TV Show: Empty Nest

Kristy McNichol had been a child star in the '70s and had peaked early. After successes that included the TV series Family and the movie Little Darlings, her behavior became erratic and her reputation went south. In 1988, she was a 26-year-old wash-up, or so it seemed.

Then, she showed up on Empty Nest playing one of the grown daughters of the older couple seeking meaning in their lives now that their parenting duties are over. For McNichol fans—and there were many—this was a welcome and triumphant return. She lasted 100 episodes, then left the show in 1992, reportedly due to her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She returned for the show's final episode in 1995, but has not acted on screen since.