Free Spirit

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1989-90 ABC

DAD: Tom Harper (Franc Luz) / Divorced Guy

DAD’S JOB: Lawyer

KIDS: Robb (Paul Scherrer) (16), Jessie (Alyson Hannigan) (13), Gene (Edan Gross) (10)

WHERE’S MOM?: Lives somewhere else

STAND-IN "MOM": Winnie Goodwinn (Corinne Bohrer) / Witch-Housekeeper

Remember how when you watched Nanny and the Professor in the 70’s and you thought it was cute how they never revealed whether or not Nanny was a witch? Well this show is just like that, except they blew the mystery in Episode One. Winnie was a witch sent by the Great Warlock to help around the house of a single dad with three kids. The stories were ever-so-treacle-filled, and the whole series collapsed in three months.

Franc Luz was on a previous Single Dad show — Hometown — but he didn’t play a single dad on that show.

Most viewers of 90’s television will recognize Alyson Hannigan in her role as Willow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s sensible buddy.