The premise was that four cute upper-middle-class kids had been suddenly orphaned. About to be split up and sent to foster homes, they located a cranky old homeless man and offered him food... See full summary »

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...  Joe Whitaker 9 episodes, 1990
...  Nick Bankston 9 episodes, 1990
...  Chris Bankston 9 episodes, 1990
...  Mary Bankston 9 episodes, 1990
...  Holly Bankston 9 episodes, 1990
...  Roger Hightower 9 episodes, 1990
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The premise was that four cute upper-middle-class kids had been suddenly orphaned. About to be split up and sent to foster homes, they located a cranky old homeless man and offered him food, a home, and a decent life-style if he would live in their nice house and pose as their grandfather (this could only happen in a sitcom!). Of course he took his new responsibilities more seriously than they expected, and amid the quips, little lessons in life were learned by all around the sunny kitchen table. Roger was the helpful next-door neighbor, an air traffic controller turned homemaker. Written by Tiff Banks

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24 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Un nonno, quattro nipoti, un cane  »

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Chris Fuhrr and Maia Brewton were never actually in any episodes of the TV series even though they are listed here as being cast members. See more »

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Follows A Family for Joe (1990) See more »

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Remembering it a little differently
8 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I don't remember a lot about how good or bad the show was. However, I'm remembering the premise slightly differently.

For reasons that I don't remember, the kids were orphaned (not in an orphanage, just that the parents were out of the picture). Rather than have themselves be split up in a number of orphanages/foster families, they decided to find a homeless man (Mitchum), and have him pose as their uncle (or something like that).

From what I remember, the show was more of a comedy with dramatic overtones. The comedy part revolved around the differing habits of the children and the (formerly) homeless man, as well as hiding the fact that he wasn't related to them. The dramatic overtones that occasionally surfaced revolved around the loss of the parents, as well as the homeless man's growing attempts to fill that void as they bonded.


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