Cindy is a smart, sweet, sensitive person. She works as a homemaker, volunteers at a recycling center and is an avid gardener after arriving in Beverly Hills. Cindy's a friendly and open woman and a community organiser and presence, although she feels uncertain and scales this back quite a bit when the family first move to Beverly Hills. Although Jim's work demand and their time apart puts a strain on Cindy at first, they manage to work it out and Cindy, having to have moved to a new city without all her family and friends, starts to feel more at home in California.
To varying degrees between the two of them, the parents are largely portrayed as caring, disciplined, sage-like figures. They offered advice not only to their own children throughout the first series, but occasionally to their children's friends. The phrase "Jim and Cindy" has become an almost iconic statement. Jim and Cindy depart L.A. for Hong Kong on business in the summer of 1995, leaving their now-grown son Brandon —whose sister had departed for England a year prior — to live his life independently.
- Originally, Cindy was supposed to start working after the Walshes arrived in L.A. and Jim was going to be out of work, to portray the conflict of her being the breadwinner. FOX refused this, saying Cindy couldn't work because she was "the mother" and Carol Potter was, obviously, offended at this sexist nonsense