Who they are: The wise and whimsical patriarch Rev. Eric Camden (Stephen Collins) and his stay-at-home wife, Annie (Catherine Hicks), have seven kids that range from toddlers to adults who live under their utopian Glen Oak roof. But the troubles they deal with are less than perfect. The couple juggles Eric's congregation and family drama each week as they face real-world problems in both circles. What the kids like: Heartfelt moments, the Camden family dog, Happy, and Ruthie Camden (Mackenzie Rosman), the youngest of the brood who grows up before their eyes and is bumped into being a little lady by the addition of twins (Lorenzo and Nikolas Brino) to the household. The Camdens were also a handsome bunch, and a small crush could have easily developed for any one of the kids Matt (Barry Watson), Mary (Jessica Biel), Lucy (Beverly Mitchell), Simon (David Gallagher) or Ruthie. What the parents can't get enough of: Like its contemporaries "Gilmore Girls" and later "Brothers & Sisters," nearly each week, the family drama struggled with the complexities of growing up in contemporary America, but the Camdens dealt with the additional circumstance of doing it as a Christian family. The series, which had a strong fan base but struggled in ratings, was said to be "one of the loveliest, most moral shows on the air" during its run. The idealism that ran through the show was genuine and sweet, with its 100th episode bringing together all the people whose lives Eric Camden changed for the better.
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