The Torkelsons

NBC (ended 1993)



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The Torkelsons

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This show was a comedy about a sensitive 14-year-old girl who's mortified by her crazy-quilt unorthodox family. Dorothy Jane just wanted to be thought of as normal, like any teenager, but had a hard time doing so. Her father had walked out on the family and they were always short on money. Her perky, optimistic mom, Millicent, saw sunshine everywhere. The rest of the family consisted of brothers - athletic Steven Floyd and studious Chuckie Lee, and sisters - spunky Ruth Ann and cute Mary Sue. They lived in a big rambling house in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. The name for the show came from a real Steven Floyd Torkelson who shared his bug collection and a first kiss with a little girl named Lynn Montgomery. She grew up to create the show some 30 years later.

The series, which appeared onNBC, apparently turned out to be too down home for most people as it never found much of an audience in its original Saturday night timeslot and even less of one when it was moved to Sundays. After a second hiatus the series was revamped to return in February 1993 as Almost Home. For the new series the family moved to Seattle, WA [expect for Steven Floyd and Ruth Ann - who were wrote off and never mentioned again], where Millicent took a job as a nanny for two spoiled teenage children of widower Brian Morgan.

The new season, which mostly pitted conservative family values against liberal family values, did not do any better in the ratings and was cancelled after 13 episodes.

Season One Theme:

People say God looks out for the working man Sure hope he's looking out for me These empty pockets need a helping hand Kitchen table's full of family

But then the sun comes up [sun comes up] And the moon is shining big and bright And the new day promises [promises] That everything will be alright

And the new day promises that everything will be alright.

Season Two Theme:

Just when you think you've settled down And you feel like you're almost home Just when the wheel starts spinnin round Love sneaks in with a plan of it's own

Love comes in unexpected places Life turns in unexpected ways I swear we'll laugh, at these days [at these days] Love comes in unexpected places Life turns in unexpected ways

Just when you think you're alone Maybe we're almost home Maybe we're almost home Maybe we're almost ho-ome

Rachel Duncan

Rachel Duncan

Mary Sue Torkelson

Lee Norris

Lee Norris

Chuckie Lee Torkelson

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Molly Morgan [Season 2]

William Schallert

William Schallert

Wesley 'Border' Hodges [Season 1]

Anna Slotky

Anna Slotky

Ruth Ann Torkelson [Season 1 - EP 2-20]

Olivia Burnette

Olivia Burnette

Dorothy Jane Torkelson

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  • My review of the Torkelsons/Almost Home--a show about the trials and tribulations, ups and downs about a single Oklahomaian mother and her 5 children.

    This show was awesome. I loved it back when they aired it consistently on Disney and it will forever hold a place in my heart. It's such a shame they pulled the plug on it so soon, without giving it a second chance. Or rather, third chance, since they DID rename it for the second season and changed the setting. Guess that wasn't enough. The characters were rich and likeable and the storylines really were entertaining. It harkened back to an era of Disney when the themes were family friendly yet not heavy-handed enough to seem preachy, a stark contrast to the family-oriented shows nowadays--at least on Disney.moreless
  • Wow old show

    I don't remember much about this show, but I remember watching an episode my mom taped when I was a little girl. It was the episode where Milicent was trying to get her high school diploma since she'd had to drop out when Dorothy Jane was born, and then Mary Sue's Elmo doll came to life and was talking to Milicent one night and regularly to Mary Sue (but not to Dorothy Jane or anyone else). That was really funny. I remember really liking that show. The housekeeper guy was interesting too. I wish I could remember more about it. It was pretty cool back then.moreless
  • I really thought this show was okay.

    I remember watching this show when I was little whileb it was re-aired on Disney.

    It was cute.

    Though I never understood why it changed, which I assumed and was correct, after season 1.

    Now I understand that shows do that sometimes.

    Sometimes it seemed like two different shows, but Dorothy Jane always stayed the same, and that was good.

    However, I sometimes think of what would have happened had the show continued, but I guess we'll never know.

    It wasn't that big of a classic to have a reunion.

    Still, I liked it and it was fun to watch in my room after a long day of school.

    Say hello to the man in the moon for me.

  • A pretty good show

    No doubt the family is in a category all it’s own. They could come up with some crazy ideas to get through life, but somehow they always made it. I was certainly glad this family was just tv. Only on TV would someone cement their washer and dryer to the kitchen floor. With that said, almost anyone could find something to relate to on the show. There was the mother of 5, who worked hard, but still struggled to take care of her family. 14-year-old Dorothy Jane, All she wanted was to be a normal girl. Her brother Steven, 12, was rebellious. He also felt the need to become the man of the house. The other children could certainly cause some funny trouble. Bottom line, there is something familiar about a single mom and family struggle to get by. It shows there is hope in family. A family doesn't need to be perfect to mean something. The writers found a humorous way to show the importance of family valuesmoreless
  • I wish they would replay the show on disney.

    The family show made Lee Norris famous. Now he is on One Tree Hill as Mouth. Someone who went from nerdy geek to hanging with the cool people geek. Apperently he is well cut in all the right places and just hides it on the show. Now 25 he has to me grown out of the geek stage and can move on up to the cute geek who at one point get the girl. I hope!moreless

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Comedy, Drama