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  • Crazy Awesome: There's a reason why Cody became the show's Breakout Character.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Cody Lambert, Frank's nephew. Too bad he gets Put on a Bus in later seasons... His actor was currently dealing with both substance abuse problems and a domestic abuse arrest at the time...
    • Al is very popular, because of her cool personality, Character Development, and how She Is All Grown Up in later seasons.
    • Flash becomes something of an Ensemble Dark Horse despite his short tenure. His sweet, Adorkable personality probably helped.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Cody/Dana, though the Official Couple Rich/Dana also has its own fanbase.
  • Fridge Logic: Lily Lambert-Foster receiving her mother's late former husband's surname. This was a nice way to resolve a series premise. It symbolizes the successful union of the Fosters and Lamberts as a family, bringing the related plot lines to an end.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Jean-Luc, a French stereotype who hits on Carol.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Patrick Duffy (Frank Lambert) is also best known for playing Bobby Ewing on Dallas and Stephen Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful.
    • Suzanne Somers (Carol Foster) is also best known for playing Chrissy Snow on Three's Company.
    • Staci Keanan (Dana Foster) is also best known for playing Nicole Bradford on My Two Dads.
    • Sasha Mitchell (Cody Lambert) is also best known for playing James Beaumont on Dallas.
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    • Bronson Pinchot (Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux) is also best known for playing Balki Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers.
    • In addition to their work on Step by Step, creators and executive producers William Bickley and Michael Warren and developers and executive producers Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett are also best known for fulfilling the same duties on Family Matters.
    • Rich Correll directed 50 episodes, including the pilot, and served as consulting producer. Correll is best known for co-creating Hannah Montana.
    • Mark Linn-Baker directed an episode. Linn-Baker is best known for playing Benjy Stone in My Favorite Year and Larry Appleton on Perfect Strangers.
    • Steve Witting also directed an episode. Witting is best known for playing Burt on The Hogan Family.
    • Robert Griffard and Howard Adler wrote 22 episodes and served as co-executive producers of Two of a Kind.
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    • Scott Spencer Gordon wrote two episodes. Gordon is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of City Guys.
    • Pamela Eells O'Connell wrote an episode. Eells is best known as creator and executive producer of Jessie and Bunk'd.
    • Jiil Cargerman also wrote an episode. Cargerman is best known as creator and executive producer of Working Class.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Dana and Rich. After spending two seasons barely able to stand being in the same room as each other, they suddenly started dating in season six... and still acted like they could barely stand to be in the same room as each other. In some episodes it really bordered on Informed Relationship.
    • JT and Sam. After their first meeting, there's a Falling-in-Love Montage showing they have supposedly a lot in common (they both like football, that's it) and JT decides she's the woman of his life. All the other episodes involve them arguing and disagreeing over everything, to the point it falls into No Accounting for Taste.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Especially since it ran from 1991 until 1998.
  • Vindicated by Cable: After a disappointing run in syndication, the show spent nine years on ABC Family's schedule and became part of The Hub's schedule shortly before it changed its name to Discovery Family.
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