History Series / CharlesInCharge

7th Jul '16 7:51:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* AnAesop: In addition to giving advice (which, most of the time, is pretty sound), Charles occasionally drops life lessons to his charges; these instances, in a sense, make him TheObiWan of the show.

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* AnAesop: In addition to giving advice (which, most of the time, is pretty sound), Charles occasionally drops life lessons to his charges; these instances, in a sense, make him TheObiWan the wise man of the show.
5th Jun '16 3:52:16 PM nombretomado
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** In "La Cage Aux Fools," Sarah, Jamie and Adam wear costumes to go see the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow''[[note]]Charles was supposed to take them, since neither could go to the R-rated film without an adult, but he and Buddy ended up trapped in a cage after Buddy stated to Sarah that Charles would protest of animal testing at Copeland College by locking himself in the cage[[/note]]. Jamie wears a maid's outfit, which for the most part is rather conservative, other than the fact it came with garterbelt hosiery (visible only by the straps that are visible in the short distance between the costume's skirt and the hose).

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** In "La Cage Aux Fools," Sarah, Jamie and Adam wear costumes to go see the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow''[[note]]Charles ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''[[note]]Charles was supposed to take them, since neither could go to the R-rated film without an adult, but he and Buddy ended up trapped in a cage after Buddy stated to Sarah that Charles would protest of animal testing at Copeland College by locking himself in the cage[[/note]]. Jamie wears a maid's outfit, which for the most part is rather conservative, other than the fact it came with garterbelt hosiery (visible only by the straps that are visible in the short distance between the costume's skirt and the hose).
29th May '16 9:11:18 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MonochromeCasting: All of the main cast members in the series are Caucasian. In addition, very few actors of other ethnicities have appeared on the show, among those that have had guest roles include Black actors [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Phill Lewis]], who played Bernie in the episode "Buddy Flips a Disc" and Jeff Robie, who played Sid (the manager of Sid's Pizza Parlor, which was originally owned by his father, before Lillian purchased it later that season) in a couple of season two episodes.

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* MonochromeCasting: All of the main cast members in the series are Caucasian. In addition, very few actors of other ethnicities have appeared on the show, among those that have had guest roles include Black actors [[TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Phill Lewis]], who played Bernie in the episode "Buddy Flips a Disc" and Jeff Robie, who played Sid (the manager of Sid's Pizza Parlor, which was originally owned by his father, before Lillian purchased it later that season) in a couple of season two episodes.
16th Dec '15 2:22:16 AM DragonQuestZ
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* FashionModel: At one point the older daughter Jamie goes to modeling school in hopes of becoming a famous model. Charles tries to convince her that it's a scam, but then it is pointed out to him that she is presenting herself with more composure and deportment, which is a positive, even if the school itself isn't what it makes itself out to be.
20th Oct '15 8:24:05 AM randomsurfer
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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Buddy's real name is Buddence; his sister Bunny's real name is likewise Bunnence.
11th Oct '15 12:05:53 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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** Buddy addressing people he knows with "(person's name), [[CaptainObvious It's me, Buddy]]" (and one time, "It's me, Buddence").

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** Buddy addressing people he knows with "(person's name), [[CaptainObvious It's me, Buddy]]" Buddy" (and one time, "It's me, Buddence").
3rd Oct '15 11:17:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Ben Stein pops up as Stanley Willard, an ObstructiveBureaucrat in various settings, who first appears in season two's "The Loan Arranger"[[note]]In which Charles' student loans are up for renewal, leading him to worry he won't be granted an extension and be forced to drop out of school and resign from his job[[/note]]. [[spoiler:In his penultimate appearance in the season five episode "Daffy Doc," it is revealed that Stanley is a mental patient, as he "mentally promoted himself right out of reality" to jobs he couldn't get promoted to quickly enough on his own merits.]]
23rd Aug '15 2:40:00 PM tmanokc
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->''"The new boy in the neighborhood, Lives downstairs and it's understood. Hes there just to take good care of me, like hes one of the family. [...] And I sing, I want, I want Charles in Charge of me!"'' --[[ExpositoryThemeTune The theme written by David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs, & Al Burton]]

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->''"The new boy in the neighborhood, Lives downstairs and it's understood. Hes there just to take good care of me, like hes one of the family. [...] And I sing, I want, I want Charles in Charge of me!"'' --[[ExpositoryThemeTune -- [[ExpositoryThemeTune The show's theme song, written by David Kurtz, Michael Jacobs, & David Kurtz and Al Burton]]



In 1986, a year after CBS cancelled the series following its first season due to insufficient ratings to earn a sophomore season, Universal Television (then owned by MCA) partnered with series co-creator Michael Jacobs (later known for co-creating ''Series/MyTwoDads'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and most notably, ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'') and original production companies Scholastic Productions and Al Burton Productions to revive the series for FirstRunSyndication, relaunching in 1987.

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In 1986, a year after CBS cancelled the series following its first season due to insufficient ratings to earn a sophomore season, Universal Television (then owned by MCA) partnered with series co-creator Michael Jacobs (later known for co-creating ''Series/MyTwoDads'', ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' and most notably, ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'') ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' and its later sequel series ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'') and original production companies Scholastic Productions and Al Burton Productions to revive the series for FirstRunSyndication, relaunching in 1987.
23rd Aug '15 2:29:30 PM tmanokc
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The delivery man suddenly reveals his ''American'' accent and asks Charles not to hassle him. He then invokes the Engrish accent again when Lila comes down for her study date (the reason why the food was ordered in the first place) all dressed up:

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** The delivery man suddenly reveals his ''American'' accent and asks Charles not to hassle him. He then invokes the Engrish accent again when Lila comes down for her study date (the reason why the food was ordered in the first place) all dressed up:
23rd Aug '15 2:28:59 PM tmanokc
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* ActingForTwo: Ellen Travolta played Charles' mother Lillian and her character's own sisters Vanessa and Sally in separate episodes; however, neither character appeared on-screen at the same time.
** Nicole Eggert played Jamie Powell and her cousin Amanda in the episode "Fair Exchange", again both characters never appeared in the episode in the same scenes.



* MoodWhiplash: In the episode "Dead Puck Society", Buddy accidentally overbakes a (very poorly made) pie; when Charles and Russell (whom Sarah had been tutoring, only for him to trick her into doing his homework; played by Paul Walker) rush in to help, Russell is asked to use the fire extinguisher but passes it to Charles instead when he can't read the instructions. Charles and Buddy question why Russell didn't extinguish the fire himself, only for him to reveal that he's illiterate. Seconds later, Buddy hilariously misinterprets Russell's confession:
--->'''Buddy''' (misinterpreting "illiterate" for "illegitimate"): Hey, come on, big guy. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Just because your mom and dad weren't married....]] (beat) doesn't mean you can't put out a fire, OK?
--->'''Charles:''' Excuse me, MrWizard. I'd like to spe-- speak to Russell alone for a minute, OK?
--->'''Buddy:" Oh, sure. The minute the subject turns to s-e-x, I have to leave the room.



* NoNameGiven: The last name of Charles and his mother is never revealed throughout the series. It even has lent itself to an occasional gag in which Charles is about to reveal his full name, only to be cut off before mentioning his surname. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the final episode ("Did you ever wonder why he had no last name?").

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* NoNameGiven: The last name of Charles and his mother is never revealed throughout the series. It even has lent itself to an occasional gag in which Charles is about to reveal his full name, only to be cut off before mentioning his surname. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the final episode ("Did episode, "Charles Be DeMille", when Scott Baio realizes that [[ItWasAllADream he dreamt the entire in-series universe]]:
--->'''Lillian's voice:''' Haven't
you ever wonder wondered why he had you have no last name?").name?



* OddCouple: Aptly in the season three episode "The Extremely Odd Couple": the normally uneasy relationship between Lillian and Walter becomes a genuine friendship part-way through that episode, which quickly grinds to a halt when on the way to a bridge tournament out-of-town, they accidentally crash their cars into one another.



* OneHeadTaller: A combination gender-flipped and same-gender example with Sarah, Jamie and Adam.

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* OnceAnEpisode: In the syndication run, moreso from season three onward, Buddy says something completely idiotic.
** Charles and/or Walter makes a remark about Buddy's idiocy, and whether or not he even understands what comes out of his mouth.
** In most episodes, various members of the Powell family exclaim "doorbell!," signifying Charles to answer the door. At times, though, Charles tells them or gives a visual cue (such as grabbing Adam by the shoulders and dragging him to the front door for Adam to open it himself in "The Extremely Odd Couple") for the others to get the door themselves.
* OneHeadTaller: A combination gender-flipped and same-gender example with Sarah, Sarah (the tallest of the Powell children), Jamie and Adam.Adam (who starts out as the shortest but grows to about the same height as Jamie by the final season).



** Australian pop singer Samantha Fox, portrayed Samantha Steele, who Charles becomes involved with [[spoiler: before finding out she's married, which turns out to be a fake story to create publicity and controversy]] in "Paper Covers Rock".
* SpinOff: The series had three proposed spin-offs, all three aired as backdoor pilots towards the end of season five (none being picked up to series) and fell under the trope PoorlyDisguisedPilot. Each featured a main cast member playing a new character:
** The backdoor pilot for the proposed ''Almost Family'' had Charles travel to visit the car wash owned by Lillian's look-alike sister Sally (played by Ellen Travolta), which is in danger of closing.

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** Australian pop singer singer/model Samantha Fox, portrayed Samantha Steele, who Charles becomes involved with [[spoiler: before finding out she's married, which turns out to be a fake story to create publicity and controversy]] in "Paper Covers Rock".
* SpinOff: The series had three two proposed spin-offs, all three both aired as backdoor pilots towards the end of season five (none (neither being picked up to series) and fell under the trope PoorlyDisguisedPilot. Each featured a main cast member playing a new character:
** The backdoor pilot for the proposed ''Almost Family'' had Charles travel to visit the car wash owned by Lillian's look-alike sister Sally (played by Ellen Travolta), Sally, which is in danger of closing.



** Also ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' on Creator/DisneyChannel being a DistaffCounterpart, which was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell.

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** Also ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' on Creator/DisneyChannel being as a DistaffCounterpart, which was created by Pamela Eells O'Connell.



* TemptingFate: At the end of the season three Christmas episode "Yule Laff," after Charles and the Powells return home from a [[HorribleCampingTrip vacation in a cabin]] ([[spoiler: which results in them and Buddy being trapped due to a snowstorm just before the holiday]]), the family asks if Charles remembered to get the stuff they brought along on the trip. Then this happens:
-->'''Charles''' (assuredly): Everything we took up there, I brought back. I did not forget anything.
-->'''Sarah''': Where's Adam?
* ThemeTuneCameo: The theme song, as heard in the opening credits, appears twice in the series finale, "Charles Be DeMille": first when Buddy and the Powell kids say goodbye to Charles [[spoiler: after he announces he is leaving to go to Princeton University]], and again during a panning shot of the studio audience singing along to the theme during the closing credits (neither time did the theme get played in its entirety[[note]]The entire theme, which was performed by Shandi Sinnamon, lasts 56 seconds but was cut to about 40 and 30 seconds respectively when it was played in the two scenes.[[/note]]).



* {{Uncanceled}}
* UnnecessaryMakeover: In-universe, in "The Boy Who Loved Woman", Sarah gives herself a makeover to try and win the affections of a boy named Mark who Jamie ends up asking out without realizing that Sarah is already interested in, modeling herself after Jamie; the impetus for this, Jamie inferring that it isn't fair for Sarah to compete with her for guys since they would more often pick Jamie. When Mark arrives, he asks Sarah why she looks weird. Charles helps her realize that [[JustTheWayYouAre she is smarter, more sensitive and warmer than Jamie is]], which is why Mark was interested in her. Then Jamie walks in, leaving him to clarify that both sisters have their own great qualities. It turns out that Mark only asked Jamie out beacuse of her looks, and because Sarah was busy the night before, it turns out that he was more interested in Sarah.

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* {{Uncanceled}}
{{Uncanceled}}: There was a year-and-a-half gap between when ''Charles in Charge'' was cancelled by CBS to its revival as a first-run syndicated series (atypical for a syndicated program, it relaunched during midseason, in January 1987).
* UnnecessaryMakeover: In-universe, in "The Boy Who Loved Woman", Sarah gives herself a makeover to try and win the affections of a boy named Mark who Jamie ends up asking out without realizing that Sarah is already interested in, modeling herself after Jamie; the impetus for this, Jamie inferring that it isn't fair for Sarah to compete with her for guys since they would more often pick Jamie.Jamie over Sarah. When Mark arrives, he asks Sarah why she looks weird. Charles helps her realize that [[JustTheWayYouAre she is smarter, more sensitive and warmer than Jamie is]], which is why Mark was interested in her. Then Jamie walks in, leaving him to clarify that both sisters have their own great qualities. It turns out that Mark only asked Jamie out beacuse because of her looks, and because Sarah was busy the night before, it turns out that he was more interested in Sarah.Sarah.
* TheUnseen: Adam's friend Kevin Holloway, and Jamie's popular and gossipy classmate (who can't keep a secret at all) Marcy Crawford are mentioned frequently during the syndication but never seen.
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