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Charles in Charge: Season 1

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One of the most entertaining sitcoms of the '80s is back as all 22 Season One episodes, including the hilarious pilot, of Charles in Charge come to DVD for the first time ever. Tag along with teen idol Scott Baio (Happy Days) as he takes on the role of live-in helper at the Pembroke household and soon discovers he needs a little help of his own! Between his college friend Buddy (Willie Aames), his girlfriend Gwendolyn and the three mischievous Pembroke kids, Charles has a lot to learn about growing up when the household - and his love life - are spiraling out of control. Joining Scott Baio are huge rising stars including Meg Ryan, Christina Applegate and Matthew Perry. And now, fans can see even more of Charles with an exclusive preview episode from Season Two with Charles's new family, the Powells!

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. The premise: college guy moves into a household with three young children to work his way through school by being a male nanny (a manny?). Hilarity, of the '80s variety, ensues, with lots of double entendres, big hair and really bad clothes decisions (ever notice how often Charles wore two era emblems together, like suspenders with a tie, or gold neck chain with tie (not to mention the popular maroon sweater vest).

Still, Baio's boyish and earnest appeal surpassed his outfits, and managed to sustain the show through six seasons. The first season contains 22 episodes, highlighted by guest appearances by actors who'd become big later, including Meg Ryan and a truly baby-faced Matthew Perry. Bonus features include a featurette on "The Great '80s TV Flashback" (fun, though not quite up to the standards of, say, a VH1 special) and a bonus preview episode from season 2, when Charles moves in with a new family, the Powells. Baio was sweet as Charles, but really rocked decades later in Arrested Development as sleazy attorney Bob Loblaw. Say that three times, really fast. And now everybody, I'm not kidding: "Go! To! Bed!" --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

Disc 3:
  • The Great 80's TV Flashback
  • Bonus Episode: Charles in Charge "Amityville"

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Julie Cobb, James Widdoes, April Lerman
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
    • Run Time: 547 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000CELOVI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Charles in Charge: Season 1" on IMDb

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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on February 14, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Well before metrosexual became common term, networks had `macho' Italian American men taking up domestic work such as house cleaning---or child care. Resurrecting the careers of both Scott Baio (`Happy Days', `Joannie Loves Chachie') and Willie Aames (`Eight is Enough') this season is classic camp television with some genuinely good surprises tucked away

    Nineteen-year old Charles is hired by Jill (Julie Cobb) and Stan Pembroke (James Widdoes) to watch over their very rambunctious kids: Lila, 14 (April Lerhman); Douglas, 12 (Jonathan Ward); and Jason, 10 (Michael Pearlman). We never learn Charles's last name, but I remain convinced that Charles's last name is `Arcola'-because `Charles' also was the birth name of Baio's character on both `Happy Days' and `Joannie Loves Chachi'!

    In this 22-episode 1984-1985 first season (the only one on NBC), Charles is very clean-cut, and his best friend Buddy Lembeck (Aames) is quite the devious schemer. When the Pembrokes really leave Charles in charge for the night, he and Lila discover the dates they both subsequently invited over ultimately feel objectified. We see Charles's date Gwendolyn Pierce (Jennifer Runyon) throughout the rest of this season.

    Coming to think of his extra curricular activity AS taking care of the Pembroke kids ("Extracurricular Activity") Charles clearly is very special. Very few college students want to spend time as a live-in-nanny, regardless of how obviously angelic the kids and/or parents are. The type of stuff Charles handles is really mild though; none of the kids EVER take drugs...etc.

    I developed a new and totally unexpected appreciation for this series after going through both college and graduate school's many stresses.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on February 16, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Gwendolyn Pierce! Gwendolyn Pierce! Gwendolyn Pierce ! Gwendolyn Pierce was a recurring theme of many of the Charles in Charge Season One episodes. Charles in Charge Season One, is very different than Charles in Charge Season Two. Scott Baio stars as Charles. He is a college student living in the Pembroke family home while he attends college and hangs out with his best friend Buddy. The Pembroke family are not quite as exciting or interesting to watch as the Powell family who were featured on the show starting with the second season until the show ended it's run. An easy way to tell the two families apart is the Powell family had blonde hair for the most part and the Pembroke's were darker haired.

    So season one is a fun season to watch primarily because of the antics of Charles and Buddy. There are also a lot of up and coming stars featured in season one. Meg Ryan appears in one episode as a young woman wanting to hire a nanny or all in one like Charles. It's a fun season where Charles primarily crushes on Gwendolyn, dates Gwendolyn or pursues other girls.

    The box set is nice. The color discs are not dual sided as many Universal releases have been. The set also includes a half hour feature titled "The Great 80's TV Flashbacks," and a bonus episode from Charles in Charge season 2.

    The bottom line is pick up this set and buy it. Hopefully brisk sales will quicken the release of Charles in Charge Season 2. The show really picked up with the addition of the Powell family who were much more interesting than the Pembrokes.

    5 stars for the set itself, 4 stars for the season.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Hatzakos on April 13, 2006
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    I almost fell off my chair when I saw that Charles in Charge was on DVD. I was hoping the creaters would realize how funny, clever, witty, sad at times, and educational this show was in the 80's. Putting it on DVD marks it as an instant classic for all to enjoy. I often wished I was part of the Pembroke's.

    I loved the characters like Jason and his relationship with Charles, you really felt sad for them when the family left. Douglas was clever and had great writers and I was so in love with Lila.

    I love every episode of Season One so much watched them over and over. Fans will easily remember the episode with Meg Ryan and the war between the children, the classic Episode when the childrens cousin visits and wants to take Lila out to a night club and Charles objects, The Episode with a very young Matthew Perry and his rock and roll friend Van....oh I could go on and on....the slumber party episode with Gwendolyn and the salad.

    Just buy it and you will never regret it, ever!.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on December 25, 2005
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    i am so happy this is coming out on DVD. I use to watch the show all the time. It is a great 80's show. It may be cheesy and people may talk bad about the show but you know they were watching it in the 80's.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on December 3, 2005
    Format: DVD
    Not only did I watch this show for Scott Baio, but because it was really funny (back in the day). This was excellent and very entertaining. I love the theme song as well. Charles comes to stay with his charges and mishap and mayhem ensue in each episode. I'm certainly going to get this not only for old times sake, but I know I'm going to love it all over again. And to D James - I am not mentally deficient, you just don't know a good show when it hits you.
    Look for a very young Meg Ryan in the third episode, Christina Applegate in Slumber Party and Mathew Perry on the 3rd disc in the Bachelor Party episode.
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    Where is season two?
    I agree. I like the episodes with the girls and Adam better.

    The reason for non-release has to do with sales of the first. If there aren't enough sales, there will be no futher releases. Sad, I know.
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