'''''The Hogan Family''''' was a DomCom that, known also in earlier incarnations as '''''Valerie''''' and '''''Valerie's Family (The Hogans)''''', aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1986-1990, and on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1990-1991.

The series originally was built as a starring vehicle for Valerie Harper, whose best known role beforehand was as the title character in the 1970s sitcom ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'' (which spun off from ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''). Set in Oak Park, Illinois, Valerie Hogan (Harper) was a career woman (the owner of an auction house and later, a graphic designer) whose airline pilot husband, Michael (Josh Taylor, who concurrently starred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''), was frequently gone, meaning she had primary responsibility of raising the couple's three sons: 16-year-old David (Creator/JasonBateman), and 12-year-old twin sons Willie and Mark (Danny Ponce and Jeremy Licht). Valerie had a couple of best friends, but the one that stuck around was the busybody (but very sweet) next-door neighbor Patricia Poole (Edie [=McClurg=]).

Things went according to form during the early years, but in the spring of 1987, Harper and producer/boyfriend Tony Cacciotti became embroiled in a bitter dispute with [=Miller/Boyett=] over a decision to shift the focus of the show's stories to a comedic focus (with teen heartthrob Bateman being the major part of the plan). Eventually, Harper was fired ... and Valerie Hogan (along with her best friend, Annie) was promptly killed in a car accident sometime during the summer of 1987.

Fall 1987. Enter Sandy Duncan, the petite actress with plenty of comedic timing, to take over ... not as Valerie Hogan (as the character was McLeaned) but as Michael's kid sister, Sandy. Sandy took a job as guidance counselor at the high school David attended; the series was re-titled ''Valerie's Family'' with the subtitle ''The Hogans'' used in the main titles. The focus of several episodes during the 1987-1988 season focused on Val's passing and their grief, but none made such a profound impact as the episode "Burned Out", in which a crappily made lamp sparks fire and engulfs much of the house. Many keepsakes and mementos of the family's were destroyed in the attic and second floor, but the piece having the greatest emotional effect was a charred framed photo of Valerie, which David breaks into tears over upon discovering it while exploring the charred house.

In the summer of 1988, to distance the series from the now long-departed Harper, dropped the name Valerie completely from the title: The series was now known as ''The Hogan Family''. Stories shifted back to typical family situations, many with comedic bents, although some were deadly serious. Two of those stories focused on David's best buddy, Rich (Tom Hodges): One where David locked a drunken Rich in the closet during a house party to keep him from driving drunk (during the 1987-1988 season, not long after Val died), and in one of the last original episodes ... this one, where Rich does die (of AIDS). In 1990, Michael and Sandy's newly-divorced father, Lloyd (Jonathan Hillerman), moves in with the family ... at the same time the series moved to CBS. That and other changes did nothing to stop a slowly diminishing audience, and the series ended its run in the summer of 1991.

Roberta Flack provided the soulful vocals to the theme song, "Together Through the Years." In syndication, all episodes are known as ''The Hogan Family''. Sadly, the show is incredibly hard to find these days since a Website/YouTube account holding all the episodes had them all removed due to a copyright claim from Creator/WarnerBros. It's not on any video-streaming sites or iTunes, and the last channels to air the show in North America were Creator/ABCFamily and the Canadian channel CTS (now [=YesTV=]) between 2006 and 2011. A shame too, as it was one of the highest-rated series on TV during its heyday.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AnAesop: While most had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run and keeps silent about the ordeal ... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Only this time, Valerie is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. She ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse says she has lost trust in him ... and that's even before his dad -- Taylor does not appear in this episode -- finds out.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Ho Ho Hogans" also turned out to be the very last episode of the series.
* ContentWarnings: The second-season episode "Bad Timing" -- one of the first [[DomCom American DomCom episodes]] to address "safe sex" -- had these aired before the show's opening credits, as well as during commercials (either "safe sex" [=PSAs=] or birth-control products). The episode itself, where David and his [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriend]] consider having sex and use the word "condom" in the discussion, was an honest, if not frank, discussion many teen-age couples have about sex, and as such, got high praise from the public. (And yes, David and the girlfriend decide not to have sex.)
** Curiously, this was the only episode to be titled ''Valerie'' in syndication, as all other episodes with the ''Valerie'' or ''Valerie's Family'' title were titled ''The Hogan Family''. The syndicated version of this episode also kept the content warnings from the original airing.
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: Averted in "Best of Friends, Worst of Times", one of the last episodes, where a recurring character dies of AIDS.
* GrandFinale: "Best of Friends, Worst of Times" or "Ho Ho Hogans", depending on who you ask. ("Best of Friends" was actually initially stated on ThisVeryWiki to be the last episode, while "Ho Ho Hogans", the ChristmasEpisode, aired in ''July'' 1991.)
* HilarityEnsues: Played straight, then reversed in "Leave It to Willie." (See AnAesop listing above for details.)
* HouseFire: "Burned Out", a VerySpecialEpisode produced for Fire Prevention Week. The episode (financed and sponsored by UsefulNotes/McDonalds) was well-recieved by viewers and critics for beautifully presenting a reality some families face in dealing with grief: losing a loved one, and not long thereafter a fire destroys most, if not all, of the mementos of that person. The storyline is sparked (literally) by a poorly made lamp stored in the attic developing a short circuit and starting a fire, which remains small enough for several hours until the Hogans are getting ready for bed. Sandy smells smoke and alerts Michael, who upon investigation immediately evacuates the house; the fire eventually spreads through the rest of the house and causes major damage. The Hogans stay with the Pooles ([[Series/{{Today}} Willard Scott]] had a guest role as Mrs. Poole's husband, Peter) while their home is repaired.
* MissingMom: Starting in the fall of 1987 (upon Harper's departure).
* PlayingGertrude: Edie [=McClurg=], who plays Mrs. Poole, is actually ''17 years younger'' than Willard Scott, who plays her husband. Edie was born in 1951, Willard in 1934.
* ShouldersUpNudity: Season 4's "The Naked Truth" centers around a nude painting of Sandy that is on display at an art gallery (where Mark and Willie are touring as part of a school trip). Viewers only see the painting from angles showing the shoulders upward, but it is very clear, by Mark and Willie's stunned reaction, that the painting shows far more. Sandy learns about the painting and demands that its painter – an old college boyfriend, who had painted another student's nude body, but then painted on Sandy's head instead – fix the situation immediately. (He does… by painting a dress on the bottom half. He admits he had fantasized about her in college and wanted to advance their relationship.)
* ThematicThemeTune
* VerySpecialEpisode: Several, most notably "Burned Out" and "Best of Friends, Worst of Times" (one of the last episodes where David's best friend, Rich, dies of [=AIDS=]-related complications). "Bad Timing" would count as well; it was the first time safe sex was discussed on such a show.
* WhamEpisode: "Movin' On", where the death of Valerie Hogan was revealed to viewers.
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