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Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge

Syndication 1984

Charles, a college student, moves in with the Powell family as the housekeeper, baby-sitter, and friend to the children. Along with his best friend, Buddy, Charles attempts to manage his life, especially college and girls, as well as tend to the family.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge - S3E20

#1 - Runaround Charles


Season 3 - Episode 20

Charles becomes frantic when he makes too many commitments for one evening. Having promised to speak to Sarah's class, chaperon Jamie's birthday party and go out with Julie Fletcher (Courteny Gebhart) , Charles seeks Buddy's help in order to successfully proceed with all three activities. Together, Buddy and Charles strategically schedule the events of the evening, arranging just enough time for everything. As the plan takes form, all seems under control, but shortly the chaos begins. Charles' speech is postponed; Jamie's party starts early, and Julie becomes impatient and curious about why she has to wait with Buddy. The hilarious antics that occur confuse everyone, but Charles finally solves the problems by sending Sarah's class, Jamie's party and Buddy to the pizza parlor, while he and Julie stay home.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S2E16

#2 - Mama Mia


Season 2 - Episode 16

Just when things are going real smoothly for Charles, his mother, Lillian comes to town for a brief - or maybe not so brief - visit. That's good, and it's not so good. Every son loves to see his mother, and Charles is no exception, except Charles' mom won't let him grow up. He's a dutiful son and appreciates her loving intervention, especially when she offers to baby-sit the Powell kids so he can go to a party. But the sparks fly when Charles gets home and Walter Powell is beside himself because he saw his three grandchildren coming out of a violence-ridden film he had strictly forbidden them to see. Charles knows it's his mom who's guilty, but since she was standing in for him, he takes the blame. Needless to say, there are some hard feelings between Charles and his mom, Lillian, Lillian and Walter, and Walter and Charles, but in the end everything gets worked out, and Charles, (or is it his mom,) is back in charge.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S2E24

#3 - Lillian Putts a Round


Season 2 - Episode 24

Charles' widowed mother Lillian comes into town for a five-day visit, complete with motherly advice and using her favorite nickname for her son, "doodlebug." Charles is afraid that his responsible position in the household will be undermined by his mother's attention to him, which he thinks is caused by her dependence on him. He encourages her to develop an outside interest. What he doesn't count on is what develops when she takes him up on it and ends up with an attractive man she met at the golf club. Charles can't stop sneezing (a childhood symptom of anxiety) and takes to bed, too sick to eat, while his mother goes out and has a wonderful time. Buddy keeps popping in and out performing new jobs he is forced to get to replace the allowance he lost when his grades dropped. He gets into more trouble than it is worth and he decides the bringing up his grades instead might be easier.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S2E25

#4 - Her Brother's Keeper


Season 2 - Episode 25

There are two very lovely ladies Charles and Buddy would like to date if they can find the time between studying for their physics final and taking care of the Powell household. When Stephanie (Cheryl Arutt) and Joyce (Michelle Johnson) come over for a "pre-date," Joyce suggests the boys get together with her brother Duane (David Knell) who loves to help people out with physics but who is a little backward in the social department. A trade is worked out: Duane will help them with physics if Charles and Buddy help Duane "loosen up." The fact that gorgeous Joyce will be eternally grateful if the boys can pull her brother out of his shel doesn't hurt their enthusiasm for the deal. The physics part proves to be easier than the social part, however, especially when Duane thinks honing in on the two couples is part of his education. Things start to look up when Duane calls from jail.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S3E17

#5 - Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow


Season 3 - Episode 17

When Charles and Buddy foil an attempted holdup at the pizza parlor, their names appear in the local newspaper. They can't resist capitalizing on their new found popularity with the girls at the sorority house. The holdup man is released on bail, and the boys change their tune, remembering that he threatened to get even with them. A strange man then calls to say he'll be coming to the house. Everyone joins in barricading the doors and windows. When the caller, who turns out to be a reporter, arrives to interview Charles and Buddy, he is pounced on. Charles and Buddy decline the interview and send the reporter away. It is only when Jamie sees the same criminal on the 6 o'clock news arrested for another robbery, then everyone breathes easier. They realize the only thing they had to fear was, of course, fear itself.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S3E19
#6 - Berkling Up Is Hard to Do
Season 3 - Episode 19

This is just not Charles' day. He's trying to prepare for the new school year, but Buddy needs his help in planning their end of summer party, Adam has the jitters about starting junior high, and, worst of all, both Jamie and her too-possessive boyfriend, Steven Berkle (Michael Rich) , ask his advice about romance. Charles tries to give good advice, but everyone misinterprets what he suggests. Soon he's taking the heat for all the misunderstandings, even breaking up a wrestling match between Steven and Brad (J.D. Roth), a football player Jamie begins to date. Finally, Charles has a heart-to heart with Jamie and enlists Sarah to help Adam, solving everything just as Buddy shows up with his party goers in tow.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S4E13
#7 - Poetic License
Season 4 - Episode 13

Charles uses one of Sarah's poems to impress a woman, who publishes it in a magazine under Charles' name.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 4 votes.

Charles in Charge - S4E15
#8 - Charles Splits (2)
Season 4 - Episode 15

Chaz gets married.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 4 votes.

Charles in Charge - S4E22
#9 - Triple Threat
Season 4 - Episode 22

Charles and Buddy go out with identical twins, but they think they are dating the same girl.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 5 votes.

Charles in Charge - S3E3
#10 - Dorm Warnings
Season 3 - Episode 3

When Charles is named Student of the Year, local newspaper reporter Pat Walker (Barbara Rhoades) arrives at the house to interview him. When various family members overhear part of their conversation, they mistakenly conclude that Charles wants to leave the family and live in the college dorm where he would have more fun. Walter, in his typically tactless fashion, tells Charles if he wants to move out, he won't be missed. Charles takes the hint and moves in with Buddy. The fun of constant parties, however, soon wears of f and when Charles learns the kids really didn't want him to leave, he decides to move back with the Powells.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Charles in Charge from 6 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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