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Just The Ten of Us

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.

by Anonymousreply 9210/08/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 103/03/2012

In the pilot episode, Heather Langenkamp made a "Nightmare on Elm Street" joke.

by Anonymousreply 203/03/2012

I liked the 120 year old nun.

by Anonymousreply 303/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 403/03/2012

Worst fucking TV show ever made.

by Anonymousreply 503/03/2012

No, R5, that would be WEBSTER. I fucking HATED that show.

by Anonymousreply 603/03/2012

Actually, Step by Step is also pretty shiteous.

by Anonymousreply 703/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 803/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 903/03/2012

Step by Step was a major guilty pleasure for me, R7.

by Anonymousreply 1003/03/2012

Jamie Luner was a little chunky, but really cute, back then. I loved Heather's glasses.

by Anonymousreply 1103/03/2012

R9 I liked family sitcoms too but most of those ABC TGIF ones were beyond bad.

Cosby Show, Family Ties, etc. were much better.

by Anonymousreply 1203/03/2012

Back when I was a kid, I knew a very nerdy boy who looked like a male version of Heather Langenkamp.

by Anonymousreply 1303/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1403/03/2012

[quote]Heather had a stalker while she was on this show.

Fred Kreuger.

by Anonymousreply 1503/03/2012

What was Jamie's character on Melrose? Alyssa Milano played Michael's sister as I recall and Jamie came around the same time.

by Anonymousreply 1603/03/2012

The actor who played the dad, Bill Kirchenbauer, seemed very gay to me.

by Anonymousreply 1703/03/2012

Jamie played the tantilizing slut Lexi Sterling on Melrose Place. A far cry from naive "Cindy" on JTTOU.

by Anonymousreply 1803/03/2012

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).

by Anonymousreply 1903/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2003/03/2012

Thanks R18. Jamie was beautiful on JTTOU but she was stunningly hot on MP.

by Anonymousreply 2103/03/2012

The dad reminds me of Andrew Zimmern from 'Bizarre Foods'.

by Anonymousreply 2203/03/2012


by Anonymousreply 2303/03/2012

"as the Lubbocks were Catholic" Surprise. Surprise.

Were the Eight is Enough Bradfords Catholics? I don't recall.

by Anonymousreply 2403/03/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 2503/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2603/03/2012

Matt Shakman got kind of hot:

by Anonymousreply 2703/03/2012

KIND of, R27?

by Anonymousreply 2803/03/2012

That's funny that you guys remember the dad as being faggy, I always thought the mom was dykey.

by Anonymousreply 2903/03/2012

Was there a daughter named Joanne or Joanna? Dark hair & shorter? Cuz she pinged off the charts before I even knew what pinging was.

by Anonymousreply 3003/03/2012

R30_ Are you thinking of Joannie from Right is Enough. Dark hair, shorter, actress wannabe.

by Anonymousreply 3103/03/2012

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!

Beyond bad.

Not a star in the bunch.

by Anonymousreply 3203/03/2012

You must be a pathetic under-30er, R32. How sad.

by Anonymousreply 3303/03/2012

My favorite episode was the one where the oldest daughter got an abortion.

by Anonymousreply 3403/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3503/03/2012

The youngest one is dressed like a little old lady, including the earrings.

by Anonymousreply 3603/03/2012

Wait, which one was the oldest? I thought it was Heather's character. Did she have an abortion, or was that Jamie's character?

by Anonymousreply 3703/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3803/03/2012

Oops, I meant Connie. Her name is Joanne in real life. Anyway, she's the one who I thought pinged.

by Anonymousreply 3903/03/2012

Nope, it was Matt Leblanc & his high school gf on TV101.

by Anonymousreply 4003/03/2012

Thanks for the laugh R38.

by Anonymousreply 4103/03/2012

Quality wise, anything after Kirk Cameron was an improvement.

by Anonymousreply 4203/03/2012

It was still better than "Small Wonder".

by Anonymousreply 4303/03/2012

gag reel

by Anonymousreply 4403/03/2012

"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".

by Anonymousreply 4503/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4603/03/2012

Here's the Wendy & the Butler clip - my sister & I really cracked up over it when we were kids.

by Anonymousreply 4703/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4803/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4903/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5003/04/2012

R38 is ridiculous and stupid, but still made me laugh like hell.

by Anonymousreply 5103/04/2012

oh my God I used to love this show! I remember having such a crush on the blonde when I was a kid.

by Anonymousreply 5203/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5303/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5403/04/2012

Day by Day was a better show.

by Anonymousreply 5503/04/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 5603/04/2012

R56 = thread hijacker

by Anonymousreply 5703/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5803/04/2012

Kirkenbauer was a big standup comedian in the eighties to mid-90's. He used to be on Comedy Central quite a bit.

by Anonymousreply 5903/04/2012

Baby Thora Birch was also in Day By Day.

by Anonymousreply 6003/04/2012

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"

by Anonymousreply 6103/04/2012

WEHT to the hottie brothers(besides Jason Bateman of course) from Hogan Family? Gay?

by Anonymousreply 6203/04/2012

Interview with Jeremy Licht, Mark from The Hogan Family.

He was soooooooooo cute. What happened? :(

by Anonymousreply 6303/04/2012

He looks damn good to me.

by Anonymousreply 6403/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6503/04/2012

I loved the Lubbock Babes singing group. Their version of "Born To Be Wild" is CLASSIC!

by Anonymousreply 6603/04/2012

Speaking of Matt LeBlanc, R40, he had a guest appearance on Just The Ten of Us as a high school football jock. Here he is in a scene with "Connie".

by Anonymousreply 6703/04/2012

The look on Deborah Harmon's face in that scene from "Bachelor Party" where the woman is inadvertently giving the male stripper a hand job always cracks me up.

by Anonymousreply 6803/04/2012

R60, right Thora Birch as a baby and Courtney Thorne-Smith as the college-aged babysitter.

by Anonymousreply 6903/04/2012


by Anonymousreply 7009/29/2012

WEHT Heather Langenkamp and Jamie Luner?

by Anonymousreply 7109/29/2012

r9 - my daughter watches 'Good Luck Charlie' on Disney channel and it reminds me of some of those good old cheezy 80's sitcoms.

by Anonymousreply 7209/29/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 7309/29/2012

R73 - what does Heather look like these days? Does she still have that beautiful mane of hair?

by Anonymousreply 7409/29/2012

She sure does, R74. It's about shoulder length now, but still thick. She looks great.

by Anonymousreply 7509/29/2012

Thanks, R75. Is she chunky or thin or somewhere in between?

by Anonymousreply 7609/29/2012

The father always pinged for me too, and I was just a kid then. WHET to him?

by Anonymousreply 7709/29/2012

R76, she's actually thin. She was never rail thin, but she's thinner now than she was in the Elm Street films.

by Anonymousreply 7809/29/2012

It was just the girls singing. It was stupid.

by Anonymousreply 7909/29/2012

Jamie Luner on Married with Chikdren

by Anonymousreply 8009/29/2012

Great opening song, r1? I YouTube'd it, Jesus do you set the bar low for music and sitcoms. The stench of cheese in this thread is overwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 8109/29/2012

Clips of the Lubbock babes, just for you R79

by Anonymousreply 8209/29/2012

Uh, hello! I was a teen girl in a sitcom with edgy story lines.

by Anonymousreply 8309/29/2012

R83 - there's a Give me a break thread.

by Anonymousreply 8409/29/2012

Jamie Luner was the one who had to watch her weight

by Anonymousreply 8509/30/2012

Fat father was a total turn-off.

by Anonymousreply 8609/30/2012

I remember this show, I remember really not liking it. I wonder if I'd like it now as an adult. I couldn't make it through 15 minutes of Full House recently and I adored that show as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 8709/30/2012

Full House was too sacchariny sweet. JTTOU at least had a dirty sense of humor to it. The girls were always lusting after some guy, and Graham was always cracking wise and using toilet humor.

by Anonymousreply 8809/30/2012

R85 - Jamie lost about 20 lbs from JTTOU to her appearance on Married with Children. She was slim by the time she was on Melrose Place.

by Anonymousreply 8909/30/2012

You could actually see her slimming down during JTTOU. She'd fully lost her baby fat on MWC and MP, and has been slim ever since.

She trained as a chef for a time before returning to acting.

by Anonymousreply 9009/30/2012

Here's Jamie's strip tease in 1993's Moment of Truth, no extra weight.

by Anonymousreply 9109/30/2012

Jamie in Savanna. Her part starts at about 3:20

by Anonymousreply 9210/08/2012
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