Charles in Charge

Charles in Charge

1984, Comedy
A male college student takes care of three children.

Episode Guide

  • Charles in Charge - Seeing Is Believing (Season 5 Episode 26)
    Season 5 Episode 26:

    Seeing Is Believing

    Charles (Scott Baio) is uncomfortable about dating a blind girl (guest star Keely Christian).

  • Charles in Charge - Charles Be DeMille (Season 5 Episode 25)
    Season 5 Episode 25:

    Charles Be DeMille

    Charles sacrifices a lot to direct a talent show to help Sarah's class.

  • Charles in Charge - Fair Exchange (Season 5 Episode 24)
    Season 5 Episode 24:

    Fair Exchange

    Sarah tries to help her relatives communicate with each other.

  • Charles in Charge - Almost Family (Season 5 Episode 23)
    Season 5 Episode 23:

    Almost Family

    Charles' aunt may lose her business when she cannot pay her lease.

  • Charles in Charge - Teacher's Pest (Season 5 Episode 22)
    Season 5 Episode 22:

    Teacher's Pest

    Walter (James Callahan) takes a history class that is taught by Charles (Scott Baio).

  • Charles in Charge - La Cage Aux Fools (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:

    La Cage Aux Fools

    To protest animal experimentation, Charles and Buddy are locked in a cage.

  • Charles in Charge - The Dead Puck Society (Season 5 Episode 20)
    Season 5 Episode 20:

    The Dead Puck Society

    Sarah (Josie Davis) discovers that a classmate (guest star Paul Walker) is illiterate.

  • Charles in Charge - Lost Resort (Season 5 Episode 19)
    Season 5 Episode 19:

    Lost Resort

    Buddy's identical cousin takes Charles' job at a Hawaiian resort.

  • Charles in Charge - Frankie and Mommy (Season 5 Episode 18)
    Season 5 Episode 18:

    Frankie and Mommy

    Lillian (Ellen Travolta) considers marrying an old boyfriend.

  • Charles in Charge - All That Chaz (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    All That Chaz

    Charles takes on a whole new personality after he accidentally bumps his head.

  • Charles in Charge - Up Your I.Q. (Season 5 Episode 16)
    Season 5 Episode 16:

    Up Your I.Q.

    Jamie sets out to convince her boyfriend that she's not shallow.

  • Charles in Charge - Let's Quake a Deal (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    Let's Quake a Deal

    Charles takes on the task of teaching the children about earthquake safety.

  • Charles in Charge - Brain Man (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Brain Man

    Buddy (Willie Aames), claiming he has ESP, predicts Charles' (Scott Baio) future.

  • Charles in Charge - Don't Rock the Vote (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Don't Rock the Vote

    Jamie and Sarah (Nicole Eggert, Josie Davis) run for student body president.

  • Charles in Charge - Buddy Flips His Disc (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Buddy Flips His Disc

    Charles gets revenge when a city inspector blackmails Lillian.

  • Charles in Charge - Daffy Doc (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Daffy Doc

    Buddy winds up being admitted to a mental hospital when he goes there to gather information for a term paper.

  • Charles in Charge - Advice and Contempt (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Advice and Contempt

    Charles' (Scott Baio) job is on the line after he gives Jamie (Nicole Eggert) some unsolicited advice.

  • Charles in Charge - Child Hoods (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Child Hoods

    Charles reverts to his old ways when three high-school friends visit.

  • Charles in Charge - Paper Covers Rock (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Paper Covers Rock

    A tabloid links Charles and a rock singer.

  • Charles in Charge - Baby Bummer (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Baby Bummer

    Buddy winds up baby-sitting a 3-year-old girl.

  • Charles in Charge - Judge Not Lest Ye Beheaded (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Judge Not Lest Ye Beheaded

    Charles judges a beauty pageant in which his two girlfriends are participating.

  • Charles in Charge - There's a Girl in My Ficus (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    There's a Girl in My Ficus

    A girl tries to come between Charles and Buddy.

  • Charles in Charge - Out With the In Crowd (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Out With the In Crowd

    Jamie befriends a conceited girl with hopes of getting into a popular group.

  • Charles in Charge - Three Dates & a Walnut (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Three Dates & a Walnut

    Walter winds up with three dates in one night.

  • Charles in Charge - Get Thee to a Nuttery (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Get Thee to a Nuttery

    Buddy considers the priesthood after he has a close brush with death.

  • Charles in Charge - Summer Together, Fall Apart (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Summer Together, Fall Apart

    The Powell children decide to have no rules; guest Tony Dow.

  • Charles in Charge - Buddy's Daddy (Season 4 Episode 26)
    Season 4 Episode 26:

    Buddy's Daddy

    Buddy assumes trouble when his father visits alone.

  • Charles in Charge - Bad Boy (Season 4 Episode 25)
    Season 4 Episode 25:

    Bad Boy

    Charles tries to reform a juvenile delinquent.

  • Charles in Charge - It's a Blunderful Life (Season 4 Episode 24)
    Season 4 Episode 24:

    It's a Blunderful Life

    Charles dreams about what kind of life the Powell children would lead without him.

  • Charles in Charge - Aunt Vanessa (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:

    Aunt Vanessa

    Jamie considers transferring to a New York school for performers.

  • Charles in Charge - Triple Threat (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Triple Threat

    Charles and Buddy's involvement with triplets causes confusion.

  • Charles in Charge - The Big Bang (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    The Big Bang

    Charles writes an essay about growing up.

  • Charles in Charge - The Organization Man (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    The Organization Man

    Charles is determined to get his life in order with the help of an electronic organizer.

  • Charles in Charge - Walter's War (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Walter's War

    Walter sets out to impress a World War II buff with his souvenirs.

  • Charles in Charge - A String of Pearls (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    A String of Pearls

    The Powells' former baby sitter goes to great -- and devious -- lengths to win her job back.

  • Charles in Charge - Room at the Bottom (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Room at the Bottom

    Everyone has their own plans on how to use the family's new recreation room.

  • Charles in Charge - Curing the Common Cult (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    Curing the Common Cult

    Jamie and her friend fall under the spell of a cult guru.

  • Charles in Charge - Charles Splits (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Charles Splits

    The Powells' are stunned when the amnesia-stricken Charles gets married.

  • Charles in Charge - Charles Splits (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Charles Splits

    Charles' personality changes drastically when an accident triggers temporary amnesia.

  • Charles in Charge - Poetic License (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Poetic License

    Charles borrows Sarah's poem to impress a girl.

  • Charles in Charge - Still at Large (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Still at Large

    Buddy and Charles (Willie Aames, Scott Baio) set out to prove that Jamie's (Nicole Eggert) favorite teacher (guest star Sally Struthers) is wanted by the FBI.

  • Charles in Charge - Second Banana (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Second Banana

    Jamie loses out to Sarah for a part in a TV ad.

  • Charles in Charge - A Fish Called Buddy (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    A Fish Called Buddy

    Charles realizes the true gift of friendship when Buddy lies near death in a hospital.

  • Charles in Charge - Chargin' Charles (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Chargin' Charles

    The children run Charles' credit card to the limit just before a date.

  • Charles in Charge - Ladies' Night Out (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Ladies' Night Out

    Buddy and Charles attempt to keep Sarah and Jamie from escaping to an after-hours dance club.

  • Charles in Charge - Walter Gets a Dodo (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Walter Gets a Dodo

    Charles (Scott Baio) matches Walter (James Callahan) up with a younger woman (guest star Marcia Wallace).

  • Charles in Charge - Fatal Obsession (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Fatal Obsession

    A persistent coed sets her sights on Charles.

  • Charles in Charge - Yesterday Cafe (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Yesterday Cafe

    Lillian opens a 1950s-style cafe; Charles tutors two football players.

  • Charles in Charge - Adam See, Adam Do (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Adam See, Adam Do

    Charles unknowingly gives Adam advanced lessons on dating.

  • Charles in Charge - Duelling Presleys (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Duelling Presleys

    Lillian is in a jam when a celebrity impersonator cancels his appearance at the diner.

  • Charles in Charge - Ninny and the Professor (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Ninny and the Professor

    Charles and an unfair faculty supervisor clash over a literature student's grade.

  • Charles in Charge - No Nukes Is Good Nukes (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    No Nukes Is Good Nukes

    Sarah joins an anti-nuclear protest outside her Navy father's ship.

  • Charles in Charge - May the Best Man Lose (Season 3 Episode 29)
    Season 3 Episode 29:

    May the Best Man Lose

    Charles, Buddy and the gang take part in a quiz contest at school.

  • Charles in Charge - The Blackboard Bungle (Season 3 Episode 28)
    Season 3 Episode 28:

    The Blackboard Bungle

    Jamie is far from thrilled when Charles becomes her teacher's aide.

  • Charles in Charge - Barbelles (Season 3 Episode 27)
    Season 3 Episode 27:


    Charles is threatened when he dates a woman who has a jealous ex-boyfriend.

  • Charles in Charge - The Boy Who Loved Women (Season 3 Episode 26)
    Season 3 Episode 26:

    The Boy Who Loved Women

    Sarah's boyfriend causes trouble when he asks Jamie for a date.

  • Charles in Charge - Where the Auction Is (Season 3 Episode 25)
    Season 3 Episode 25:

    Where the Auction Is

    On behalf of the Powell clan, a beautiful coed bids on Charles at a sorority "slave" auction.

  • Charles in Charge - Runaround Charles (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    Runaround Charles

    Charles begs Buddy for help when he makes too many commitments for one night.

  • Charles in Charge - Berkling Up Is Hard to Do (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    Berkling Up Is Hard to Do

    Misunderstandings result when Charles gives Jamie and her boyfriend advice on romance.

  • Charles in Charge - Dutiful Dreamer (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Dutiful Dreamer

    Charles dreams that all the Powell family members have turned into other characters.

  • Charles in Charge - Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow

    Buddy and Charles stop a would-be robber from holding up the pizza parlor.

  • Charles in Charge - Five Easy Pizzas (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Five Easy Pizzas

    Chaos reigns when Charles attempts to impress a food critic at the pizza parlor.

  • Charles in Charge - Trading Papers (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Trading Papers

    Charles gets an A on an English assignment, but later discovers he handed Sarah's paper in by mistake.

  • Charles in Charge - Sarah Steps Out (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Sarah Steps Out

    Sarah dates a smooth-talking ticket scalper.

  • Charles in Charge - The Buddy System (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    The Buddy System

    Everyone tries to cheer up Buddy after his girlfriend leaves him.

  • Charles in Charge - The Pickle Plot (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    The Pickle Plot

    Charles (Scott Baio) decides to leave school when his uncle (guest star John Astin) offers him a job.

  • Charles in Charge - Bottle Baby (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Bottle Baby

    Buddy's (Willie Aames) visiting cousin (guest star Mindy Cohn) reveals that she is an alcoholic.

  • Charles in Charge - Poppa, the Sailor Man (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Poppa, the Sailor Man

    Charles arranges a visit by Walter's father.

  • Charles in Charge - The Extremely Odd Couple (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Extremely Odd Couple

    Charles serves as the mediator in a feud between Walter and Lillian.

  • Charles in Charge - Role Model (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Role Model

    Buddy and Charles try to prove that Jamie's modeling school is a fraud.

  • Charles in Charge - Infatuation (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:


    Charles' relationship with his girlfriend is in danger when he becomes infatuated with a fashion model.

  • Charles in Charge - Speechless (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:


    Charles panics when he and Buddy are assigned an oral report in history class.

  • Charles in Charge - Dorm Warnings (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Dorm Warnings

    Charles moves in with Buddy, much to the Powells' disappointment.

  • Charles in Charge - Piece of Cake (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Piece of Cake

    Charles prepares for Cmdr. Powell's visit.

  • Charles in Charge - Yule Laff (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Yule Laff

    Charles and the Powells are stranded in a mountain cabin for the holidays after a storm hits.

  • Charles in Charge - The Undergraduate (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Undergraduate

    Ellen's (Sandra Kerns) married cousin (guest star Kay Lenz) makes a pass at Charles (Scott Baio).

  • Charles in Charge - Her Brother's Keeper (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Her Brother's Keeper

    Buddy and Charles teach a shy boy the finer points of a social life.

  • Charles in Charge - Lillian Putts a Round (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Lillian Putts a Round

    Charles worries when Lillian begins to date.

  • Charles in Charge - Baby Doll (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Baby Doll

    Charles plans a party to introduce the new chef at Sid's Pizza Parlor.

  • Charles in Charge - Twice Upon a Time (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Twice Upon a Time

    Charles' former girlfriend has second thoughts after she accepts his marriage proposal.

  • Charles in Charge - Twice Upon a Time (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Twice Upon a Time

    Charles proposes to his former girlfriend, who is about to marry another man.

  • Charles in Charge - A Job From Heck (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    A Job From Heck

    Charles advises Jamie to get a job so she can afford her expensive clothes.

  • Charles in Charge - The Case of the Mock Turtle Mystery (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    The Case of the Mock Turtle Mystery

    Accused turtle-killer Adam demands a trial.

  • Charles in Charge - U.F. Oh No! (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    U.F. Oh No!

    Charles and the Powells believe they've spotted a UFO.

  • Charles in Charge - Getting In (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Getting In

    Charles and Buddy try to join a fraternity.

  • Charles in Charge - Weekend Weary (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Weekend Weary

    Mrs. Powell orders Charles to have a relaxing weekend even though she's holding a yard sale.

  • Charles in Charge - Dear Charles (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Dear Charles

    Charles takes a job as an advice columnist.

  • Charles in Charge - Mama Mia (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Mama Mia

    Charles' mother takes the Powell children to a violent movie that Walter had forbidden the kids to see.

  • Charles in Charge - A Date From Heck (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    A Date From Heck

    Overprotective parents cast a cloud over Charles' date with an attractive girl.

  • Charles in Charge - Isn't That What's Her Face? (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Isn't That What's Her Face?

    Charles helps out a famous movie star who wants privacy when she attends college.

  • Charles in Charge - The Heart Burglar (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    The Heart Burglar

    Buddy's girlfriend is attracted to Charles; Sarah is infatuated with her new study partner.

  • Charles in Charge - Buddy in Charge (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Buddy in Charge

    While Charles is away, Buddy takes over his duties at the Powell house.

  • Charles in Charge - Music, Music, Mayhem (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Music, Music, Mayhem

    Mayhem erupts when Buddy sells Charles a broken cassette player.

  • Charles in Charge - Dating (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:


    The Powells and Charles suffer dating woes.

  • Charles in Charge - Trade Off (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Trade Off

    Charles uses the principles of bartering to solve a growing family crisis.

  • Charles in Charge - Pizza Parlor Protest (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Pizza Parlor Protest

    Charles attempts to save his favorite pizza parlor from the wrecker's ball.

  • Charles in Charge - A Fox in the Henhouse (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    A Fox in the Henhouse

    Cmdr. Powell's amorous shipmate visits Ellen.

  • Charles in Charge - Buddy Comes to Dinner (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Buddy Comes to Dinner

    Buddy's visit to the Powell home turns into an extended stay when he twists his ankle.

  • Charles in Charge - American Teen (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    American Teen

    Charles is reluctant to ask a French foreign exchange student for a date.

  • Charles in Charge - The Egg and Us (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Egg and Us

    Charles helps the Powell kids with a school project; Walter dates Buddy's grandmother.

  • Charles in Charge - The Loan Arranger (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Loan Arranger

    Charles loses his loan when his grades drop.

  • Charles in Charge - Feud for Thought (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Feud for Thought

    Charles attempts to help the Powell children with their problems.

  • Charles in Charge - The Naked Truth (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Naked Truth

    Charles is surprised when a friend poses nude for an art class.

  • Charles in Charge - Amityville (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Charles learns he will be the live-in helper for a new family after the Pembrokes move to Seattle.

  • Charles in Charge - Meet Grampa (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Meet Grampa

    Jill's father arrives from Alaska only to be greeted by mass confusion.

  • Charles in Charge - Mr. Brilliant (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Mr. Brilliant

    Charles invites an old chum of Jill's to dinner.

  • Charles in Charge - The Wrong Guy (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Wrong Guy

    The Pembrokes disapprove of Lila's new love.

  • Charles in Charge - Charles' Spring Break (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Charles' Spring Break

    Charles' Florida vacation is anything but relaxing.

  • Charles in Charge - Charles 'R' Us (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Charles 'R' Us

    Charles and Buddy start an agency for live-in helpers.

  • Charles in Charge - Snowed In (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Snowed In

    A snowstorm traps Charles with Lila's friends.

  • Charles in Charge - Pressure From Grandma (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Pressure From Grandma

    Grandma Irene makes Charles a business offer.

  • Charles in Charge - Jill's Decision (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Jill's Decision

    Jill is torn between her family and her job.

  • Charles in Charge - Mr. President (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Mr. President

    Charles vies with Elliot for class president.

  • Charles in Charge - The Commotion (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The Commotion

    Charles gets distracted while working on an important school project.

  • Charles in Charge - Accidental Puppy (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Accidental Puppy

    Charles and the gang care for a dog and it accidentally gets injured.

  • Charles in Charge - Home for the Holidays (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Home for the Holidays

    Mr. Pembroke's mother visits for Christmas.

  • Charles in Charge - Friends and Lovers (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Friends and Lovers

    Charles seethes when Gwendolyn dates another.

  • Charles in Charge - A Date with Enid (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    A Date with Enid

    Douglas' first love undergoes a makeover.

  • Charles in Charge - Trick or Treat (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Trick or Treat

    Charles checks out a dream date for unsure Buddy.

  • Charles in Charge - Discipline (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    Jill and Stan direct the children's school problems to Charles.

  • Charles in Charge - Slumber Party (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Slumber Party

    Charles must chaperon Lila's pajama party.

  • Charles in Charge - Cousin Elliott (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Cousin Elliott

    The children abandon Charles for a fun cousin.

  • Charles in Charge - War (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Charles stays neutral as the children squabble.

  • Charles in Charge - Another Saturday Night (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Another Saturday Night

    Charles gets caught in a feud between his girlfriend and Buddy.

  • Charles in Charge - Extracurricular Activity (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Extracurricular Activity

    Charles urges the children to try new hobbies.

  • Charles in Charge - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Charles invites Gwendolyn to the Pembrokes'.