Step by Step

Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers continue their sitcom as Frank Lambert and Carol Foster Lambert, who bring their respective offspring into their marriage with high hopes. "The Brady Bunch" look-alike still holds up in ABC's Friday comedy slate.

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Cast: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Staci Keanan, Sasha Mitchell, Brandon Call, Angela Watson, Christine Lakin, Christopher Castile, Josh Byrne, Troy Evans, Nancy Lenehan, Jason Allen, Elizabeth Sroka, John Buchanan, Jennifer Wade , Jordan Benedict, Matthew Warren.

Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers continue their sitcom as Frank Lambert and Carol Foster Lambert, who bring their respective offspring into their marriage with high hopes. “The Brady Bunch” look-alike still holds up in ABC’s Friday comedy slate.

Sophistication isn’t the show’s long suit, and the off-camera audience is too enthusiastic to be 100% genuine, but the characters’ antics are acceptable.

In this one, Frank’s exuberant teen son J.T. (Brandon Call) thinks he has a date with a pal’s sister, a model; however, the date turns out to be the friend’s 13-year-old, pushy sister Eleanor (Elizabeth Sroka).

Carol’s daughter Dana (Staci Keanan), has a date with wonderful Jeff (John Buchanan), but both J.T. and Dana have a letdown in store. And poor Eleanor probably has the biggest letdown of all.

At home, Carol’s invited the Tubmans (Troy Evans, Nancy Lenehan) over for a visit because young Brendan Lambert (Josh Byrne) and Lester Tubman (Jordan Benedict) had a fight; the parents turn out to be strong comic material for the seg.

Show strains to create situations, but they pay off OK. Somers and Duffy are able, and the youngsters all perform well. Writer Julia Newton earns some laughs , but transitions are often flat despite Duffy’s straightforward direction.

Program belongs in the dependable, sometimes-silly niche where school proms are sitcom fodder and minor misunderstandings mount up as ripples of assured laughter feed them.

Step by Step

(Fri. (20), 9-9:30 p.m., ABC)

Production: Filmed at Warner Bros. Studio, Burbank, by Bickley/Warren Prods., Miller-Boyett Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. Executive producers, Ross Brown, William Bickley, Michael Warren; co-executive producers, Bob Rosenfarb, Robert Griffard, Howard Adler; producers, Ronny Marshall Hallin, Julia Newton; co-producer, Karen Kirchner; director, Patrick Duffy; writer, Newton; creators, Bickley, Warren; developers, Thomas L. Miller, Robert L. Boyett.

Crew: Camera, Tony Askins; editor, Robert Souders; art director, Tommy Goetz; sound, Walter Baker; music, Steven Chesne, Gary Boren; theme, Jesse Frederick, Bennett Salvay.

Cast: Cast: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Staci Keanan, Sasha Mitchell, Brandon Call, Angela Watson, Christine Lakin, Christopher Castile, Josh Byrne, Troy Evans, Nancy Lenehan, Jason Allen, Elizabeth Sroka, John Buchanan, Jennifer Wade , Jordan Benedict, Matthew Warren.

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