Top of the Heap

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For the 1972 film, see Top of the Heap (film).
Top of the Heap
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Ron Leavitt
Arthur Silver
Starring Joseph Bologna
Matt LeBlanc
Joey Lauren Adams
Rita Moreno
Leslie Jordan
Fluffy the Cat
Robert Torti (last episode only)
Opening theme "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Kenny Yarbrough[1]
Composer(s) Michael Andreas
Kelly Brown
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (including pilot featured on Married... with Children)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) ELP Communications
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original channel Fox
Original run April 7, 1991 (1991-04-07) – May 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)
Followed by Vinnie & Bobby
Related shows Married... with Children

Top of the Heap is a 1991 Fox television sitcom that was a spin-off from Married... with Children. Though it lasted only seven episodes, it was nonetheless the most successful of three attempted Married...with Children spin-offs during the main series' run (the other two being "Radio Free Trumaine"[2] and "Enemies"[3]). The pilot was episode 20 of the fifth season of Married... with Children.[4]


Top of the Heap focused on the attempts of two minor Married... with Children characters—Charlie Verducci (Joseph Bologna) and his son Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc)—to get rich. Charlie's "master plan" is for Vinnie to marry into a wealthy family; to this end, the two Chicago slum residents try to get into high society. Vinnie also owns a cat, Mr. Fluffy, who is despised by Charlie. Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) is a girl from the Verduccis' neighborhood who has a crush on Vinnie, who tries to fend her off. Alixandra Stone (Rita Moreno) is the manager of a country club, and the object of Charlie's affections. Vinnie gets a job at a country club, which also employs a security guard, by the name of Emmet Lefebvre.

In some episodes actors from Married... with Children made guest appearances as their characters from the show, thus reinforcing the connection between the two series. Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) appeared in the pilot (which itself was an episode of Married... with Children), Bud Bundy (David Faustino) made an appearance in an episode in the country club, and Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) appeared twice on the show in cameo appearances. None of the three Bundys made an appearance together, however.

In 1992, there was a continuation of this series entitled Vinnie & Bobby; it also lasted for only seven episodes.[5] The only characters continued over to this version was the eponymous Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc), Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) and Bobby Grazzo (Robert Torti), who only appeared in the last episode of this version of the show.


  • Note: The table counts the backdoor pilot on Married... with Children as the first episode, but also qualifies in the "Appearances in Other Shows" section, after all, it was on another show. Without this change, Mona Mullins would not be in any Married... with Children episodes, Charlie Verducci would only be in one ("Old Ones But Young'ns"), and Vinnie Verducci would be in two ("Old Ones But Young'ns" and "Kelly Takes Hollywood: Part 1").
Actor Role Appearances in Other Shows Episodes Appeared Total Episode Count
Joseph Bologna Charlie Verducci 2, Two episodes of Married... with Children 1-7 7
Matt LeBlanc Vinnie Verducci 10, Three episodes of Married... with Children,
all of Vinnie & Bobby
1-7 7
Joey Lauren Adams Mona Mullins 8, One episode of Married... with Children,
all of Vinnie & Bobby
1-7 7
Mr. Fluffy the Cat Mr. Fluffy the Cat 1 episode of Married... with Children 1-7 7
Rita Moreno Alixandra Stone 0, no reference or appearance 2, 4-7 5
Leslie Jordan Emmet Lefebvre 0, no reference or appearance 2, 4-7 5
Christina Applegate Kelly Bundy 255, most of Married... with Children 3, 5 2
David Faustino Bud Bundy 257, most of Married... with Children 2 1
Ed O'Neill Al Bundy 259, all of Married... with Children 1 1
Robert Torti Bobby Grazzo 7, all of Vinnie & Bobby 7 1

Episode list[edit]

  1. "Top of the Heap" / 1991-04-07
  2. "The Agony and The Agony" / 1991-04-14
  3. "Behind the Eight Ball" / 1991-04-21
  4. "Stocks and Bondages" / 1991-04-28
  5. "The Last Temptation of Charlie" / 1991-05-05
  6. "The Marrying Guy" / 1991-05-12
  7. "Mona by Moonlight" / 1992-05-19


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Top of the Heap" Gerry Cohen Ron Leavitt & Arthur Silver April 7, 1991

Pilot episode: After Vinnie loses his last boxing match (and Charlie wins Al's TV in a bet), Charlie comes up with a plan to get Vinnie to marry a rich woman, so they crash a high society party.
Guest appearance by Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.

Originally an episode of Married... With Children, and retains the opening theme of that show (Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra) rather than Puttin' on the Ritz
2 "The Agony and the Agony" Linda Day Mike Scully & Lenny Ripps April 14, 1991

Vinnie gets a job working at a country club as an assistant to the manager, and Charlie gets the hots for her.
Guest appearance by David Faustino as Bud Bundy.

First appearance of both Alixandra and Emmet, as well as the show's theme song and opening credits, Puttin' on the Ritz
3 "Behind the Eight Ball" Linda Day Kimberley Young April 21, 1991

Charlie overhears that a guy he is hustling at pool is a godfather.
Guest appearance by Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy.

Both Alixandra and Emmet are absent from this episode
4 "Stocks and Bondages" Linda Day Jonathan Collier April 28, 1991

A hot stock tip sends Charlie to a loan shark, where he gets $10,000, but Vinnie doesn't get the money invested.

Alixandra and Emmet return for the rest of the show
5 "The Last Temptation of Charlie" Gerry Cohen Lenny Ripps & Arthur Silver May 5, 1991

Charlie has a hard time convincing Vinnie that he didn't sell their cat, Mr. Fluffy, to pay for the television he claims to have won.

Guest appearance by Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy.
6 "The Marrying Guy" Tony Singletary Kimberly Young, Mike Scully & Wayne Kline May 12, 1991
Vinnie meets his first girlfriend on her wedding day, but Vinnie catches the groom with another woman.
7 "Mona by Moonlight" Tony Singletary N/A May 19, 1991

Vinnie must take the owner's stepdaughter (a high fashion model) to a prom held at the club, but Mona also wants Vinnie to take her. Guest appearance by Robert Torti as Bobby Grazzo.

Last Appearances of Charlie, Alixandra, Emmet and Fluffy. The series would continue in Vinnie & Bobby.


  1. ^ Top of the Heap at TV
  2. ^ "Radio Free Trumaine" at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Enemies" at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Married with Children: Top of the Heap" at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Vinnie & Bobby at the Internet Movie Database