My Sister Sam

My Sister Sam Information

My Sister Sam is an American situation comedy series that aired on CBS from 1986 to 1988. It was created by Stephen Fischer and executive produced by Diane English.


The sitcom tells the story of a San Francisco photographer named Sam Russell (Pam Dawber), whose life is disrupted when her teenage sister Patti (Rebecca Schaeffer) comes to live with her.


The series premiered in 1986. After it achieved success on Monday nights, CBS changed its schedule and moved My Sister Sam to Saturday night opposite NBC's successful comedy lineup. The show's audience dwindled to one of the lowest on network TV, and CBS cancelled My Sister Sam in April 1988 after only half of the second season had aired.

Rebecca Schaeffer's death

Series cast member, Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered on July 18, 1989, more than a year after the show had been canceled and had left the air.

Dawber, Joel Brooks, David Naughton and Jenny O'Hara reunited to film a public service announcement about violence prevention.


  • Pam Dawber as Samantha "Sam" Russell
  • Rebecca Schaeffer as Patricia "Patti" Russell
  • Joel Brooks as Jordan Dylan "J.D." Lucas
  • Jenny O'Hara as Dixie Randazzo
  • David Naughton as Jack Kincaid

Guest stars

Notable guest stars in the series included Scott Bakula (episode 1.7), JoAnn Willette (episode 1.18), Rob Estes (episode 2.18), Ed Marinaro (episode 2.19), and Cristine Rose (episode 2.20).

Theme song

The theme song "Room Enough for Two" was written by Steve Dorff and John Bettis and performed by Kim Carnes. Dorff won a BMI TV Music Award in 1987 for his work on the series.


USA Network picked up syndication rights to the series, eventually running all 44 episodes, including those never shown on CBS.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1987 BMI Film & TV Awards Won BMI TV Music Award Steve Dorff
1987 Primetime Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Costume Design for a Series Bill Hargate (costume designer)
(For episode "Jingle Bell Rock Bottom")

DVD Release

Warner Home Video on releasing "My Sister Sam" coming soon to DVD and Blu-ray formats. Release Date: TBA

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