Charlie & Co.
|Charlie & Co.|
|Also known as||''Charlie & Company''|
|Created by||Allan Katz|
Kristoff St. John
|Theme music composer||Merald "Bubba" Knight
|Opening theme||"Family", performed by Gladys Knight|
|Composer(s)||Perry Botkin, Jr.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18 (1 unaired)|
|Location(s)||ABC Television Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Allan Katz Productions
Bob Henry Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||September 18, 1985– May 16, 1986|
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. Unlike The Cosby Show, which ran for eight seasons, Charlie & Co. lasted for only one.
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-in-law, Aunt Rachel.
CBS canceled the series in May 1986.
- Flip Wilson as Charles "Charlie" Richmond
- Gladys Knight as Diana Richmond
- Kristoff St. John as Charlie "Junior" Richmond, Jr.
- Fran Robinson as Lauren Richmond
- Jaleel White as Robert Richmond
- Della Reese as Aunt Rachel (1986)
- Ray Girardin as Walter Simpson
- Richard Karron as Milton Bieberman
- Kip King as Ronald Sandler
- Terence McGovern as Jim Coyle
- Eddie Velez as Miguel Santana
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate|
|1||"Pilot"||Alan Rafkin||Allan Katz||September 18, 1985|
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"||Alan Rafkin||Michael Kagan||September 25, 1985|
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"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 2, 1985|
|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?"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 9, 1985|
|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"||Alan Rafkin||Michael Kagan||October 16, 1985|
Charlie and Diana soon regret letting Charlie's co-worker move in during his marital spat.
|6||"Like Father, Like Son"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 23, 1985|
|Junior is sorely taxed by Charlie's sudden desire to be more of a pal than a father.|
|7||"Will Be Around"||Alan Rafkin||Gary Gilbert||October 30, 1985|
The children are upset when Charlie talks of making out a will following a brush with death.
|8||"Operation Richmond"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||November 6, 1985|
|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"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||November 13, 1985|
|Charlie's behavior at a faculty party he and Diana attend threatens the celebration of their 20th anniversary.|
|10||"For the Love of Lauren"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||November 27, 1985|
|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?"||Alan Rafkin||Bill Richmond||December 4, 1985|
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"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||December 11, 1985|
|Charlie's looking forward to spending Christmas with his family, but Junior and Lauren have other ideas.|
|13||"Beaus and Arrows"||Alan Rafkin||Allan Katz (Story) and Michael Kagan (Teleplay)||December 25, 1985|
Diana's old college boyfriend returns.
|14||"Here's Rachel"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||January 28, 1986|
|Della Reese joins the cast as Aunt Rachel.|
|15||"Rachel and the Stranger"||Alan Rafkin||Liz Sage||April 25, 1986|
|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"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||May 2, 1986|
|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"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||May 9, 1986|
|Bored with school, Junior decides to join the Army.|
|18||"Rent and Rave"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||Unaired|
|The Richmonds face a rent increase.|
Awards and nominations
|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||
- "Blacks on TV: Tuning in to the New Season". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 40 (12): 68–69. October 1985. ISSN 0012-9011.
- "CBS Yanks 'Charlie & Co.', 'Trapper' In New Season". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 70 (10): 61. 1986-05-26. ISSN 0021-5996.