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Brand New Life is a short-lived American comedy-drama television series starring Barbara Eden and produced by Walt Disney Television that ran for five 60-minute episodes on NBC as part of The Magical World of Disney from October 1, 1989 to April 15, 1990.[1]

The series originally premiered September 18, 1989 as a two-hour television movie pilot on "NBC Monday Night at the Movies" and its ratings success led to the commissioning of a weekly series. Afterwards, the show's regular timeslot was on Sunday nights on NBC's The Magical World of Disney during the 1989–90 season. It also marked Barbara Eden's first return to series television in seven years since Harper Valley PTA in 1982.[2]

The theme song "Brand New Life" was written by Steve Tyrell and performed by Jill Colucci.


Barbara McCray (Barbara Eden) is a struggling divorced mother of three teenagers (Ericka, Christy and Bart) working part-time as a waitress in order to become a court reporter, who meets and marries Roger Gibbons (Don Murray), a wealthy attorney and widower with three teenagers of his own (Amanda, Laird and Barlow). They set up housekeeping in Roger's Bel Air home and stories follow the comedic and dramatic incidents of blending two families with contrasting social backgrounds.


  • Barbara Eden as Mrs. Barbara McCray Gibbons
  • Don Murray as Mr. Roger Gibbons
  • Shawnee Smith as Amanda Gibbons
  • Byron Thames as Laird Gibbons
  • Jennie Garth as Ericka McCray
  • Alison Sweeney as Christy McCray
  • David Tom as Bart McCray
  • Eric Foster as Barlow Gibbons


Made-for-TV movie

Title Airdate
"Brand New Life: The Honeymooners" Sep·18·1989

TV series

Title Airdate
1 "Above and Beyond Therapy" Oct·01·1989
2 "I Fought the Law" Oct·15·1989
3 "Private School" Oct·22·1989
4 "Children of a Legal Mom" Jan·07·1990
5 "Even Housekeepers Sing the Blues" Apr·15·1990


External links

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