Empty Nest (television) Television series on NBC, beginning October 8, 1988, and ending July 8, 1995. The contemporary problems and joys in the relationship between a widowed pediatrician father and his daughter living under the same roof with a huge dog. Stars Richard Mulligan (Dr. Harry Weston), Dinah Manoff (Carol Weston), David Leisure (Charley Dietz), Park Overall (Laverne Todd), Estelle Getty (Sophia Petrillo), Marsha Warfield (Dr. Maxine Douglas). Kristy McNichol played a second daughter, Barbara, a policewoman, in the first five seasons. Dreyfuss the dog is played by Bear, a combination St. Bernard/golden retriever. Richard Mulligan won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989.