Charles (Scott Baio) is a student at Copeland College, a live-in
helper in charge of the Powell family. He's conscientious about
his responsibilities and he's an excellent role model for his three
teen-age charges. Plus, his school chum Buddy Lembeck (Willie Aames)
is always nearby to pester him.
Charles is now in charge of the Powells and they have the same ups
and downs and the same challenges and successes that all American
families share. Mrs. Ellen Powell (Sandra Kerns) pines for her Naval
officer husband. Her father-in-law, Walter Powell (James Callahan),
is a former Navy man who's around to maintain order in Navy fashion.
The three kids are 15-year-old Jamie (Nicole Eggert), the glamour
girl; 14-year-old Sarah (Josie Davis), the student of the family;
and 12-year-old Adam (Alexander Polinsky), who is totally under
the thrall of the charismatic Charles. In the midst of everything,
Charles maintains his role as philosopher and the unwilling arbitrator
of everything from menus to social graces.
From WB56 web site
Samantha Fox about Scott Baio
Sam, who spent 18 months as a video jockey for MTV while she lived
in New York, was invited to Los Angeles by Pam Anderson's ex-boyfriend
Scott Baio to appear in the U.S. sitcom Charles In Charge. She says:
"He was directing one particular episode and it turned out he was
a big fan of mine. I flew out to L.A. to do the filming in front
of an audience, but I was less than impressed with Scott. He was
a bit of a brat, every time I was about to do a take he'd whisper:
"What's it like when you're taking your clothes off?" I felt like
telling him to get lost. Another time he smooched up to me and said:
"I've often wondered what it would be like to kiss you". I leaned
turned round and said: "You're going to have to wonder, aren't you".
I think Pam Anderson did well to give that one the elbow".
According the Samantha
Fox FAQ site
Here are two WAV files from Christina Applegate website.
Stacy (Christina Applegate) talking about Charles: "Charles
is going to be our chaperone"
(From "Slumber party" - 30 Kb)
The Circle of Friendship" singing "It's a Small
World" [Christina has the first line alone]
(From "Snowed in" - 94 Kb)
Connection with Happy Days
In the episode "It's a blunderful life" there was as guest actor
Don Most (Ralph in "Happy Days"). In that episode Charles talked
Mr Powell out of buying a lottery ticket and Don Most bought it
and won and then said "Happy days are here again!" And Charles answered
something like "I think Happy Days were canceled at all!"
In an other episode there is a reference to Happy days: it's the
one where Charles cousin wanted to be like Chachi on happy days
and Charles told him that Chachi was a weenie or dork or something
like that. Please, if you remember the title of this episode