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The Fitzpatricks was a short lived drama series which ran from 1977 to 1978 on CBS.

The focus was on the Fitzpatricks, an Irish Catholic family of six who lived in Flint, Michiganmarker. The father, blue collar, Mike Fitzpatrick (Bert Kramer) worked overtime as a steelworker to provide a life for the family; while his pregnant wife, Maggie (Mariclare Costello) also worked part time at a diner as a waitress to help support the family's income. They had four children, eldest son, Sean (Clark Brandon); introspective second son, Jack (Jimmy McNichol); only daughter Maureen (nicknamed Mo) (Michele Tobin) and youngest son, Max (Sean Marshall). The family also owned a dog, aptly named Detroit. Also involved in the family was R.J. (Derek Wells), who was Max Fitzpatrick's African-American best friend. A young Helen Hunt played neighbor, Kerry Gerardi, supposedly a friend of Mo's, who was interested in the older Fitzpatrick brothers, Sean and Jack, which sparked a bit of a rivalry between the two. Much of the stories deal with moralistic lessons and also with growing up. One episode, The Sacrament, focused on the youngest, Max's indecision of taking his first communion as a Catholic. This episode clearly shows the devoutness of the Fitzpatrick family's Catholic religion.

This show lasted only thirteen episodes, and was cancelled in 1978. However, in 1979, Jimmy McNichol and Michele Tobin (they played siblings, Jack and Maureen Fitzpatrick) would be cast in the equally short lived show California Fever. Clark Brandon (Sean) went on to other shows, but was perhaps best known for his recurring role of Eddie Brennan, Jo Polniaczek's (Nancy McKeon) boyfriend, and briefly, fiance, on The Facts of Life, while Helen Hunt (Kerry) became best known for her role of Jamie Buchman, Paul Reiser's on-screen wife on Mad About You. Bert Kramer (Mike Fitzpatrick) would later become known to soap viewers as Alex Wheeler on the soap opera, Texas.

Cast

  • Bert Kramer as Michael Fitzpatrick, a steelworker, and the patriarch of the family.
  • Mariclare Costello as Margaret "Maggie" Fitzpatrick, the matriarch, works part time at a diner to supplement the family income.
  • Clark Brandon as Sean Fitzpatrick, the oldest son (16)
  • Jimmy McNichol as Jack Fitzpatrick, the second oldest (15)
  • Michele Tobin as Maureen "Mo" Fitzpatrick the only daughter (14)
  • Sean Marshall as Max Fitzpatrick, the youngest at 10, delivers newspapers.
  • Helen Hunt as Kerry Gerardi, the girl next door, who intensified the rivalry between Jack and Sean.
  • Derek Wells as R.J., Max Fitzpatrick's best friend.


Episodes

  • The Fitzpatricks
  • FitzLo Co.
  • The Shark
  • Superman
  • Halloween
  • Cheerleader
  • A Love Story
  • Marajuana
  • The Sacrament
  • Say Goodbye to Buddy Bonkers
  • Runaway
  • A Living Wage
  • The New Fitzpatrick


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