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Charles in Charge 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | TV Series (1984–1990)
Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships, and duties to the family.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Scott Baio ...  Charles 126 episodes, 1984-1990
Willie Aames ...  Buddy Lembeck 126 episodes, 1984-1990
Nicole Eggert ...  Jamie Powell 104 episodes, 1987-1990
Josie Davis ...  Sarah Powell 104 episodes, 1987-1990
Alexander Polinsky ...  Adam Powell 104 episodes, 1987-1990
James T. Callahan ...  Walter Powell 104 episodes, 1987-1990
Ellen Travolta ...  Lillian 70 episodes, 1987-1990
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Charles, a college student, moves in with the Powell family as the housekeeper, baby-sitter, and friend to the children. Along with his best friend, Buddy, Charles attempts to manage his life, especially college and girls, as well as tend to the family. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

3 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Babysitter See more »

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(126 episodes)

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has rocked the whole entertainment industry new allegations have come out about Scott Baio and his Charles in Charge cast mates Alexander Polinsky and NIcole Eggert; which are being investigated by the LAPD. See more »

Quotes

Douglas Pembroke: ...Jason's gone too far this time. He just took a shower and used my lucky towel.
Charles: What's lucky about it?
Douglas Pembroke: It always gets me dry!
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Charles is in Charge!
17 October 2004 | by Indyfan82See all my reviews

Charles in Charge is a show about a college student who becomes a live-in helper for the Pembroke family, consisting of mom and dad, teenager Lily, middle schooler Douglas, and 10-year-old Jason. From the second season on to the last one, Charles switches families and stays with the Powells, as the Pembrokes are moving to Seattle. The reason for this is because Charles in Charge originally ran in 1984 for the first season and was cancelled. However, it was revived in syndication from 1987-1990 and on the first episode of the 2nd. season, it is explained that while Buddy and Charles were on a camping trip, Mr. Pembroke got transferred from his job in Pennslyvania to Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Pembroke and Jason both show up in the episode to explain things to Charles and to say goodbye. From then on, the Powells are the new family who have leased the house and they also maintain Charles' services. Charles now has to contend with Grandpa, Mom Powell, (Dad is away in the Navy), teenager Jamie, middle schooler Sarah, and 10-year-old Adam. The Pembrokes and Powells are definitely not totally the same but there are some similarities.

In any case, I have seen some of the first season as well as the later seasons and they are all good. Buddy is the best. He is so crazy and hilarious. He and Charles are such good friends and have great times, dating girls and keeping everything at the household under control. It's great. Charles in Charge rules!


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