A Family for Joe

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A Family for Joe
Genre Sitcom
Written by Philip Rosenthal [1]
Oliver Goldstick [1]
Starring Robert Mitchum
Juliette Lewis
Ben Savage
Jessica Player
David Lascher
Barry Gordon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Grosso-Jacobson Productions
NBC Productions
Original network NBC
Original release March 24 – August 19, 1990

A Family for Joe is an American television movie and subsequent series, both starring Robert Mitchum in the title role. The half-hour show premiered on NBC on March 24, 1990.[2] Nine episodes of the series were filmed.[3]


A Family for Joe is about the Bankston children, 15-year-old Holly (Juliette Lewis), 16-year-old Nick (David Lascher), 9-year-old Chris (Ben Savage), and 7-year-old Mary (Jessica Player) who have been recently orphaned. Rather than have themselves split up into foster care, they find a homeless man, Joe (Robert Mitchum), to live with them and act as their grandfather.


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the series a D, stating that "the kids are leering little creeps, the jokes are moronic, and Joe's homelessness is already absent from the show's current scripts".[4]

In the DVD series, "The Write Environment", writer Philip Rosenthal (who would go on to create Everybody Loves Raymond) talks about being a staff writer on the series.


  1. ^ a b "'Raymond' creator pacts for $16 mil deal". Variety. July 30, 1997. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Capsules". Entertainment Weekly. March 23, 1990. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin (April 22, 1990). "Theater; A Scarsdale Student 'Ready For Prime Time'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 13, 1990). "TV reviews for the week of April 13". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 

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