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Charles in Charge: Season 1
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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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!.
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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Charle in charge is a great show. One of the best of all timesPublished 4 months ago by Sannie Hughes jr
This was a great season missed the girlfriend after this seasonPublished 7 months ago by Dave Childress
This 3-disc set has all the episodes from the first season of Charles in Charge minus any special features or commentaries. Picture and audio quality is pretty good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bigstory
I watched this show growing up as a kid. They don't make comedy like this on TV anymore!Published 17 months ago by Bon Jovi Fan
I ordered the trick or treat episode of season one but when it plays two odd things were found one it is actually an episode about an election so the title doesn't match and when... Read morePublished 22 months ago by walker
This show is very hard to get-show was awesome to see again after all these years. Scott Baio is not hard to watch at all!!Published 24 months ago by Lori
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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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