Barbara was written out of the show, and the close friend/cohort role became occupied by neighbor Annie Steck (Judith Kahan), mother of a teenage daughter Rebecca (played in one episode by Paula Hoffman).
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Its most significant ratings jump occurred after its moving to Mondays at /c in March 1987, following ALF. In light of the show's success, Harper and Cacciotti approached their producers and network about per-episode salary increases and a larger cut of future syndication revenue.
When all of the couple's requests were refused, Harper and Cacciotti walked out on Valerie.
NBC explained that the series would take on difficult conflicts facing the family during the grieving process.
To make good on their promise, Miller-Boyett and Tartikoff brought in Sandy Duncan as the series' new lead.
A jock with a big-man-on-campus attitude, Rich was especially known for calling David "Hogie" (or "Hoagie").
Valerie had switched careers, now working as a freelance graphic artist, so she could be more available to her sons.However, shortly after the episode was completed, news had come that Harper and Cacciotti were holding out again.As a result, the cast shot scenes around Harper for the next few episodes.Like most American sitcoms in the 1980s, the series sometimes dealt with moral conflicts, but not in a heavy-handed fashion.In the episode "Bad Timing", which first aired February 7, 1987, David and a former girlfriend debate whether to have sex.Parental advisory warnings were issued in ads for the episode and NBC placed an advisory warning before the episode aired stating that parents may want to watch the episode with their children.