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Charles in Charge 5 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (50) IMDb 6.1/10

One of the most entertaining sitcoms of the '80s is back! In the hilarious first season of Charles in Charge, 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!

Starring:
Scott Baio, Willie Aames

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Season 1

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1. Charles in Charge: Pilot

Charles' attempt to impress the campus beauty goes awry.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 3, 1984
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2. Extracurricular Activity

Charles steers the children into extracurricular activities.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 10, 1984
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3. Another Saturday Night

Charles gets caught in a feud between his girlfriend and Buddy.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 17, 1984
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4. War

The Pembroke children declare war.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 24, 1984
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5. Trick or Treat

Buddy fears he won't impress his dream girl.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 31, 1984
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6. Cousin Elliott

The family's fun-loving cousin visits.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 7, 1984
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7. Slumber Party

Lila throws a slumber party.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 14, 1984
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8. A Date with Enid

Douglas develops a crush on Lila's friend.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 28, 1984
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9. Friends and Lovers

Charles is envious when Gwendolyn starts dating other men.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: December 12, 1984
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10. Home for the Holidays

Stan's visiting mother grows jealous of Charles.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: December 19, 1984
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11. Accidental Puppy

Charles and the gang care for the dog Jason accidentally injured.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: December 26, 1984
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12. The Commotion

Charles gets distracted while working on an important school project.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 2, 1985
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13. Mr. President

Charles runs for president of the freshman class.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 16, 1985
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14. Jill's Decision

Jill is torn between her family and her job.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 23, 1985
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15. Pressure from Grandma

Stan's mother asks Charles to be her business partner.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 30, 1985
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16. Snowed In

A snowstorm traps Charles and company in the house.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 6, 1985
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17. Charles 'R' Us

Buddy and Charles train potential household helpers.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 13, 1985
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18. Charles' Spring Break

Charles' Florida vacation is anything but relaxing.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 20, 1985
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19. The Wrong Guy

Lila wants to date a boy her parents dislike.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 27, 1985
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20. Mr. Brilliant

Charles invites Jill's old high-school friend for dinner.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: March 13, 1985
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21. Meet Grandpa

Jill's father arrives from Alaska only to be greeted by mass confusion.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: April 3, 1985
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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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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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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!.

Cranberry.
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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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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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