also has three children: Dana, Karen, and Mark. Both families live in a substantially fictionalized version of Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Frank and Carol meet while vacationing in Jamaica and impulsively get married after a whirlwind courtship. They had planned to keep their marriage a secret, but Frank accidentally blurts it out to J.T. at a barbecue he and Carol hold to introduce all the children. The children are surprised and angry at first.

Each episode depicts typical situations for a new blended family. Family members’ differences cause arguments and resentments, but over time they grow to tolerate and become loyal to one another.

During the series' seven-season run, the main cast changed as the storyline progressed. Frank's nephew, Cody Lambert, was introduced early in the first season as a recurring character (becoming a series regular in the second season) and lived in his van in the driveway; he then left the series in 1996. In the 1994–95 season finale, Carol gave birth to a daughter named Lily. Like many other sitcom babies, she was suddenly aged five years in the sixth season, after having spent the entire fifth season depicted as a baby. In the sixth season, J.T.'s friend, Rich Halke, moved in with him and the family after becoming Dana's boyfriend. Meanwhile J.T. meets Samantha, the woman of his dreams, and they date off and on for the sixth and seventh seasons. Also in the sixth season Carol got a partner, Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux, at her hair salon. In the seventh season Brendan is written out of the show as is Jean-Luc.

Cast Edit

  • Patrick Duffy
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Staci Keanan
  • Brandon Call
  • Angela Watson
  • Christine Lakin
  • Patrika Darbo
  • Christopher Castile
  • Josh Byrne
  • Peggy Rea
  • Sasha Mitchell
  • Kristina Meyering
  • Lauren Meyering
  • Emily Mae Young
  • Jason Marsden
  • Bronson Pinchot

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