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Charlie Hoover

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Charlie Hoover
Created byIan Gurvitz
StarringTim Matheson
Sam Kinison
Lucy Webb
Bill Maher
Ending themeJoey Carbone
Dennis E. Belfield
ComposersJoey Carbone
Robert Crew
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producersIan Gurvitz
Marc Gurvitz
Lillah McCarthy
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesIan Gurvitz Productions
Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
New World Television
TriStar Television
Original release
ReleaseNovember 9 (1991-11-09) –
December 28, 1991 (1991-12-28)

Charlie Hoover is an American sitcom which aired on Fox from November 9 to December 28, 1991, starring Tim Matheson in the lead role and Sam Kinison, Lucy Webb and Bill Maher.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]



Charlie Hoover (Tim Matheson) is a man who just reached middle age when one day the voice within his head materializes in the form of Hugh (Sam Kinison), a foot-high miniature alter ego. Hugh guides Charlie on the path to getting his life in order.




No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Happy Birthday to Hugh"Peter BaldwinIan GurvitzNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
On his depressing 40th birthday, Charlie meets his alter ego — a pint-sized loudmouth in a long coat — who helps him start to get it together, and helps him to get his promotion.
2"Happy Anniversary"Jeff MelmanAdam Markowitz & Bill FreibergerNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
To celebrate his anniversary right, Charlie takes Hugh's advice and sets up a romantic anniversary celebration; unfortunately it's the same night he must make a business dinner.
3"Two for the Road"Jeff MelmanArt Everett & Nelson CostelloNovember 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)
Hugh is horrified when Charlie decides it may be time to get a vasectomy.
4"Mother-in-Law"Rob SchillerDavid ChambersNovember 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)
With Hugh's help, Charlie learns how to deal with his mother-in-law.
5"Out of the Frying Pan"Jeff MelmanJoe ToplynDecember 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
Emily has a problem with her cooking teacher and Doris has a blind date.
6"Old Flame"David TrainerStephen PaymerDecember 21, 1991 (1991-12-21)
A co-worker chases Charlie in search of a fling, which is something Charlie also needs because two months earlier Helen left with the kids.
7"Roll One for Ed"David TrainerScott BuckDecember 28, 1991 (1991-12-28)
When a co-worker dies, Charlie travels to Atlantic City to complete the man's dream of taking $100 and gambling it away.


  1. ^ "Charlie Hoover". TV Guide. 1991.
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (May 21, 1993). "A Tribute to Sam Kinison". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008.
  3. ^ "Universal Set To Scream For Sam Kinison Biography". IGN. September 18, 2000.
  4. ^ Cerone, Daniel (October 18, 1991). "Fox Makes Prime-Time Changes : Television: Moves include canceling 'The Ultimate Challenge' and launching a comedy series with Sam Kinison. The changes take effect Nov. 9". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Murray, Noel (February 17, 2009). "Tim Matheson". The A.V. Club.
  6. ^ "Charlie Hoover". Sitcomsonline.com.
  7. ^ "Charlie Hoover". EpGuides,com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-05.