Empty Nest was a spinoff of The Golden Girls. Created by Susan Harris (Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls) this series centered around Dr. Harry Weston.
For years the main characters have remained in the story. Others came and went sometimes for short periods and sometimes for many episodes. They helped to make the story more exciting.
Some of the main chracters were Emily, Harry, Charley, Carol, Barbara, Dr. Maxine Douglas, Sophia and Laverne.
Each episode is a story on its own but it forms part of the whole story.