Question: What suave tobacco spokescharacter debuted in 1987 to charges that he was too kid-friendly?
Last Question: What Growing Pains spinoff sent Coach Lubbock to California with his wife and eight kids?
Answer: Just the Ten of Us
Just the Ten of Us starred Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham Lubbock. Coach Lubbock was a gym teacher at the high school on Growing Pains. He lost his job, but he was offered a job at St. Augustine’s Academy, an all-boys’ private Catholic school in Eureka, California. So, he and his family moved to California. The show mainly focused on the four oldest daughters, Marie, (Heather Langenkamp – Nancy from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise), twins Cindy (Jamie Luner) and Wendy (Brooke Theiss), and Connie (JoAnn Willette).
The first season was a four episode trial run in the spring of 1988. It was so successful that ABC ordered a second season. It aired on Friday nights, which made it part of ABC’s TGIF lineup. The other shows were Full House, Family Matters, and Perfect Strangers. Unlike Just the Ten of Us, the other three shows were produced by Miller-Boyett Productions. So, for the 1990 Fall lineup, ABC decided to greenlight another Miller-Boyett show to air in the place of Just the Ten of Us. ABC could not find another time slot to put Just the Ten of Us, so it got cancelled. The show that replaced it? Going Places, which apparently did not go anywhere, as it was cancelled after just one season due to poor ratings. So, I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who never heard of that show!
Although Just the Ten of Us had great ratings, television politics made the show more known as a Growing Pains spinoff than as a show that stood on its own.
And let’s not forget, much like most ’80s TV shows, Just the Ten of Us had a pretty good theme song – “Doin’ It the Best I Can” which was sung by Bill Medley:
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