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(ended 1989)

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Episode Guide

    • The Fats of Life
      The Fats of Life
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      11/21/87
      9.4
      Vicki literally balloons after Ted unwittingly upgrades her energy-supplementing polynucleotide processor with an appetite, which creates excess digestive gases and causes her a date problem for the school dance.
    • Everyone Into the Pool
      Everyone Into the Pool
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/19/87
      9.4
      While saving Harriet in the Lawsons' new pool, Vicki "drowns" and lands in the hospital under X-rays with a bewildered doctor.
    • The Lawsonville Horror
      The Lawsonville Horror
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      10/31/87
      9.4
      When unseen Vicki is struck by lightning and begins influencing objects around the house, the shook-up and unwary Lawsons call in a pair of hapless ghostbusters.
    • Double Dates
      Double Dates
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      9/24/88
      9.3
      Jamie winds up handling two dates on the same night, blind to the fact that one of them is Harriet in disguise.
    • Vicki's Homecoming
      Vicki's Homecoming
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      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 Promotion
      The Promotion
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      10/24/87
      9.2
      To win a promotion over Brandon's boss fawning, Ted decides to reveal Vicki's robot secret to his boss at a company picnic -- unaware that Brandon is out to sabatoge Ted's effort.
    • The Bully
      The Bully
      Season 1 - 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."
    • Minnesota Vicki
      Minnesota Vicki
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      2/18/89
      9.1
      To land a new promotion with the boss, Ted invites him over for dinner and a playful game of pool -- until Jennings starts betting the shirt off his back and a lot more playing against Vicki.
    • Woodward and Bernstein
      Woodward and Bernstein
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/12/87
      9.1
      While Jamie and Reggie search for a story for the school paper, Vicki discovers that a new girl in class is a missing child.
    • The Bad Seed
      The Bad Seed
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/7/87
      9.1
      Ted brings home Vanessa, an upgraded twin of Vicki whose revolutionary but quirky quasi-human artificial intelligence runs amok.
    • Love at First Byte
      Love at First Byte
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      10/29/88
      9.1
      Ted brings home a voice activated computer. Vicki finds herself falling for the computer, but trouble begins when the computer becomes obsessed with Vicki.
    • The Neighbors
      The Neighbors
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      9/14/85
      9.1
      The Brindles, the Lawson's nosy neighbors, come across Vicki and tries to find out their secret.
    • Rashomon
      Rashomon
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/15/88
      9.0
      While on a company vacation at a health resort, Jamie, Vicki, Brandon and Harriet see a burglar hitting their residence -- each with a different eyewitness account.
    • The Adoption
      The Adoption
      Season 1 - 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.
    • More About L.E.S.
      More About L.E.S.
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      2/4/89
      9.0
      L.E.S. is back, and despite Ted's assurances that the rogue A.I. program has been rendered harmless, it comes back in a big way by possessing Vicki's body (chassis?) as its own.
    • The Sitter
      The Sitter
      Season 1 - 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 Robot Nappers
      The Robot Nappers
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Double Wedding
      Double Wedding
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      5/23/87
      8.8
      Ted and Joan decide to have the ceremonial wedding they never had -- until the Brindles butt in.
    • Top Secret
      Top Secret
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      1/17/87
      8.8
      To make his dad's "button-pusher" job seem important to his friends, Jamie hints that Ted is head of a top-secret project -- which even Ted's jealous boss, Brandon, believes.
    • You Gotta Have Heart
      You Gotta Have Heart
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      11/15/86
      8.8
      Jamie tries to show Vicki the meaning of compassion by sharing, which she does -- including the dress off her back, while the Brindles move in with their marital dispute.
    • When You Hear the Beep
      When You Hear the Beep
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      5/21/88
      8.8
      While running an unauthorized answering service for grounded kids which nearly wrecks Ted's respect with his boss, Jamie and Vicki play Cupids to help Reggie nerve up to meeting the girl of his dreams.
    • The Grandparents
      The Grandparents
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Brainwashed
      Brainwashed
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Bride and Groom
      Bride and Groom
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/3/87
      8.7
      Jamie is picked up by the possessive daughter of Ted's boss who starts pulling his strings the wrong way.
    • Look into My Eyes
      Look into My Eyes
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      2/21/87
      8.7
      After Vicki watches a TV hypnotist turn volunteers into clowns and animals, she starts practicing her new mesmerizing "skill" on the Lawsons with hysterical results.
    • Sibling Rivalry
      Sibling Rivalry
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Whodunit?
      Whodunit?
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      9/26/87
      8.6
      Jamie takes the fall in exchange for Jessica's affections after he catches her stealing copies of the seventh grade's test.
    • The Russians are Coming
      The Russians are Coming
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      2/13/88
      8.6
      In an international junior high quiz, Vicki's school pits its top pupil -- her -- against an equally quick and infallible Russian whiz kid who has a secret of his own.
    • Read My Lips
      Read My Lips
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/17/87
      8.6
      When Jamie befriends a deaf boy to score scout points, he learns a lesson in sensitivity and exploitation.
    • Hooray for Hollyweird!
      Hooray for Hollyweird!
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      2/11/89
      8.5
      Ted brings back "Bad Seed" Vanessa, who again takes Vicki's place, locks Vicki in her/its cabinet and joins the family to Hollywood, where Ted must repair a movie's robot while Vanessa mugs into a screen test on the sly.
    • The Cat's Meow
      The Cat's Meow
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      5/9/87
      8.5
      To train Vicki to be more affectionate, Ted buys her a toy cat that only makes her mimic Jamie's past jealousy and run away.
    • Vicki Goodwrench
      Vicki Goodwrench
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      5/16/87
      8.5
      During Jamie's part-time gas station job, Vicki fine-tunes a car to go 50 miles a gallon, causing oil companies and oil sheiks alike to drop by the Lawsons' door.
    • The Rock Band
      The Rock Band
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      4/30/88
      8.5
      Jamie, Reggie, Harriet and Vicki try to start a rock group to play to Ida Mae's visiting agent friend.
    • Safety First
      Safety First
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      5/14/88
      8.5
      Vicky imitates Ted's demostration on saving a choking victim's life on Brendle. Brendle arrives the next day faking a broken neck and threatens to sue the Lawson's.
    • TV or Not TV
      TV or Not TV
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/14/87
      8.5
      Vicki is discovered by a marketing firm to play in a cereal commercial, but the Lawsons have second thoughts when her taste test reveals that the product isn't all it's crackled up to be.
    • Ronald McDonald House
      Ronald McDonald House
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      2/6/88
      8.5
      To help a withdrawn and bitter classmate cope with leukemia, Jamie and Joan help set up a play on fighting disease.
    • Here Comes the Judge
      Here Comes the Judge
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/4/86
      8.5
      Playing a judge in a class simulation of a courtroom, Jamie dispenses uneven justice and gets impeached, while parking-ticket-skipping role model Ted tries to get himself arrested.
    • Neighborhood Watch
      Neighborhood Watch
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      12/6/86
      8.5
      After being burglarized (while Vicki's home and they're at a restaurant), the Lawsons join the neighborhood watch.
    • Who's the Boss?
      Who's the Boss?
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/1/86
      8.5
      When he's punished for thoughtlessly dropping the family's reservations to Mexico, Jamie dreams that the others are robots under his control.
    • Money, Money, Money
      Money, Money, Money
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      9/20/86
      8.5
      Still out to flatter the redoubtable Jessica, Jamie takes her out to an expensive restaurant while tightwad Ted puts Vicki in charge of household expenses.
    • The Burrito Story
      The Burrito Story
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Victor/Vicki-toria
      Victor/Vicki-toria
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      2/14/87
      8.4
      To help his Little League team's rock-bottom status, Jamie disguises Vicki as a boy to use her robotic abilities to bat for the pennant.
    • Matchmaker, Matchmaker
      Matchmaker, Matchmaker
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      1/31/87
      8.4
      To pay for a new bike he bought from the neighborhood bully, Jamie uses Vicki to run a school computerized match-making business.
    • The Shoplifter
      The Shoplifter
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      11/22/86
      8.4
      While in a store with Jamie looking for a present for her mock birthday party to convince Child Services that they treat her well, Vicki picks up an expensive watch and is picked up for shoplifting.
    • My Mother the Teacher
      My Mother the Teacher
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      9/27/86
      8.4
      Jamie tries to recover his respect in class when his mother comes in as substitute teacher by trying to humiliate her out of her job.
    • Chewed Out
      Chewed Out
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/13/86
      8.4
      Jamie learns a sobering lesson in using smoking and chewing tobacco to elevate his freshman status in junior high.
    • The Bank Job
      The Bank Job
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      11/28/87
      8.4
      Vicki, Jamie and Harriet are held hostage in an inept bank robbery.
    • The Personality Kid
      The Personality Kid
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      1/24/87
      8.4
      Nagged by classmates that Vicki has a wooden personality, Jamie overdoes it in secretly programming her a livelier one.
    • For Sale by Robot
      For Sale by Robot
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/30/88
      8.4
      Ted begins remodeling the house, and Joan's new real estate side job gets upstaged when Vicki sells the Lawson homestead to an unscrupulous cowpoke couple.
    • Crazy Like a Fox
      Crazy Like a Fox
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/18/86
      8.4
      When Jamie is taken by a slick curbside vendor with a bad mini-TV, Ted goes after him for reparations -- and gets conned himself.
    • Home Sweet Homeless
      Home Sweet Homeless
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/11/86
      8.4
      Joan's civic project with the homeless prompts Jamie to bring home a bum, who virtually takes over the Lawson household.
    • Thanksgiving Story
      Thanksgiving Story
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      11/29/86
      8.4
      To get on a community-sponsored Thanksgiving ski trip for disadvantaged kids, Jamie convinces the sponsors that his parents are separated.
    • It's Okay to Say No
      It's Okay to Say No
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/10/87
      8.4
      When a schoolyard pusher tries to hook Vicki on drugs, the Lawsons help the police on a undercover sting.
    • Little Miss Shopping Mall
      Little Miss Shopping Mall
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      2/7/87
      8.4
      The Lawsons take up the Brindles' snobby challenge and enter Vicki in a mall pageant against Harriet.
    • Vaudeville Vicki
      Vaudeville Vicki
      Season 1 - 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 Camping Trip
      The Camping Trip
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/11/86
      8.4
      The Lawsons and Reggie and Harriet take a wilderness camping trip, and get lost.
    • P-P-P Paula
      P-P-P Paula
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/8/86
      8.3
      To help Jamie's shy and withdrawn classmate who stutters, Ted programs Vicki to be her speech therapist.
    • Vicki Doolittle
      Vicki Doolittle
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      2/25/89
      8.3
      A new language translation device (Random Access Multiple Concurrent Linquistic Analytical Sequencer) installed in Vicki enables her to understand any language...even animals, like the bosses' dog. Mrs. Jennings forces Mr. Jennings to fire Ted when Joan balks at doing uncredited work for an affair.
    • Book-It
      Book-It
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      5/7/88
      8.3
      Prompted by Ted and his class to get his school reading assignment going, Jamie videos a book report based on a 1940s P.I. named Rick Savage.
    • Movin' Up
      Movin' Up
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      1/10/87
      8.2
      While Vicki learns to spend a day without duties or instructions, Ted's new prestigious job offer in Massachusetts tests the family's taste to social climb vs. its price of morality.
    • The Lie
      The Lie
      Season 1 - 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 Suitor
      The Suitor
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Ted's New Boss
      Ted's New Boss
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The Real Facts of Life
      The Real Facts of Life
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      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.
    • Slightly Dishonorable
      Slightly Dishonorable
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      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.
    • Divided We Stand
      Divided We Stand
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/17/88
      8.2
      Ted, Jamie and Reggie go macho on an all-male fishing trip-- tailed by a slighted and competitive bevy: Joan, Vicki and Harriet.
    • Spielberg Jr.
      Spielberg Jr.
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Child Genius
      Child Genius
      Season 1 - 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
    • Love Story
      Love Story
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Thy Neighbor's Wife
      Thy Neighbor's Wife
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      5/20/89
      8.0
      To help Brandon get promoted to a job in Japan, Joan pretends that she's his estranged wife and that Vicki and Jamie are their kids.
    • Bye Bye Brindles
      Bye Bye Brindles
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      1/23/88
      8.0
      Tired of the loud and impudent Brindles as neighbors, the Lawsons concoct a fake earthquake to scare them into moving.
    • The Gang's All Here
      The Gang's All Here
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      10/1/88
      8.0
      Jamie stumbles into the membership of a junior high gang whose vandalism tests his sense of belonging with right and wrong -- and inducts Vicki as its moll.
    • Radio Days
      Radio Days
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      1/21/89
      8.0
      Ted prepares for a robotics interview on a local radio talk show while Jamie looks for an idea for a class play.
    • Oooga Mooga
      Oooga Mooga
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      12/5/87
      8.0
      A Christmas show wherein Joan borrows a life-sized animated "doll" from a store for a charity show -- until Brandon gets his hands on it.
    • I'll Drink to That
      I'll Drink to That
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      2/20/88
      8.0
      Due to Vicki's mishandling of terms, Child Services Officer Mrs. Fernwald thinks Ted is an alcoholic and threatens to take Vicki away unless he joins AA.
    • No Laughing Matter
      No Laughing Matter
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      12/4/88
      8.0
      A digestion feedback problem with Vicki's polynucleotide processor generates nitrous oxide gas that brings laughs to anyone near her, but not to Vicki herself -- just as Ted's boss is about to visit about lay-offs.
    • Wally the Wimp
      Wally the Wimp
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      2/28/87
      8.0
      Joan invites Wally Crandal, a former 90-pound weakling college classmate, over for dinner to meet his former school tormentor: Ted, who rigs Vicki to play even crueler tricks. Only Ted's unaware that Wally's grown into a top pro wrestler.
    • The Older Woman
      The Older Woman
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      10/25/86
      7.9
      Jamie pushes Harriet aside in an unrequited crush on her 16-year-old cousin, who teaches him a lesson in respect.
    • The Company Takeover
      The Company Takeover
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      2/15/86
      7.9
      United Robotronics cutbacks have the Lawsons scrambling for odd jobs.
    • Like Father, Like Son
      Like Father, Like Son
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      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.
    • See No Evil
      See No Evil
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      5/13/89
      7.8
      Jamie regrets putting Vicki on guard duty for his pricey new bike when her eyes start to malfunction in a schoolyard of prowling thieves.
    • Substitute Father
      Substitute Father
      Season 1 - 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 Tattletale
      The Tattletale
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      4/29/89
      7.6
      Benny, an old college chum of Ted and Joan's is up to his same trashy school paper tricks in a big city rag now, fabricating a tabloid feature which by sheer chance "exposes" Vicki as a robot just as she's about to join a fashionable clique of girls.
    • Come Fly With Me
      Come Fly With Me
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/22/88
      7.6
      Fly-shy Brandon bribes the Lawsons' company to fly with him on a company job on a plane that is hijacked for Cuba.
    • Riches to Rags
      Riches to Rags
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      1/14/89
      7.6
      While playing with Jamie's chemistry set, Vicki creates a potent laundry detergent that Ted -- and Brandon -- leap to market themselves.
    • The Sheik
      The Sheik
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/5/88
      7.5
      To keep his company's presence in an Arab country, Ted lets its visiting young ruler draft Vicki into his harem.
    • Togetherness
      Togetherness
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      11/12/88
      7.4
      The Lawsons enter a game show to get back at the Brindles for trying to kick them off the eligibility list.
    • The Strike
      The Strike
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      5/6/89
      7.3
      A United Robotronics strike pits shop steward Ted against management rep Brandon; Joan has her students use the strike as a social studies exercise, which also goes awry.
    • Mommie Dearest
      Mommie Dearest
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      11/26/88
      7.3
      Joan's doctor father drops by to visit and Ida Mae smells a plump husband. Meanwhile, Vicki vies for school cheerleader.
    • Tag, You're It
      Tag, You're It
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      12/11/88
      7.3
      On their first day in junior high, Vicki becomes a hall monitor and Jamie tries to avoid Harriet for a dance while vying for a class fox. Meanwhile, Ted prepares to host a cybernetics conference.
    • The Jailbirds
      The Jailbirds
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      1/7/89
      7.3
      Jamie and Vicki are arrested for spray-painting a wall -- and its owner's $60 shirt.
    • Kid-O-Grams
      Kid-O-Grams
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      1/28/89
      7.1
      Ted's singing telegram birthday greeting makes him pine back to his "youthful years" with a surfboard and prompts Jamie to start a singing telegram for schoolmates -- and competing with Reggie.
    • My Favorite Martian
      My Favorite Martian
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      11/19/88
      7.0
      While Jamie tests out Ted's new laser projection system in Vicki's eyes, unwary Brandon glimpses her projection of a movie's flying saucer and calls the Air Force to investigate.
    • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
      Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      1/16/88
      6.2
      Due to Vicki's misinterpreting Ted's quip while doing the family's on-line banking, the Lawsons are re-categorized as deadbeats and Ted just plain dead.
    • Good Ol' Lou
      Good Ol' Lou
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Big J, the D.J.
      Big J, the D.J.
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      2/27/88
      5.0
      Jamie decides to try out for lunchtime D.J. but chickens out when Reggie auditions first and does a great job. Meanwhile, Brandon Brindle's sister Ida Mae stays for a week when Bonnie goes away to take care of her sick mother. Ida Mae brags about all the celebrities she knows. After hearing Vici imitate Joan Rivers, one of the celebrities Ida Mae claims to know, Jamie decides to audition again. This time, he's using Vici's impressions passed off as an interview with the celebrity she's imitating. When she imitates NFL football player Lyle Alzado, who guest stars as himself, He comes to the school to find out why he's doing a non-existant interview. Jamie later brings him home as a dinner guest where Ted uses him to prove Ida Mae doesn't know all of the celebrities she claims she does to only discover, she wasn't lying. She already knew Lyle.moreless
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