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Charles in Charge 5 Seasons 1988

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A witty, fast-paced, half-hour comedy which features Scott Baio as Charles, a nineteen year-old college student who, in exchange for room and board, serves as a live-in family helper to three energetic children.

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Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Julie Cobb

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1. Yule Laff

Charles, Lillian and the Powell family rent a cabin in the mountains to spend a quiet Christmas in the snow. Walter agrees to follow later in the day with the food and presents while Buddy drives the family to the cabin. They arrive to find a dirty and bleak cabin, yet Charles initiates the Christmas spirit by cutting down a tree to serve as the Christmas tree.

Suitable with Parental GuidanceSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: 1 January 1988
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2. Piece of Cake

Charles is worried about meeting Commander Powell for the first time...then is given four hours to get the house and children in order for the homecoming. Charles assures Ellen and Walter that it would be a "piece of cake" to have everything ready and all errands accomplished before Commander Powell arrives home. Soon after -- everything goes wrong.

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3. Dorm Warnings

Charles is ecstatic as he has been named 'Student of the Year' based on his scholastic record, extracurricular activities, and the fact he works to help raise three children while attending school full time. He tells Walter that he will fly to Washington, D.C. to receive the award from the President of the United States.

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4. Speechless

Charles tries to convince Jamie that college is fun and she should take the college preparatory courses offered in high school. Then he becomes upset when Buddy tells him that the paper he wrote on General Custer must be presented orally in class or they will receive a failing grade. Lillian explains to Buddy that when Charles was twelve he was giving a speech in class and his voice cracked.

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5. Infatuation

Buddy is concerned that Charles is contemplating marriage since he is steadily dating Linda. Then Charles agrees to entertain the daughter of Walter's close friend, Colonel Barkley. He is not prepared when the stunningly beautiful Trish enters -- a famous model. There is an instant attraction and soon Charles is seeing Linda by night -- and Trish by day.

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6. Role Model

Jamie confides in Ellen and Charles that she has joined the 'Better Image School of Modeling.' She was in the mall when Miss Allison Lane, who runs the school, said she had potential as a model. Then she explains that once the beginner's course is over, she will need help to pay for the intermediate course which costs $389.00 Charles is convinced the school is a fraud.

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7. The Extremely Odd Couple

Lillian is disturbed that Walter takes advantage of Charles, and Charles worries their feud will cost him his job. When Buddy gives Charles tickets for Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, he gives a ticket to Walter and one to Lillian in hopes of a reconciliation. Later that night, they find Walter and Lillian dancing together to a Glenn Miller tape.

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8. Poppa Sailor Man

A contemporary and acquaintance of Walter dies leaving him depressed and convinced that time is running out. Charles contacts Walter's father, Ben "Buzz" Powell and brings him out from Florida to cheer up Walter. When Walter sees Buzz, he is shocked as they haven't spoken in ten years.

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9. Bottle Baby

Buddy's sister, Bunny, arrives for an unexpected visit and is invited to the Powell home for dinner. She asks Buddy to lie and tell their parents he asked her to visit since she used their mother's credit card for the plane ticket. Later that evening, she arrives at Sid's Pizza Parlor and sits on Charles' lap, then she kisses him.

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10. Dear Charles

Charles is trying to get a job on the Brunswick Journal-American through Gayle Landis, the editor. She offers him a part-time job as "Dear Amy," writing advice to lovesick readers. He agrees to be near Gayle, yet she asks him to 'spice up' his writing. Then Charles and Buddy come across a letter they are convinced was written by Sarah about secretly meeting a boy.

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11. The Pickle Plot

Charles and Buddy are faced with the decision to choose a major as they are entering their Junior year in college. Buddy invites Charles to go with him to the college counselor who will review his aptitude test. Charles' Uncle Joe...'the pickle king of Brooklyn' arrives at the house and offers Charles a job, an office and the potential to make a great deal of money.

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12. The Buddy System

Buddy is devastated when Elayne, his girlfriend, sends him a 'turkeygram' stating he is an embarrassment and they are finished. Though Charles tries to convince Buddy people do care about him, members of the Powell family enter and throw barbs at Buddy. Charles explains to the family that Buddy needs to have his confidence pumped up.

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13. Sarah Steps Out

The children agree to help Charles around the house if he will talk with their mother about approving their special requests: Adam wants to stay up all Saturday night and watch television; Jamie wants to streak her hair 'conservatively;' and Sarah wants to go to the movies on Saturday -- with a boy, unchaperoned. Ellen hesitantly agrees.

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14. Trading Papers

Charles is ecstatic he received an "A" in his worst subject, Creative Writing, until he learns that he accidentally switched papers with Sarah for her English class. Sarah tells Charles that her teacher thought the paper was so bad she gave her a C minus and threw it out.

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15. Five Easy Pizzas

Lillian leaves Charles in charge of Sid's Pizza Parlor while she is out of town. Buddy informs Charles that the 'Roving Gourmet' is planning to visit Sid's and would like to do an article on the restaurant. Charles realizes that a good review would mean great business, and a bad review could mean death to the pizza parlor. The Powell family agrees to eat at Sid's and rave about the food.

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16. Getting In

Charles and Buddy are trying to get into the fraternity, Delta Alpha Nu, and withstand a myriad of humiliating tests. Buddy is convinced he will become a member due to the fact his father, grandfather and uncle were Delta Alphs. They manage to garner a large amount of articles and points necessary for the scavenger hunt and prepare to take the written exam.

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17. Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow

While at Sid's Pizza Parlor, Charles and Buddy unknowingly stumble upon a hold-up and manage to apprehend the robber. Buddy sensationalizes the capture to the press and plans to use his status as a 'hero.' Later that day, however, Buddy returns to the Powell home in disguise to report that the criminal, Eddie Drummond, is out on bail.

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18. Dutiful Dreamer

Walter learns that the house they have been renting is being sold, and Ellen announces she lost her job in a budget cut-back. Ellen decides to get a job selling real estate, but they still face a financial crisis in the interim. Charles is distraught that the family will be displaced and he will lose his job.

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19. Berkling Up Is Hard To Do

Charles is assisting his history professor in a summer seminar, and he is excited with the project of updating the history textbooks to include more current events. Meanwhile, Buddy is planning their end-of-the-summer party. Jamie enters and confides in Charles that Steven Berkle, the boy she has been dating, has become extremely possessive and she wants to keep her dating horizons open.

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20. Runaround Charles

Charles inadvertently agrees to help Sarah and Jamie out on the same night and accepts a double-date with Buddy, his date Linda, and a girl named Julie -- a girl he really likes. He works out a schedule with Buddy whereby he can meet everyone's needs -- but all goes awry when schedules change.

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21. Where the Auction Is

Charles agrees to be 'auctioned off' at the Sigma Delta Sorority House Annual Auction, when he thinks Jeanie, a new transfer student, will 'buy' him. Unfortunately, she is outbid, and he is 'bought' by a gorgeous coed for $150. He learns, however, she is a buyer's representative, and he now must do whatever Jamie, Sarah and Adam ask of him for three days.

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22. Barbelles

Charles is hurting from breaking up with Laura. He agrees to go on a double date with Buddy and Tammy, Buddy's aerobics instructor. Charles' date is Beth, a female bodybuilder, and they enjoy each other's company. They become inseparable -- then Beth's ex-boyfriend, Mike, also a bodybuilder, threatens Charles.

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23. The Boy Who Loved Women

Sarah's friend, Mark, whom she has been dating, meets Jamie and immediately invites her to the opening of a teen club. Jamie accepts, not knowing that Mark is seeing Sarah. They arrive home that evening, and Charles asks Mark if Sarah knows he took Jamie out. Mark replies he couldn't help himself, and Sarah was at a birthday party.

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24. The Blackboard Bungle

Charles is assigned to be a teacher's aide in Jamie's health and hygiene class much to Jamie's consternation. Charles introduces himself to the teacher, Mr. Merken (Jerry Van Dyke), who has a tired and negative attitude towards the students and teaching profession. The next day in class, Mr. Merken hands the class over to Charles who is extremely nervous.

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25. The Heart Burglar

Sarah is teamed with Sean as a study partner for physics. And Jamie guesses that Charles really likes Carol, Buddy's girlfriend; and Carol, in turn likes Charles; and Sarah likes Sean. All the while, Sarah emphasizes that Sean is strictly a 'study-buddy.' Buddy asks Charles to pick up Carol and they will all meet at the Powell house to go to the basketball game.

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26. May the Best Man Lose

The city schools are having a Roman Fact Forum, just like in ancient Rome, with the proceeds going to the Children's Hospital. Charles agrees to be Sarah's 'gladiator;' Buddy becomes Jamie's 'gladiator;' and Adam gets Herman Holloway, a football player, to be his 'gladiator.

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Product details

Genres Comedy
Director Bob Claver
Starring Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Julie Cobb, James Widdoes
Supporting actors April Lerman
Season year 1988
Network NBC Universal
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices Available to watch on supported devices.

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