Gimme a Break!: Season 1 [3 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 7641974
  • Release Date: 02/14/2006
  • Rating: TV-G

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • The Great '80s Flashback: Documentary about the pop-culture impact that various programs made on the television landscape during the '80s decade
    • Bonus episode -- Kate & Allie: Season One, "A Very Loud Family"
    • Bonus episode -- Charles in Charge: Season 1, "Extracurricular Activity"
    • Bonus episode -- Gimme a Break!: Season 2, "Neil Goes to Jail"
    • Closed Captioned


    Season one of Charles in Charge finds the title character, a 19-year-old college student, securing free room and board by agreeing to work as "male governess" in the New Brunswick home of Jill and Stan Pembroke (Julie Cobb, James Widdoes). With the help of his best friend Buddy (Willie Aames), Charles does his best -- which is very good indeed -- to keep the three Pembroke children on the straight and narrow. Of course, 14-year-old Lila (April Lerman) would rather be chasing every boy in her class, 12-year-old Douglas (Jonathan Ward) prefers to crack wise than to do his household chores, and 10-year-old Jason (Michael Pearlman) just wants to be left alone to do whatever he pleases. In the course of the season, the kids benefit mightily from the wisdom and common sense of Charles, just as he learns a lot about his role in life through his responsibilities as substitute daddy. During his off hours, Charles devotes himself to winning the heart of the toothsome Gwendolyn Pierce (Jennifer Runyon) a nice young lady who sees no reason to tie herself down to just one boy. Some interesting faces pop up among the guest performers this season, among them such stars in the making as Meg Ryan, Kathy Ireland, Christina Applegate, and Matthew Perry. Also, sitcom veteran Rue McClanahan makes a few memorable appearances as Stan Pembroke's mother. Though Charles in Charge enjoyed a sizeable fan following amongst Scott Baio enthusiasts, the series was far from a success, prompting CBS to cancel the property after a mere 22 episodes. Who could have guessed that Charles in Charge would pull a phoenix two and a half years later, re-emerging in off-network syndication and subsequently enjoying a healthy run of 104 additional episodes? ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Scott Baio - Charles
    • Willie Aames - Buddy Lembeck
    • Julie Cobb - Jill Pembroke
    • James Widdoes - Stan Pembroke
    • April Lerman - Lila Pembroke

    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great show from the 80's!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This was one of my favorite shows from the 80's, and I am thrilled to have found it on DVD. It has great story lines and characters. TV is nothing like this anymore!!! I still love this show!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This DVD collection did not disappoint!


      Standard packaging. Three cases with one dvd in each case. Gimme a Break! is one of my favorite '80s sitcoms! The picture quality was a pleasant surprise!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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