In this 1991 NBC show, a family struggles to survive in a little town called Pyramid Corners, Oaklahoma. In the second season, the family (minus RuthAnn and StevenFloyd) move to seattle where Millicent, becomes a nanny for Brian Morgan and his family.
The Torkelsons started out in 1991 on NBC. The show is an excellent and clean family program. The story lines were fantastic and well thought out. It started out with a 14 year old girl who has a crush on their next door neighbor, Riley Roberts. The main premise of the show was, Millicent Torkelson, a high school dropout with 5 kids, no money, no father, and trying to make the best of a hard situation. The first episode, "Fence Neighbors" explains this. Millicent is forced to take in a border, Wesley Hodges, to help support her family and pay the bills. As the show progresses, we meet Randall Torkelson, the father, not a bad man but just doesn't quite get it. He keeps comming and going whenever he wants and doesn't help Millicent support her family. Millicent and Randall get a divorce. The rest of the show focuses on the hardships of growing up without a father, Millicent's struggle to find true love, and Dorthy Jane's hope to find true love. The ratings on the show were less than perfect and NBC wanted to pull the show after only 20 episodes. But the creator, Lynn Montgomery and writers were not ready to give up just quite yet, which is why they came up with the idea for the second season, Almost Home. The new season, brings Millicent and the family to Seattle where she will become a Nanny for Brian Morgan and his family. The main premise of this season was the romance between Millicent and Brian. The show was pulled after 13 episodes and we never knew what happened between them. After the series was pulled from the NBC lineup in the summer of 1993, a wonderful channel known as, "The Disney Channel" brought the show to their channel for syndication. The Torkelsons had an extremly long life and good home on The Disney Channel. The show lasted in RERUNS on the Disney Channel from 1993-2000. That's pretty good for a syndicated show that only had 33 episodes. Some people say that The Torkelsons died at Almost Home but I feel that The Torkelsons would of not been what it was on The Disney Channel without Almost Home. Its like a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich, you need both to make the perfect sandwhich.
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