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Who's The Boss
Format Sitcom
Created by Martin Cohan
Blake Hunter
Starring Tony Danza
Judith Light
Alyssa Milano
Danny Pintauro
Katherine Helmond
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 196
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production
company(s)
Hunter-Cohan Productions
Embassy Television (1984-1988)
Columbia Pictures Television (1988-1992)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 20, 1984April 25, 1992
Chronology
Related shows The Upper Hand
Living Dolls
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Who's the Boss? was an American television sitcom starring Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond. It was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1984 to 1992. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Tony Danza (born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza[1] April 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American actor best known for starring in two popular TV series, Taxi and Whos the Boss?, as well as appearing in the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Crash. ... Judith Light (born Judith Ellen Licht on February 9, 1949) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. ... Daniel John Pintauro (born January 6, 1976 in Milltown, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1928, Galveston, Texas) is an American film, theater and television actress. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Pioneered by Desi Arnaz with three cameras, commonly now four, the multicamera setup is used to shoot most studio-produced television programs such as situation comedies, soap operas, news programs, game shows, and talk shows. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Columbia Pictures Television logo, used from 1992-2001. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Upper Hand was a sitcom, produced by Central Television and broadcast by ITV from 1990 to 1996. ... Living Dolls was a short-lived situation comedy featured on the fall 1989 schedule of American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Tony Danza (born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza[1] April 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American actor best known for starring in two popular TV series, Taxi and Whos the Boss?, as well as appearing in the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Crash. ... Judith Light (born Judith Ellen Licht on February 9, 1949) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. ... Daniel John Pintauro (born January 6, 1976 in Milltown, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1928, Galveston, Texas) is an American film, theater and television actress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ...

Contents

Premise

Widower Anthony Morton "Tony" Micelli (Danza) is a former second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals who was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury and the up and coming career of Tommy Herr. He wanted to move out of Brooklyn to find a better environment for his daughter, Samantha (Alyssa Milano). He ended up taking a job in upscale Fairfield, Connecticut as a live-in housekeeper for divorced advertising executive Angela Bower (Judith Light). The Micellis moved into the Bower residence. Also starring were Danny Pintauro as Angela's son Jonathan and Katherine Helmond as Mona Robinson, her feisty, man-hungry mother. Tony Danza (born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza[1] April 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American actor best known for starring in two popular TV series, Taxi and Whos the Boss?, as well as appearing in the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Crash. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... current manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers Thomas Mitchell Herr (born 1956 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1979 to 1991 for the St. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... A housekeeper is a person responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of (usually residential premises. ... // Advert redirects here. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Corporate title. ... Judith Light (born Judith Ellen Licht on February 9, 1949) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Daniel John Pintauro (born January 6, 1976 in Milltown, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Katherine Marie Helmond (July 5, 1928, Galveston, Texas) is an American film, theater and television actress. ...


The title of the show referred to the clear role reversal of the two lead actors, where a woman was the breadwinner, while a man stayed at home and took care of the house, thus the question of who the "boss" really was. It challenged media stereotypes of Italian-Americans as wholly ignorant of life outside of urban working-class neighborhoods. An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent. ...


The contrast between easy-going, spontaneous Tony and driven, self-controlled Angela resulted in their mutual attraction. While there was playful banter and many hints of attraction for much of the run, Tony and Angela did not at first consummate the relationship, and dated others. Angela had a steady man in Geoffrey Wells (Robin Thomas), while Tony had many girlfriends who came and went, including Kathleen Sawyer (Kate Vernon) in seasons six and seven. Finally at the start of the eighth season, Tony and Angela admitted their love for each other, and had a whirlwind romance until the end of the series which did not close with the widely expected marriage but on a more ambiguous note. This was due primarily to concerns by the network that a marriage, representing a definitive ending, could hurt syndication. Tony Danza, too, vehemently opposed the marriage, saying it would contradict the purpose of the show. Robin Thomas (born February 12, 1953) is an American film and television actor. ... Kate Vernon as the scheming Ellen Tigh on Battlestar Galactica Kate Vernon (born c. ...


In addition, Tony provided a much-needed male role model for geeky Jonathan, while Angela (and even Mona) gave Samantha the woman's guidance she had been missing.


Keeping ties with Tony's and Samantha's Brooklyn roots, motherly former neighbor Mrs. Rossini (Rhoda Gemignani) turned up a few times each season, whether visited by the cast in New York or by way of her coming to Connecticut. One of her very important appearances was in the Christmas episode of season two, in which Tony's childhood apartment was up for rent, causing Tony, Mrs. Rossini, and some other relatives to retrieve furniture and Micelli family possessions. Tony's final time in the apartment brought back serious memories of his late father, and how they were angry at each other when he died. Tony confided in Angela about his regret over not making up with him, but it was Mrs. Rossini who livened spirits for the Christmas season. Danza said later that this episode was based on a real-life experience with his own father, who had died on bad terms with him while Danza was starring in Taxi. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Taxi was an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC, and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers working for the Sunshine Cab Company, as well as their abusive dispatcher. ...


Amid the surroundings of prosperity between Angela and Mona (who eventually opened up their own ad firm together in the third season), Tony decided to go back to school, enrolling in the same college that daughter Samantha would later attend in 1990. Samantha's best friend Bonnie (Shana Lane-Block) was a recurring character during these seasons, while steady romance came into her life in the form of boyfriend Jesse Nash (Scott Bloom) during her senior year of high school and into college. Scott Bloom (born July 28, 1973), is an American actor and producer. ...

Cast of Who's the Boss?
Cast of Who's the Boss?

By the fall of 1990, with Samantha in the beginning of college and Jonathan in high school, Who's the Boss?, like other series getting on in years, fell victim to the infusion of a new "cute child" to the cast. For the seventh season, producers added 5-year-old Billy (Jonathan Halyalkar), a kid from the Micellis' old Brooklyn neighborhood, who seemed to move into the household but actually frequently visited. Billy was a comic foil to Tony, but also attempted to get into the mix in other character's storylines. He only lasted that season however. In the E! True Hollywood Story about the series, Katherine Helmond remarked that Halyalkar was a gifted performer but had difficulty catching up to the pace of the acting and writing that had been set by the cast and crew for several seasons. E! True Hollywood Story is a TV documentary series on the E! Entertainment Television cable and DBS channel that deals with famous Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows and well-known public figures. ...


In the fall of 1991, after more or less seven years on its established Tuesday night slot, Who's the Boss? was moved to Saturday nights, along with fellow long-running sitcom Growing Pains. Originally suspected by the insiders that the move was due to the show's waning popularity on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (respectively), ABC attempted to diffuse this fact by adding another long-running show with somewhat higher ratings, Perfect Strangers, to the Saturday lineup in February 1992. All three shows, along with the new cartoon Capitol Critters, launched the new I Love Saturday Night lineup - an equivalent to the hit Friday TGIF lineup. While Perfect Strangers saw a record ratings drop due to the move, Who's the Boss? (as well as Growing Pains) had been falling lower than ever all season, which led to the ultimate decision to end the series - while "some people were still watching". The hour-long series finale aired Saturday April 25, 1992, along with the finales for Growing Pains and MacGyver, which only aired on that night for its final show, even though it still aired on Mondays for its last season. For other uses, see Growing Pains (disambiguation). ... The title Perfect Strangers has been used by many artists over the years. ... Cousins Max and Berkeley Jammett and his mother Trixie Capitol Critters is an animated television series about the lives of mice, rats, and roaches who reside in the basement and walls of the White House in Washington, D.C.. The series was produced by Steven Bochco and Hanna-Barbera Productions... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... MacGyver is an American adventure television series, produced in the United States and Canada, about the laid-back, extremely resourceful secret agent MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson. ...


Theme Song and Opening Sequence

The show's theme song, "Brand New Life", was written by series creators and executive producers Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, with music composed by Larry Carlton and Robert Kraft. There were three versions used throughout the series' run. The first version, used in the first two seasons, was performed by Tony Danza himself. The second version, which was used from 1986-1990, was performed by country music singer Steve Wariner. The third version was used for the final two seasons. Steve Wariner Steve Wariner (born December 25, 1954 in Noblesville, Indiana) is a American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ...


Four full versions of this song, as well as two short versions were used during the course of the series. The original version featured the opening verse, "There's more to life than what you're livin'", which was changed to "There's a time for love and a time for livin'" in the show's third season. The season three version also had the opening instrumental elongated and a slightly mellower music. A modified version was used during the show's seventh season and modified again for season eight. Various instrumental versions of this theme were used as a closing theme during the series.


The pilot episode's opening sequence featured the van (which supposedly belongs to Tony) driving from New York to the Bowers' house in Connecticut, with the cast and executive producer's names credited over it (the footage of the van driving to Connecticut was truncated to the very beginning of the opening for the beginning with episode two, limited to the first five seconds for the first two seasons and extended to the first twelve seconds afterwards with the remainder replaced with episode clips). During the first season, Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro were credited together (they were credited separately from season two onward).


The original airing of the pilot episode featured a slightly different intro, compared to what was used in later airings.[1]


Versions in other countries

Several versions of Who's the Boss? have been produced for foreign television markets. In 1990, The Upper Hand, aired nationally in the United Kingdom while the original version was screened regionally. A Spanish language version, produced in Mexico by TV Azteca and Sony Pictues Television International, debuted in 1998 under the title Una familia con Ángel starring Laura Luz and Daniel Martínez; it was broadcast in the U.S. on the Telemundo network. The Upper Hand was a sitcom, produced by Central Television and broadcast by ITV from 1990 to 1996. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... TV Azteca is the second largest Mexican television network. ... Una Familia con Ángel was a very famous TV show that ran for 1 year (1998-1999) on Mexican an American TV, by TV Azteca and Telemundo networks. ... Laura Luz (born Laura María de la Luz Fernández Jiménez) (May 10, 1967) is a Mexican stage and television actress, born in Mexico City. ... Telemundo is an American television network based in Hialeah, Florida. ...


Though the show had been broadcast in Germany in a dubbed version as 'Wer ist hier der Boss? since 1992 on RTL Television, a year later the channel produced 15 early episodes with a German cast. The Show was called Ein Job fürs Leben (A Life's Job). Tony was named Vito, an Italian guest-worker from Berlin-Neukölln and former striker of soccer club Hertha BSC Berlin. Angela Bower was named Barbara Hoffmann, their home was located in Hamburg's upscale suburb Othmarschen. Despite theses little changes, the original scripts were used for shooting. RTL (formerly RTL plus) is a German commercial television station distributed via cable and satellite along with DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial, in larger population centers). ... Hertha BSC Berlin is a German football club based in Berlin. ... For other uses, see Hamburg (disambiguation). ...


In 2005, the Argentine network Telefé also made its own local version, called ¿Quién es el jefe? (a direct translation of the original American title) starring Nicolás Vázques, Gianella Neyra and Carmen Barbieri. In 2006, Colombian network Caracol TV did the same, producing ¿Quién manda a quién? (which was the title of the original show when dubbed in Spanish). Televisión Federal S.A., better known as Telefé, is an Argentinan television network. ... Gianella Neyra Magana (born August 3, 1977, Lima, Peru), is an actress and model who is better known plainly as Gianella Neyra. ... Caracol TV logo Caracol Televisión is one of the most viewed national television networks in Colombia. ...


A Polish version I kto tu rządzi? debuted in 2007, starring Małgorzata Foremniak and Bogusław Linda. A Russian version - Kto v dome hoziain? (Who's the Boss in this House?) started on CTC - Moskva in 2005, starring Andrej Noskov, Anna Nevskaja and Darija Bondarenko.[citation needed]


Spin-offs

Who's the Boss? spawned two short lived spin-offs. One was a show called Charmed Lives, about two women up for a job. Starring Fran Drescher and Donna Dixon, it only lasted three episodes and was immediately taken off the air. The second spin-off was Living Dolls. Premiering and ending in 1989, the show starred Leah Remini, Michael Learned, and Vivica Fox. The show featured Remini, who had appeared in two Who's the Boss? episodes as a friend of Samantha's, as a homeless model taken under the wing of an agent played by Learned. In those same Who's the Boss? episodes, Jonathan Ward played Learned's son Rick; in the Living Dolls series, David Moscow took over the role. The show lasted less than one season. Francine Joy Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American film and television actress. ... Donna Dixon was an actress on the 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies. ... Living Dolls was a short-lived situation comedy featured on the fall 1989 schedule of American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ... Leah Remini (born June 15, 1970 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York) is an Italian-American actress. ... Michael Learned (born on April 9, 1938 in Washington, D.C., but lived on a farm with her 5 sisters for the first 10 years of her life) is an American actress, best known for her role as Olivia Walton on The Waltons, which she played from 1972 to 1979. ... Vivica Anjanetta Fox (born July 30, 1964) is an American movie and television actress. ... A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... A casting agent is a person who finds jobs for actors, models, and other people in various entertainment businesses. ... Jonathan Ward is an American actor born on 24th February 1970 in Elkridge, Maryland, USA.[1] He has starred mostly in television programs and telefilms, but has also appeared in a small number of movies. ... David Raphael Moscow (born 14 November 1974) is an American actor. ...


Syndication

Who's the Boss? aired on TBS Superstation in the 1990s after it was canceled, and was also added to the ABC Family Channel line-up in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Nick at Nite broadcast the show between 2004 and 2006. In 2005, TV Land broadcast the show part of Nick at Nite's 20th Anniversary Celebration. The series is currently on ION Television as of Monday, July 9, 2007, airing Mon-Thurs at 9:00 & 9:30 p.m. ET [2]. TBS Superstation is a popular American cable TV network that shows sports and variety programming. ... ABC Family is a cable television network currently owned by Disney/ABC. The network was founded by Pat Robertson in April 1977 as CBN Cable, an arm of his Christian Broadcasting Network. ... Nick-at-Nite (sometimes spelled Nick @ Nite, by its current logo) is the evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon Sunday–Thursdays from 9 PM–6 AM and Friday–Saturdays from 10 PM–6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ... TV Land (originally Nick at Nites TV Land) is an American cable television network launched April 29, 1996. ... ION Television is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name PAX TV (early on in its development, it was called PaxNet). ...


There were three episodes of Who's the Boss? that did not air during the show's original run. The first one was "Charmed Lives" in season 2, which was the pilot for the short-lived series Charmed Lives. The second was season 3's "Mona," which was a pilot for a spin-off about Mona that never happened. The third one was "Life's a Ditch" in season 6, originally a Living Dolls episode. Comcast has partnered with Sony to bring shows like "Who's The Boss?" from the 50's to the 90's through their On Demand service called Tube Time. For the pop music band, see The The. ... Living Dolls was a short-lived situation comedy featured on the fall 1989 schedule of American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ...


DVD releases

On June 8, 2004, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of Who's the Boss? on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. Due to low sales for the first season, it is highly unlikely that more season DVD sets will be released unless Sony sells the rights to another company.[1] Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the home video, DVD, and UMD distribution arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. ...

Cover Art DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 22 June 8, 2004

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Episodes

Main article: List of Who's the Boss episodes

Trivia

  • In early development, the series was titled You're the Boss, in reference to Angela's character employing Tony, and the highly unusual (at the time) gender role reversal. Eventually, before the fall 1984 premiere, the producers changed it to Who's the Boss?, an open ended title which hinted that any one of the leads (including Mona) could get their own way - or be the "boss".
  • The series' pilot was shot in November 1983, a full 10 months before the show actually took to the air. ABC originally was planning to put it on mid-season in January 1984, but due to creative differences between producers and the network, the show was delayed until the next season.
  • While the show was shelved for an extended amount of time in early 1984, Danza was arrested for fighting in a New York bar, after a fellow patron made a rude remark about a lady friend of his. A few months later, Who's the Boss? resumed taping. During his court date that July, Danza faced a choice of jail time or community service, as a result of battery and other charges. Danza opted for community service, which he was in the middle of serving when the series finally premiered in September 1984.
  • Rotund comic James Coco was a frequent guest beginning in season two, as Tony's father in-law visiting from New York. People have credited his appearances on Who's the Boss? as a prime example of his comedic abilities on TV, despite the fact that he wasn't a regular and had never starred in a successful TV series of his own. When Coco died in February 1987, prior to the conclusion of season three, his character was written out as having died as well (with a funeral episode and tribute).
  • Later in the show's run, it was reported that Danza was exhibiting erratic behavior on the set. These stories ranged from Tony getting after the directors to arguments with the writers, forcing minor script revisions. While it was uncovered that only the writing became an issue for Danza, his frustrations to have the show be a "well-oiled machine" boiled over at the start of the 1989-90 season, where he staged a single-man walkout for two weeks until he calmed down. The remainder of the cast filmed scenes without Danza in the meantime. Upon his return, Danza offered an apology to everyone on the set, and resumed work. However, the crew then monitored Danza's mood, and a few weeks later made light of the whole incident by issuing shirts on set that said "I Survived Week Six". (according to the E! True Hollywood Story)
  • Frank Sinatra made a guest appearance in a 1989 episode.
  • The show debuted on the same day as NBC's "The Cosby Show" in 1984.
  • Family Guy episode "Love Thy Trophy" mentions the show when Peter wins the parade theme contest. He choses "That episode of Who's the Boss? where Tony sees Angela naked in the shower."
  • Matt Morgan (wrestler), when he was 9 years old made an appearance on this shoe, in a very small roll.

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Nielsen Ratings

  • 1985-1986: #10
  • 1986-1987: #10
  • 1987-1988: #6
  • 1988-1989: #7
  • 1989-1990: #12
  • 1990-1991: #19

References

  1. ^ Lambert, David (2006-06-17). Boy Meets World - Trade Mag Explains Why No More Seasons for Boy Meets World, Who's The Boss, Night Court, Airwolf & More!. TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-21.

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External links

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