A Family of Strangers (1980)

Run Time - 46 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Rovi

The ABC Afterschool Special series kicks off its ninth season with a decidedly non-comic spin on a premise popularized by The Brady Bunch. Dominic Ginetti (Danny Aiello), a widower with two daughters named Ginger (Laura Dean) and Rose (Mara Hobel), marries Marie Mills (Maria Tucci), a divorcée with one daughter named Carrie (Lauri Hendler). At first, it appears that the three "instant" siblings will never get along, with Ginger and Rose immediately setting up a wall of defense against newcomer Carrie ("Just 'cause you and your mom are moving in does not mean you can start changin' everything around"). Eventually, Dominic's two daughters adjust to the situation -- which is more than can be said for Carrie, who remains cold towards her new stepfather, hoping against hope that her real dad (whom she hasn't seen for eight years) will one day return.