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      Season 1 – Who's the Boss?

      1984 Comedy List
      66% 29 Reviews Tomatometer 40% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score A widower and former pro baseball player, Tony Micelli takes a job as a housekeeper for a high-powered divorced businesswoman, Angela Bower, and her son. He and his daughter, Samantha, move into the Bower residence, where Tony's laid-back personality contrasts with Angela's type-A behavior. Angela's man-hungry mother, Mona, is also in the mix. Read More Read Less

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      Critics Consensus

      Who's the Boss? could use more wit to liven up its derivative premise, but Tony Danza and Judith Light's chemistry is a sparkling draw.

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      Episodes

      Episode 1 Aired Sep 20, 1984 Pilot An ex-jock takes a job as housekeeper for a female executive and her family. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 27, 1984 Briefless Encounter Tony (Tony Danza) embarrasses Angela (Judith Light) when he barges into the bathroom. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 23, 1984 Angela's First Fight Angela gets into a fight in Tony's neighborhood. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 30, 1984 Mona Gets Pinned Angela objects when Mona begins a romance with a younger man. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 13, 1984 Rash Decision Tony regrets doing a soap commercial. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 20, 1984 Dinner for Two Tony and Angela are trapped into dinner for two. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 27, 1984 Sorority Sister Angela's rival sorority sister pays a surprise visit and makes a play for Tony. Details Episode 8 Aired Dec 4, 1984 Truth in Dating Tony and Angela lie about their respective jobs in order to land dates. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 11, 1984 Sports Buddies Angela's new boyfriend spends more time watching sports than romancing her. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 18, 1984 Requiem Tony remembers his father as he sorts through family memorabilia. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 8, 1985 Samantha's Growing Up Tony asks Angela and Mona to help maturing Sam. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 15, 1985 Paint Your Wagon A gorgeous neighbor offers disgruntled Tony a job. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 22, 1985 Protecting the President A scheming co-worker jeopardizes Angela's job. Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 29, 1985 Guess Who's Coming Forever Angela transforms the garage loft into an apartment for Mona. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 5, 1985 Angela's Ex The return of Angela's estranged husband puts their divorce plans on hold. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 12, 1985 Angela's Ex The romance begins to fade for Angela and her estranged husband. Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 19, 1985 Eye on Angela A TV talk show host catches Angela and Tony in a compromising position. Guest: Betty White. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 26, 1985 Double Date Samantha catches chaperon Tony nuzzling a teacher. Details Episode 19 Aired Mar 5, 1985 Tony's Father-In-Law Tony's con-man father-in-law pretends to be dying. Details Episode 20 Aired Mar 12, 1985 Just Like Tony Tony lands in the doghouse when Jonathan pulls a boyish prank. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 9, 1985 Keeping Up With the Marcis Tony sweeps chimneys to pay for Sam's ski trip. Details Episode 22 Aired Apr 16, 1985 First Kiss Hungover Angela recalls Tony's kiss -- but no more. Details

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      John Carman Atlanta Journal-Constitution Much of the comedic tension, of course, will revolve around the uneasy relationship between the ex-jock and the snobbish professional woman played by Miss Light. But who cares? It's dead in the water. Aug 9, 2021 Full Review Barbara Hooks The Age (Australia) If she has done all right for herself so far one way or another, how come she needs an unemployed philosopher in jeans and joggers to tell her where to go from here? The short answer is that she does not. Jun 24, 2021 Full Review Anna Murdoch The Age (Australia) American sitcoms always have seemed over-wound-up, hysterical and lacking the seeming spontaneity of their English equivalents. Who's The Boss has broken new ground by achieving real charm. Jun 24, 2021 Full Review Bruce R. Miller Sioux City Journal Tony Danza found the best vehicle for what seemed like minimal talent. He's ready with a one-two punch; Judith Light, his sparring partner, has a good right hook. Jun 23, 2021 Full Review Michael Dougan San Francisco Examiner Danza and Light are fine, but not as good as Katherine Helmond as Light's lusty mama. Unfortunately, Helmond is not on screen long enough to sustain the show. At best, this is just another color in the dreary sitcom rainbow. Jun 23, 2021 Full Review Ron Weiskind Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It's pleasant and inoffensive, but nothing more. Any improvement will depend on how the characters' relationship develops. Jun 23, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Season Info

      Network
      ABC
      Rating
      TV-PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Sep 20, 1984