Uncle Buck

Jim 1990s

1990-91CBS

DAD: Uncle Buck Russell (Kevin Meaney) / Foster Parent

DAD’S JOB: Slob. No defined job.

KIDS: Tia (Dah-ve Chodan) (16), Miles (Jacob Gelman) (8), Maizy (Sarah Martineck) (6)

WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. So’s Dad. Accident.

STAND-IN “MOM”: Maggie Hogoboom (Audrey Meadows) / Kids’ grandmother

What a mistake! CBS was trying to take a leaf out of the FOX playbook and show a nasty Married With Children-styled sitcom during WEEKNIGHT PRIMETIME! This showed died a miserable, lingering death in just a few months. Here’s a rule for sitcom writers who think they want a career in Family Hour: NEVER have the first words of the show, from the mouth of a six-year-old, be “You SUCK!”