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CHARLES – IN – CHARGE : The Early Precursor To “MODERN FAMILY”
August 14, 2014, 2:26 am
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.  Manny  Delgado  ( Rico  Rodriguez )  is  a  highly  intellectual  but  socially  awkward  young  lad  who  has  a  cute  baby  brother.

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Douglas  Pembroke  ( Jonathan  Ward )  was  a  highly  intellectual  but  socially  awkward  young  lad  who  had  a  cute  kid  brother.

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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.

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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.

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5.  Haley  and  Alex  Dunphy  ( Sarah  Hyland  and  Ariel  Winter )  are  a  pair      of  comically  feuding  teenage  sisters  who  have  different  interests  and  temperaments.

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Jamie  and  Sarah  Powell  ( Nicole  Eggert  and  Josie  Davis )  were  a  pair  of  comically  feuding  teenage  sisters  who  had  different  interests  and  temperaments.

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6.  Luke  ( Nolan  Gould )  is  the  mischievous  youngest  son  of                              the  Dunphy  family.

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Jason  ( Michael  Pearlman )  was  the  mischievous  youngest  son  of                  the  Pembroke  family.

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Adam  ( Alexander  Polinsky )  was  the  mischievous  youngest  son  of                 the  Powell  family.

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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.

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Charles  and  Buddy  ( Scott  Baio  and  Willie  Aames )  were  a  hilarious  male  duo  who  were  the  very  best  of  friends  and  engagingly  masculine.

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8.  Lily  ( Aubrey  Anderson-Eamons )  is  the  adorable  daughter  of  Cameron  and  Mitchell.

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Lila  ( April  Lerman )  was  the  adventurous  sister  of  Douglas  and  Jason.

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Lillian  ( Ellen  Travolta )  was  the  admirable  mother  of  Charles.

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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.

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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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