''Silver Spoons'' was a [[DomCom sitcom]] which ran from 1982 to 1986 on Creator/{{NBC}} before wrapping up in UsefulNotes/FirstRunSyndication in 1987. It is best known for launching the careers of three young actors: Ricky Schroeder (who was actually pretty well known as a child actor before this show started), Creator/JasonBateman and [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso Ribeiro]].

It revolves around young Ricky Stratton moving in with and getting to know his estranged, wealthy father. Edward Stratton III is laid-back and even irresponsible regarding his company, Eddie Toys, whereas Ricky has spent his life in military school (placed there by his mother and stepfather). They bond throughout the series as Edward tries to get Ricky to lighten up and Ricky tries to get his father to grow up.

Don't mistake this with the manga ''Manga/SilverSpoon''.
!!This show contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Joel Higgins as Ricky's fun-loving dad.
* AttractiveBentGender: Ricky Schroeder in the early episode "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM1l6lnsuPw The Most Beautiful Girl in the World]]"
* BlackAndNerdy: Dexter Stuffins.
* BlackBestFriend: Alfonso.
* BreakoutCharacter: Jason Bateman's portrayal of Eddie Haskell-ish Derek led to his being cast in his own series, ''It's Your Move''.
* CelebrityLie: In his first episode, Alfonso claims to know Michael Jackson.
* CrazyPrepared: In a Halloween dream episode Ricky, Alfonso, and their nerdy pal Freddie got trapped in a haunted house. The room they were in had only one door and no doorknob. Freddie sighs, reaches in his backpack and pulls out a spare. He then opens the door and snarks, "And you guys always make fun of me for carrying around a spare doorknob!"
* CrossOver: Gary Coleman made a one-episode appearance as his ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' character, Arnold Jackson.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dexter Roosevelt Stuffins.
--> '''Ricky:''' Roosevelt?
--> '''Dexter:''' Leave it alone, Richard.
* GrumpyOldMan: John Houseman played Ricky's curmudgeonly grandfather, estranged from his son until Ricky, longing for a grandpa, reached out to him. He later transitioned into CoolOldGuy when he embraced his grandpahood, even giving the underaged Ricky an illicit driving lesson (which led to not one but two unfortunate cases of CarMeetsHouse).
* JerkAss: Ricky's friends Derek and JT. Also Bob Danish, a blowhard, would-be suitor to Kate.
* LosingHorns: Of the Subverted variety, when Ricky comes home (unnanounced) to his estranged father while the latter is in the middle of a Pac-Man game. As Ricky announces he's Edward's long-lost son, cue the SignatureSoundEffect of Pac-Man being eaten as Edward looks up in shock.
* ManChild: Ricky's father, Edward Stratton III, owns a toy company, plays {{Pinball}}s and videogames, and rides a Live Steam model railway around the house. He also neglects his business and thinks his son needs to loosen up.
* MoonwalkDance:
** When Alfonso gets caught in a CelebrityLie, claiming he knows Michael Jackson, he hires a Jackson impersonator to come to the local hangout and moonwalk dance with him. This actually succeeds, until the pressure of keeping the lie going gets to him and he 'fesses up. At the end of the episode Alfonso and Ricky put on a breakdance demonstration for their parent[al substitute]s, including moonwalking and posing on their toes.
** In the episode "Mr. Cool" Ricky shows off his "coolness" by wearing SunglassesAtNight and moonwalking.
* OddNameOut: In a MoodWhiplash moment during "Blazing Hotel Rooms," an episode of ''Family Feud'' can be heard starting up on TV right after Kate sees the newscast about the burning hotel.
--> '''Announcer:''' It's time for the ''Family Feud!'' Introducing the Smith family: John! Mary! Buffy! Skipper! And Chip! And the Gambucci family: Guido! Anna-Maria! Salvatore! Dominic!...And Chip!
* PersonalArcade: Edward has several pinball and arcade video machines amongst his collection of expensive toys. In the opening credits he starts up a game and dances along to the music it makes.
* PoliticianGuestStar: Then Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill guest stars in the season 4 episode, "Three Musketeers", which involves him delivering a mock press conference praising Freddie's efforts on behalf of the homeless.
* PrettyInMink: Kate wore a few furs, like a mink cape and silver fox coat.
* PunnyName: The Dexter Stuffins is rather stuffy.
* RobotBuddy: Foobie, who had the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots ridiculously human]] tendency to chase after Kate.
* SexySecretary: Kate.
* SkewedPriorities: In the episode "Three Musketeers", mentioned above in PoliticianGuestStar, Freddie's father, Troy Lippincottleman, is more proud of the fact that his son managed to get mentioned in the local news, rather than the fact that he's helping out the homeless.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Alfonso Ribeiro replacing Jason Bateman before the 1984-85 season.
** In season 1 Mr. Stratton has a different black friend/business associate.
* TheyDo: Kate and Edward eventually marry.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Edward is eccentric and childlike, whereas Ricky spent his formative years in military school.