Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Tony Micelli / ... (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Angela Bower (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Samantha Micelli (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Jonathan Bower (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
 Mona Robinson (196 episodes, 1984-1992)


Former major-leaguer Tony Micelli and his daughter Samantha arrive at the Connecticut household of executive Angela Bower, where Tony has taken a job as live-in housekeeper. The Bowers are an interesting family, to say the least. Angela is uptight and obsessed with her work. Her son Jonathan is shy and lacks self-esteem, and her mother, Mona, is a man-hungry vixen. Tony soon wins them over with his laid-back style, and the Bowers soon begin to loosen up. Over time, romantic tensions begin to surface between Angela and Tony, and we see the children grow up. Written by Jason A. Cormier <>

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At the end of season three, the producers of the show decided to spin-off the Mona character into her own series. As a result, the season ended with a two-part episode where Mona moves away in order to run a hotel with her brother while Tony and Samantha move into Mona's loft apartment. However, due to the fear that Mona's departure might harm the success of the show, the plans for the spin-off were squashed by ABC executives and a tag sequence was added at the end of the two-parter which featured Mona returning home and Tony and Samantha moving back into Angela's house. See more »


Angela: Well, we got on a plane you know swish, swoosh.
Tony: Yeah, well, it sounds like something happened in between the swish and the swoosh.
Angela: Well, we went to Las Vegas, and we got married but I thought we got the marriage annulled the next day?
Angela's first Husband: No. These are just the papers that divided up the garbage collection. Angela, we're still married.
Mona Robinson: [bursts into laughter] And to think all of this time that you were married to Michael you were a bigamist.
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Brand New Life
Music by Blake Hunter and Robert Kraft
Lyrics by Larry Carlton
Performed by Steve Wariner (Seasons 1 and 2), Larry Weiss (Seasons 3 - 5), Jonathan Wolff (Seasons 6 - 8)
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A classic family sitcom
1 January 2001 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

Who's the Boss? is no exception to the classic family sitcoms of the 80's and early 90's. It was a really great show and it was definitely Alyssa Milano's best acting job to date. Just like everyone else said I was also too young to realize the chemistry between Tony Danza and Judith Light but now that I watch reruns on Fox Family I understand it more. Mona was just a hilarious character to the show and I'm glad she was on it. It was definitely an underrated show. It lasted for a healthy 8 or 9 seasons but isn't quite as popular as the other sitcoms of it's time which is truly sad.

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