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Just the Ten of Us is an ABC network sitcom series created by Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall. It was a spin-off of another ABC series, "Growing Pains."

The show aired from April 26, 1988 to May 4, 1990, lasting for three seasons & 47 episodes.


The series centers on the Lubbocks, a large Catholic family that moves to Eureka, California after Graham Lubbock (who works as a gym teacher) is offered a job at an all-boys private Catholic school.

As the series progressed, the teenage daughters: Marie, Cindy, Wendy & Connie became the primary focus.


  • Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham T. Lubbock
  • Deborah Harmon as Elizabeth Lubbock
  • Heather Langenkamp as Marie Lubbock
  • Jamie Luner as Cindy Lubbock
  • Brooke Theiss as Wendy Lubbock
  • JoAnn Willette as Connie Lubbock
  • Matt Shakman as Graham "J.R." Lubbock, Jr.
  • Heidi Zeigler as Sherry Lubbock
  • Jason and Jeremy Korstjens as Harvey Lubbock
  • Frank Bonner as Father Frank Hargis
  • Dennis Haysbert as Duane Johnson (1988–1989)
  • Evan Arnold as Gavin Doosler
  • Lou Richards as Father Bud (1989–1990)
  • Maxine Elliott as Sister Ethel (1989–1990)


In the pilot episode of "Just the Ten Of Us" (which aired on "Growing Pains" in the spring of 1988), Graham's job is in jeopardy due to district budget cutbacks. Mike leads a protest after he learns that Lubbock is trying to support a large family (including yet another baby on the way).

Graham ends up losing his job, but he is soon offered a job at St. Augustine's Academy, an all-boys private Catholic school in Eureka, California, so he promptly moves his family to California.

The show first aired as a trial run from April 26 to May 17, 1988. After the first four episodes in an abbreviated first season were aired, it was renewed for two more seasons, eventually ending after 47 episodes on May 4, 1990.

Broadcast History

  • April 1988–May 1988, ABC Tuesday 8:30–9:00
  • September 1988–June 1989, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00
  • July 1989, ABC Wednesday 8:30–9:00
  • August 1989–July 1990, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00


A week after "Just the Ten of Us" debuted on April 8, 1988, it placed 7th in ratings. The second season garnered a total of 20.1 million viewers.


Year Award Category Recipient Result
1989 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series John Bettis (Won)
1990 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series George Spiro Dibie
(For episode "Highway To Heaven")
Young Artist Award Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special Heather Langenkamp, Jamie Luner, Matt Shakman, Brooke Theiss, JoAnn Willette and Heidi Zeigler (Nominated)
Best Family Television Series Just the Ten of Us (Nominated)
Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series Heidi Zeigler (Nominated)

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