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Day by Day (TV series)

Day by Day
Day by Day title screen
Created by Andy Borowitz
Gary David Goldberg
Starring Douglas Sheehan
Linda Kelsey
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Thora Birch
Theme music composer Clydine Jackson
Opening theme "Day by Day" by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl and Paul Weston
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 33
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) UBU Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release February 29, 1988 (1988-02-29) – June 25, 1989 (1989-06-25)
Related shows Family Ties

Day by Day is an American sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith (all in 33 episodes), and Thora Birch (21 episodes). Day by Day was telecast from February 29, 1988, through June 25, 1989, on NBC.


The show centers on Brian and Kate Harper, a married couple with two successful careers (Brian as a stockbroker, Kate as a lawyer) and a teenage son named Ross. After the couple had a second child, their daughter, Emily, they decided to quit their jobs because they had missed all the best times of Ross growing up and weren't going to make the same mistake with Emily.

With that thought in mind, they decided to open a day care center in their home. The episodes mixed stories about the day care center with those about Ross and his friends. At first, Ross wasn't too enthusiastic about the idea of his father and mother being at home all the time, because he loved his independence and girl-chasing. He was more than a bit put out with all the bonding his dad wanted to do now.

Louis-Dreyfus played Eileen Swift, their materialistic next-door neighbor who was also once a business associate of Brian's. She didn't much like the idea of the Harpers running a day care center, and often tried to persuade them both to return to their former careers, always to no avail. Eileen, who was single and childless, was prone to make some very sarcastic quips about the children's activities, but Brian and Kate didn't let it bother them.

Thorne-Smith played the baby's nanny, Kristin, who also worked in the day care center, and Ross had a crush on. Kristin was perhaps the reason that Ross relented about his parents running the day care center.

Day by Day was connected to another NBC series, Family Ties. The family patriarch, Brian Harper (played by Sheehan) was a college roommate of Steven Keaton (Michael Gross). A total of 33 episodes were produced.

"A Very Brady Episode"

The episode titled "A Very Brady Episode" aired on February 5, 1989, and reunited six cast members from The Brady BunchAnn B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick and Robert Reed. (except Barry Williams. Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen)

In this episode, Ross is lectured by Brian and Kate about his poor study habits. Ross's explanation that he was watching a Brady Bunch marathon only angers his parents more, and he is warned to shape up. Ross bemoans his predicament, noting Mike Brady would never yell at him because he had flagging grades.

Ross falls asleep, and finds himself in the opening credits of The Brady Bunch. Ross learns that he is the Bradys' long-lost son, Chuck. After he gets his hair permed at Mike's suggestion, he visits with the various family members. (except Greg. Jan. and Cindy), who reprise some of the scenes in the Bradys' most famous episodes ("Oooh, my nose!", the Buddy Hinton episode, etc.)

After "Chuck" gets some advice about his poor grades from Mike, the family begins to repeat their dialogue. "Chuck" wonders what's amiss, and Mike explains what he's seeing is a rerun. Everything becomes chaotic, and Ross wakes up, vowing to improve his study habits.

Christopher Daniel Barnes would later portray Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.


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