The Torkelsons

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NBC (ended 1993)

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Welcome to the The Torkelsons [aka Almost Home] guide at TV.com.

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

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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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