''Empty Nest'' was an Creator/{{NBC}} sitcom which ran from 1988 to 1995. The series began as a spin-off of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', and its pilot ran as an episode of that show (season 2, episode 26), although it was dramatically changed before becoming its own series. Nevertheless, the two households were established as neighbors and characters regularly crossed between the two. ''Empty Nest'' was one of the year's top 10 most-watched programs for its first three years.

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.

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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!!This series contains examples of:

* BackForTheFinale: Barbara, albeit in only a single scene.
* TheCasanova: Charley
* DropInCharacter: Charley would frequently drop into Harry's kitchen just to raid his fridge and hit on his daughters.
* 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).
* TheGhost: Youngest sister Emily, frequently referred to but never seen for the first few seasons. Only when Barbara was PutOnABus did she show up in order to fill the void.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The smart but neurotic Carol and the strong and attractive (but not so bright) Barbara Weston compete for their father's affections.
* InkblotTest: Lothario Charley finds Carol's inkblots and asks why she has pictures of naked women.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Charlie. For all his womanizing, there have been several women who he's genuinely liked-including Barbara and Carol, whom he's often taken on a protective attitude to as well.
* PutOnABus: Barbara moves to Tucson, Arizona in season 5.
* RashomonStyle: Harry and Laverne recall their first meeting at her job interview in a dispute over whether she ever promised to wear a nursing cap. In Harry's version, Laverne is a naive country bumpkin, in Laverne's she is competent and professional (perhaps overly so) and a weak and indecisive Harry defers to her.
* RecurringDreams: One episode has Harry unable to sleep due to a recurring nightmare in which he's unable to escape from a tiger while wearing his wife's bathrobe. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that he's having the dream because he's due to appear at a medical conference at the hospital where she died.
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: All four leads from ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' appeared in various episodes (albeit not at the same time), and Sophia became a regular {{Transplant}} in season 6. Conversely, characters from this show made guest appearances on ''The Golden Girls'' as well as ''Nurses''.
* ThematicThemeTune: "Life goes on, and so do we..."
* 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.