Rocky Road (TV series)

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Rocky Road
Rocky Road TV series logo.jpg
Created by Arthur Annecharico
Starring Maylo McCaslin
Desiree Boschetti
Georg Olden
Lilly Moon
Marcianne Warman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 71
Production
Executive producer(s) Arthur Annecharico
Producer(s) Gene Abravaya
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios, Los Angeles
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) The Arthur Company
Broadcast
Original channel Superstation WTBS
Picture format Color
Original run September 2, 1985 (1985-09-02) – June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26)

Rocky Road is an American situation comedy that was originally broadcast on the Superstation WTBS cable network from September 2, 1985 to June 26, 1987. Produced by Arthur Annecharico, the series follows three young siblings who run a beach-front ice cream parlor, and aired Monday nights as part of WTBS' line-up of original "family programming", which also included Down to Earth and Safe at Home. During its three season run, the series underwent several cast changes and starred Maylo McCaslin, Desiree Boschetti, Georg Olden, Lily Moon, and Marcianne Warman.[1][2][3][4][5]

Premise[edit]

Main cast for season 3 of Rocky Road

The series centers around the three young Stuart siblings who live and work in a Pismo Beach boardwalk ice cream parlor that they inherit from their recently deceased parents. The Stuart kids – Jessica, the 22-year-old eldest and legal guardian of her two younger siblings; Robbie, the 17-year-old middle sibling and self-appointed "idea man"; and Cindi, the 12-year-old youngest sibling – somehow find a way keep the struggling ice cream parlor afloat with the help (and interference) of their neighbors on the beach.[2][3][5]

Jessica struggles to keep the family together while balancing a life of her own. Robbie is a typical teenager whose "bright ideas" have a tendency to backfire. And Cindi consistently finds adventures amidst a world of eccentric adults. Suzie Quartermain, the boardwalk's young lifeguard, is a fun-loving "party girl" whose antics always keep things interesting. Sandy Bradshaw, the boardwalk's police officer, is a bumbling young rookie who often finds himself in some mix-up. Lucas Buchanan, who owns the boardwalk's bait shop, watches over the Stuart kids and reminisces about the escapades of his younger days, before eventually selling the bait shop to retired Marine officer, Frank Wilson, Sr. and his teenage son, Frank, Jr.[2][3][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Jessica Stuart (Maylo McCaslin, season 1; Desiree Boschetti, seasons 2–3)
  • Robbie Stuart (Georg Olden, seasons 1–3)
  • Cindi Stuart (Lilly Moon, season 1; Marcianne Warman, seasons 2–3)
  • Suzie Quartermain (Kelly Ann Conn, seasons 1–3)
  • Sandy Bradshaw (Jim Menza, seasons 1–2)
  • Lucas Buchanan (Lewis Arquette, seasons 1–2)
  • Frank Wilson, Sr. (Fred Morsell, season 3)
  • Frank Wilson, Jr. (Joey Green, season 3)[2][4][5]

Production[edit]

Rocky Road was created by three-time Emmy Award winner Arthur Annecharico and was produced by his production company "The Arthur Company" for TBS. An attempt at producing sitcoms on a budget, each episode of Rocky Road was estimated to cost $100,000 to produce, approximately ¼ the cost of network sitcoms of the time. The series was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in Los Angeles, California and premiered in its 7:05 pm time-slot on September 2, 1985 as part of TBS's Monday night line-up of its original shows Down to Earth (airing at 6:05 pm) and Safe at Home (airing at 6:35 pm) which, at the time, were both also produced by The Arthur Company.[1][2][3]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Production
code
1 1 "Miss Boardwalk" September 2, 1985 (1985-09-02) 001
2 2 "Handcuffed" September 9, 1985 (1985-09-09) 002
3 3 "The Great American Kiss Off" September 16, 1985 (1985-09-16) 003
4 4 "Buried Treasure" September 23, 1985 (1985-09-23) 004
5 5 "The Formula" September 30, 1985 (1985-09-30) 005
6 6 "Knives Near the Water" October 7, 1985 (1985-10-07) 006
7 7 "Sister Was a Centerfold" October 14, 1985 (1985-10-14) 007
8 8 "Spellbound" October 21, 1985 (1985-10-21) 008
9 9 "Curse" October 28, 1985 (1985-10-28) 009
10 10 "The Critic" November 4, 1985 (1985-11-04) 010
11 11 "Trading Spaces" November 11, 1985 (1985-11-11) 011
12 12 "You Make Me Feel So Young" November 18, 1985 (1985-11-18) 012
13 13 "Boardwalk Melody" November 25, 1985 (1985-11-25) 013

Season 2[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Production
code
14 1 "My Guy" December 2, 1985 (1985-12-02) 014
15 2 "The Creature That Ate the Boardwalk" December 9, 1985 (1985-12-09) 015
16 3 "Sandy, She Wrote" December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16) 016
17 4 "Suzie Claus Is Coming to Town" December 23, 1985 (1985-12-23) 022
18 5 "B. My Love" December 30, 1985 (1985-12-30) 019
19 6 "The Exterminators" January 6, 1986 (1986-01-06) 017
20 7 "The Buck Stops Here" January 13, 1986 (1986-01-13) 023
21 8 "Bully for You" January 20, 1986 (1986-01-20) 018
22 9 "Big Sister Blues" January 27, 1986 (1986-01-27) 020
23 10 "Mr. October" February 10, 1986 (1986-02-10) 021
24 11 "Partners" February 17, 1986 (1986-02-17) 024
25 12 "The Big Two-three" February 24, 1986 (1986-02-24) 025
26 13 "Buchanan and Son" March 3, 1986 (1986-03-03) 026
27 14 "Tonsils" March 10, 1986 (1986-03-10) 027
28 15 "A Robbie Production" March 17, 1986 (1986-03-17) 028
29 16 "Hurricane" March 24, 1986 (1986-03-24) 029
30 17 "Two Tickets for Bruce" April 7, 1986 (1986-04-07) 030
31 18 "The Oddest Couple" May 5, 1986 (1986-05-05) 036
32 19 "The Wrong Mr. Right" May 12, 1986 (1986-05-12) 037
33 20 "Real Men Eat Quiche" May 19, 1986 (1986-05-19) 032
34 21 "Jessica's Old Flame" May 26, 1986 (1986-05-26) 034
35 22 "Bicycle Thief" June 2, 1986 (1986-06-02) 038
36 23 "Dueling Dads" June 3, 1986 (1986-06-03) 031
37 24 "Lucas' Nephew" June 5, 1986 (1986-06-05) 035
38 25 "Big Brother Is Watching" June 6, 1986 (1986-06-06) 039
39 26 "Jessica's Vacation" June 9, 1986 (1986-06-09) 041
40 27 "Robbie's Inheritance" June 11, 1986 (1986-06-11) 033
41 28 "Misfortune Cookie" June 12, 1986 (1986-06-12) 042
42 29 "Jess, You Is My Mother Now" June 13, 1986 (1986-06-13) 040

Season 3[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Production
code
43 1 "Junior High School Confidential" September 5, 1986 (1986-09-05) 048
44 2 "Fair Weather Friends" September 12, 1986 (1986-09-12) 050
45 3 "Suzie Moves In" September 19, 1986 (1986-09-19) 058
46 4 "Rockin' Robbie" September 26, 1986 (1986-09-26) 055
47 5 "Bringing Up Baby" October 3, 1986 (1986-10-03) 044
48 6 "A Horse Is a Horse" October 10, 1986 (1986-10-10) 049
49 7 "Fear of Flying" October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17) 051
50 8 "Davey Jones' Locket" October 31, 1986 (1986-10-31) 054
51 9 "Jessica's College Roommate" November 6, 1986 (1986-11-06) 043
52 10 "Junk Food Junkie" November 11, 1986 (1986-11-11) 046
53 11 "Brain Bowl" November 12, 1986 (1986-11-12) 047
54 12 "The New Lucas" November 19, 1986 (1986-11-19) 052
55 13 "Love for Sale" November 20, 1986 (1986-11-20) 053
56 14 "Cindi's Identity Crisis" November 24, 1986 (1986-11-24) 056
57 15 "Boardwalk Blues" November 26, 1986 (1986-11-26) 057
58 16 "Credit Crunch" March 20, 1987 (1987-03-20) 059
59 17 "Frank Wilson & Son" March 27, 1987 (1987-03-27) 060
60 18 "Why Frank Senior Can't Read" April 3, 1987 (1987-04-03) 061
61 19 "Green Eyed Monster" April 10, 1987 (1987-04-10) 062
62 20 "To Go or Not to Go" April 17, 1987 (1987-04-17) 063
63 21 "The Return of Jerry" April 24, 1987 (1987-04-24) 064
64 22 "Moscow on the Boardwalk" May 1, 1987 (1987-05-01) 065
65 23 "Stuart's Folly" May 8, 1987 (1987-05-08) 066
66 24 "Terms of Agreement" May 15, 1987 (1987-05-15) 067
67 25 "Witness for the Persecution" May 29, 1987 (1987-05-29) 069
68 26 "Drinking Buddies" June 5, 1987 (1987-06-05) 070
69 27 "Food for Thought" June 12, 1987 (1987-06-12) 071
70 28 "Bye, Bye, Jerry" June 19, 1987 (1987-06-19) 072
71 29 "True Colors" June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26) 075

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominee Category Result Ref.
1986 Young Artist Award Georg Olden Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special Nominated [6]
1987 Young Artist Award Rocky Road Best Cable Series Nominated [7]
Young Artist Award Georg Olden Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special Nominated
Young Artist Award Devon Odessa Best Young Actress in a Cable Series or Special Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Associated Press (June 4, 1985). "Author Co. makes cable comedies". The Madison Courier. 
  2. ^ a b c d e John Carman (September 2, 1985). "Latest comedy has 'Rocky Road' to hoe on WTBS". The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 
  3. ^ a b c d Charles Witbeck (August 29, 1986). "High quality TV seeks out low costs". The Times-News. 
  4. ^ a b George Fergus. "'Rocky Road' – a titles and airdates guide". EpGuides.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Life's a thrill for 'Gorgeous Georg' Olden". Teen Idols Mania!. July 1986. p. 56. 
  6. ^ "8th Annual Youth In Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "9th Annual Youth In Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 

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