Better Days

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1986 CBS

DAD: Harry Clooney (Dick O’Neill) / Grandfather – Widower

DAD’S JOB: Retired

KIDS: Brian McGuire (Raphael Sbarge)

WHERE’S MOM?: Out in California with Dad

STAND-IN "MOM": Possibly Miss Winners (Randee Heller) / English teacher

A show like this is what makes writing about 80’s Single Dads shows SO difficult. Does it count if Mom and Dad are alive, but the single male parent around supports and cares for the child? My ruling? Yes!

California surf-dude teen Harry Clooney got forced to move to Brooklyn and live with his grandfather, all because his dad lost his job and couldn’t afford to raise Harry out west. So, we wind up with East Coast/West Coast culture clash, and wacky hijinks ensue. Well, they ensued for the month of October, 1986, and then CBS decided it would rather have ratings than Harry Clooney. So, Better Days had its final day just two days before Halloween.