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(ended 1989)

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  • Season 1
    • Vicki's Homecoming
      9/7/85
      9.2
      Genius United Robotronics cybernetics engineer Ted Lawson, brings home for assembly and long-term field beta testing Vicki, or V.I.C.I. (Voice Input Child Identicant): a secretly constructed robotic domestic aide in the form of a 10-year-old girl, to whom housewife Joan takes a shine while 10-year-old son Jamie instantly takes advantage of Vicki as a maid to clean his room and do his homework.moreless
    • The Neighbors
      The Neighbors
      Episode 2
      9/14/85
      9.1
      The Brindles, the Lawson's nosy neighbors, come across Vicki and tries to find out their secret.
    • The Sitter
      The Sitter
      Episode 3
      9/21/85
      8.9
      Smug Jamie thinks his folks trust him home "alone" for the first time while they attend a company function, only he doesn't realize Vicki's been programmed as his babysitter.
    • The Suitor
      The Suitor
      Episode 4
      9/28/85
      8.2
      Warren, the school nerd, drops by and falls in love with the only girl who hasn't smirked at him: Vicki.
    • Sibling Rivalry
      Sibling Rivalry
      Episode 5
      10/5/85
      8.7
      Because Vicki is getting more attention, Jamie decides to run away to see what his parents might think.
    • Spielberg Jr.
      Spielberg Jr.
      Episode 6
      10/12/85
      8.1
      Jamie and his friend Reggie Williams are involved in putting together a sci-fi movie project for school, but the power of directorial duties goes to Jamie's head.
    • The Lie
      The Lie
      Episode 7
      10/19/85
      8.2
      Jamie realizes the value of constant truthfulness when he can't convince his parents that he's not responsible for breaking (and secretly gluing together) a teapot caused by Harriet's smart-aleck cousin.
    • The Bully
      The Bully
      Episode 8
      10/26/85
      9.2
      A bully extorts money from Jamie's neighborhood club, which quickly reconsiders its boys-only policy via Vicki's strong-arm "assistance."
    • Slightly Dishonorable
      11/2/85
      8.2
      Jamie uses Vicki's new speed-scan reading ability to complete 55 chapters of his homework overnight, which earns him the school honor roll -- along with snowballing guilt.
    • The Adoption
      The Adoption
      Episode 10
      11/9/85
      9.0
      Tipped off on the sly by busybody Bonnie Brindle, Child Services threatens to take Vicki away unless the Lawsons can produce her past -- and she passes a medical exam.
    • Child Genius
      Child Genius
      Episode 11
      11/16/85
      8.1
      To circumvent Child Services' orders to send Vicki to school and risk exposure, the Lawsons hire a pompous tutor who mistakes her computer abilities for genius. To remedy the situation, Joan crams to follow-through her marriage-postponed teaching degree to act as Vicki's "tutor," while Ted takes over the kitchen and creates a mess.moreless
    • Ted's New Boss
      Ted's New Boss
      Episode 12
      11/23/85
      8.2
      A house fire moves Ted's new boss, Brandon Brindle, into the Lawsons' house, scheming for insurance fraud.
    • Brainwashed
      Brainwashed
      Episode 13
      11/30/85
      8.7
      When overexposure to Harriet infects heuristically mimicking Vicki with Harriet's personality traits and shrieking tantrums, Ted must purge the brat out of her at his factory -- but not before Harriet and Bonnie Brindle wonder where Vicki suddenly vanished to and summon the police.
    • The Burrito Story
      The Burrito Story
      Episode 14
      1/4/86
      8.4
      After Vicki bakes a pile of bang-up burritos for dinner, Jamie decides to have her mass-produce them as a business- on credit.
    • The Camping Trip
      The Camping Trip
      Episode 15
      1/11/86
      8.4
      The Lawsons and Reggie and Harriet take a wilderness camping trip, and get lost.
    • Love Story
      Love Story
      Episode 16
      1/18/86
      8.1
      To charm prissy and picky Jessica, Jamie throws an expensive party for her, ignoring a surprising school tomboy.
    • Substitute Father
      Substitute Father
      Episode 17
      1/25/86
      7.7
      When golf-crazed Ted neglects taking Jamie to a Father-and-Son picnic for a golf tournament, Brandon steps in and incites a "father war" while Joan uses Vicki to voice her disapproval to Ted.
    • The Robot Nappers
      The Robot Nappers
      Episode 18
      2/8/86
      8.9
      When keen-eyed recruitment officers from a rival robotics firm drop by to interview Ted, they suspect Vicki is a robot and plan to "robotnap" her.
    • The Company Takeover
      2/15/86
      7.9
      United Robotronics cutbacks have the Lawsons scrambling for odd jobs.
    • Good Ol' Lou
      Good Ol' Lou
      Episode 20
      2/22/86
      5.8
      The death of an obese colleague pushes a shaken Ted to throw the family into a rigorous diet and fitness regimen that nearly kills them.
    • Like Father, Like Son
      3/1/86
      7.8
      Ted is proud that Jamie's made the Pee Wee Football league, unknowing that Jamie only does it to please his dad.
    • Vaudeville Vicki
      Vaudeville Vicki
      Episode 22
      5/3/86
      8.4
      When a vaudeville actor thinks Vicki is his long-lost daughter, he drafts her into a show and threatens her adoption.
    • The Real Facts of Life
      5/10/86
      8.2
      When timid Ted uses the "stork theory" in answering Jamie's questions about sex, Jamie believes Dad's in serious need of sex education and tries to help him out.
    • The Grandparents
      The Grandparents
      Episode 24
      5/17/86
      8.7
      Ted has the unenviable task of explaining to his unwary Vicki-doting father, who bitterly lost his job to automation, that his new lovely adopted granddaughter is really a robot.
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