A Family for Joe

A Family for Joe is an American sitcom that starred Robert Mitchum in the title role. It started out as a television movie that aired NBC on February 25, 1990, before turning it into a series that lasted from March 24 until August 19, 1990.[2] Nine episodes of the series were filmed.[3]

A Family for Joe
Created byArnold Margolin
Written byPhilip Rosenthal [1]
Oliver Goldstick [1]
StarringRobert Mitchum
Juliette Lewis
Ben Savage
Jessica Player
David Lascher
Barry Gordon
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Executive producer(s)Sonny Grosso
Larry Jacobson
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Grosso-Jacobson Productions
NBC Productions Feature Films For Families
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMarch 24 –
August 19, 1990


A Family for Joe is about the Bankston children, 15-year-old Holly (Juliette Lewis), 16-year-old Nick (David Lascher), 9-year-old Chris (Ben Savage), and 7-year-old Mary (Jessica Player) who have been recently orphaned. Rather than have themselves split up into foster care, they find a homeless man, Joe (Robert Mitchum), to live with them and act as their grandfather.



TV MovieEdit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"A Family for Joe"Jeff MelmanArnold MargolinFebruary 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"A Little Romance"TBATBAMarch 24, 1990 (1990-03-24)
2"The Medium"TBATBAMarch 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)
3"Nick's Heart"TBATBAApril 7, 1990 (1990-04-07)
4"An Earful"Alan RafkinOliver Goldstick & Phil RosenthalApril 14, 1990 (1990-04-14)
5"Life of the Party"TBATBAApril 28, 1990 (1990-04-28)
6"Law and Order"TBATBAMay 5, 1990 (1990-05-05)
7"Once a Bum"TBATBAAugust 5, 1990 (1990-08-05)
8"Night School"TBATBAAugust 12, 1990 (1990-08-12)
9"Having a Baby"Alan RafkinRenee Phillips & Carrie HonigblumAugust 19, 1990 (1990-08-19)


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the series a D, stating that "the kids are leering little creeps, the jokes are moronic, and Joe's homelessness is already absent from the show's current scripts".[4]

In the DVD series, "The Write Environment", writer Philip Rosenthal (who would go on to create Everybody Loves Raymond) talks about being a staff writer on the series.


  1. ^ a b "'Raymond' creator pacts for $16 mil deal". Variety. July 30, 1997. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  2. ^ "Capsules". Entertainment Weekly. March 23, 1990. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin (April 22, 1990). "Theater; A Scarsdale Student 'Ready For Prime Time'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 13, 1990). "TV reviews for the week of April 13". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-01.

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