Charles in Charge (1984–1990)
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In any case, I have seen some of the first season as well as the later seasons and they are all good. Buddy is the best. He is so crazy and hilarious. He and Charles are such good friends and have great times, dating girls and keeping everything at the household under control. It's great. Charles in Charge rules!
Charles in Charge is soooooo moronic, predictable, and stupid. I think the script was written by 5th grade special ed students. And Buddy Lembeck has to be one of the most irritating characters to ever be on television.
If you can't sleep just turn on Nick @ Nite watch Charles in Charge. It will bore you to death.
Charles In Charge's most current series that is like it is Jessie from the Disney Channel. He's a college student who pays his tuition as a live in Au Pere for a family with three kids. The first season the family was the Pembrokes, but for some reason the family never clicked with the public. So in the second season Baio comes back from summer vacation and finds a whole new family moved in with three kids, two girls and a boy of roughly the same ages and he has to make a case to be hired by the newly arrived Powell family. He does in that first episode and the run for seven years was assured.
The only other regular kept on was Aames who played Buddy Lembeck, Charles best friend who provided most of the comedy. In Eight Is Enough Aames was your all American kid, here he's your all American doofus. I mean who else orders patio furniture without a patio, that was the level of comedy Aames provided, but he was funny.
Like Jessie, Charles was always around with some good advice and ever ready to solve the problems of the Powell kids. Ellen Travolta was in several episodes toward the end and we learned she called him 'doodlebug' as pet name. That didn't help with discipline.
Charles In Charge was a clean wholesome show that had some good comedy and some sound advice for living as well.
I noticed that as the show came to an end, that 3 episode in particular seemed as attempted spin-off pilots for some of the cast.
Season 5 Episode 19 "Lost Resort" Seemed like a pilot for a Willie Aames spin-off series.
Season 5 Episode 23 "Almost Family" Seemed like an Ellen Travolta spin-off attempt.
And Season 5 Episode 25 "Fair Exchange" looked like a Nicole Eggert spin-off pilot.
Is it just me, or did these really do look like Pilot Episodes for shows that never came to be? All 3 were directed by Scott Baio, so they might of just been attempts by him to get into the director's chair, or it might of been in his contract and the producers let him do whatever he wanted. But they seemed like spin-offs to me. Of course, they never came to be. Of the 3 the only one I think would of had a chance at a half season is Fair Exchange, but, the acting was terrible in it. This shows how worse the other two were. All in all, they were interesting concepts, maybe with a re-format they might of gotten picked up.
Several people have commented that the Jaimie character was their first crush, but I always thought Josie Davis was hands down the more beautiful of the two. Having seen her since on 90210, I gotta say, "YOWZA!" Was I right or what? Inner beauty rocks, and Josie's got it inside and out!
A constant supply of really interesting guest stars, and the breaking down of the "4th wall", a la "Dobie Gillis", add really good plots, writing, scripts and storylines, and WOW!!!!!!!!!!! THE BEST!!
Forget I L Lucy, This is where it's at!
Once I started really watching the show, I found myself liking it more and more, and now watch it every morning, if I'm awake. In short, this usually isn't a very deep show with a large message to send (Although almost every show does have some sort of good message), it's a simple, entertaining show that will usually put you in a good mood. Seven out of ten.