Jim 1990s

Aired: 1992-1993 (ABC)Crossroads

DAD: Johnny Hawkins (Robert Urich) / Widower

DAD’S JOB: NYC prosecutor on sabbatical

KIDS: Dylan (Dalton James) (16)

WHERE’S MOM?: Dead. Unknown

STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown

Pay attention here: as the mossy pile of old TV shows grows, it gets easier and easier to plug one show’s plot into the circumstances of another show.

With that in mind, take a premise like Chico and the Man, where you have a Troubled Youth and a Kindly Parent. Okay, next take the plot of Then Came Bronson, where you have someone who looks for solutions by being On The Road, like some kind of Kerouac Therapy.

Johnny Hawkins, a big-shot Manhattan prosecutor, quits his job to take his Troubled Son Dylan on a road trip across the continent. On the road, they meet people who interact with them and solve problems together. Maybe it’s Route 66 or something, too?