Vinnie & Bobby

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Vinnie & Bobby
GenreSitcom
Created byArthur Silver
Ron Leavitt
Written byMarjorie Gross
Ron Leavitt
Ron Zimmerman
Ellen L. Fogle
Directed byJames Widdoes (episodes #1-6)
Howard Murray (episode #7)
StarringMatt LeBlanc
Robert Torti
John Pinette
Joey Lauren Adams
Sharyn Leavitt
Ron Taylor
Fred Stoller
Opening theme"Vinnie & Bobby" performed by Jimmy Thrill Quill & Danny Harvey
Composer(s)Jonathan Wolff
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Production
CinematographyMark J. Levin
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)ELP Communications
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkFox
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 30 (1992-05-30) –
September 5, 1992 (1992-09-05)
Chronology
Preceded byTop of the Heap
Related showsMarried... with Children

Vinnie & Bobby is an American sitcom that aired Saturdays at 9:30 pm on Fox from May 30, 1992, to September 5, 1992. The series is a spin-off of the 1991 sitcom Top of the Heap, which was itself a spin-off of Married... with Children. Series star Matt LeBlanc played the character of Vinnie Verducci on all three shows, as did Joey Lauren Adams as Mona Mullins, although she only appeared in the backdoor pilot of the Married... with Children episode.[1]

Premise[edit]

Set in Chicago, Illinois, the series centers on Vinnie Verducci (Matt LeBlanc), a construction worker, and his roommate, Bobby Grazzo (Robert Torti) who share the same apartment Vinnie and his father once shared. Vinnie's father Charlie (Joseph Bologna) has apparently moved away, Vinnie's cat Fluffy has disappeared, and Bobby is moving his way in and has gotten Vinnie a job at a construction site. Others shown were Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams), their 17-year-old neighbor, who still has a crush on Vinnie and is repulsed by her new neighbor Bobby. Other characters include fellow construction workers Bill Belli (John Pinette), Stanley (Ron Taylor) and Fred Slacker (Fred Stoller). One theme this show added to its predecessor is at the end of two episodes, the cast would begin an a cappella rendition of a song; for example, in episode 5 Vinnie, Bobby, Bill, Stanley and Fred begin to sing "Get a Job" by The Silhouettes before the end credits roll.

Cast[edit]

  • Note: This table counts the pilot of Top of the Heap, and the same-titled episode of Married... with Children as two different episodes. Without this change, Mona Mullins would not be in any Married... with Children episodes and Vinnie Verducci would be in two ("Old Ones But Young'ns" and "Kelly Takes Hollywood: Part 1").
Actor Role Appearances in Other Shows Episodes Appeared Total Episode Count
Matt LeBlanc Vinnie Verducci 10, 3 episodes of Married... with Children,
all of Top of the Heap
1-7 7
Robert Torti Bobby Grazzo 1 episode of Top of the Heap 1-7 7
Joey Lauren Adams Mona Mullins 10, 3 episodes of Married... with Children,
all of Top of the Heap
1-7 7
John Pinette Bill Belli 0, no reference or appearance 1-7 7
Ron Taylor Stanley 0, no reference or appearance 2-7 6
Sharyn Leavitt Winnie 0, no reference or appearance 2-7 6
Fred Stoller Fred Slacker 0, no reference or appearance 3-7 5
Jim Wotowski 0, no reference or appearance 1-2 2

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Full Heap"James WiddoesRon Leavitt & Ellen L. FogleMay 30, 1992 (1992-05-30)
Dull-witted Vinnie Verducci, no longer living with his father, moves into another apartment in the building and takes a new job at a construction site where he meets Bobby Grazzo, a fellow construction worker whom he asks to become his roommate to help in paying the rent. Meanwhile, Mona Mullins is still pursuing Vinnie whom she still has a world-sized crush on.
2"It's in the Bag"James WiddoesMarjorie Gross & Ron ZimmermanJune 6, 1992 (1992-06-06)

Bobby starts dating Vinnie's night school teacher.

Guest appearances: Colleen Morris, Mike Genovese and Barbara Alyn Woods
3"Killer Shiller"James WiddoesRon ZimmermanJune 13, 1992 (1992-06-13)

A co-worker tells Vinnie that his date looks like a wanted serial killer.

Guest appearances: Robin Christopher
4"Vinnie Gets Sued"James WiddoesMarjorie GrossJune 20, 1992 (1992-06-20)

When Vinnie rescues an old guy from muggers, one of the attackers sues him.

Guest appearances: Kevin Cart as Denny, Rocky Giordani as Gus, Debbe Dunning, Monica Lacy, Frank Lloyd as Frankie, Vidal Peter, Meg Register, and William Smith as Bean.
5"The Belli Ache"James WiddoesCalvin Brown, Jr. & Kim WeiskopfJune 27, 1992 (1992-06-27)

Vinnie and Bobby try to get rid of Bill when he moves in with them.

Guest appearances: Robyn Killian
6"Spring Is In The Air"James WiddoesRon Zimmerman & Eddie GorodetskyJuly 4, 1992 (1992-07-04)

Vinnie must learn to write poetry and Bobby must become a physics professor to get dates with their high school girlfriends.

Guest appearances: Lori Butler, Mark J. Goodman, Vidal Peterson as Carl Sweetwater, John Pinette as William Melvin Belli, Jennifer Runyon as Hillary Bomgarden, Julie Uribe, and Kym Whitley
7"The Credit Card"Howard MurrayEddie GorodetskyJuly 11, 1992 (1992-07-11)

Bobby's shopping spree ruins Vinnie's plans of buying a motorcycle.

Guest appearances: Cosie Costa, Colleen Morris as Casey, Hiram Kasten

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1268. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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