The Torkelsons

NBC (ended 1993)




Episode Guide

    • Return to Sender
      Return to Sender
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Wesley's estranged former daughter-in-law who, along with his granddaughter, is reunited with Wesley thanks to some good-hearted butting in by Millicent.
    • Duelling Birthdays
      Duelling Birthdays
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Dorothy Jane and Molly's sweet-16 birthday parties coincide. Molly's is a back-yard extravaganza, while Dorothy Jane's is a plain affair with just the family.
    • Hot Ticket
      Hot Ticket
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Gregory gets it but good when he uses Brian's credit card in a desperate effort to land hard-to-get tickets to a big rock concert.
    • To Jane Eyre is Human
      To Jane Eyre is Human
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Molly plagiarizes Dorothy Jane's book report in order to please Brian, who's not pleased at all with Molly's recent report card.
    • A Sigh is Just a Sigh
      A Sigh is Just a Sigh
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Steven Floyd goes to bat for Millicent by beating up a school big mouth - but she doesn't know that until after she's chewed him out and he's run away.
    • To Date or Not to Date
      To Date or Not to Date
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Millicent's decree that Molly can't date a college-age guy creates solidarity between Molly and Dorothy Jane, who sneak out of the house together.
    • For Love or Money
      For Love or Money
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Millicent deems it necessary to be regularly employed, giving Dorothy Jane the job of looking after the other kids.
    • Poetry in Motion
      Poetry in Motion
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      A blackmailing Ruth Ann reveals Dorothy Jane's private poems of passion to the world, but the unveiling ends up emboldening lovelorn Dorothy Jane.
    • Girls and Boy
      Girls and Boy
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Dorothy Jane enjoys her new job at a fast-food chicken joint, mainly because of her handsome supervisor, but Molly also wants a piece of this action.
    • Bowling for Daddies
      Bowling for Daddies
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Millicent and Chuckie Lee enter themselves in Chuckie Lee's Wilderness Troop's father-son bowling tournament.
    • You Ought to Be in Pictures
      You Ought to Be in Pictures
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      The camera loves Chuckie Lee, who loves the attention he gets posing in Brian's clothing catalogue. And when he gets a chance at a commercial, a reluctant Millicent acquiesces.
    • The Fox and the Hound
      The Fox and the Hound
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      When Brian's dinner date cancels at the last minute, he asks Millicent to fill in since the client he is meeting feels the man is only as good as the woman in his life.
    • Winner Take Millicent
      Winner Take Millicent
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Brian's hotshot brother Jim asks out Millicent, and when things heat up between the two, Brian is left cold.
    • Educating Millicent
      Educating Millicent
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Millicent had her reasons for not finishing high school, but there's no good reason why she couldn't take an equivalency exam now.
    • Is That All There Is?
      Is That All There Is?
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      The top jock in school asks out plain old Dorothy Jane, who sports newfound popularity in exchange for a rather bland relationship.
    • Men Don't Leave
      Men Don't Leave
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Randall Torkelson blows in from Texas after more than a year away, but his arrival is an ill wind to Dorothy Jane, and she may be the last gasp of his marriage to Millicent.
    • Thanksgivingmesomething
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Pastor Langley and his assistant will be guests for Thanksgiving, prompting Dorothy Jane to push Millicent to play up her femininity.
    • I Fought the Law
      I Fought the Law
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Millicent stands up for the American way, and the right to sell homemade pickled goods, by insisting on operating her annual roadside stand without a license.
    • It's My Party
      It's My Party
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      Dorothy Jane is exposed to the perils of popularity when she throws a party to increase her social standing, but leaves a new friend standing out in the cold.
    • The Cotillion
      The Cotillion
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Dorothy Jane hopes for a fairy-tale resolution to a school-dance, but she has no dress, no date, and Riley, her Prince Charming next door, seems oblivious.
    • Sleeping with the Enemy
      Sleeping with the Enemy
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      It's far from a perfect match when Dorothy Jane and Molly must share a bedroom, but the possibility of Brian's match with an attractive woman is what really bothers Molly.
    • Swear Not By the Moon
      Swear Not By the Moon
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Never was there a story of more woe (except maybe one) than of Dorothy Jane's trial playing Juliet in the school play opposite her Romeo, Riley Roberts.
    • The Egg and I
      The Egg and I
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Dorothy Jane and Kirby learn parenthood isn't all it's cracked up to be when a school assignment requires them to care for an egg.
    • Fence Neighbors
      Fence Neighbors
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      A homespun family led by a single mom tries to get by, but teenage daughter Dorothy Jane isn't thrilled when her mom's forced to take in a border to make ends meet.
    • The Long Goodbye
      The Long Goodbye
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      Randall Torkelson returns with a big hello for Millicent and the kids, but Dorothy Jane is fretting over college-bound Riley, who didn't say goodbye.
    • A Kiss is Still a Kiss
      A Kiss is Still a Kiss
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Dorothy Jane would like a romance between Millicent and the new pastor but when he comes calling, its only to report that Steven Floyd nearly turned a hayride into a roll in the hay.
    • Say Uncle
      Say Uncle
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      After seeing Dorothy Jane crush the love sick Kirby yet again, Millicent tells her daughter to be nicer to Kirby even if she doesn't love him back. Kirby takes Dorothy Jane's kindness as a sign that she's in love with him and pursues her even more than before. Dorothy Jane decides to see if Millicent could live up to her own advice by introducing her to Kirby's repulsive Uncle Herby, who has a big crush on her.moreless
    • Double Date
      Double Date
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      Radio "Love Professor" Kitty Drysdale wires into the affairs of Dorothy Jane and Millicent's hearts and jump-starts their dating lives.
    • The Dance
      The Dance
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Gregory's in trouble when tom-boy friend Sam transforms herself into a pretty young lady and asks him to the Girls' Choice Dance.
    • The Ice Princess
      The Ice Princess
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Dorothy Jane resolves to become the kind of girl who makes guys melt, and she looks to the school's resident ice princess for guidance.
    • Aunt Poison
      Aunt Poison
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      When Millicent's aunt dies, she inherits her two things: A strange riddle & a cranky hound dog. But Millicent would rather have the answer to why her aunt refused to speak to her for years.
    • An American Almost in Paris
      An American Almost in Paris
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Dorothy Jane wants desperately to bid adieu to Oklahoma and say bonjour to Paris, and she might if she's selected the winner in a student-exchange competition.
    • New Moon
      New Moon
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      In the season/series premiere, Dorothy Jane starts out talking to the "Man in the Moon." She explains that Millicent is unable to make payments on the house and they will have to leave Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma forever. Later, on the bus, Dorothy Jane, still talking to the "Man in the Moon," explains that the family will be moving in with a business man, Brian Morgan, in which Millicent will be taking a job as a nanny for him and his kids. When the Torkelsons arrive at the Morgans, Molly and Gregory, Brian's kids, immediately dislike the whole Torkelsons family and devise a plan to get them back to Oklahoma. Molly tries to change Dorothy Jane's personality while Gregory makes Mary Sue and Chuckie Lee his "slaves." Their plan backfires, as Millicent finds out. Millicent then talks to Brian about his mistakes in fatherhood. Brian explains to Millicent that when his wife died, he had to take over her company and work hard to make it successful which explains the lack of time spent with his family. Brian then explains to his kids that the reason he brought the Torkelsons to their home is because they had a very hard life and he wanted his kids to learn about responsibility. Dorothy Jane learns of Molly's plan through a conversation with Millicent, and they both agree that Brian and his family need some time to adjust to them.moreless
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