The show focused on an Italian-American widower, Joe Vitale, who lived in Hoboken, New Jersey with his two teenage sons, Mark and Nick. Gus Duzik worked with him as a typical middle-class family worker at the Hoboken Sheet and Tube Company. Estelle was a cocktail waitress who lived in the apartment across the hall who helped Joe with his sons and liked to cook an occasional meal for the family.
Series pilot: Joe is worried about the mysterious behavior of his older son, who has been coming home late and falling asleep in class.
9 September 1975 (1975-09-09)
Blue collar worker Joe Vitale, a widower, has his hands full with two growing sons and an odd assortment of concerned friends, family and neighbors. A theological crisis begins the season, as the older boy declares his doubt in the existence of God.
23 September 1975 (1975-09-23)
Joe is enraged when he discovers that his 12-year-old son's biology book contains an explicit section on sex education.
30 September 1975 (1975-09-30)
The promise of romance has Joe in a fever of anticipation as he prepares for a reunion with the bombshell of his high school class.
7 October 1975 (1975-10-07)
Joe worries when he learns that Mark is dating the daughter of wild Flora (Dimitra Arliss), a woman who had a dubious reputation in high school.
14 October 1975 (1975-10-14)
During a pandemonium-filled morning, Joe must choose between attending an annual boat ride with Gus or chauffeuring his kids around the city.
"A Real Lady"
21 October 1975 (1975-10-21)
Josephine plays matchmaker, arranging a blind date between Joe and a widow who inherited a garbage-truck company from her husband.
"Uncle Charlie's Problem"
4 November 1975 (1975-11-04)
Joe willingly agrees to take Uncle Charlie after the sprightly old codger runs away from a retirement home.
"The Desperate Minutes"
21 November 1975 (1975-11-21)
Gus is suing the city of Hoboken for $2,000,000 for "bodily injuries and mental anguish" he suffered while riding a bus that collided with a car.
"Clothes Don't Necessarily Make the Man"
2 December 1975 (1975-12-02)
Nick claims to be studying ballet for cultural enrichment, but his Aunt Josephine is beginning to worry about her nephew's masculinity.
16 December 1975 (1975-12-16)
A house plant left by Mark's long-haired friend is making Joe nervous; he's sure it's marijuana.
23 December 1975 (1975-12-23)
Nick, who has taken great pains to hide his bed-wetting from the others, finds himself the object of much concern when his secret is discovered.
"Thou Shalt Steal"
6 January 1976 (1976-01-06)
Gus fears for his life after running out of a crap game without paying up his losses.
"Jimmy Flynn's Wake"
13 January 1976 (1976-01-13)
Joe is trapped into holding a wake at his house for Gus's lately departed friend even though he never even knew the guy.