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a.k.a. “GOD REST YE, NAUGHTY CHACHI-MEN !”
During the successful five year run of this beloved TV series, SCOTT BAIO as Charles often humorously became a reluctant mentor and guidance counselor to several talented youngsters whose engaging portrayals of quick-witted juvenile troublemakers might have been ultimately intended by the show’s creators toward keenly reviving among loyal viewers their fond memories of the central star’s own highly popular and well-known delinquent teen character Chachi Arcola from Happy Days.
SUBJECT 1 : JASON PEMBROKE ( Michael Pearlman )
EPISODE : “Trick Or Treat”, Charles In Charge – season 1
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Dresses up as a little version of Charles on Halloween in retaliation for not being allowed to go trick or treating as a ghost buster, which ultimately would have given him the mischievous opportunity to bully other smaller kids costumed in white sheets as he chanted, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Chachi Sells His Soul”, Happy Days – season 7 ( where Chachi experienced a memorably “devilish” Halloween )
SUBJECT 2 : GARY MARLIN ( Scott Grimes )
EPISODE : “Sarah Steps Out”, Charles In Charge – season 3
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Sells overexpensive play-off game tickets to Charles and Buddy right before they discover that he will also be accompanying Sarah on her very first non-chaperoned date to the movies where they decide to spy upon the young couple in order to ensure nothing inappropriate happens there.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “The Apartment”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi shrewdly negotiated with Richie, Potsie and Ralph for a lease contract when they decided to move into his mother’s rundown apartment )
SUBJECT 3 : MARK EMERSON ( Adam Carl )
EPISODE : “The Boy Who Loved Women”, Charles In Charge – season 3
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Dates both Sarah and Jamie without their knowledge for the sake of personal convenience because one had been unavailable at the time.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Be My Valentine”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi sang “Thank Heaven For Little Girls”, proving once and for all that he was truly “the boy who loved women” )
SUBJECT 4 : SEAN DETWEILLER ( Jason Zahler )
EPISODE : “The Heart Burglar”, Charles In Charge – season 3
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Tries to closely study and emulate Charles as a masculine role model in a naive attempt to impress Sarah who consequently feels left out and ignored by him.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Our Gang”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi learned about the real definition of manhood as Richie tried to convince him that he shouldn’t join a rowdy street gang by narrating the story of how the Fonz walked away from his own violent past as a tough gang leader )
SUBJECT 5 : ANTHONY SVENSON ( Justin Whalin )
EPISODE : “Room At The Bottom”, Charles In Charge – season 4
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINISCENT OF CHACHI : Persuades Adam to cheat on his assigned book report about Charles Dickens’s “Oliver Twist” by just watching a video cassette of the film musical “Oliver!”
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “My Cousin, The Cheat”, Happy Days – season 5 ( where Chachi tricked Joanie into giving him the correct answers to the questions on a school exam that he needed to pass before eventually getting caught )
SUBJECT 6 : DANNY HOLLAND ( Rodney Eastman )
EPISODE : “Bad Boy”, Charles In Charge – season 4
BEHAVIOR OR ACTION REMINSICENT OF CHACHI : Requests Charles to set him up on a date with Jamie as friendly evidence of his personal trust and confidence in the young man who ultimately discovers a valuable lesson about his own true worth as a juvenile ex-con and former pickpocket seeking to rehabilitate himself and leave behind his nefarious past.
INTERESTING TO WATCH ALONG SIDE : “Chachi’s Incredo-Wax”, Happy Days – season 6 ( where Chachi paid a huge price for earning money dishonestly by selling a defective product to his friends in a foolish get rich scheme )
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Here is something interesting for loyal Scott Baio fans to watch and enjoy in joyful celebration of this annual festive holiday season :
1. “CHRISTMAS SHOW”
Joanie Loves Chachi DVD, disc three
SCOTT BAIO ( Chachi ), Erin Moran ( Joanie ), Ellen Travolta ( Louisa ), Al Molinaro ( Al ), Art Metrano ( Rico ), Derrel Maury ( Mario ), Winifred Freedman ( Annette ) and Robert Peirce ( Bingo ).
2. “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”
Charles-In-Charge season 1 DVD, disc two
SCOTT BAIO ( Charles ), Willie Aames ( Buddy ), Jennifer Runyon ( Gwendolyn ), Michael Pearlman ( Jason ), Jonathan Ward ( Douglas ), April Lerman ( Lila ), Julie Cobb ( Jill ), James Widdoes ( Stan ) and Rue McClanahan ( Grandma Irene ).
3. “SNOWED IN”
Charles-In-Charge season 1 DVD, disc three
SCOTT BAIO ( Charles ), Willie Aames ( Buddy ), Jennifer Runyon ( Gwendolyn ), James Widdoes ( Stan ), Julie Cobb ( Jill ), Michael Pearlman ( Jason ), Jonathan Ward ( Douglas ), April Lerman ( Lila ), Betsy Chasse ( Tracy ), Fran Robinson ( Maxine ), Allison Sturges ( Heather ) and Christina Applegate ( Stacy ).
4. “YULE LAFF”
Charles-In-Charge season 3 DVD, disc one
SCOTT BAIO ( Charles ), Willie Aames ( Buddy ), Nicole Eggert ( Jamie ), Josie Davis ( Sarah ), Alexander Polinsky ( Adam ), Ellen Travolta ( Lillian ), Sandra Kerns ( Ellen ) and James Callahan ( Walter ).
5. “SEE DAD RUN CHRISTMAS INTO THE GROUND”
See Dad Run season 1 DVD, disc two
SCOTT BAIO ( David ), Alanna Ubach ( Amy ), Ryan Newman ( Emily ), Jackson Brundage ( Joe ), Baily Michelle Brown ( Janie ), Mark Curry ( Marcus ), Ramy Youssef ( Kevin ), Bernie Kopell ( The Colonel ) and Bailey Baio ( Hannah ).
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During the third season of this critically acclaimed and highly regarded cult TV sitcom, SCOTT BAIO was privileged to make an unforgettable guest appearance as handsome double-talking lawyer Bob Loblaw in 4 memorable episodes : “Forget Me Now”, “Notapusy”, “Mr. F” and “Making A Stand”.
However, it isn’t really surprising at all that Scott managed to fit perfectly inside the nonsensical kingdom of the wildly absurd Bluth clan since “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” strangely feels and sounds quite a whole lot like a twisted, perverse and warped comic nightmare version of “CHARLES-IN-CHARGE” :
1. Charles ( Scott Baio ) was employed by a contemporary family to help babysit and take care of their mischievous kids.
Michael Bluth ( Jason Bateman ) does almost the very same thing for his eccentric family, although he needs to keep a sharp eye on his zany adult relatives a lot more than simply watch over his less troublesome son and niece.
2. Michael Bluth’s closest relationship is with his teenage offspring George Michael ( Michael Cera ), an innocent man-child.
Charles’s closest relationship was with his best friend Buddy Lembeck ( Willie Aames ), an idiotic childish man.
3. During his show’s first season, Charles was in charge of the 3 Pembroke children : older brother Douglas ( Jonathan Ward ), youngest brother Jason ( Michael Pearlman ) and their sister Lila ( April Lerman ).
In the Bluth family, Michael has 3 siblings to worry about : older brother Gob ( Will Arnett ), youngest brother Buster ( Tony Hale ) and their sister Lindsay ( Portia de Rossi ).
4. Michael Bluth’s sister Lindsay marries Tobias Funke ( David Cross ) and gives birth to their daughter Maebe ( Alia Shawkat ), creating a secondary family unit of 1 male and 2 females within the larger Bluth tribe.
During his show’s later seasons, Charles found himself in charge of the 3 Powell children : Jamie ( Nicole Eggert ), Sarah ( Josie Davis ) and Adam ( Alexander Polinsky ). Also 1 male and 2 females.
5. During his show’s first season, Charles worked for busy parents Stan and Jill Pembroke ( James Widdoes and Julie Cobb ).
But the actress playing the mother was unexpectedly replaced by someone else ( Lisa Donovan ) in the premiere episode of the second season. Thus, the single role of Jill Pembroke was actually played by two different women. There were 2 Jills.
Michael Bluth’s mother is Lucille ( Jessica Walter ). She has to compete for the love and loyalty of her two other sons Gob and Buster against her rival who is also named Lucille ( Liza Minnelli ). There are 2 Lucilles.
6. Michael Bluth’s father is George Sr. ( Jeffrey Tambor ). The actor portraying him also enacts the dual role of bewildered Uncle Oscar who got tricked into replacing his escaped fugitive twin brother in prison.
During his show’s later seasons, Charles was often advised by his mother Lillian ( Ellen Travolta ). The actress portraying her also enacted the dual role of flamboyant madcap socialite Aunt Vanessa.
Aunt Vanessa seems to have been partly inspired by another eponymously named guest character from Scott Baio’s previously short-lived sitcom “JOANIE LOVES CHACHI”. This first Vanessa was a bewitching college acquaintance of Louisa, Chachi’s mom, who tried to seduce him in exchange for a lucrative recording deal. She was portrayed by none other than the actress currently playing sly Bluth family matriarch Lucille……. Jessica Walter.
There were 2 Vanessas.
7. Charles’s mother Lillian temporarily adopted his juvenile delinquent younger cousin Anthony ( Justin Whalin ).
Michael Bluth’s mother Lucille temporarily adopts a mysterious Korean orphan named Annyong ( Justin Lee ).
8. The Bluth family’s corrupt and crumbling vast business empire has it’s founding origins in a small eatery known as The Yellow Banana Stand.
Charles and his friends spent much of their leisure time hanging around his mother Lillian’s picturesque retro family diner called The Yesterday Cafe.
9. Charles once suffered temporary amnesia due to a jarring head injury, which motivated his best friend, his mother and his employer family to find various ways of curing his memory loss so that he may return to his normal self.
Michael Bluth once suffered temporary amnesia due to a jarring head injury, which motivates his parents and his siblings to find various ways of prolonging his memory loss so that they may regain financial control of their family business empire.
10. “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” ran from November 2, 2003 until February 10, 2006 as a network show on FOX but ultimately achieved massive cult popularity to be later resurrected as an internet series on Netflix beginning May 26, 2013.
“CHARLES-IN-CHARGE” ran from October 3, 1984 until July 24, 1985 as a network show on CBS but later achieved greater success and immortality as a first-run syndicated series from January 3, 1987 to November 10, 1990.
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During a recent episode of their fourth season, the award-winning comedy series MODERN FAMILY introduced a recurring guest character named Andy ( Adam DeVine ), an eager young man hired by the Pritchetts to be the male nanny in charge of nursing and caring for their newly born infant.
Aside from possibly serving as a clever and covert tribute to SCOTT BAIO’s fondly remembered 1980s family sitcom CHARLES IN CHARGE, Andy The Manny also ends up triggering several key observations about both of these present and past shows.
1. Jay Pritchett ( Ed 0’Neill ) is a cantankerous yet compassionate family patriarch as well as a traditionalistic but tolerant grandfather of two girls and a boy who are his grandchildren by blood.
Walter Powell ( James Callahan ) was a cantankerous yet compassionate family patriarch as well as a traditionalistic but tolerant grandfather of two girls and a boy who were his grandchildren by blood.
2. Gloria Delgado Pritchett ( Sofia Vergara ) is a wife and mother who lives with an older man, her second husband Jay, in a domestic setting that includes her teenage son whose dad lives separately from them because she previously divorced him.
Ellen Powell ( Sandra Kerns ) was a wife and mother who lived with an older man, her father-in-law Walter, in a domestic setting that included her three children whose dad lived separately from them because he was then serving as the commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
3. Manny Delgado ( Rico Rodriguez ) is a highly intellectual but socially awkward young lad who has a cute baby brother.
Douglas Pembroke ( Jonathan Ward ) was a highly intellectual but socially awkward young lad who had a cute kid brother.
4. Phil and Claire Dunphy ( Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen ) are a funny married couple raising three naughty offsprings – a vivacious eldest daughter, a scholarly middle child and an impish youngest boy.
Stan and Jill Pembroke ( James Widdoes and Julie Cobb ) were a funny married couple raising three naughty offsprings – a vivacious eldest daughter, a scholarly middle child and an impish youngest boy.
5. Haley and Alex Dunphy ( Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter ) are a pair of comically feuding teenage sisters who have different interests and temperaments.
Jamie and Sarah Powell ( Nicole Eggert and Josie Davis ) were a pair of comically feuding teenage sisters who had different interests and temperaments.
6. Luke ( Nolan Gould ) is the mischievous youngest son of the Dunphy family.
Jason ( Michael Pearlman ) was the mischievous youngest son of the Pembroke family.
Adam ( Alexander Polinsky ) was the mischievous youngest son of the Powell family.
7. Cameron and Mitchell ( Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ) are a hilarious male duo who are more than just friends and engaged to be married.
Charles and Buddy ( Scott Baio and Willie Aames ) were a hilarious male duo who were the very best of friends and engagingly masculine.
8. Lily ( Aubrey Anderson-Eamons ) is the adorable daughter of Cameron and Mitchell.
Lila ( April Lerman ) was the adventurous sister of Douglas and Jason.
Lillian ( Ellen Travolta ) was the admirable mother of Charles.
9. Deedee ( Shelley Long ) is the foolish ex-wife of Jay who runs away to find herself and consequently leaves him free to rediscover love a second time around with single mother Gloria.
Gwendolyn ( Jennifer Runyon ) was the flirtatious ex-girlfriend of Charles who moved away to study at a different university and consequently left him free to romantically pursue other beautiful women alongside his best friend Buddy.
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A hilarious sitcom about a typical young man doing a rather unusual job!
Charles ( SCOTT BAIO of Happy Days fame ) attends Copeland College. Like many college students, he needs a place to live and a job to help pay for his education. However, Charles’s job is slightly different from that of an average college boy because he is also a live-in “child-minder” hired by Stan and Jill Pembroke ( James Widdoes and Julie Cobb ) to help take care of their three children – Lila, Douglas and Jason.
The Pembrokes are very busy people and Charles is exactly the type of person they need to help them raise their kids. Lila ( April Lerman ) is your average 14 year old who wants to be 21 but still enjoys slumber parties with her friends and all sorts of “girly” stuff. Douglas ( Jonathan Ward ) has a very bright and inquisitive mind. As he matures, he wonders not only about the world of science but also the odd creatures known as girls. Finally, 10 year old Jason ( Michael Pearlman ) looks up to Charles as an older brother and suffers all the normal amount of angst which goes along with it.
SCOTT BAIO is a very skilled comedic talent and plays the role of the responsible yet loveable Charles to perfection. Willie Aames ( Eight Is Enough ) is superb as his best friend Buddy Lembeck who seems to get into enough trouble in one episode to last a lifetime. The three kids are also brilliantly cast and, in spite of their youth, manage to pull off their respective roles in a very mature and capable fashion.
The series was axed but then two years later was resurrected. Unfortunately, none of the original actors who portrayed the Pembroke family were able to replay their roles. So the producers devised a storyline whereby the Pembrokes moved to Seattle, subletting their house AND Charles at the same time to the Powell family who also had three children in need of a “Charles” to raise them. Jamie, Sarah and Adam were very different from the Pembroke kids. Thus, the slant of the show necessarily changed when the new family took over. However, real life good friends Scott Baio and Willie Aames continued to be outstanding and the series continued until 1990.
CHARLES IN CHARGE was a show for young and old, a laugh a minute, good clean fun and now available on DVD to enjoy again and again!
( Lady Lancaster , www.tv.com )
SCOTT BAIO plays Charles. We never know his last name. He is just Charles and he is in charge. Charles is a college student who moves in with the Pembroke family in Season 1. He doesn’t pay rent but he does help take care of the Pembroke children and the house. In addition, Charles also has his best friend Buddy and sometimes girlfriend Gwendolyn to help him along the way.
This show is more 80’s fun. It is silly at times but it is funny. Charles and Buddy are a great comedic duo. Charles and the kids also have good chemistry with each other as well.
Now I must tell you that I think the next season with the new family, the Powells, is a lot funnier. But I would have actually liked to have seen more from the Pembrokes as their family felt real.
It is a fun 80’s show that is really funny at times. The chemistry between all the actors is what made this show work. Mainly Scott Baio as Charles and Willie Aames as Buddy carry the show as they were the only ones to advance into the next season.
( “InsidePulse DVD Review : Charles In Charge – Season One” by Josh Clinton, primetimepulse.insidepulse.com )
I loved CHARLES IN CHARGE. I saw the first season with the Pembroke family and it became my favorite show. I thought that it was so funny. Charles and Buddy were hilarious. The kids were funny, too. Douglas was the strange one. Lila was the sweet and rebellious teenager. And Jason was fun and sarcastic. The show was amazing. Charles moved in with the Pembroke family and took care of the kids. He was like a big brother to them. But then when the show came back for season 2, the Pembroke family moved away and they were replaced by the Powells. Jamie was a spoiled brat, Sarah was boring and Adam was just annoying. And I couldn’t stand the grandfather Walter. If the Pembrokes could have stayed on the show, I would have given it a 10. But I just didn’t like the Powell family and I lost interest in the show when they came on it.
( blondwildboy , www.tv.com )
The first season of CHARLES IN CHARGE was the best season. It was awesome and had more going on than the other seasons.
The Pembrokes were way better than the Powells. For one thing, it made more sense why Stan and Jill hired Charles. They were both working long hours and didn’t have much time to spend with the children. The storylines were also simple.
Gwendolyn Pierce was definitely one of my top reasons for loving season 1. She and Charles made a super hot, ideal couple and I was left hanging when they decided to break up. Gwendolyn wasn’t in any more episodes except only two later on. I still watched but it broke my heart that they brought in a new family. I had to readjust to them and just threw any hope of Charles and Gwendolyn getting back together out of my mind.
The show lost focus as the Powells came in, not to mention the fact that they were constantly picking on Charles. They took any chance they could get to blame him for everything. I was really disappointed when CHARLES IN CHARGE came back in season 2 with a different family and no Gwendolyn. It pretty much killed the whole purpose of the show.
I would strongly suggest fans to buy the first season DVD because it captures the actual magic of CHARLES IN CHARGE as opposed to the other seasons which don’t do that. It follows the 80’s sitcom formula. It’s clean cut and just makes me think back to the 1980s and how awesome TV shows were at that time.
( SOHA 15 , www.tv.com )
This is truly one of the best sitcoms to ever be on television.
SCOTT BAIO and Willie Aames recall Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton.
I had actually forgotten how truly engaging and charming CHARLES IN CHARGE was. This was actually a show that I didn’t follow all the way but I certainly did watch it in the ’80s. In fact, I always thought that this show was a continuation of the Charles “Chachi” Arcola character SCOTT BAIO made famous on “Happy Days”.
Here is the set up, at least for CHARLES IN CHARGE : The Complete First Season – Charles is a live-in helper for the Pembroke family as he attends college. Since he is around more than the parents, he ends up being the children’s father, mother, maid, shoulder to cry on, and just about everything else. Along the way, he is “assisted” in his duties by his pal Buddy.
Whether Charles is trying to stop Buddy from doing something stupid, trying to keep up with school and take care of the kids, or placating the mother and father of the household, CHARLES IN CHARGE : The Complete First Season is good, solid, fun TV.
WHY IS SCOTT BAIO NOT A BIGGER STAR?? I know that he is well-known but why isn’t he in more movies and other high profile roles? I know he just did a stint on “Arrested Development” but isn’t that show going off the air?
It just doesn’t make sense to me because he was such a big star on “Happy Days” and he’s so good on this show. He can play funny, serious, introspective and just about any other range of emotions. Yet, he doesn’t seem to get in any big projects, I am hoping that he makes a film or does something to reestablish himself in the minds of producers and directors who can give this great actor a badly needed career jump-start.
( “Charles In Charge : The Complete 1st Season DVD Review” by Evan “Mushy” Jacobs @ www.movieweb.com )
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One of the most entertaining sitcoms from the 1980s.
Nothing screams the ’80s like CHARLES IN CHARGE, a featherweight but appealing vehicle for the budding dreamboat of Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi SCOTT BAIO.
His boyish charm and earnest appeal surpassed his outfits and managed to sustain the show through 5 seasons.
BAIO was sweet as CHARLES but really rocked decades later in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT as sleazy attorney Bob Loblaw.
( Amazon.com Editorial Review )
This three disc includes all 26 episodes from the second season and clocks in with a running time of 9 hours and 48 minutes.
Season two opens with a disoriented CHARLES ( former Happy Days star SCOTT BAIO ) coming home from a two week camping trip only to find a new family living in the house. The Pembrokes have cleared out but in addition to subletting their home, they’ve sublet Charles, too.
Charles slips seamlessly into life with the Powells. Ellen Powell ( Sandra Kerns ) is a working mom with a breezy attitude whose husband is stationed in the navy overseas. She has no trouble handing authority for her three children over to the college sophomore.
Charles soon becomes an indispensable part of the family thanks to his unnatural knack for coaching studious Sarah ( Josie Davis ), glamour girl Jamie ( Nicole Eggert ) and scheming son Adam ( Alexander Polinsky ) as they negotiate their way through life in their new town of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The family is completed by retired navy man Walter Powell ( James Callahan ). This rough but loving grandfather has some hilarious lines in these episodes such as “Underneath this tough exterior lies…. a very tough interior.” When Charles‘ college loan is cancelled, Walter offers : “For every cloud, there’s a silver lining. Of course, for every ocean, there’s an enemy submarine.”
Rounding out the cast is best friend Buddy Lembeck played to the hilt by Willie Aames of Eight Is Enough fame. Buddy is scene-stealingly funny as the flakey sidekick in tight white jeans with a libido on overdrive.
When Charles‘ widowed mother Lillian ( Ellen Travolta ) comes to town, the Powell children delight in watching him squirm as she nags him to take his vitamins and calls him “Doodle Bug”.
Each episode provides lots of laughs with smart writing and a cast that works well together. Scott Baio and Willie Aames have great chemistry and are a joy to watch as their characters cheerfully plot to woo one shapely duo after the next, all in the name of a hot double date.
This popular TV show had a five season run from 1984 to 1990. I didn’t watch the series then but I can say that the show stands up well now. The one-liners are still funny. Plus, the retro fashions of leggings, big sweaters, loud patterns and huge shoulder pads ( especially on Lillian ) provide unintentional humor 20 years later.
My two children ( ages 8 and 13 ) wandered into the room as I watched and would not budge despite my pleas for them to finish their homework. By the fifth episode, we were all singing the catchy theme song.
Every parent knows it’s hard to find television shows that are clean enough for the kids and interesting enough for the adults. CHARLES IN CHARGE walks that fine line skillfully. When there are very funny sexual innuendos, they sail right over my eight year old’s head.
CHARLES IN CHARGE is a warm-hearted show but not cloyingly sweet. I recommend this dvd to anyone who enjoyed this series the first time around or who’s looking to escape all the reality television shows on air. It offers what few shows do today : a truly funny sitcom.
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Although Charles ( SCOTT BAIO ) was the star of the show, I really have to give Willie Aames some extra credit. Buddy Lembeck is my favorite character on this show. The ratings for the show didn’t do too well in the first season. But the show really improved at the start of the second season with the Powells. Everyone thinks that they are way better than the Pembrokes and way funnier. I personally think that whenever Mr. Powell and Buddy were in a scene together, those scenes would always be hysterically funny. He would always call Buddy by his last name, never by his first name. It was always “Lembeck”.
( brettfern , www.tv.com )
A lot of people think that CHARLES IN CHARGE went down in quality over the years. I think that some of the funniest episodes were in the later years, I preferred the Powell years to the Pembroke season. I thought that stupid Buddy was better than normal Buddy. It gave him and Walter some great lines to exchange with each other.
I’m glad the producers decided to give this great show another chance after it was cancelled by CBS. It must have been good to run another four years in syndication.
( taz765 , www.tv.com )
There have been tons of jokes about CHARLES IN CHARGE over the years but this show never claimed it was rocket science. It was what it was and that was a nice little family show where the family was close and loved each other. Willie Aames was great on this. He and everyone else made me laugh. Can’t ask for more than that.
( Jagger1966 , www.tv.com )
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Charles is assigned his first task by his employers, working married couple Stan and Jill Pembroke, to take good care of their rambunctious kids Lila, Douglas and Jason for the night. But when the lovely Gwendolyn Pierce momentarily visits and ultimately says yes to his jittery invitation for a date, it’s all that he can do to keep both his heart and home from quickly going to pieces before the evening is over.
ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT
Charles becomes the unwitting central protagonist in an emotional tug-of-war between his amorous new girlfriend Gwendolyn and his amoral best friend Buddy right after she discovers that the guys have been spending much of their leisure time at a jaunty hot spot for singles known as The Lamp Light. When this vehement quarrel inevitably escalates, he must find some way to cool things down or risk losing one of them permanently.
Charles reluctantly volunteers to attend an immediately scheduled parent-teacher consultation meeting on behalf of Douglas who negatively feels that he was unfairly denied student justice after obtaining a harsh lower grade for his knowledgeable yet quixotically eccentric book report.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Charles is left snowbound by a winter storm and unable to travel back home for Christmas so the Pembrokes warmly invite him to share in their own joyous noel festivities despite the arctic reaction of the clan’s visiting grand matriarch ( Rue McClanahan ) towards him because she keenly questions his presence and employment within their household.
Charles has to juggle and resolve three simultaneous quandaries : first, choosing either Buddy or Gwendolyn to go with him to a Bruce Springsteen concert via free tickets he luckily won in a radio program competition; second, negotiating to peacefully settle a dispute between Lila and her parents when Stan and Jill vigorously object against their young daughter’s illicit use of make-up; and third, advising Douglas and Jason on what they should do about a lost canine that the boys enthusiastically hope to keep as their own pet.
Charles tries to finish an important school research paper with Buddy’s loyal help just before a key deadline amidst an extremely contentious marital squabble between Stan and Jill that Lila and Douglas quick-wittingly take naughty advantage of but which also gravely upsets Jason as a vexing omen of their family’s break-up.
Charles must judiciously calm the quivering fears of Buddy, Gwendolyn, Jason, Douglas, Lila and her girl classmates ( one of whom is a young Christina Applegate ) during another overnight sleepover when a violent blizzard knottily traps all of them inside the Pembroke house with little nourishment, heat or electricity while Stan and Jill also get stuck at a movie theater where their car remains deeply buried under snow in the parking lot.
CHARLES “R” US
Charles and Buddy jubilantly initiate the groundwork for an ambitious business venture which franchises his unique brand of domestic service by training college students as household helpers to other families in the neighborhood. But the duo soon learn that they may need a helping hand themselves especially when their most promising recruit turns out to be a quirky yet kind-hearted acquaintance from his past ( Meg Ryan making her second guest appearance on the show ).
CHARLES’ SPRING BREAK
Charles discovers that there may be no such thing as a real vacation away from the Pembroke family when he, Gwendolyn and Buddy attempt to enjoy a kinetic spring break trip accompanied by a lively group of friends, but unfortunately their quaint hotel is pandemoniously overbooked and they all must be crowded into one single room together with a jovial foreign businessman.
THE WRONG GUY
Charles offers his support and guidance to Lila when she foolishly decides to go out with a boy of questionable character whom Stan and Jill initially mistake for another more trustworthy young lad ( Matthew Perry ) while Douglas seeks necessary advice upon receiving his very first kiss and Jason energetically joins a humorous photo competition.