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->''"Charles in Charge, of our days and our nights!"''

''Charles In Charge'' was a DomCom that aired on {{CBS}} from 1984-5 and and then in syndication from 1987-90, starring Scott Baio as a college-age "nanny" to the children of the families he lived with -- first the Pembrokes and later the Powells (after the show moved to syndication and the Pembrokes "moved to Seattle").

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: In the first episode, as Mr. Pembroke is trying to give Charles some dating advice before driving Mrs. Pembroke to work:
-->"I'm sure the last thing you want to hear is..."
-->"Honey, I'm late."
* AttractiveBentGender: Averted in "Still at Large." A female teacher tells Charles that he's "a good looking man," but "an ugly woman."
* BeautifulAllAlong (Enid in the episode "A Date with Enid")
* CanCrushingCranium
* CosmeticCatastrophe (Happens when Lila attempts a makeover on her friend Enid in "A Date with Enid")
* DisguisedInDrag: Charles and Buddy in "Still at Large."
* DumbassHasAPoint (Buddy, who does this to ''himself'').
* ExpositoryThemeSong: The tune very finely summarizes the show itself, and the feelings of the children he looks after, saving many a fan from having to explain the program, so much as just show a friend the intro.
* FirstGrayHair: Buddy reacts disastrously to spotting a single grey hair.
* {{Flanderization}} (Buddy Lembeck)
* IdentityAmnesia
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* NoNameGiven (Charles and his mother. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the final episode ("Did you ever wonder why he had no last name?")).
* {{Retool}}: Upon moving to syndication, Charles' employers the Pembrokes were replaced by the Powells. Also, a prominent recurring role was added for Charles' mother Louisa, as portrayed by Ellen Travolta.
* SpecialGuest (Olympic gymnast Julianne [=McNamara=] and [[http://www.samanthasmith.info/ Samantha Smith]], the girl who wrote to Yuri Andropov, in "Slumber Party")
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''TheNanny'' to this show, as both shows feature broadly similar premises (fish-out-of-water becomes a nanny) and by way of Pamela Eells O'Connell, executive producer of both shows.
** Also ''{{Jessie}}'' on DisneyChannel being a DistaffCounterpart, also created by Pamel Eells O'Connell.
** The new {{Nickelodeon}} DomCom ''See Dad Run'' is a Spiritual Successor to ''Charles in Charge'' in that both feature Scott Baio as someone finding themselves in a new role as father figure.
* SweaterGirl (Some of the ladies Charles dates.)
* {{Uncanceled}}
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs (Ben Stein pops up as an ObstructiveBureaucrat in various settings).
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->''"Charles in Charge, of our days and our nights!"''

''Charles In Charge'' was a DomCom that aired on {{CBS}} from 1984-5 and and then in syndication from 1987-90, starring Scott Baio as a college-age "nanny" to the children of the families he lived with -- first the Pembrokes and later the Powells (after the show moved to syndication and the Pembrokes "moved to Seattle").

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: In the first episode, as Mr. Pembroke is trying to give Charles some dating advice before driving Mrs. Pembroke to work:
-->"I'm sure the last thing you want to hear is..."
-->"Honey, I'm late."
* AttractiveBentGender: Averted in "Still at Large." A female teacher tells Charles that he's "a good looking man," but "an ugly woman."
* BeautifulAllAlong (Enid in the episode "A Date with Enid")
* CanCrushingCranium
* CosmeticCatastrophe (Happens when Lila attempts a makeover on her friend Enid in "A Date with Enid")
* DisguisedInDrag: Charles and Buddy in "Still at Large."
* DumbassHasAPoint (Buddy, who does this to ''himself'').
* ExpositoryThemeSong: The tune very finely summarizes the show itself, and the feelings of the children he looks after, saving many a fan from having to explain the program, so much as just show a friend the intro.
* FirstGrayHair: Buddy reacts disastrously to spotting a single grey hair.
* {{Flanderization}} (Buddy Lembeck)
* IdentityAmnesia
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* NoNameGiven (Charles and his mother. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the final episode ("Did you ever wonder why he had no last name?")).
* {{Retool}}: Upon moving to syndication, Charles' employers the Pembrokes were replaced by the Powells. Also, a prominent recurring role was added for Charles' mother Louisa, as portrayed by Ellen Travolta.
* SpecialGuest (Olympic gymnast Julianne [=McNamara=] and [[http://www.samanthasmith.info/ Samantha Smith]], the girl who wrote to Yuri Andropov, in "Slumber Party")
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''TheNanny'' to this show, as both shows feature broadly similar premises (fish-out-of-water becomes a nanny) and by way of Pamela Eells O'Connell, executive producer of both shows.
** Also ''{{Jessie}}'' on DisneyChannel being a DistaffCounterpart, also created by Pamel Eells O'Connell.
** The new {{Nickelodeon}} DomCom ''See Dad Run'' is a Spiritual Successor to ''Charles in Charge'' in that both feature Scott Baio as someone finding themselves in a new role as father figure.
* SweaterGirl (Some of the ladies Charles dates.)
* {{Uncanceled}}
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs (Ben Stein pops up as an ObstructiveBureaucrat in various settings).
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27th May '13 8:52:36 AM classicforreal
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** Also ''{{Jessie}}'' on DisneyChannel being a DistaffCounterpart, also created by Pamel Eells O'Connell.
13th May '13 1:49:19 AM Mdumas43073
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''Charles In Charge'' was a DomCom from 1984-5 and 1987-90 starring Scott Baio as a college-age "nanny" to the children of the families he lived with -- first the Pembrokes and later the Powells (after the show moved to syndication and the Pembrokes "moved to Seattle").

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''Charles In Charge'' was a DomCom that aired on {{CBS}} from 1984-5 and 1987-90 and then in syndication from 1987-90, starring Scott Baio as a college-age "nanny" to the children of the families he lived with -- first the Pembrokes and later the Powells (after the show moved to syndication and the Pembrokes "moved to Seattle").


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