Top of the Heap

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Top of the Heap
GenreSituation comedy
Created byRon Leavitt
Arthur Silver
StarringJoseph Bologna
Matt LeBlanc
Joey Lauren Adams
Rita Moreno
Leslie Jordan
Fluffy the Cat
Robert Torti (last episode only)
Opening theme"Puttin' on the Ritz" by Kenny Yarbrough[1]
Composer(s)Michael Andreas
Kelly Brown
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (including pilot featured on Married... with Children)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)ELP Communications
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorColumbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runApril 7, 1991 (1991-04-07) – May 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)
Chronology
Followed byVinnie & Bobby
Related showsMarried... with Children
 
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Top of the Heap
GenreSituation comedy
Created byRon Leavitt
Arthur Silver
StarringJoseph Bologna
Matt LeBlanc
Joey Lauren Adams
Rita Moreno
Leslie Jordan
Fluffy the Cat
Robert Torti (last episode only)
Opening theme"Puttin' on the Ritz" by Kenny Yarbrough[1]
Composer(s)Michael Andreas
Kelly Brown
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (including pilot featured on Married... with Children)
Production
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)ELP Communications
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorColumbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runApril 7, 1991 (1991-04-07) – May 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)
Chronology
Followed byVinnie & Bobby
Related showsMarried... with Children

Top of the Heap is a 1991 Fox television sitcom that was spun off from Married... with Children. Though it lasted seven episodes, it was nonetheless the most successful of three attempted Married...with Children spin-offs during the main series' run. The pilot was episode twenty of the fifth season of Married... with Children.[2]

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Synopsis

Top of the Heap focused on the attempts of two minor Married... with Children characters — Charlie Verducci (Joseph Bologna) and his son Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc) — to get rich. Charlie's "master plan" is for Vinnie to marry into a wealthy family; to this end, the two Chicago slum residents try to get into high society. Vinnie also owns a cat, Fluffy, who is despised by Charlie. Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) is a girl from the Verduccis' neighborhood who has a crush on Vinnie, who tries to fend her off. Alixandra Stone (Rita Moreno) is the manager of a country club, and the object of Charlie's affections. Vinnie gets a job at a country club, which also employs a security guard, by the name of Emmet Lefebvre.

In some episodes actors from Married... with Children made guest appearances as their characters from the show, thus reinforcing the connection between the two series. Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) appeared in the pilot (which itself was an episode of Married...with Children), Bud Bundy (David Faustino) made an appearance in an episode in the country club, and Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) appeared twice on the show in cameo appearances. None of the three Bundy's made an appearance together, however.

In 1992, there was a continuation of this series entitled Vinnie & Bobby; it also lasted for only seven episodes.[3] The only characters continued over to this version was the epynonymous Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc), Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) and Bobby Grazzo (Robert Torti), who only appeared in the last episode of this version of the show.

Characters

ActorRoleAppearances in Other ShowsEpisodes AppearedTotal Episode Count
Joseph BolognaCharlie VerducciTwo episodes of Married... with Children1-77
Matt LeBlancVinnie VerducciThree episodes of Married... with Children,
all of Vinnie & Bobby
1-77
Joey Lauren AdamsMona MullinsThree episodes of Married... with Children,
all of Vinnie & Bobby
1-77
Fluffy the CatFluffy the Cat1 episode of Married... with Children1-77
Rita MorenoAlixandra Stone0, no reference or appearance2, 4-75
Leslie JordanEmmet Lefebvre0, no reference or appearance2, 4-75
Christina ApplegateKelly Bundy200+, most of Married... with Children3, 52
David FaustinoBud Bundy200+, most of Married... with Children21
Ed O'NeillAl Bundy261, all of Married... with Children11
Robert TortiBobby Grazzo7, all of Vinnie & Bobby71

Episodes

NoTitleDirected by:Written by:Air date
1"Top of the Heap"Gerry CohenRon Leavitt,
Arthur Silver
April 7, 1991

Pilot episode: After Vinnie loses his last boxing match (and Charlie wins Al's TV in a bet), Charlie comes up with a plan to get Vinnie to marry a rich woman, so they crash a high society party.
Guest appearance by Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Originally an episode of Married... With Children, and retains the opening theme of that show (Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra) rather than Puttin' on the Ritz 
2"The Agony and the Agony"Linda DayMike Scully,
Lenny Ripps
April 14, 1991

Vinnie gets a job working at a country club as an assistant to the manager, and Charlie gets the hots for her.
Guest appearance by David Faustino as Bud Bundy.

First appearance of both Alixandra and Emmet, as well as the show's theme song and opening credits, Puttin' on the Ritz 
3"Behind the Eight Ball"Linda DayKimberley YoungApril 21, 1991

Charlie overhears that a guy he is hustling at pool is a godfather.
Guest appearance by Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy.

Both Alixandra and Emmet are absent from this episode 
4"Stocks and Bondages"Linda DayJonathan CollierApril 28, 1991

A hot stock tip sends Charlie to a loan shark, where he gets $10,000, but Vinnie doesn't get the money invested.

Alixandra and Emmet return for the rest of the show 
5"The Last Temptation of Charlie"Gerry CohenLenny Ripps,
Arthur Silver
May 5, 1991

Charlie has a hard time convincing Vinnie that he didn't sell their cat, Mr. Fluffy, to pay for the television he claims to have won.

Guest appearance by Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy. 
6"The Marrying Guy"Tony SingletaryKimberly Young,
Mike Scully,
Wayne Kline
May 12, 1991
Vinnie meets his first girlfriend on her wedding day, but Vinnie catches the groom with another woman. 
7"Mona by Moonlight"Tony SingletaryMay 19, 1991

Vinnie must take the owner's stepdaughter (a high fashion model) to a prom held at the club, but Mona also wants Vinnie to take her. Guest appearance by Robert Torti as Bobby Grazzo.

Last Appearances of Charlie, Alixandra, Emmet and Fluffy. The series would continue in Vinnie & Bobby 

References

  1. ^ Top of the Heap at TV Tango.com
  2. ^ Married with Children #5.20 at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Vinnie & Bobby at the Internet Movie Database