Empty Nest is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1988 to 1995. The series was created as a spin-off of The Golden Girls by creator and producer Susan Harris. For its first three seasons, Empty Nest was one of the year’s top 10 most-watched programs. It was produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions in association with Touchstone Television.
The show concept borrowed some elements from the British comedy series Father, Dear Father, also featuring a father living with his two daughters and large dog. However, unlike that series, the two daughters in Empty Nest are self-supporting adults, and the lead character is a widower.
Empty Nest was part of NBC’s Saturday night block of programming, and during its first four seasons it aired at 9:30pm ET, directly following The Golden Girls.
Two of the cast were alumni from one of Susan Harris’ earlier shows, Soap; Mulligan was Manoff’s father-in-law in Soap.
Original titleEmpty Nest
First air dateOct. 08, 1988
Last air dateApr. 29, 1995
Seasons and episodes
1Season 1 Oct. 08, 1988
- 1 - 22A Life in the DayApr. 01, 1989
2Season 2 Sep. 30, 1989
- 2 - 24Still Growing After All These YearsApr. 28, 1990
3Season 3 Sep. 22, 1990
- 3 - 24The Way We AreMay. 11, 1991
4Season 4 Sep. 21, 1991
- 4 - 24RootsMay. 02, 1992
5Season 5 Sep. 19, 1992
- 5 - 26Surprise! Surprise!May. 22, 1993
7Season 7 Sep. 24, 1994
- 7 - 24Life Goes On (2)Apr. 29, 1995