1 9 8 2 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived NBC sitcom debuted on Saturday 23 January 1982, with Mickey Rooney starring as Oliver Nugent, an irascible 66-year-old retiree who escaped from an old folks home and moved into an apartment at Sheffield University with his sedate and good-hearted college student grandson, Adam (Dana Carvey) and his less-than-thrilled crabby roommate, Jonathan (Nathan Lane).
Adam’s girlfriend, Jane, was played by future Hollywood star Meg Ryan, and Scatman Crothers appeared as Oliver’s new-found pal, Bernard Solomon. Mrs Green (Francine Beers) was the landlady.
Sadly, One Of The Boys was one of those unfortunate sitcoms that take superb talent and an adequate idea and gut them by stuffing them full of bad jokes. The show had no heart and no statement of purpose.