Liz and Jean Sagal

The Original Double Trouble twins

"Double Trouble" redirects here. For the 2014 revival, see Double Trouble (2014 TV series).

Double Trouble is an American sitcom that aired from 1984 to 1985 on NBC. The series stars identical twins Jean and Liz Sagal as Kate and Allison Foster, two teenagers living under the watchful eye of their widowed father. The show was considered an updating of the "twins in mischief" concept seen in films like The Parent Trap or the Patty Duke Show of the 1960s


Double Trouble premiered in April 1984. The series was set in Des Moines, Iowa, and generally revolved around the twins' high school or their father's dance studio (thus giving the girls a chance to show off their real-life dancing skills). Most of the show's comedy was generated from the fact that one twin was serious while the other more laid-back and happy-go-lucky.

Beginning as a mid-season replacement, the show also starred Donnelly Rhodes as the girls' father, Art Foster. The show did not generate high enough ratings in its initial debut to be included in NBC's fall schedule, however it was brought back for a second go-'round as a mid-season replacement in December 1984. After some retooling, the setting of the show was relocated to New York City. Rhodes was replaced by Barbara Barrie as the twins' aunt. The second season ran for fifteen episodes. The series was not renewed after the second season, but it was seen in reruns on NBC until August 21, 1985 and for several years on USA Network in the late '80s and early '90s. Author Maryam Wells (All About Us series), revived the series into a book series, with a new location, new characters, and new set of twin actresses, and the names of Kate and Allison Foster have been changed to Erin and Michelle Healy.


  • Jean Sagal as Kate Foster
  • Liz Sagal as Allison Foster
  • Barbara Barrie as Margo Foster (Season 2)
  • Anne-Marie Johnson as Aileen Lewis (Season 2)
  • Donnelly Rhodes as Art Foster (Season 1)
  • Patricia Richardson as Beth McConnell (Season 1)
  • Michael D. Roberts as Mr. Arrechia (Season 2)
  • Jonathan Schmock as Billy Batalato (Season 2)
  • James Vallely as Charles Kincaid (Season 2)


Season 1Edit

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "One Drives, the Other Doesn't" April 4, 1984
1-2 "Lust" April 11, 1984
1-3 "First Day" April 18, 1984
1-4 "Bad Chemistry" April 25, 1984
1-5 "Dueling Feet" May 2, 1984
1-6 "Separate Birthdays" May 16, 1984
1-7 "Hearthache" May 23, 1984
1-8 "Bombshell" May 30, 1984

Season 2Edit

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-1 "If We Can Make It Here..." December 1, 1984
2-2 "Do You Believe in Magic?" December 8, 1984
2-3 "Dream Girls" December 15, 1984
2-4 "O Come All Ye Faithful" December 22, 1984
2-5 "Man for Margo" January 5, 1985
2-6 "The Boy Next Door" January 12, 1985
2-7 "Memories" January 19, 1985
2-8 "Two Girls for Every Boy" January 26, 1985
2-9 "The Write Stuff" February 2, 1985
2-10 "Commercial Break" February 9, 1985
2-11 "Old Movies" February 16, 1985
2-12 "September Song" February 23, 1985
2-13 "Funny Girl" March 2, 1985
2-14 "The Day of the Rose" March 23, 1985
2-15 "Where's Poppa?" March 30, 1985


Season 1Edit