21. Step By Step
Air Dates: September 20, 1991- June 26, 1998
Stars: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Staci Keanan, Christine Lakin, Brandon Call
Was Full House the white answer to Family Matters, or was it Step By Step? Or was Step By Step simply a rehash of Full House? Or was Step By Step meant to be a modern day Brady Bunch? Or, better yet, did ABC just make the same show many times over? Call it however you see it.
Frank and Carol, a divorced man and a widow, met while vacationing in Jamaica. Both had three kids each, and they eventually got married to a raise a big, blended family in a Wisconsin home. Joining them at one point was Frank's nephew Cody, a cross between Jeff Spicoli and a Bill & Ted-era Keanu Reeves.
It's damn near impossible to make a show set in a Milwaukee suburb that doesn't feel overwhelmingly white. We get itâ€”the Bucks are the blackest thing about Milwaukee, but damn. You can combine two families but can't bring anything non-milquetoast?