"Webster" was a hit sitcom in the 80s that featured a transracial family built via adoption. A Feb. 28 article updates fans on what's happened with two of the most popular "Webster" show stars, 30 years after its debut in 1983.
Emannuel Lewis stole fans' hearts as, Webster, the adorable star of the show. Orphaned when his parents died in an accident, Webster, an African-American youth, was adopted by a white family. These days, "Lewis is keeping busy with his own record label, Flex Floss Entertainment," says the article.
Alex Karras played Webster's adoptive father, George. Acting was Karras' second career; he first found success in the NFL as a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions. Sadly, Karras passed away in 2012.
"Webster" and a similarly themed 80s hit, "Diff’rent Strokes," were among the early shows to portray transracial families built through adoption on television. These days, according to Adoptive Families magazine, transracial adoptive families are increasingly common, due to international adoption, foster care adoption and domestic adoption.