Dr. Jonathan Lerner (Peter Scolari, "Henry 'Hildegard' Desmond" on Bosom Buddies, "Michael Harris" on Newhart (1984-1990), "Ken Ballantine" on Mommies, and "Wayne Szalinski" on Honey I Shrunk the Kids) architect wife Denise Lerner (Pamela Reed), tv lover son Jeffrey Lerner (Christopher Miranda) and daughter Nicki Lerner (Ashlee Levitch) move back to Philadelphia after living in California. The Lerner's have decided to return to live near their family (father Dr. Sid Lerner (Alan North, Police Squad!), hair dresser mother Ruby DeMattis (Rhoda Gemignani), Denise's sister Sheila (Nancy Cassaro) and juvenile delinquent nephew Elvis (Giovanni Ribisi)). Denise cannot understand why anyone would move back to Philly after escaping it, Nicki Lerner cannot adjust to Philly (culture shock), Jeffrey can't get his face out of the tv, Ruby cannot stop picking on Sheila, Dr. Sid cannot stop telling Dr. Jonathan how to be a doctor, and none of them can stop bickering. Creatorss other Creations
Dr. Jonathan Lerner, along with his family (wife Denise, oldest son Jeffrey, oldest daughter Nicki) decides to leave sunny California for the ""friendly city"" of Philadelphia. Jonathan's father Sid Lerner, also a physician, Denise's mother Ruby, a hair dresser, Denise's sister Sheila and Denise's nephew Elvis (Sheila's child) greet them on their return to their roots. Bickering starts immediately.
Afraid to face her upcoming 20th class reunion, Sheila tries to borrow money from Denise for plastic surgery.
After one of Dr. Jonathan Lerner's patient's dies, Jonathan is worried about his family's potential future if he and Denise should both die. Jonathan wants both Denise and himself to write their wills to protect the interests of their children.
Jonathan and Denise are upset when they think a couple they've befriended doesn't want to see them anymore.
Missions impossible: Denise tries to give mother Ruby's hair salon a makeover, and Jonathan tries to get Jeffrey to stop watching so much television.
Drs. Jonathan and Sid Lerner are unnerved to find that Lillian needs a gallstone operation. Even more upseting, Jonathan's mother refuses to have the operation.