Lily Foster Biography & Facts
Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons. It ran on ABC as part of its TGIF Friday night lineup from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997, then moved to CBS, where it aired from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers star as single parents Frank and Carol, respectively; each with three children, who wed and form a blended family.
Frank Lambert, a divorced contractor, has three children: John Thomas (J.T.), Alicia (Al), and Brendan. Carol Foster, a widowed salon owner, also has three children: Dana, Karen, and Mark. Both families live in Port Washington, Wisconsin.
Frank and Carol marry while vacationing in Jamaica after a whirlwind courtship and Frank plans an identical vacation to "accidentally" run into Carol. They planned to keep their marriage a secret, but Frank accidentally reveals to J.T., they are married during a barbecue he and Carol hold to introduce all the children, leaving them surprised and angry at first.
Each episode depicts typical situations for a new blended family. Family members' differences cause arguments and resentments, but over time they grow to tolerate and become loyal to one another.
Cast and characters
Suzanne Somers as Carol Foster-Lambert (née Williams), the matriarch of the Foster family, who works as a beautician and runs a hair salon out of a room in her house (which is located next to the kitchen), originally with the cooperation of her mother, Ivy, and sister, Penny. Eventually, with Frank's help, she opens a bigger studio at a stand-alone location in the sixth season.
Staci Keanan as Dana Foster, the eldest child in the Foster family. She is depicted as a smart, wisecracking feminist. She is often seen being openly hostile to the Lamberts, particularly J.T., Frank, and Cody. She and J.T. generally do not get along.
Angela Watson as Karen Foster, the middle child in the Foster family. She is an aspiring model and sometimes a country singer, and is portrayed as vain and not very bright, but with frequent moments of level-headedness.
Christopher Castile as Mark Foster, the youngest child in the Foster family, until Lily is born. He is into computers and academics and has a tendency to be timid.Lambert family
Patrick Duffy as Frank Lambert, the patriarch of the Lambert family, who works as a contractor with his own company. He is laid back and an avid sports fan, particularly of the Green Bay Packers.
Brandon Call as John Thomas "J.T." Lambert, the oldest child in the Lambert family. He is a slacker, into sports—like his father, he is a Packers fan—and academically challenged, which is later attributed to dyslexia. He resents his new stepfamily, particularly Dana.
Christine Lakin as Alicia "Al" Lambert, the middle child in the Lambert family. She is a tomboyish, all-American girl, who later matures and softens. She is typically addressed by her nickname, the more masculine name "Al", and is rarely referred to as "Alicia". Several episodes during the seventh season centered on her newfound interest in acting. She is openly hostile to her stepfamily.
Josh Byrne as Brendan Lambert (seasons 1–6), the youngest child in the Lambert family, until Lily is born. He is shy, carefree, and one of the most accepting of his new stepfamily. He appears less and less as the show progresses, especially after Lily is introduced in the season four episode "A Foster/Lambert Production". When the show moved from ABC to CBS, he was written out of the series; the producers later admitted in a TV Guide interview that despite his absence, the Lamberts would still refer to their "seven children", making him an unseen character for the final season.
Sasha Mitchell as Cody Lambert (seasons 1–5, guest in season 7), Frank's nephew who lives in the driveway. Mitchell appears as a recurring cast member in the first season, then was upgraded to a regular cast member in the second season. Sporting a crew cut and a Valley teen accent, he often shows maturity and intelligence belying his dimwitted veneer. Mitchell was written out of the series after the fifth season. He returned as a guest star for one episode in the seventh season. Mitchell previously played James Beaumont, the nephew of Duffy's character Bobby Ewing in Dallas.Others
Patrika Darbo as Penny Baker Williams (season 1), Carol's man-hungry sister.
Peggy Rea as Ivy Baker Williams (season 1), Carol's outspoken mother.
Emily Mae Young as Lily Foster-Lambert (seasons 6–7; originally portrayed by Lauren Meyering and Kristina Meyering in seasons 4–5), Frank and Carol's biological child. Lily is introduced in the season four episode "A Foster/Lambert Production". Though she originally appears as a baby, her age is retconned to five years in the sixth season after she is SORASed. For her age, she is smart and is always asking questions of everyone.
Jason Marsden as Rich Halke (seasons 5–7), J.T.'s best friend. He is depicted as being both a slacker and a seriously devoted person. He later began dating Dana (to the others' dismay) in the sixth season. He was named after Richard P. Halke, who served a member of the series' writing staff from seasons one through three, and served as a story editor during the third one. Marsden also made one appearance as "Doug" in season 3.
Jeff Juday as Jake "Flash" Gordon (season 5, appearing in four episodes), a goofy, but well-meaning handyman hired by Frank towards the end of the fifth season. He joins the family on their trip to Walt Disney World, where he attempts to visit every attraction. According to Jeff Juday, Flash was written in as a replacement for Cody. The following season, Flash was replaced by Jean-Luc.
Bronson Pinchot as Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux (season 6), a beautician who serves as Carol's business partner. Pinchot was brought in to take the place of Sasha Mitchell in the series, but disappeared when he took the title role in the short-lived CBS sitcom Meego (which aired alongside Step by Step when the latter moved to CBS for its seventh season in 1997).
Alexandra Adi as Samantha Milano (seasons 6–7), J.T.'s one-time girlfriend, who is introduced at the end of the season six episode "The "L" Word". They date off and on for two seasons. She works as a mechanic in a garage.Episodes
The series was created and executive produced by William Bickley and Michael Warren, and developed and executive produced by Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. It was produced by Bickley-Warren Productions, Miller-Boyett Productions and Lorimar Television (the latter doing so from 1991 to 1993, when Warner Bros. Television assumed production responsibilities for it and Lorimar's other television series after shared corporate parent Time Warner consolidated the two production companies). The casting of Patrick Duffy fulfilled a contractual obligation that Lorimar made to give him a new show after his previous series, Dallas (which was also produced by Lorimar), had .... Discover the Lily Foster popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Lily Foster books.