The Hogan Family
was a family comedy
that ran from 1986 to 1991 on NBC. Originally, the show
was titled Valerie, and starred Valier Harper, a woman
trying to raise her family while her pilot husband
traversed the world. After a contract dispute with
Harper, she was written out of the show (via death), and
Sandy Duncan joined the show as the kid’s aunt (Sandy
Hogan), and the show was then known as Valerie’s Family,
the Hogans, and then later shorted to the Hogan Family.
Other stars included Jason Bateman as David Hogan, Luis
Daniel Ponce as William Hogan, Jeremy Licht as Mark
Hogan, Josh Taylor as Michael Hogan, and John Hilerman
as Lloyd Hogan.
Like many family comedy shows of the day, The Hogan
Family dealt with the everyday struggles of raising a
family, with the occasional moral message tossed in.
Some of you may remember the controversial episode that
aired in 1987, title “Bad Timing”, which dealt with
David (Bateman) and his girlfriend contemplating having
sex and using a condom. Because this was the first
prime time use of the word “condom”, some parental
advisory warnings were posted and some affiliates
refused to air it. Compared to today’s TV shows, this
subject matter was innocuous.