Star of the Family

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1982 ABC

DAD: Buddy Krebs (Brian Dennehy) / Divorced

DAD’S JOB: Fire Captain

KIDS: Jennie Lee Krebs (Kathy Maisnik) (16)

WHERE’S MOM?: Ran off with a bellhop

STAND-IN "MOM": "Moose" (Judy Pioli) / Jennie’s Agent

Think Hannah Montana, but country/pop crossover. Jennie Lee was a talented country/pop crossover singer, and though just 16 years old, she had all the signs of being a hit singer. Trouble was, Dad Buddy didn’t want his little girl out doing concerts and acting grown-up at all.

The story framework seemed a little thin, so the writers tacked on this big pile of weirdos at Dad’s firehouse. That part of the show was like Barney Miller set in a firehouse. The show didn’t start any fires and was reduced to ashes by Christmas of 1982.