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One of two 1984 series featuring hunky guys working as domestics (the other was ABC's Who's the Boss), Charles in Charge was the saga of a 19-year-old college student who went to work as a male governess for a busy working couple. In exchange for room, board, and a little spending money, Charles tried valiantly to keep a rein on Stan and Jill's three rambunctious children: cute, boy-crazy Lila (14); sarcastic Douglas (12); and happy-go-lucky Jason (10). Charles worked hard at the job and at his studies, but still managed to find time to hang out with his best friend Buddy and to pursue the girl of his dreams, beautiful, sexy coed Gwendolyn Pierce. When Charles in Charge returned to the air as a first-run syndicated series in early 1987, only Charles and Buddy were left from the original cast. The Pembrokes had moved to Seattle and sold their house to the Powells, who became Charles' new employers. The man of the house was not Mr. Powell, a Navy commander stationed in the South Seas, but his cranky father Walter, himself a retired career Navy man. Also in the house were Walter's daughter-in-law Ellen, and his three grandchildren, Jamie (14), Sarah (13), and Adam (12). Jamie was much more outgoing, worldly, and boy-crazy than her younger sister and seemed to be forever preoccupied with getting Sarah out of her shell, while Sarah was moving at a much slower, but for her more comfortable, pace. Rambunctious Adam could have been a clone of Jason Pembroke.

That fall Charles' loving mother, Lillian, came from Scranton for a short visit. She bought his favorite hangout, Sid's Pizza Parlor, and took up permanent residence in New Brunswick. Not only did he have to deal with her good-natured meddling, but picking up girls at Sid's, when she was there, was not what it used to be.

During the 1988-1989 season, Lillian converted the pizza parlor to a nostalgic diner named The Yesterday Cafe, her hip young nephew, Anthony, came to live with her for awhile, and Charles was involved with sexy Stephanie--his most serious romance since Gwendolyn. In the last original episode, which aired in December 1990, Charles was accepted to graduate school at Princeton.

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Last Airing Dec 01, 1990
Premiere October 3, 1984
Episodes 126
Network CBS & Syndicated
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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Alexander Polinsky....   Adam Powell (1987-1990)
Justin Whalin....   Anthony (1988)
Willie Aames....   Buddy Lembeck
Scott Baio....   Charles
Ellen Travolta....   Charles' mother Lillian (1987-1990)
Jonathan Ward....   Douglas Pembroke (1984-1985)
Sandra Kerns....   Ellen Powell (1987-1990)
Jennifer Runyon....   Gwendolyn Pierce (1984-1985)
Nicole Eggert....   Jamie Powell (1987-1990)
Michael Pearlman....   Jason Michael Pembroke (1984-1985)
Julie Cobb....   Jill Pembroke (1984-1985)
April Lerman....   Lila Pembroke (1984-1985)
Josie Davis....   Sara Powell (1987-1990)
James Widdoes....   Stan Pembroke (1984-1985)
Erika Eleniak....   Stephanie Curtis (1988-1989)
Denise Miller....   Tiffany Kovac (1987-1990)
James T. Callahan....   Walter Powell (1987-1990)

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