Picks and Pans Review: Charles in Charge

updated 10/08/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/08/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)
Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. ET

It is not a new TV season filled with trends. There's just one: shows about hunk-housekeepers. Tony Danza cleans up on Who's the Boss? And in Charles in Charge, Scott (Joanie Loves Chachi) Baio works for a well-to-do family, babysitting his way through college. Hard to get good help these days. In the premiere, Baio gets a date with the cutest coed on campus, Jennifer Runyon as Gwendolyn Pierce. "Hot! Hotness personified," Baio's buddy calls her. "When God made Gwendolyn Pierce, that's when He knew He was God." There are cute lines. But there are also bad ones, including one old and offensive ethnic gag about Chinese waiters and one sophomoric sexual gag: "Come and get it," Gwendolyn says over dinner, "while it's hot." "Oooooo!" oohs the audience, evidently filled with sophomores. If whoever's in charge of Charles can just raise the grade level a bit, dropping the klunker lines and taking advantage of the cast's charms, it will be a nice show by midterm, worth at least a B-.

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