Bustin' Loose (TV series)

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This article is about the 1987-1988 television series. For the 1977 situation comedy, see Busting Loose (TV series).
Bustin' Loose
Genre Sitcom
Written by Cindy Begel
Lesa Kite
Lisa Medway
Chuck Tately
Kevin White
Directed by Marlene Laird
Bob Lally
Alan Myerson
Starring Jimmie Walker
Vonetta McGee
Aaron Lohr
Tyren Perry
Reagan Marie Cole
Larry O. Williams, Jr.
Theme music composer Ron Boustead
Greg Poree
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Topper Carew
Producer(s) Alyce S. Carew
Allan Manings
Alan Myerson
Linda Nieber
Editor(s) Mike Gavaldon
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Universal TV
Original channel Syndication
Original run September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) – September 11, 1988 (1988-09-11)
Related shows Bustin' Loose

Bustin' Loose is an American situation comedy that was loosely based on the 1981 film of the same name starring Richard Pryor.[1] The series premiered in first-run syndication in 1987 and lasted for a single season.

The show should not be confused with Busting Loose, an unrelated CBS situation comedy broadcast in 1977.


The series stars Jimmie Walker (of Good Times fame) as Sonny Barnes, a former con artist, who had been caught by the authorities and sentenced to five years of community service. He was placed in the home of social worker Mimi Shaw (Vonetta McGee), who lived with four orphans: Rudey (Larry O. Williams, Jr.), Trish (Tyren Perry), Nikky (Aaron Lohr) and Sue Anne (Marie Cole). Sonny lived in the basement and worked around the house doing odd jobs. Meanwhile, the kids all loved listening to Sonny's ofttimes exaggerated tales.[2]


Episode list[edit]

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
1 1 "The First Day of the Rest of My Life" No synopsis available. September 19, 1987
2 2 "The Baby" No synopsis available. September 26, 1987
3 3 "Turn Around" No synopsis available. October 3, 1987
4 4 "Cold Water Blues" No synopsis available. October 10, 1987
5 5 "Homeless, Sweet Homeless" No synopsis available. October 17, 1987
6 6 "Sisters" No synopsis available. October 24, 1987
7 7 "Go For the Gold" No synopsis available. October 31, 1987
8 8 "Wet Weather Ahead" No synopsis available. November 7, 1987
9 9 "I Paint What I See" No synopsis available. November 14, 1987
10 10 "Rain, Rain, Go Away" No synopsis available. November 21, 1987
11 11 "Seems Like Old Times" No synopsis available. November 28, 1987
12 12 "Words of Wisdom" No synopsis available. December 5, 1987
13 13 "The Kindest Cut" No synopsis available. January 30, 1988
14 14 "Doo Wop" No synopsis available. February 6, 1988
15 15 "Oh, Big Brother" No synopsis available. February 13, 1988
16 16 "Scammed Straight" No synopsis available. February 20, 1988
17 17 "The Grass Isn't Greener" No synopsis available. February 27, 1988
18 18 "Snow Place Like Home" No synopsis available. March 5, 1988
19 19 "The Parent Trap" No synopsis available. April 9, 1988
20 20 "The Gang's All Here" No synopsis available. April 16, 1988
21 21 "I Am Woman" No synopsis available. April 23, 1988
22 22 "Nostalgia Ain't What it Used to Be" No synopsis available. April 30, 1988
23 23 "Rudeo and Tricia-ette" No synopsis available. May 7, 1988
24 24 "It's a Great Big Wonderful World" No synopsis available. May 14, 1988
25 25 "What's a Nice Girl Like You ...?" No synopsis available. May 21, 1988
26 26 "It's a Pizza Cake" No synopsis available. May 28, 1988

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Awards Nominated The Most Promising New Fall Television Series
Outstanding Young Actors/Actresses Ensemble in Television or Motion Picture Marie Cole, Aaron Lohr, Tyren Perry, and Larry O. Williams, Jr.


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