Cancelled way before its time, this funny spin-off of "Growing Pains" about a high school coach, his wife and their 8 kids only lasted 2 seasons, and featured a big cast that included three actresses from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (Heather Langenkamp, Brooke Theiss and JoAnn Willette), comedian Bill Kirchenbauer and comic actress Deborah Harmon. The fourth of the eldest daughters was future Melrose Place and daytime soap/Lifetime movie staple Jamie Luner.
The four eldest daughters started a singing group known as The Lubbock Babes.
I grew up liking this show too! They used to air the Christmas episode on Nick at Nite during their Christmas marathon, but other than that I haven't seen a show since it first aired.
Great opening song too!
In the pilot episode, Heather Langenkamp made a "Nightmare on Elm Street" joke.
I liked the 120 year old nun.
USA used to air JTTOU on a regular basis some years back, but they've long since stopped. This was truly funnier than the show from which it was spun off from.
No, R5, that would be WEBSTER. I fucking HATED that show.
Actually, Step by Step is also pretty shiteous.
This show made me a lesbian. 12-year-old me was in love with all those daughters.
I downloaded every seasons off a torrent site a few months ago; it's a lot raunchier than I remembered.
Maybe I'm a moron, but I kind of miss dorky family sitcoms like this. They can't even make good cheese anymore. Modern shows and movies are completely charmless. I only vaguely remember this show, so it might have sucked, so my comments may not be in relation to this show but more generalized.
Step by Step was a major guilty pleasure for me, R7.
Jamie Luner was a little chunky, but really cute, back then. I loved Heather's glasses.
R9 I liked family sitcoms too but most of those ABC TGIF ones were beyond bad.
Cosby Show, Family Ties, etc. were much better.
Back when I was a kid, I knew a very nerdy boy who looked like a male version of Heather Langenkamp.
Heather had a stalker while she was on this show. It made her retreat from show biz and move away for a while. The treatment for "New Nightmare" was loosely based on her stalker situation.
Jamie was chunky back then, but by the time she appeared on Melrose Place, she had lost all the baby fat
The son, named J.R. (Matt Shakman), has directed a lot of episodic television since the show.
Brooke Theiss went on to a recurring role on Beverly Hills 90210, and is now married to hunky actor/martial artist Brian Genesse and they have a couple of kids.
JoAnne Willette is divorced and has two kids. I'm on her Facebook page, and she's always posting great pics of her time as a consistently-working actress, including behind the scenes stuff of JTTOU.
The little sister named Sherry (Heidi Ziegler) was on "Rags to Riches" before JTTOU, and is now a wife and the mother of several kids. She's also a teacher, I believe.
[quote]Heather had a stalker while she was on this show.
What was Jamie's character on Melrose? Alyssa Milano played Michael's sister as I recall and Jamie came around the same time.
The actor who played the dad, Bill Kirchenbauer, seemed very gay to me.
JTTOU was certainly raunchier than the golly-gee-whiz-ness of Growing Pains. I liked the Catholic church vs. sexual desires undertones of JJTOU (as the Lubbocks were Catholic), and the fact that virtually every character on the show was a horndog, especially the chaste Marie (Heather Langenkamp).
I remember the show, R17. And come to think of it, he did ping. He seemed like another one of the girls on the show.
Thanks R18. Jamie was beautiful on JTTOU but she was stunningly hot on MP.
The dad reminds me of Andrew Zimmern from 'Bizarre Foods'.
"as the Lubbocks were Catholic" Surprise. Surprise.
Were the Eight is Enough Bradfords Catholics? I don't recall.
I loved loved loved this show... even the way the opening theme song singer said "day-zus" to rhyme "days" with "places."'
Loved Brooke Theiss, Heather Langenkamp and Bill Kirchenbauer in this.
Also, the Connie/Constance character was a lesbian, right?
R25, I loved the theme song too. It was sung by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Dirty Dancing theme fame. And Connie wasn't a lesbo. She was just as man-hungry as her sisters, only disguised as a bookworm.
That's funny that you guys remember the dad as being faggy, I always thought the mom was dykey.
Was there a daughter named Joanne or Joanna? Dark hair & shorter? Cuz she pinged off the charts before I even knew what pinging was.
R30_ Are you thinking of Joannie from Right is Enough. Dark hair, shorter, actress wannabe.
I have never heard of this show and can see that it was absolute shit. Cheese from the 80's. All those teen girls thinking they were just SO cute. Sparkle, girls, Sparkle!
Not a star in the bunch.
You must be a pathetic under-30er, R32. How sad.
My favorite episode was the one where the oldest daughter got an abortion.
Threads like this remind me why I like the DL. Only here would people remember that show. It was a cute show. I was a child of the 80s and TV was so much better back then. There is no comparison to what it is now.
The youngest one is dressed like a little old lady, including the earrings.
Wait, which one was the oldest? I thought it was Heather's character. Did she have an abortion, or was that Jamie's character?
It was Heather's character. She got the abortion because the dad had been fucking her. It was a Very Special Episode and had a cross-over with the Facts of Life. The episode concluded with Jo and Mrs. Garrett beating the shit out of the dad with a tire iron, and accidentally killing him. Natalie and Tootie dug the hole in the backyard to bury the evidence. Lisa Whelchel refused to appear in the episode because of her religious beliefs. It was pretty controversial for the 80s.
Oops, I meant Connie. Her name is Joanne in real life. Anyway, she's the one who I thought pinged.
Nope, it was Matt Leblanc & his high school gf on TV101.
Thanks for the laugh R38.
Quality wise, anything after Kirk Cameron was an improvement.
"I loved loved loved this show... even the way the opening theme song singer said "day-zus" to rhyme "days" with "places.""
I think he's actually saying "days is", r25. As in "at the end of every one of my days is a house..."
What he says after "house" is truly unintelligible, though Googling indicates that people seem to think it's "a house with love on all of their faces".
Did one of the daughters star in a within-the-show called "Wendy and the Butler" (with the dad playing the butler?) I vaguely remember this.
Here's the Wendy & the Butler clip - my sister & I really cracked up over it when we were kids.
omg you're right r45.
LOL at me never being able to pick up on that.
It's weird though how much I loved that show but I can't really remember any of the plots of the episodes. Only individual scenes... one of which was the boy having fake brains on his head when Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley came to the door to sell girl scout cookies.
The oldest daughter was actually a pretty interesting character for a sitcom... pious girl devoted to the Church and her dream of being a nun, yet desperately fighting to repress the fact that underneath she is just as horny as her slutty sisters.
I loved this show as a kid. When I was in sixth grade my teacher asked us to rank all our favorite TV shows and after much debate between this and Full House, I ranked Just the Ten of Us as my favorite show and Full House second. Third might have been Perfect Strangers and then Family Matters. I don't know why my teacher made us do this, probably because he was too lazy to come up with a lesson plan that day.
R38 is ridiculous and stupid, but still made me laugh like hell.
oh my God I used to love this show! I remember having such a crush on the blonde when I was a kid.
I had no idea that this show ran for as long as it did (at least 3 seasons?). I loved it as I loved anything involving a gaggle of teenage girls (never missed The Facts of Life) and thought Lagenkamp was very pretty, had no idea she was in The Elm Street franchise as I was not allowed/too scared to watch them. I do recall that the youngest daughter who was on the equally fabulous "Rags to Riches" was not cute and seemed to be cross eyed.
Why hello there, R8. You type mighty pretty, deary.
This show was on when I was a Baby Lesbian and I really enjoyed it. Oh yes I did. Thought it to be eye candy back then.
When I was a Baby Lesbian, I felt sorry for the father of the family after he lost his job. He mailed resumes all over in search of work to almost no avail. There were these pseudo suspenseful moments when he would wait on the mail in hopes of receiving word on employment. Heavy drama.
I don't remember much about Day by Day but I think its funny that Julia Louise-Dreyfuss was in it, playing the same character as in Christmas Vacatation. Also her name is Eileen, almost like Elaine!
What about Valerie's Family getting revamped as The Hogan Family. How did they manage that? Wasn't there a lot of backstage drama and how did they explain her death?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the most memorable part of Day by Day. I think it was that part that got her on the radar for Seinfeld. She was fantastic in that show.
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Kirkenbauer was a big standup comedian in the eighties to mid-90's. He used to be on Comedy Central quite a bit.
Baby Thora Birch was also in Day By Day.
Thanx for that Wendy and the Butler clip, R47! I totally remember that from one of the episodes. JTTOU and GP were always great with their little in-jokes.
JoAnn Willette isn't a lesbo, but she was in the video for that classic '80s track by The Outfield--"Your Love"
Oh I remember! I was only around 16 or 17, but the fat sissy father! He pinged my radar even at my young age. It looked so embarrassing for him in those already dated track suits they put him in, fat belly and all.
I loved the Lubbock Babes singing group. Their version of "Born To Be Wild" is CLASSIC!
R60, right Thora Birch as a baby and Courtney Thorne-Smith as the college-aged babysitter.
WEHT Heather Langenkamp and Jamie Luner?
r9 - my daughter watches 'Good Luck Charlie' on Disney channel and it reminds me of some of those good old cheezy 80's sitcoms.
[quote]WEHT Heather Langenkamp and Jamie Luner?
I just met Heather today at a horror movie convention. She is really nice and personable, and has a new documentary out about her role as "Nancy" in the Elm Street films. She's married to Oscar-winning effects man David Anderson.
Jamie Luner still acts on soaps and in Lifetime movies.
R73 - what does Heather look like these days? Does she still have that beautiful mane of hair?
She sure does, R74. It's about shoulder length now, but still thick. She looks great.
Thanks, R75. Is she chunky or thin or somewhere in between?
The father always pinged for me too, and I was just a kid then. WHET to him?
R76, she's actually thin. She was never rail thin, but she's thinner now than she was in the Elm Street films.
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