Hangin' In

Hangin' In was a Canadian television sitcom which aired on CBC from 1981 to 1987. It aired briefly on Nickelodeon and in syndication in the United States.[1][2]

Hangin' In
StarringLally Cadeau
David Eisner
Ruth Springford
Gina Wilkinson (season 5-7)
Fiona Reid (season 7)
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes110
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
DistributorOrbis Communications
Original networkCBC
Original releaseJanuary 7, 1981 (1981-01-07) 
February 23, 1987 (1987-02-23)


The show was created by the same production team, led by executive producer Jack Humphrey, behind one of the most successful Canadian sitcoms in television history, King of Kensington,[3] which had itself evolved in its late episodes toward a similar concept and setting.[4]


The show starred Lally Cadeau as Kate Brown, the attractive and charismatic director of a youth drop-in centre in Toronto,[3] and blended both comedy and drama in its portrayal of genuine teen counselling problems.[5] David Eisner starred as Michael DiFalco, a young, affable staff counsellor,[3] and Ruth Springford appeared as Doris Webster, the centre's receptionist.[3] Many young Canadian actors, including Eric McCormack, Keanu Reeves, Jessica Steen and Mark Humphrey, made guest appearances as teenaged clients of the youth centre.

During the show's final season, Cadeau was replaced for the final five episodes by Fiona Reid as Maggie.[6] This change was planned, as the producers were setting up a new spin-off series to star Reid as the director of a halfway house for young offenders.[5] However, the new series was not picked up.



  1. "Hangin' In debuting in U.S.", Toronto Star, April 1, 1986.
  2. "Monday Afternoon programs". Reading Eagle. May 5, 1985. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  3. "New CBC series no heir apparent". The Globe and Mail, January 7, 1981.
  4. Miller 2007, p. 134–144
  5. "CBC sitcom Hangin' In deals with the issues that concern teenagers in an entertaining way", Toronto Star, November 1, 1986.
  6. "CBC show hangin' in with Reid". Toronto Star, October 6, 1986.


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