Who's the Boss?

ABC (ended 1992)



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Tony is a funny and loveable father and man, with good-looking Italian looks, who tries to be the best possible for his daughter and everybody else.... Angela is a successful and upper-class businesswoman, who tries to be there for her son Jonathan, whenever possible; and who has a hot temper.... Samantha is Tony's wise-cracking street-smart daughter, who has a tendancy to get into hot water.... Jonathan, is Angela's adorable and smart son, who is wise beyond his years.... And Mona, is Angela's man-hungry mother, who will do anything for a night out with a man. ABC Broadcast History September 1984; Thursday 8:30 - 9:00 October 1984 - April 1985; Tuesday 8:30 - 9:00 April 1985 - July 1985; Tuesday 9:00 - 9:30 July 1985 - August 1991; Tuesdays 8:00 - 8:30 August 1991 - September 1991; Tuesday 8:30 - 9:00 September 1991 - January 1992; Saturday 8:00 - 8:30 February 1992 - March 1992; Saturday 8:30 - 9:00 March 1992 - June 1992; Saturday 8:00 - 8:30 June 1992 - July 1992; Wednesday 9:30 - 10:00 July 1992 - September 1992; Thursday 8:00 - 8:30 Syndication Currently airing on Ion television Monday through Thursday nights from 10pm to 11pm EST. Check your local listings.moreless

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    • ABC: We Need Something Different

      ABC really hit a blockbuster with this show and it was something different for 1984, and I think that's why the show worked so well and lasted 8 seasons. This is one of my favorite shows and can still be seen on the TVGuide Network as of this typing. Check your local listings for channel and time.

      Everyone knew eventually that Tony and Angela would some day fall in love, but in the beginning it was a 'stricly business' relationship.

      It was great watching Samantha (Aylissa Milano) grow up on the show. The rest of the cast just clicked from day one.

      This ineed was and still is a great show. 9.5/10 Rating.moreless
    • loved this show

      i bought the first season also and i would love to have the second season it upsets me that they did not put the second season out is there any where we can get it if so please let me no.
    • They don't make shows like this anymore.

      I loved this show. The one thing that I wish would have happened is for Tony and Angela to have gotten married. It was great to see Alyssa Milano grow up to such a beautiful woman. This show was such an original with having a male housekeeper and "Mr. Mom" character. The character of Mona was so much fun to watch. It was like watching the lost Golden Girl with all her sexy and flirty scenes. I am still waiting for a reunion or the show to be completely released on DVD. This show was a classic family sitcom, they need to bring more shows like this back to television.moreless
    • Who's The Boss was one of my favorite shows. The entire cast was amazing. There really wasn't anyone in the main cast that I didn't like.

      The whole idea about Tony wanting a better life for his daughter Samantha so he takes a job as a housekeeper for Angela Bower and moves into her home in the suburbs was a great idea. And the entire cast worked so well together. Angela was so serious and dull and Tony was just so much fun. I loved how he got Angela to lighten up and learn how to have fun. And what can I say about Mona. She was funny in every scene that she was in. And I, like most people, wanted Tony and Angela to get together as more than just friends. Tonys was so protective of his daughter Samantha and she drove him nuts. Samantha was a great character but the main problem I had was the fact that Angelas son Jonathan was so underused in the show. I really think that Danny Pintauro is a good little actor and they could have done alot more with him. Otherwise, I think that the show was funny and great in every way.moreless
    • This show gets lost, even among the other shows of its day.

      Do I need to give a synopsis? I think everyone knows what this show is about. Angela is an uptight Wasp with a big house in Connecticut. Tony is a stubborn Italian from the school of hard knocks. He moves into her home and becomes her housekeeper, all to make a better life for his tomboy daughter, Samantha. At the same time, he becomes a stand-in father to Angela's annoying and snake-loving son, Jonathan and a confidante to her man crazy mother, Mona. They very quickly become one big, happy family. The highlight of the show was always the almost-romance between Tony and Angela. From the very first season when they "accidentally kissed" while both of them were intoxicated, it was a hold-your-breath ride, waiting for the two of them to get together. I honestly believe that's why the shows ratings started to decline. Once Angela and Tony finally became a couple in the 8th season, the suspense was gone ... for some. I still enjoyed it, myself. It was simply a different kind of comedy, no longer riding on the wait-and-see, but instead, giving into the amusement of couple troubles.

      They picked the perfect actors to be on this show. There are other shows that I can sometimes watch and see other people in the roles. But Tony Danza and Judith Light were absolutely fabulous in the lead roles. I love Katherine Helmond and the sass she brought to "Mona." Alyssa Milano & Danny Pintauro were good, as well, though never my favorite characters.

      It's kind of cheesy, of course. The show started in 1984 and comedy was very different. There was little "potty humor" or moments attempting to throw in even the nicest swear word. Some call it "wholesome" but I simply see it as a comedy that attempted to deal with real issues. And it did! ... and, well, I believe. This show gets lost in those of the 80's and early 90's.

      It has annoyed me to no end that there are shows from the same time period that have released every season on DVD, yet, "Who's The Boss" has released one season and stopped. There are shows that were released AFTER that have already been released. I've seen web sites, petitions, and form letters to be sent to the television company, all to have the remaining seasons released, to no avail. The show obviously has a following, but they remain unheard. I HAVE to have the t.v. on when I go to bed and this is what I usually have on to listen to while I fade out. It's funny but not always "laugh out loud," which is perfect. I love this show!moreless

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