Charlie & Co.

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Charlie & Co.
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Also known as Charlie & Company
Genre Sitcom
Created by Allan Katz
Starring Flip Wilson
Gladys Knight
Kristoff St. John
Fran Robinson
Jaleel White
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (1 unaired)
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Allan Katz Productions
Bob Henry Productions Inc.
20th Century Fox Television
Original channel CBS
Original release September 18, 1985 (1985-09-18) – May 16, 1986 (1986-05-16)

Charlie & Co. (also known as Charlie & Company) is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1985 to May 16, 1986. Created by Allan Katz, the series stars Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight. Charlie & Co. is regarded as CBS's answer to The Cosby Show, which was a ratings success for NBC at the time.[1] Unlike The Cosby Show, which ran for eight seasons, Charlie & Co. lasted for only one.


The series follows a middle class African American family that lived on the South Side of Chicago.

Charlie Richmond (Flip Wilson), a black middle-class employee of the Division of Highways, who juggled his work and home life with his lovely wife, Diana, a schoolteacher played by Gladys Knight. The couple had three children: sixteen-year-old "Junior" (Kristoff St. John), fifteen-year-old Lauren (Fran Robinson) and nine-year-old Robert (Jaleel White).

Della Reese joined the cast during the latter half of the first season as Charlie's sister, Aunt Rachel.

CBS canceled the series in May 1986.[2]



# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Pilot" September 18, 1985 (1985-09-18)
Charlie is asked by Junior to speak at Career Day at his school. All is well until Charlie freezes up with a case of stage fright.
2 "Easy for You to Say" September 25, 1985 (1985-09-25)
Charlie faces difficult tasks on the home front: he has to cancel the family's camping trip due to work---and Lauren wants to discuss sex.
3 "Muggers or Us" October 2, 1985 (1985-10-02)
Charlie wants Diana to transfer to another school after there's an incident of vandalism at her school.
4 "Buddy Can You Spare My Dime?" October 9, 1985 (1985-10-09)
Charlie struggles to find the nerve to ask for the money his boss owes him, while the family struggles through Diana's nutrition campaign.
5 "The World According to Jim" October 16, 1985 (1985-10-16)
Charlie and Diana soon regret letting Charlie's co-worker move in during his marital spat.
6 "Like Father, Like Son" October 23, 1985 (1985-10-23)
Junior is sorely taxed by Charlie's sudden desire to be more of a pal than a father.
7 "Will Be Around" October 30, 1985 (1985-10-30)
The children are upset when Charlie talks of making out a will following a brush with death.
8 "Operation Richmond" November 6, 1985 (1985-11-06)
Just after the family decides to cut back on expenses, Charlie has to go into the hospital for an operation.
9 "Happy Anniversary...Sort Of" November 13, 1985 (1985-11-13)
Charlie's behavior at a faculty party he and Diana attend threatens the celebration of their 20th anniversary.
10 "For the Love of Lauren" November 27, 1985 (1985-11-27)
A jilted Lauren thinks all men are jerks, until she attends a concert with a consoling Miguel, the ladies' man of Charlie's office.
11 "Who's Watching the Roads" December 4, 1985 (1985-12-04)
Charlie's co-workers plan to take full advantage of their boss's absence, despite the fact that he left Charlie in charge.
12 "Silent Knight" December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11)
Charlie's looking forward to spending Christmas with his family, but Junior and Lauren have other ideas.
13 "Beaus and Arrows" December 25, 1985 (1985-12-25)
Diana's old college boyfriend returns.
14 "Here's Rachel" January 28, 1986 (1986-01-28)
Della Reese joins the cast as Aunt Rachel.
15 "Rachel and the Stranger" April 25, 1986 (1986-04-25)
After a burglary, Aunt Rachel is too scared to return alone to her apartment, so Diana volunteers Charlie to stay overnight with her.
16 "When You Least Expect It" May 2, 1986 (1986-05-02)
The family knows that Diana has something on her mind, but she won't talk until she's sure---that she's pregnant.
17 "Don't Take My Son... Please" May 9, 1986 (1986-05-09)
Bored with school, Junior decides to join the Army.
18 "Rent and Rave" Unaired
The Richmonds face a rent increase.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1986 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Young Supporting Actor in a New Television Series Jaleel White
Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series Fran Robinson
Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series Kristoff St. John
Best New Television Series - Comedy or Drama

Reunion of Knight and White[edit]

In March 2012, over 25 years after the series' cancellation, Gladys Knight and Jaleel White would reunite on-screen as competing contestants on the spring 2012 season of Dancing with the Stars.


  1. ^ "Blacks on TV: Tuning in to the New Season". Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company) 40 (12): 68–69. October 1985. ISSN 0012-9011. 
  2. ^ "CBS Yanks 'Charlie & Co.', 'Trapper' In New Season". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company) 70 (10): 61. 1986-05-26. ISSN 0021-5996. 

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