Raising Miranda

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1988 CBS

DAD: Donald Marshack (James Naughton) / Divorced Guy

DAD’S JOB: Contractor

KIDS: Miranda (Royana Black) (15)

WHERE’S MOM?: Wife Bonnie hit the road to "find herself"

STAND-IN "MOM": Russell (Bryan Cranston) / Goofy Uncle

Did you blink? This show, about a Wisconsin construction agent and his family, lasted from Election Day to New Year’s Eve, 1988. Dad had to grab the reins of his teenage daughter Miranda after his wife hit the road. Stories were by the book, and this show’s placement in the early-Saturday-night lineup on CBS ensured its quick demise.

For the skinny on "whatever happened to that girl who played Miranda?" — check out the Royana Black interview.

Update: James Naughton is now the deep-voiced announcer for commercials about the Cialis pill. Hey, Bob Dole was Mr. Viagra – – maybe it’s a good career move.