The Hogan Family

The Hogan Family (originally titled Valerie and later Valerie's Family) is an American sitcom television series that began airing on NBC on March 1, 1986 and finished its run on CBS on July 20, 1991, for a total of six seasons. It was produced in association with Lorimar Productions (1986), Lorimar-Telepictures (1986–1988), and Lorimar Television (1988–1991). Originally starring Valerie Harper in the titular role as a mother trying to juggle her career with raising three sons with an absent airline pilot husband, Harper's character was killed off in the series after its second season, when Harper was fired from the series following contractual disputes. The series was initially renamed Valerie's Family before Sandy Duncan joined the cast as Valerie's sister-in-law and the boys' aunt, and the series was ultimately renamed The Hogan Family.

The Hogan Family
Also known asValerie (1986–1987)
Valerie's Family (1987–1988)
Created byCharlie Hauck
Theme music composerCharles Fox
Stephen Geyer
Opening theme"Together Through the Years",
performed by Roberta Flack
ComposerBruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes110 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Ronny Hallin (1986, 1990–1991)
  • Linda Marsh (1986)
  • Margie Peters (1986)
  • Richard Correll (1985–1988)
  • Judy Pioli (1986–1990)
  • Chip Keyes (1986–1990)
  • Doug Keyes (1986–1990)
  • Laura Schrock (1986–1987)
  • Steven Pritzker (1986–1987)
  • Deborah Oppenheimer (1988–1990)
  • Bob Keyes (1988–1990)
  • Shari Hearn (1990–1991)
  • Michael Loman (1990–1991)
  • Larry Spencer (1990–1991)
Camera setupFilm; Multi-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network
  • NBC (season 1–5)
  • CBS (season 6)
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseMarch 1, 1986 (1986-03-01) –
July 20, 1991 (1991-07-20)


Series overviewEdit

Early seasonsEdit

Like most American sitcoms in the 1980s, the series sometimes dealt with moral conflicts, but not in a heavy-handed fashion. In the very special episode "Bad Timing", which first aired February 7, 1987, David and a former girlfriend debate whether to have sex.[1][2] The episode featured the first use of the word condom on a prime time television program.[3]

After a modest start in the ratings that was countered by critical success, Valerie had begun to show growth in the Nielsens by the end of the 1986–87 season. Its most significant ratings jump occurred after its moving to Mondays at 8:30/7:30c in March 1987, following ALF. NBC renewed the series for a third season in May. In light of the show's success, Harper and Cacciotti approached their producers and NBC about per-episode salary increases and a larger cut of future syndication revenue.[4] When all of the couple's requests were refused, Harper and Cacciotti walked out on Valerie. Harper had prior history in this situation, as she staged a walk out in 1975 following the first season of her hit series Rhoda, which successfully resulted in a pay increase.[4]

The couple continued to negotiate with Miller-Boyett Productions, Lorimar-Telepictures and NBC during the next few months as the behind-the-scenes struggle became well publicized. NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff, who was unhappy with the feud, publicly stated that he would replace Harper with another actress if the fighting did not cease. Tartikoff suggested Sandy Duncan as a replacement to Miller and Boyett, who both sided with the network chief in this possible casting decision. Duncan had recently signed a contract with NBC for a starring vehicle, and Tartikoff felt that this would be the best opportunity for her to make use of it.[4] Though the NBC case was dismissed, Harper and Cacciotti won their trial against Lorimar on September 16, 1988, and were awarded $1.82 million in damages; which they both later donated to various charities.[4][5]

Network switchEdit

The cast of The Hogan Family with the inclusion of Sandy Duncan

In 1990, after spending three of the last four years on Monday nights at 8:30/7:30 (having been on Sundays before that), NBC opted not to respond to an agreement made with Lorimar insisting that the network had to exercise renewal options on the series before April 1. Despite the series still sporting decent ratings, NBC stated that it chose not to renew The Hogan Family "because of the strength of our current development."[6] Lorimar Television subsequently signed a deal with CBS that moved The Hogan Family to the latter network beginning that fall. Oddly enough, CBS placed the series on Saturday nights at 8:30/7:30c, with a new Miller/Boyett sitcom, The Family Man, as its lead-in.


Theme music and presentation The theme song, "Together Through the Years,"[7] was performed by Roberta Flack and composed by Charles Fox. The lyrics were written by Stephen Geyer.


The Hogan Family aired in U.S. syndication on local television stations, from September 1990 until Summer 1998. From August 1998 until August 1999, startup broadcast network PAX TV aired reruns of the series weekdays at 4/3c.

ABC Family previously held the U.S. syndication rights to the program and had aired episodes twice daily for five weeks from September 25 (2005?) until October 27, 2006. It had discontinued running the show since then.

In Canada, the Crossroads Television System held the Canadian syndication rights and began airing the show Wednesday nights. It discontinued airing the show in 2011.

The Hogan Family title was used for syndicated showings of almost all episodes, including those originally broadcast as Valerie or Valerie's Family. Also, the theme was shortened in the opening credits when the show was in syndication. During the Valerie seasons, the title sequence becomes slow motion at the scene where Mike and the boys begin to tackle Valerie in their football game. For the third-season episodes, the title shot from seasons four and five is used for reruns, where The Hogan Family is displayed over the Hogans carrying their picnic items through the park. This deleted the scene where Sandy runs out to the baseball diamond to try and get the bases unloaded. The latter was where the Valerie's Family title was shown on NBC airings, with The Hogans appearing over the park-walking scene.

The only episode to retain the Valerie title in syndication was "Bad Timing" (February 8, 1987), which also kept the original parental advisory disclaimer from NBC.

In 2016, Antenna TV announced that they would air the series in 2017.[8][9] The Christmas episode was the first to air on the network on December 16, during a marathon of holiday-themed episodes from Antenna TV programs throughout the month,[10] before the show officially joined the lineup on January 2, 2018.[11]

The series began airing on Rewind TV on September 1, 2021 after leaving Antenna TV.

In the United Kingdom the series was shown on BBC1 from 1987 to 1992.

In New Zealand the series was shown on TVNZ.

See alsoEdit

  • The Conners, the revamped reboot of Roseanne after Roseanne Barr was fired


  1. ^ "Albany TV station cancels NBC show over condom issue". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 8, 1987. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  2. ^ Lewin, Tamar (March 8, 1987). "New sex mores are chilling TV ardor". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  3. ^ Rettenmund, Matthew (October 15, 1996). Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade. Macmillan. ISBN 9780312144364 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b c d Weinman, Jaime (November 28, 2008). "The 20th Anniversary Of the Most Awesomest TV Contract Dispute Ever". Maclean's. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Freeman, Patricia (October 3, 1988). "Valerie Harper Gets Her Day in Court, And, Umm, It's Sweet". People. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Haithman, Diane (April 19, 1990). "'Hogan Family' Jump to CBS Called an Exception : Television: The NBC sitcom's switch to a rival network won't inspire similar moves, a Lorimar executive says". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Valerie and Hogan family every season intro, retrieved August 8, 2021
  8. ^ "Tribune Media – Antenna TV Adds 9 New Programs In 2017". Tribune Media.
  9. ^ "Antenna TV to Add 9 Sitcoms for Fall 2017; MeTV and Decades Remembers Martin Landau – News Blog".
  10. ^ "Antenna TV Holiday 2017 Schedule, Includes Christmas; HBO Returns Two Comedies in January – News Blog".
  11. ^ "Antenna TV January 2018 Schedule Includes Gimme a Break! and Coach; Pop Launches Wednesday Comedies in January – News Blog".

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