Comedy Clicks – USA Edition – Charles In Charge

Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that the lead role was written for Michael J Fox who turned it down – Charles In Charge

About the Show

Summary of Plot

Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships, and duties to the family..iMDB

Number of Seasons / Episodes

5 seasons

Scott Baio – Charles
Willie Aames – Buddy Lembeck
Nicole Eggert – Jamie Powell
Josie Davis – Sarah Powell
Alexander Polinsky – Adam Powell


  • The role of Charles was written for Michael J. Fox, who declined.
  • Originally broadcast for a year on CBS (October 1984-July 1985), then went to first-run syndication starting in January 1987.
  • Scott Baio (Charles) and Willie Aames (Buddy Lembeck) are the only actors to appear in all 126 episodes of the series.
  • If you put the dropped hints and clues together, Charles and Buddy went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Sandra Kerns role only appeared in 38 episodes of the series in the four seasons between 1987 and 1990. Most of Kerns appearances were in season two and three. Kerns would only make four appearances in the series during its last two seasons.


Opening Themes

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