The Seavers were an affluent family on Long Island, New York. In a bit of role reversal, Maggie left the home for her job each day while her husband cared for the children as a stay-at-home doctor.
"One of the aspects of our show that's unique is that both characters have pretty high-powered careers that feed them the way family or children can't," Joanna said in a 1986 interview with McCalls magazine. "And the situations are simple enough that children can understand them, but they're not stupid. The writers deal with good issues.
"And so what if, like many other television families, there doesn't seem to be anyone
around to clean up? I told them it was crazy, so we do have a housekeeper. But so far we just talk about her on the show."
Joanna enjoyed the regularity of a predictable schedule, because working as a guest-star on everything from “Love Boat” to “Hill Street Blues,” she said, “I never knew where I'd be. I'd get a call and bang! I'd be on a plane the next day, working 14 hours.”