Shaping Up

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This article is about the 1984 TV show. For the album and song by "The Sherbs", see Shaping Up (album).
Not to be confused with shape up (disambiguation).
Shaping Up
Also known as ''Welcome to the Club''
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ken Estin
Sam Simon
Written by Ken Estin
Merrill Markoe
Sam Simon
Directed by Michael Lessac
Starring Leslie Nielsen
Michael Fontaine
Jennifer Tilly
Shawn Weatherly
Jake Steinfeld
Composer(s) Fletcher Adams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Executive producer(s) Ken Estin
Sam Simon
Producer(s) Richard Sakai
Running time 30 min (approx)
Original network ABC
Original release March 20 – April 17, 1984

Shaping Up is an American sitcom created by writer-producers Sam Simon and Ken Estin, which ran for five weeks on ABC. The show was cancelled despite being a top 10 hit.[1]


A spring replacement in 1984, Shaping Up, originally titled Welcome to the Club, was given the 9:00 Tuesday slot following Three's Company. Leslie Nielsen played Buddy Fox, curmudgeon owner of the Buddy Fox Health Club. Michael Fontaine played Ben, the club's manager who was like a son to Buddy and served as the show's voice of sanity. Other cast members included Jennifer Tilly, Shawn Weatherly and Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake fame.

While five episodes were aired, six were shot. The role of Ben was first played by Tim Robbins, whom the network replaced with Fontaine.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Baby Be Mine" March 20, 1984
1-2 "Ex Pede Hercuelum" March 27, 1984
1-3 "Defusing the Muse" April 3, 1984
1-4 "I Should Have Danced All Night" April 10, 1984
1-5 "Mixed Nuts" April 17, 1984


  1. ^ Emmy TV Legends: Sam Simon

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