Step by Step is an American sitcom television series created by William Bickley and Michael Warren which originated on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and on CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. It starred Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers as two single parents (each with three children), who spontaneously get married after meeting one another during a vacation, resulting in them becoming the heads of a large blended family.

About Edit

Step by Step starred Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers as two single parents (each with three children), who spontaneously get married after meeting one another during a vacation, resulting in them becoming the heads of a large blended family. The series aired for seven seasons from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997, and was canceled by the network after six seasons, reportedly due to declining ratings. The series was picked up on CBS and aired on that network from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998 for its seventh and final season.


Set in a substantially fictionalized version of the city of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Frank Lambert, a divorced contractor with three children, sons J.T. and Brendan and daughter Al, impulsively marries Carol Foster, a widowed beautician who also has three children, daughters Dana and Karen and son Mark. Both were residents of Port Washington, but met while vacationing separately in Jamaica. Their children are surprised and angered when they learn of the marriage. Stories depicted typical situations of a new blended family, their differences causing arguments and resentments between them, but the family eventually growing to tolerate and develop loyalty to one another.

The show lasted for seven seasons, and the main cast changed as the storyline progressed. Frank's nephew Cody was introduced in the fourth episode of the first season and lived in his van in the family's driveway, then left the series in 1996 but returned for the second to last episode of the series. In the forth season finale, Carol gave birth to daughter Lilly. Like many other sitcom babies, Lilly was suddenly aged four years when she appeared in season 6. In 1997, J.T.'s friend Rich moved in with the family after becoming Dana's boyfriend.

Brendan Lambert appeared less and less as the show progressed, especially after Lilly's birth. When the show moved from ABC to CBS, his character disappeared; the series' producers later admitted in a TV Guide interview that despite his absence, the Lamberts would still refer to their "seven children", making Brendan an unseen character for the final season.

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Other/recurring Edit

Episode Edit

Main article: Episode Guide
Season Episodes Network First air date Last air date
Season 1 22 ABC September 20, 1991 April 24, 1992
Season 2 24 September 18, 1992 May 14, 1993
Season 3 24 September 24, 1993 May 20, 1994
Season 4 25 September 23, 1994 May 19, 1995
Season 5 24 September 22, 1995 May 17, 1996
Season 6 24 March 7, 1997 August 15, 1997
Season 7 19 CBS September 19, 1997 June 26, 1998

Production Edit

The series was created and executive produced by William Bickley and Michael Warren, and developed and executive produced by Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. It was produced by Bickley-Warren Productions, Miller-Boyett Productions and Lorimar Television (the latter doing so from 1991 to 1993, when Warner Bros. Television assumed production responsibilities for it and Lorimar's other television series after shared corporate parent Time Warner consolidated the two production companies). The casting of Patrick Duffy fulfilled a contractual obligation that Lorimar made to give him a new show after his previous series, Dallas (which was also produced by Lorimar), had ended its run. It was created off of the idea of combining two of the most popular television stars from the 1970s known for their good looks (Duffy and Somers) to star as parents to attract adult viewers, with current teen celebrities (Staci Keanan from My Two Dads and Going Places, Brandon Call from Baywatch and Sasha Mitchell from Dallas) to star as their children to attract children and teen viewers.

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Syndication Edit

On September 29, 2017, Step by Step, along with the other classic "TGIF" shows, can be streamed on Hulu.

DVD Release Edit

Warner Home Video released a six-episode Television Favorites collection on DVD on June 27, 2006. Much like other television shows from it, the Step by Step edition has gone out of print.

As of 2017 a representative for Shout! Factory and Mill Creek Entertainment indicated on a social media post that the remainder of the series would be released on DVD, with a formal announcement to be made in the near future.

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