Who's the Boss?

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  • TV-G
  • 1984
  • 8 Seasons
  • 6.6  (14,898)

Who's the Boss? was a beloved sitcom that aired on ABC from 1984 to 1992. The show followed the life of Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player who moves to Connecticut with his daughter Samantha to become a live-in housekeeper for advertising executive Angela Bower and her son Jonathan. The premise of the show revolved around the role reversal of a man taking care of domestic duties and a woman being the breadwinner in their household, which was a unique take on the traditional family sitcom.

The show was a hit due to the chemistry between the cast members, particularly the relationship between Tony Danza and Judith Light. Danza played Tony Micelli, a tough-talking Italian-American from Brooklyn, who often clashed with the sophisticated Angela (Light) but had an undeniable charm that made him endearing to viewers. Light's portrayal of Angela was nuanced, showcasing a strong, independent woman who struggled to balance her career and personal life. The two actors had a compelling dynamic that helped drive the show.

In addition to Danza and Light, Who's the Boss? boasted an impressive cast of young actors. Alyssa Milano played Samantha Micelli, Tony's teenage daughter who often found herself in comical situations as she adapted to her new surroundings. Danny Pintauro played Jonathan Bower, Angela's son who was initially skeptical of Tony but grew to see him as a father figure. Rounding out the cast was Katherine Helmond, who played Angela's eccentric mother, Mona.

One of the show's strengths was its ability to tackle serious issues while still maintaining a light-hearted tone. The show tackled topics such as divorce, gender roles, and sexism but always managed to do so in a way that was relatable and humorous. Additionally, the show was known for its pop culture references and guest star appearances from actors such as Ray Charles and Liza Minnelli.

Overall, Who's the Boss? was a classic sitcom that explored themes of family, love, and identity in a fun and entertaining way. The show had a dedicated fanbase and remains a cultural touchstone for many who grew up watching it. Its success can be attributed to the talented cast and writers who created a show that was both heartwarming and hilarious.

In conclusion, Who's the Boss? was a sitcom that aired on ABC from 1984 to 1992, following the life of a retired baseball player who moves to Connecticut with his daughter to become a live-in housekeeper for an advertising executive and her son. The show tackled serious issues in a relatable and humorous way, thanks to the chemistry between the talented cast and writers. The show's enduring popularity has made it a cultural touchstone in American television history.

Who's the Boss? is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (196 episodes). The series first aired on September 20, 1984.

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Savor the Veal (3)
24. Savor the Veal (3)
April 25, 1992
Angela attempts to adjust to her new life in Iowa, but discovers that she really wants to be back east, working at her agency. The conflict of professional interest threatens to split up Tony and Angela.
Savor the Veal (2)
23. Savor the Veal (2)
April 25, 1992
With Tony living in Iowa, Angela and he take turns flying out to visit each other on the weekends. When this plan doesn't work out, Angela agrees to move to Iowa to be with Tony.
Savor the Veal (1)
22. Savor the Veal (1)
April 18, 1992
Tony has graduated from college and his job search is unfulfilling. He gets a letter from an Iowa university who wants him to teach there. The job sounds perfect for him, but he pretends he is not interested, because it's so far from his home. Angela sees through his facade and convinces him to take the job.
Mr. Micelli Builds His Dream House
21. Mr. Micelli Builds His Dream House
March 28, 1992
The house has a hole in the roof. This in conclusion leads to a rebuilding of Angela's bedroom. Joe, trained workman, carries out the job. But Tony, like it's his way, doesn't leave the workmen,like the others before them, in peace. This leads to a big argument between Joe and Tony - and Tony fires him and does the work now by himself. His team: Hank, Jonathan and Al.
Split Decision
20. Split Decision
March 21, 1992
Angela, accompanied by Mona, goes to a health resort to get some distance from Tony and his temper. There she meets Tom who, bylook, could be Tony's lost twin brother but his way is completely contrary to Tony's.
Tony and the Honeymooners
19. Tony and the Honeymooners
February 29, 1992
Sam and Hank return from their honeymoon to learn that married couples aren't allowed to stay at the dorm. Tony skeptically agrees to let them stay at the house. Despite a sleepless first night for Tony, he and Hank soon bond. This creates tension between Sam and Hank.
Better Off Wed (2)
18. Better Off Wed (2)
February 22, 1992
Tony, Angela, Mona, Jonathan, Mrs. Rossini, and Hank's parents chase after Sam and Hank. They arrive at the chapel before the service began -- Sam did not want to be married without Tony present. Tony is still adamant against the union, but the ceremony goes forward as planned.
Better Off Wed (1)
17. Better Off Wed (1)
February 15, 1992
Sam and her boyfriend Hank are planning to get married, and Sam must find the right moment and way to tell Tony. But a series of incidents, including Hank's plan of career change, a roofing accident, and an unexpected visit from Hank's parents, yield a chaotic scene. During the bickering that ensues, Sam and Hank sneak off to elope.
Allergic to Love
16. Allergic to Love
February 8, 1992
Repeated instances of swelled lips have Tony frantically searching for the cause of his affliction. Angela notes that each occurrence happens just after they mention their wedding, and she begins to worry that the swelling is a sign that he isn't ready for marriage.
Tony Micelli, This is Your Life
15. Tony Micelli, This is Your Life
February 1, 1992
While he is unconscious, Tony dreams how it would have been as a baseball star if his injury had not happened.
Who's the Boss?
14. Who's the Boss?
January 25, 1992
Angela books up the whole time with some events and visits. Tony has to fall back on excuses to be together with his friends. But Angela catches on to him.
Mrs. Al
13. Mrs. Al
January 11, 1992
Al is having difficulty getting for his own apartment, because the landlords would all rather sell to a young couple than to a single guy. Sam agrees to pose as his wife, but Tony is upset when he discovers the charade, and insists Al stay at Angela's house. The family comes to regret this.
Tony Can You Spare a Dime?
12. Tony Can You Spare a Dime?
January 4, 1992
Hard times have begun in the advertising industry - and Angela isn't spared either. Tony takes over the financial management because he has economy experiences. He pinches and scrapes wherever he can.When Angela, totally frustrated, goes shopping, she runs into serious troubles with Tony. He without hesitation takes away all her credit cards.
This Sold House
11. This Sold House
December 7, 1991
Angela gets a generous offer for her house. Tony persuades her to sell and move into a new one because the current house belongs to 'Angela & Michael' and not to 'Angela & Tony'.
Field of Screams
10. Field of Screams
November 30, 1991
Jonathan is looking for a job. A friend of Tony's arranges for Jonathan to work as a ball boy at New York Mets games. A slight mistake during his first game costs him his job -- and the Mets the game.
Grandmommie Dearest
9. Grandmommie Dearest
November 23, 1991
Mona's mother visits and gives the subtle impression that she doesn't want Tony and Angela to get married. Mona can't convince them that her mother is manipulating them, trying to turn them against each other.
Death and Love (2)
8. Death and Love (2)
November 16, 1991
Tony is angry at Angela for her rejection. Meanwhile, she continues to question the sincerity of Tony's intentions.
Death and Love (1)
7. Death and Love (1)
November 9, 1991
The death of a friend puts Tony in a mid-life crisis. He has become quite the adventurer, and invites the family on a ski trip. His plan to propose marriage to Angela are thwarted by a series of accidents that consistently plague her. The joy of the proposal is short-lived when Angela turns him down.
A Well-Kept Housekeeper
6. A Well-Kept Housekeeper
November 2, 1991
Tony feels inferior to Angela's success. A letter that addresses him as "Mr. Angela Bower" doesn't help his self-esteem. He takes a second job at a bar, but that proves to be a mistake.
Tony Bags a Big One
5. Tony Bags a Big One
October 26, 1991
While Angela is away on business, Mona begins dating one of her biggest clients. She finds him thoroughly uninteresting and promptly dumps him. In an attempt to prevent from withdrawing his account from the agency, Tony accompanies him on a duck hunt. An accidental gunshot only makes things worse.
Selling Sam Short
4. Selling Sam Short
October 19, 1991
After a car crash Sam and Pierce come closer. When Tony finds this out after weeks, he - against the other's expectation - takes a fancy to Pierce and confides his money to the stockbroker. But like always he overdoes here, too, and he spends more time with Pierce than Sam does.
3. Misery
October 12, 1991
Tony, like it's always his way, overdoes his relationship with Angela. But Angela doesn't dare to tell - and tries to get out of his way.
An Affair to Forget
2. An Affair to Forget
October 5, 1991
After Tony and Angela have confessed their love for each other,they both now want to spend an enchanting evening together.But that isn't that simply,especially since no one can know about it.
Seer of Love
1. Seer of Love
September 28, 1991
Angela is ready to profess her love for Tony, but her hopes for a romantic anniversary night with him are dashed when he invites her and the whole family to a carnival. A fortune teller tells Tony that he is about to lose the love of his life, but he misses the point. A ride through the Tunnel Of Love changes their relationship.
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Who's the Boss? is available for streaming on the Sony website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Who's the Boss? on demand at Philo, Hulu, The Roku Channel Free and IFC.
  • Premiere Date
    September 20, 1984
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (14,898)