'Empty Nest' star Kristy McNichol resurfaces in Hallmark Channel marathon

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It's easy to forget about "Empty Nest." The "Golden Girls" spin-off hasn't exactly thrived in syndication like so many of its contemporaries.

But The Hallmark Channel resuscitates the '80s/'90s comedy -- about a doctor whose two grown daughters move home -- with a Feb. 26 marathon.

Starring Richard Mulligan (R.I.P.), Dinah Manoff and Kristy McNichol, the show is perhaps best known for McNichol's sudden departure during the 1992.

So what happened to her? At the time, McNichol was becoming notorious for bad attendance and erratic behavior on the set of the show and several movies and she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and retired from acting altogether.

She returned for the series' finale in 1995, and it marked her last ever screen appearance -- though she did some voice work in the late '90s.

2001 was the last time she issued a public statement, offering some insight on what happened to her: "A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part - MYSELF! I must say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not currently acting, however some may not realize that the process I'm in at this time is necessary and vital for my personal happiness and well-being."

She now lives in Los Angeles, where she reportedly teaches and works with charities. Let's honor her with this blurry YouTube of the series' opening credits, which reminds of Dreyfuss -- who really should have made it to our list of favorite TV dogs.

Photo/Video credit: Touchstone Television