History Series / EmptyNest

13th Sep '16 8:08:35 PM glickmam
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* RealitySubtext: Barbara moving to Arizona is because her portrayer, Kristy [=McNichol=] was diagnosed with UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder and needed time off for treatment.
18th Jul '16 3:30:55 PM DrOO7
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* BelligerentSexualTension: Given that they slept together and even attempted a relationship, a lot of Charlie and Carol's bickering can be attributed to this.



* EstrangedSoapFamily: Aside from her one-season appearance, Emily missed many key events in her family's life--holidays, Carol's wedding in the series finale, etc.



* HollywoodHomely: In-universe. Carol is incredibly insecure about her looks, even though she's reasonably attractive.
* HollywoodPudgy: In-universe, Carol is also perpetually obsessed with either losing or maintaining her weight and considers herself a "pig" should she weigh more than 115 pounds. She's the only person who sees herself as this--note that for all their merciless teasing, neither Barbara nor Charlie ever taunts her about her weight.



* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Halfway through the series, Barbara moved out and never-before-seen sister Emily moved in. Then Emily moved out again and Carol became a single mom. Meanwhile, Harry moved out of his posh pediatric office and into an inner-city clinic to practice adult medicine.



* PutOnABus: Barbara moves to Tucson, Arizona in season 5.

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* PutOnABus: Barbara moves to Tucson, Arizona in season 5.5 and Emily returns to school after her one-season stint.



* RealitySubtext: Barbara moving to Arizona is because her portrayer, Kristy [=McNichol=] was diagnosed with UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder and needed time off for treatment.



* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Womanizer Charlie Dietz becomes a meteorologist on the local news and compares the size of some hailstones to the anchorwoman's breasts. Cue the trope.

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: FairCop Barbara and the more feminine Carol.
* TheUnfavorite: Carol is convinced she's this to everyone in comparison to her two sisters. It doesn't help that her overwhelming neuroses--of which this is one of--''does'' make it harder for people to have a relationship with her.
* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Womanizer Charlie Dietz becomes a meteorologist on the local news and compares the size of some hailstones to the anchorwoman's breasts. Cue the trope.trope.
* YourCheatingHeart: Carol's husband cheated on her, prompting their divorce. In another episode, Harry suspects that Barbara's latest boyfriend is married and turns out to be right.
27th Mar '16 10:09:21 AM Baeraad555
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* BigFun: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''More to Love.'' Danny appears to be this, but is actually a StepfordSmiler.
-->'''Danny:''' I learned a long time ago that if you're fat and funny, people like having you around - you're a "great guy." But if you're not funny, then all you are is fat.



* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Womanizer Charlie Dietz becomes a meteorologist on the local news and compares the size of some hailstones to the anchorwoman's breasts. Cue the trope.

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* WeAreExperiencingTechnicalDifficulties: Womanizer Charlie Dietz becomes a meteorologist on the local news and compares the size of some hailstones to the anchorwoman's breasts. Cue the trope.
13th Feb '16 2:21:52 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* DroppedAfterThePilot: As a spin-off to ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', almost everything about ''Series/EmptyNest'' was dropped after the pilot, including it's premise. The pilot starred an older married couple dealing with the fact that their children had all left home; The series was about a widower whose two adult daughters still lived at home. The only things which carried through to the series were the main character's job as a doctor, and the wacky neighbor played by David Leisure (although that character also changed name and career).

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* DroppedAfterThePilot: As a spin-off to ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', almost everything about ''Series/EmptyNest'' was dropped after the pilot, including it's its premise. The pilot starred an older married couple dealing with the fact that their children had all left home; The series was about a widower whose two adult daughters still lived at home. The only things which carried through to the series were the main character's job as a doctor, and the wacky neighbor played by David Leisure (although that character also changed name and career).
23rd May '15 9:49:53 PM DrOO7
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* IronicName: The show's title refers to the phenomenon of married couples being left alone when their children move out to go college/graduate school/get married, but the premise of the show has Harry's adult daughters moving back in with him.
12th May '15 11:16:23 AM AnotherGuy
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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The "Empty Nest" episode of ''Golden Girls'' is a textbook example.
8th Apr '15 4:14:05 PM glickmam
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The show centered around Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan), a Miami pediatrician. When Harry's wife passes away, his two adult daughters, neurotic divorcee Carol (Dinah Manoff) and tough party-girl policewoman Barbara (Kristy [=McNichol=]) move back in with Harry to help support him. A third daughter was mentioned as being away at college, but was not seen until 1992 - when [=McNichol=] left the series due to suffering from bipolar disorder, Emily (Lisa Rieffel) was introduced to the cast for one season. Rounding out the cast was the Weston's wacky, womanizing neighbor Charlie (David Leisure), Harry's tough Southern nurse Laverne (Park Overall), and Dreyfuss the dog. Estelle Getty also reprised her role as Sophia Patrillo from ''The Golden Girls'' and ''Series/GoldenPalace'', including as a regular cast member in the final two seasons after ''Golden Palace'' ended.

Episodes generally centered around the relationship between Harry and his daughters, who were highly competitive for 'Daddy's' attention. Harry's career as a children's doctor was also a major focus. The series ran for seven seasons and spawned its own spin-off, ''Nurses''. However, ratings declined after several cast changes and the loss of ''The Golden Girls'' as a lead-in, and the series ended in 1995.

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The show centered around Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan), a Miami pediatrician. When Harry's wife passes away, his two adult daughters, neurotic divorcee Carol (Dinah Manoff) and tough party-girl policewoman Barbara (Kristy [=McNichol=]) move back in with Harry to help support him. A third daughter was mentioned as being away at college, but was not seen until 1992 - when [=McNichol=] left the series due to suffering from bipolar disorder, Emily (Lisa Rieffel) was introduced to the cast for one season. Rounding out the cast was the Weston's Westons' wacky, womanizing neighbor Charlie Dietz (David Leisure), Harry's tough Southern nurse Laverne Todd (Park Overall), and Dreyfuss the dog. Estelle Getty also reprised her role as Sophia Patrillo from ''The Golden Girls'' and ''Series/GoldenPalace'', including as a regular cast member in the final two seasons after ''Golden Palace'' ended. \n\n Another plot point that occurred around the time the final two seasons began was that Harry and Laverne left the hospital where they initially worked at to work for a struggling inner-city medical clinic run by the tough talking Dr. Maxine Douglas (Marsha Warfield).

Episodes generally centered around the relationship between Harry and his daughters, who were highly competitive for 'Daddy's' attention. Harry's career as a children's doctor was also a major focus. The series ran for seven seasons and spawned its own spin-off, ''Nurses''.''Nurses'', which revolved around a group of nurses whom also worked at the hospital where Harry worked at. However, ratings declined after several cast changes and the loss of ''The Golden Girls'' as a lead-in, and the series ended in 1995.



* {{Spinoff}}: ''Nurses'', about a group of nurses who work alongside Harry. Unfortunately, however, ''Nurses'' did not have the same ratings success that ''Empty Nest'' had and thus suffered from tragic ExecutiveMeddling constantly throughout the run.

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* {{Spinoff}}: ''Nurses'', about a group of nurses who work alongside Harry.''Nurses''. Unfortunately, however, ''Nurses'' did not have the same ratings success that ''Empty Nest'' had and thus suffered from tragic ExecutiveMeddling constantly throughout the run.
7th Apr '15 9:37:11 PM glickmam
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The show centered around Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan), a Miami pediatrician. When Harry's wife passes away, his two adult daughters, neurotic divorcee Carol (Dinah Manoff) and tough party-girl policewoman Barbara (Kristy [=McNichol=]) move back in with Harry to help support him. A third daughter was mentioned as being away at college, but was not seen until 1992 - when [=McNichol=] left the series, Emily (Lisa Rieffel) was introduced to the cast for one season. Rounding out the cast was the Weston's wacky, womanizing neighbor Charlie (David Leisure), Harry's tough Southern nurse Laverne (Park Overall), and Dreyfuss the dog. Estelle Getty also reprised her role as Sophia Patrillo from ''The Golden Girls'' and ''Series/GoldenPalace'', including as a regular cast member in the final two seasons after ''Golden Palace'' ended.

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The show centered around Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan), a Miami pediatrician. When Harry's wife passes away, his two adult daughters, neurotic divorcee Carol (Dinah Manoff) and tough party-girl policewoman Barbara (Kristy [=McNichol=]) move back in with Harry to help support him. A third daughter was mentioned as being away at college, but was not seen until 1992 - when [=McNichol=] left the series, series due to suffering from bipolar disorder, Emily (Lisa Rieffel) was introduced to the cast for one season. Rounding out the cast was the Weston's wacky, womanizing neighbor Charlie (David Leisure), Harry's tough Southern nurse Laverne (Park Overall), and Dreyfuss the dog. Estelle Getty also reprised her role as Sophia Patrillo from ''The Golden Girls'' and ''Series/GoldenPalace'', including as a regular cast member in the final two seasons after ''Golden Palace'' ended.
7th Apr '15 9:36:07 PM glickmam
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* {{Spinoff}}: ''Nurses'', about a group of nurses who work alongside Harry. Unfortunately, ''Nurses'' did not have the same ratings success that ''Empty Nest'' had and thus suffered from tragic ExecutiveMeddling constantly throughout the run.

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* {{Spinoff}}: ''Nurses'', about a group of nurses who work alongside Harry. Unfortunately, however, ''Nurses'' did not have the same ratings success that ''Empty Nest'' had and thus suffered from tragic ExecutiveMeddling constantly throughout the run.
7th Apr '15 9:35:20 PM glickmam
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* Spinoff: ''Nurses'', about a group of nurses who work alongside Harry. Unfortunately, ''Nurses'' did not have the same ratings success that ''Empty Nest'' had and thus suffered from tragic ExecutiveMeddling constantly throughout the run.

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* Spinoff: {{Spinoff}}: ''Nurses'', about a group of nurses who work alongside Harry. Unfortunately, ''Nurses'' did not have the same ratings success that ''Empty Nest'' had and thus suffered from tragic ExecutiveMeddling constantly throughout the run.
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