Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)

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Tony Micelli a retired baseball player becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an NY advertising executive. Together they raise their kids Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

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 Tony Micelli / ... (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Angela Bower (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Samantha Micelli (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Jonathan Bower (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
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 Mona Robinson (196 episodes, 1984-1992)
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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 <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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ABC originally planned to cancel the show at the end of the seventh season but the producers were able to convince the network to renew the show for an eighth season. As part of the deal to renew the show (and to revive fan interest) it was decided to base the entire eight season around Tony and Angela finally becoming a couple. When ratings for the eighth season failed to increase, the show was cancelled. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Hey look at this nose. I fractured this nose three times and I can still smell.
Samantha Micelli: Yeah! I broke my finger twice and I can still dial.
Mona Robinson: I once fractured my pelvis.
Tony: Yeah, and she can still walk.
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Up On The Roof
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Sung by The Drifters
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Never gets tiring
14 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've recently discovered this show through a bunch of DVD's of all 8 seasons. Out of all the sitcoms I have ever watched, I must say they don't make comedy like they used to.

The acting was great and the cast fits perfectly. Tony Danza as a warm, caring but overprotective father. Judith Light as an uptight, conservative executive. Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro played the children perfectly. What was interesting is how the characters evolved so well as the times changed. In the latter parts of the episodes, Angela has learned to be more relaxed. Sam and Jonathan have become more like siblings as evidenced by their fights in some of the episodes. The only character I didn't like was Billy, but it's great that they got rid of him. The kid was a good actor, it's just he didn't 'fit'. The family was formed by this time as being Tony, Angela, Sam and Jonathan with well-timed comments from Mona, so to introduce a kid that late didn't bode well for the chemistry.

The plot was well written with the sexual tension between Tony and Angela being apparent as early as the pilot episode. I liked how it eventually developed and the suspense of Tony and Angela getting together made me watch more episodes. I thought the transition from being friends to 'maybe something more' could have been developed further, but the ending was so sweet! Watching the ending made me think that "Who's the Boss" really came full circle. This is the first time I have ever seen this show, and I can appreciate the feelings Tony and Angela have for each other and how difficult this was to express at times.

Although it was a comedy and it had its corny moments, it was really very touching with the right amount of laughter and suspense. Definitely one of, and arguably, the best comedy of its kind. They should do a reunion episode!


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