Charles in Charge

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Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge.jpg
Title screen for Charles in Charge
FormatSitcom
Created byMichael Jacobs
Barbara Weisberg
StarringScott Baio
Willie Aames
Julie Cobb (season 1)
James Widdoes (season 1)
April Lerman (season 1)
Jonathan Ward (season 1)
Michael Pearlman (season 1)
Jennifer Runyon (season 1)
Sandra Kerns (seasons 2-5)
Nicole Eggert (seasons 2-5)
Josie Davis (seasons 2-5)
Alexander Polinsky
(seasons 2-5)
Ellen Travolta (seasons 2-5)
James T. Callahan
(seasons 2-5)
Justin Whalin
(season 4)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes126 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Al Burton
Co-executive producers:
Jane Startz
Michael Jacobs (seasons 2-4)
Producer(s)Michael Jacobs
(season 1)
Roseanne Leto (pilot episode)
Mitchell Bank
Todd E. Kessler (seasons 2-4)
Running time24:30 (CBS);
22:30 (first-run syndication)
Production company(s)Scholastic Productions
Al Burton Productions
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution (2004-Present)
The Program Exchange (1998-2008)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS (1984-1985)
first-run syndication (1987-1990)
Original runOctober 3, 1984 (1984-10-03) – November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)
 
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Charles in Charge
Charles in Charge.jpg
Title screen for Charles in Charge
FormatSitcom
Created byMichael Jacobs
Barbara Weisberg
StarringScott Baio
Willie Aames
Julie Cobb (season 1)
James Widdoes (season 1)
April Lerman (season 1)
Jonathan Ward (season 1)
Michael Pearlman (season 1)
Jennifer Runyon (season 1)
Sandra Kerns (seasons 2-5)
Nicole Eggert (seasons 2-5)
Josie Davis (seasons 2-5)
Alexander Polinsky
(seasons 2-5)
Ellen Travolta (seasons 2-5)
James T. Callahan
(seasons 2-5)
Justin Whalin
(season 4)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes126 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Al Burton
Co-executive producers:
Jane Startz
Michael Jacobs (seasons 2-4)
Producer(s)Michael Jacobs
(season 1)
Roseanne Leto (pilot episode)
Mitchell Bank
Todd E. Kessler (seasons 2-4)
Running time24:30 (CBS);
22:30 (first-run syndication)
Production company(s)Scholastic Productions
Al Burton Productions
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution (2004-Present)
The Program Exchange (1998-2008)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS (1984-1985)
first-run syndication (1987-1990)
Original runOctober 3, 1984 (1984-10-03) – November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)

Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old student at the fictional Copeland College in New Brunswick, New Jersey,[1] who worked as a live-in babysitter in exchange for room and board.[2] Baio directed many episodes of the show, and was credited with his full name, Scott Vincent Baio.

It was first broadcast on CBS from October 3, 1984 to April 3, 1985, when it was cancelled due to a struggle in the Nielsen ratings. It then had a more successful first-run syndication run from January 3, 1987 to November 10, 1990, as 126 original episodes were aired in total.

Premise[edit]

Charles first worked for the Pembroke family: wife Jill, husband Stan, and their three children: Lila, Douglas, and Jason.

When the show ended its run on CBS, and entered first-run syndication in 1987, the story explained that the Pembrokes sub-leased their house and moved to Seattle, and the Powells moved in instead, thereby allowing Charles to live downstairs yet again. This time, the family consisted of grandfather Walter, mother Ellen (whose husband was in the Navy and consequently could only visit his family sporadically), and her three children: Jamie, Sarah, and Adam.

Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress(s)Role
Scott BaioCharles
Willie AamesBuddence "Buddy" Lembeck
1984–1985
Jennifer RunyonGwendolyn Pierce
James WiddoesStan Pembroke
Julie CobbJill Pembroke
April LermanLila Pembroke
Jonathan WardDouglas Pembroke
Michael PearlmanJason Pembroke
1987–1990
James T. CallahanWalter Powell
Sandra KernsEllen Powell
Nicole EggertJamie Powell
Josie DavisSarah Powell
Alexander PolinskyAdam Powell
Ellen TravoltaLillian

Michael Pearlman and Jennifer Runyon are the only other actors, besides Baio and Aames, to reprise their roles on the show. Pearlman appeared in the second season premiere, "Amityville". (Lisa Donovan played Jill Pembroke in that episode.) Runyon appeared in "Twice Upon a Time (Part 1)" and "Twice Upon a Time (Part 2)".

In the final two seasons, Sandra Kerns only made three more appearances (once in Season 4 and twice in Season 5).

Charles' mother, Lillian, was played by Ellen Travolta, John Travolta's sister. She also played her sisters (Charles's aunts), Sally and Vanessa. She had previously played the mother of Chachi Arcola, Scott Baio's character on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Chachi's real name, incidentally, was also Charles.

Nicole Eggert went on to star in Baywatch (1992–1994). Josie Davis also made one appearance in a 1998 Baywatch episode. Both Charles in Charge and Baywatch were TV shows that began on network TV, before moving to first-run syndication.

Baio and Aames are the only two cast memembers that appear every single episode.

Guest cast[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Season 4[edit]

Season 5[edit]

Theme song[edit]

The theme song was composed by David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs, and Al Burton, and performed by Shandi Sinnamon. The theme music was mellower in the first season, and was remixed for the syndication run.

Home media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released a 3-disc set of the first season of Charles in Charge on DVD in North America on February 14, 2006. Due to poor sales, no further seasons were released.

In September 2007, it was announced that Arts Alliance America (which subsequently changed its name to Virgil Films & Entertainment during the summer of 2007) had acquired the rights to the series.[9] They subsequently released seasons 2-5 on DVD. Seasons 4 and 5 were Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) releases, available exclusively through Amazon.com.[10][11]

As of 2011, the Arts Alliance releases have been discontinued and are out of print.

DVD NameEp #Release Date
The Complete First Season22February 14, 2006
The Complete Second Season26November 20, 2007
The Complete Third Season26May 20, 2008
The Complete Fourth Season26March 24, 2009
The Complete Fifth and Final Season26July 28, 2009

Streaming[edit]

All five seasons of the series were made available for streaming through Amazon Instant Video.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles in Charge - The Complete First Season DVD Review". Sitcoms Online. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Charles in Charge (TV Series) Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Charles in Charge "War." IMDb.Retrieved 30 June 2007
  4. ^ Charles in Charge "Charles 'R' Us." IMDb. Retrieved 30 June 2007
  5. ^ YouTube: Samantha Smith in Charles in Charge Retrieved January 16, 2013
  6. ^ Charles in Charge: The Complete First Season (1984) DVD, Released February 14, 2006
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000143/ accessed 6/23/2009
  8. ^ http://epguides.com/CharlesinCharge/ accessed 6/23/2009
  9. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Charles-Charge-Season-2-Date/8039
  10. ^ Where Does the 4th Season of the Scott Baio Series Currently Stand? TVShowsOnDVD.com. January 28, 2009.
  11. ^ Charles in Charge - The 5th and Final Season is Available on DVD in July! TVShowsOnDVD.com. June 5, 2009
  12. ^ Amazon Instant Video: Charles in Charge Retrieved January 23, 2013

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