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11 x 30 minute episodes
Joe and Sandy Gennaro (Peter Onorati and Mary Page Keller) are a happily married couple who live in Manhattan with their kids: 14-year-old Amy (Morgan Nagler), 12-year-old Paulie (Robert Hy Gorman) who loves astronomy, and 5-year-old Scotty (Spencer Klein) who doesn’t do much of anything except play with his plush animals (Petey, Quacky Duck and Puff Puff) and act cute for Joe when he takes him for a stroll.
New York Giants fan Joe worked as an electrician in a military aircraft manufacturing plant but lost his job when the Cold War ended. To overcome their financial difficulties, Sandy was able to find immediate work as a secretarial temp, while Joe remained home to care for the kids and act as a househusband.
A short time later, Joe found employment as a night chef at his brother Stan’s (George DiCenzo) restaurant and – although he and Sandy didn’t see as much of each other as they would have liked – they were now financially stable.
Joe attributed his passion for cooking to a visit to Macy’s on his twelfth birthday when he passed up footballs, basketballs and baseballs to buy a Susie Q Easy Bake Oven.
Stories mostly followed events in Joe’s daytime life as he cared for the house and the kids and became involved in the activities that Sandy used to cover – from grocery shopping to socialising with the other mothers in the neighbourhood.
The critics labelled the ABC comedy “bland”, “predictable”, “trite”, “redundant”, “innocuous”, and “ordinary”
Mary Page Keller
Robert Hy Gorman
John Marshall Jones