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In 1983, Al Burton brought his Al Burton Productions to Universal Television where
he developed and was Executive Producer for the 6 1/2 years of Charles in Charge, the
nation's most successful first-run syndication comedy. Burton was honored in 1988 for the
show by the California Governor's Commitee for the Employment of the handicapped. Also, in
1990, Burton won the Youth in Film award for Charles in Charge (Best Off-Prime-Time Series). The
Entertainment Industries Council honored him with special commendations for the show in 1990.
Charles in Charge finished its' first season on CBS (1984-1985) ranked 35th out
of 97 network shows.
Here are some nominations the show/cast members received or won:
nominated in 1985 for Best New Comedy or Drama Television Series - Young Artist Award;
nominated in 1986 for Best Young Supporting Actor in a Television Series - Young Artist
Award were Michael Pearlman and Jonathan Ward and April Lerman was nominated for
Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series - Young Artist Award; in 1988,
Nicole Eggert won Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Television Comedy
Series - Young Artist Award; in 1989 Josie Davis won Best Young Actress in a Family Syndicated
Show - Young Artist Award; nominated in 1989 were the show for Best Syndicated Family Drama or Comedy Series - Young Artist Award
and Alexander Polinsky for Best Young Actor in a Family Syndicated Show - Young Artist Award
and Nicole Eggert for Best Young Actress in a Family Syndicated Show - Young Artist Award;
in 1990 the nominations were the show for Best Off-Primetime Family Series - Young Artist Award;
Alexander Polinsky for Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Family Series - Young Artist Award and
Josie Davis and Nicole Eggert for Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Family Series - Young Artist Award;
finally in 1991 Alexander Polinsky was nominated for Best Young Actor Starring in an
Off-Primetime Series - Young Artist Award and Josie Davis for Best Young Actress Starring
in an Off-Primetime Series - Young Artist Award.
Samantha Fox once guest starred on an episode of Charles in Charge in 1989, called "Paper
Covers Rock." She portrayed the character Samantha Steele, a rock star who gets Charles involved
in a publicity scandal. According to the Samantha Fox FAQ site, she was invited to appear on the
show by Scott Baio, who, of course, plays the lead role. Samantha said "He was directing one
particular episode and it turned out he was a big fan of mine. I flew to L.A. to do the filming in
front of an audience, but I was less than impressed with Scott. He was a bit of a brat, every time I
was about to do a take he'd whisper, "What's it like when you're taking your clothes off?'' I felt
like telling him to get lost. Another time he smooched up to me and said, "I've often wondered
what it would be like to kiss you." I leaned turned round and said, "You're going to have to
wonder aren't you?" I think Pam Anderson did well to give that one the elbow."
Pamela Anderson guest-starred in the 1990 episode "Teacher's Pest". Scott Baio and
Pamela Anderson dated and were engaged to be married at one time.
Charles in Charge references have been made in the movies "Kicking and
Screaming" (1995) and "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998).
Titles of Charles in Charge in other countries: Charles is Basinda (Turkey),
Baby Sitter (Italy), Charles s'en Charge (France, first aired there 1/27/92),
Charles v Otvete (Russia), Charles in Charge (Germany), Charles je Glavni (Slovenia),
Charles in Charge (The Netherlands), Charles in Charge (South Africa), Smoch al Charles (Israel).
There were 2 paperbacks made about the series. One was simply called Charles in Charge
and was produced in 1984, the second is called Charles in Charge, Again and was produced
in 1987. There is a picture of both paperbacks in the picture gallery. If you'd like
to purchase these and other items related to the show (mainly photos), go to the eBay
auction website: http://www.ebay.com and do a search
for Charles in Charge or Scott Baio.
Charles in Charge/Happy Days connection:
There are so many connections it is almost eerie. A few of the similarities:
1. Scott Baio is named Charles (Chachi is a nickname for him in Happy Days)in both shows.
2. Scott Baio's mother in both series is played by Ellen Travolta (John Travolta's sister).
3. His father had passed away in both shows.
4. Chachi's step-father Al owned a restaurant (in both Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi). Charles' mother owns a
restaurant with a 50's theme in Charles in Charge.
5. Joanie Cunningham (Chachi's girlfriend/later wife) is a teacher in Happy Days, Charles is a teacher in Charles in Charge.
6. Donny Most once appeared in a Charles in Charge episode called "It's a Blunderful Life" and
buys a lottery ticket and then says "happy days are here again" after we wins. Baio grins and says "Happy Days got canceled."
7. In a Charles in Charge episode, Chachi's cousin wants to be like Chachi on Happy Days
and Chachi tells him that Chachi was a dork.
An industrial band by the name of Electric Hellfire Club covered the Charles in Charge
theme song. This is off of a compilation called TV Terror: Felching A Dead Horse on
Reconstriction Records. The lyrics are changed though to make the song about Charles Manson. At the beginning and end are sound clips of
Charles Manson and the lyrics are changed such as "Charles In Charge of my guns and my knives" "Charles In Charge of who
lives and who dies".
Chrisitan Rock/Punk band Relient K did a cover of the Charles In Charge theme song on their 2000 debut self-titled album.