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Day by Day is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from February 29, 1988 to June 25, 1989. It stars Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Thora Birch in her television debut role.

Day by Day
Day by Day title screen
Created byAndy Borowitz
Gary David Goldberg
StarringDouglas Sheehan
Linda Kelsey
Christopher Daniel Barnes
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Thora Birch
Theme music composerSammy Cahn
Axel Stordahl
Paul Weston
Opening theme"Day by Day" performed by Clydine Jackson
Composer(s)Robert Kraft
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes33
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Ubu Productions
Paramount Television
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseFebruary 29, 1988 (1988-02-29) –
June 25, 1989 (1989-06-25)
Related showsFamily Ties


The show centers on Brian and Kate Harper, a married couple with two successful careers (Brian as a stockbroker, Kate as a lawyer) and a teenage son named Ross. After the couple had a second child, their daughter, Emily, they decided to quit their jobs because they had missed all the best times of Ross growing up and decided not to make the same mistake with Emily.

With that thought in mind, they decided to open a daycare center in their home. The episodes mixed stories about the daycare center with those about Ross and his friends. At first, Ross wasn't too enthusiastic about the idea of his father and mother being at home all the time, because he loved his independence and girl-chasing. He was more than a bit put out with all the bonding his dad wanted to do now.

Louis-Dreyfus played Eileen Swift, their materialistic next-door neighbor who was also once a business associate of Brian's. She didn't much like the idea of the Harpers running a day care center, and often tried to persuade them both to return to their former careers, always to no avail. Eileen, who was single and childless, was prone to make some very sarcastic quips about the children's activities, but Brian and Kate didn't let it bother them.

Thorne-Smith played the baby's nanny Kristin, who also worked in the daycare center. Kristin was perhaps the reason that Ross relented about his parents running the day care center; he had a crush on her.

Day by Day was connected to another NBC series, Family Ties. The family patriarch, Brian Harper (played by Sheehan) was a college roommate of Steven Keaton (Michael Gross). A total of 33 episodes were produced.

"A Very Brady Episode"Edit

The episode titled "A Very Brady Episode" aired on February 5, 1989, and reunited six cast members from The Brady BunchAnn B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, and Robert Reed.

In this episode, Ross is lectured by Brian and Kate about his poor study habits. Ross's explanation that he was watching a Brady Bunch marathon only angers his parents more, and he is warned to shape up. Ross bemoans his predicament, noting Mike Brady would never yell at him because he had flagging grades.

Ross falls asleep, and finds himself in the opening credits of The Brady Bunch. Ross learns that he is the Bradys' long-lost son, Chuck. After he gets his hair permed at Mike's suggestion, he visits with the various family members (except Greg, Jan, and Cindy), who reprise some of the scenes in the Bradys' most famous episodes ("Chuck" and Marcia running against each other for class president, "Chuck" being bullied by Buddy Hinton episode, etc.)

After "Chuck" gets some advice about his poor grades from Mike, the family begins to repeat their dialogue. "Chuck" wonders what's amiss, and Mike explains what he's seeing is a rerun. Everything becomes chaotic and Ross wakes up, vowing to improve his study habits.

Christopher Daniel Barnes would later portray Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.



Season 1 (1988)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Birthday Presence"Will MackenzieAndy BorowitzFebruary 29, 1988 (1988-02-29)
22"How to Succeed in Day Care"TBATBAMarch 3, 1988 (1988-03-03)
33"One Big Happy Family"TBATBAMarch 6, 1988 (1988-03-06)
44"That Saturday Feeling"TBATBAMarch 13, 1988 (1988-03-13)
55"Community Service"TBATBAMarch 20, 1988 (1988-03-20)
66"Birth Wait"TBATBAMarch 27, 1988 (1988-03-27)
77"What I Did for Love"TBATBAApril 3, 1988 (1988-04-03)
88"Great Expectations"TBATBAApril 10, 1988 (1988-04-10)
99"How Now, Dow Jones"TBATBAApril 17, 1988 (1988-04-17)
1010"Life at a Glance"TBATBAApril 24, 1988 (1988-04-24)
1111"The Age of Dinosaurs"TBATBAMay 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)
1212"Do You Think I'm Sexy?"TBATBAMay 15, 1988 (1988-05-15)
1313"The Field Trip"TBATBAMay 29, 1988 (1988-05-29)

Season 2 (1988–89)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
141"My World and Welcome to It"TBATBAOctober 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)
152"Won't You Be My Neighbor"TBATBANovember 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)
163"Trading Places"TBATBANovember 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)
174"Girl Wars"TBATBADecember 4, 1988 (1988-12-04)
185"Harper and Son"TBATBADecember 11, 1988 (1988-12-11)
196"Merry Kristin"TBATBADecember 18, 1988 (1988-12-18)
207"You Gotta Be a Football Hero"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1989 (1989-01-01)
218"Smart Women, Nice Refreshments"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)
229"Out for a Stretch"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)
2310"The Music Man"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1989 (1989-01-29)
2411"A Very Brady Episode"Asaad KeladaAndy BorowitzFebruary 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)
2512"My Momma Done Tol' Me"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)
2613"Fraternity"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)
2714"Tears of a Clown"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)
2815"Harmless Helper"Carol ScottPhilip LaZebnik & Bruce RasmussenMarch 5, 1989 (1989-03-05)
2916"Three Men and a Babe"TBATBAMarch 12, 1989 (1989-03-12)
3017"Foul Play"TBATBAMarch 23, 1989 (1989-03-23)
3118"The Reunion"TBATBAApril 2, 1989 (1989-04-02)
3219"The Lost Weekend"TBATBAApril 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)
3320"Father Knows Best"TBATBAJune 4, 1989 (1989-06-04)


After the show's initial run, reruns were shown on the Lifetime Television network and TV Land for several years.

Home mediaEdit

One episode of the series has been released to DVD in the November 5, 2013 "Family Ties: The Complete Series" DVD boxset release. The episode included is "Trading Places", which featured a crossover between Family Ties and Day by Day, wherein Steven Keaton dropped Andy off for daycare with the Harpers.


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