Spencer (TV series)

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Spencer
Also known as Under One Roof
Genre Situation comedy
Starring Chad Lowe (episodes 1–6)
Ross Harris (episodes 7–13)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Mort Lachman[1]
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01) – May 11, 1985 (1985-05-11)

Spencer, later titled Under One Roof, is an American teen situation comedy broadcast on NBC for one season starting in December 1984. The show originally starred Chad Lowe as high school student Spencer Winger, Mimi Kennedy as his mother Doris Winger, and Ronny Cox as his father George Winger.[2]

Lowe left the series in 1985 after six episodes and was replaced by Ross Harris, who assumed the role of Spencer. At that time the show's title was changed from Spencer to Under One Roof; the first episode with the new title aired March 23, 1985. Cox also left the show during the retooling, his character written off as having left the family for a 23-year-old woman. Harold Gould and Frances Sternhagen were added to the cast as Spencer's maternal grandparents.[1][2]

Former WKRP in Cincinnati star Richard Sanders played a high school guidance counselor in the series.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Chad Lowe as Spencer Winger - 1984
  • Ross Harris as Spencer Winger - 1985
  • Mimi Kennedy as Doris Winger
  • Ronny Cox as George Winger
  • Amy Locane as Andrea Winger
  • Grant Heslov as Wayne
  • David Greenlee as (Herbie) Bailey - pilot episode
  • Dean Cameron as Bailey
  • Frances Sternhagen as Millie Sprague
  • Harold Gould as Ben Sprague
  • Richard Sanders as Benjamin Beanley
  • Beverly Archer as Miss Spier

Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "Pilot" Bill Persky Sy Rosen 1 December 1984
Spencer Winger, the typical American teenager constantly getting into trouble, decides to free the school's laboratory mice.
2 "The Divorcee" * * 8 December 1984
Spencer – for once being pursued by a female – is more nervous than delighted, since his admirer is a divorced friend of his mother's.
3 "Spencer Joins the Army" John Tracy Chet Dowling,
Sandy Krinski
15 December 1984
When Spencer, Wayne and Bailey are expelled for cheating, they try to enlist in the army.
4 "Fast Times" * * 22 December 1984
Spencer seeks a date with Marsha (Olivia Barash), a girl with a certain reputation, in hopes of losing his virginity.
5 "The World's Worst Date" Lila Garrett Shelly Zellman 29 December 1984
Spencer is disappointed when his mother arranges a blind date for him on New Year's Eve. But he quickly changes his attitude when he sees his date.
6 "The Drive-In" Lila Garrett Chet Dowling,
Sandy Krinski,
Judy Merl
12 January 1985
Spencer feels a bit uptight when his best friend Wayne asks his little sister out on a date.
7 "The Grandparents Move In" John Tracy Chet Dowling,
Sandy Krinski
23 March 1985
8 "Millie's Affair" John Tracy Sybil Adelman,
Martin Sage
30 March 1985
9 "Voices in the Hall" John Tracy Jerry Ross 6 April 1985
10 "Doris and the Tutor" John Tracy Neil Rosen,
George Tricker
13 April 1985
11 "Crazy Girl" Lila Garrett James Berg,
Stan Zimmerman
20 April 1985
12 "Wayne's Nose Job" Lila Garrett Bob Bendetson,
Howard Bendetson
4 May 1985
13 "Grandpa the Lover" Lila Garrett Pamela Chais 11 May 1985

* Unknown

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "TV World". The Bryan Times. March 19, 1985. p. 7. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Buck, Jerry (March 23, 1985). "'Spencer' Is Now 'Under One Roof'". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 7. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 

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