Bustin' Loose (TV series)

Bustin' Loose is an American sitcom starring Jimmie Walker based on the 1981 film of the same name which aired in first-run syndication from September 26, 1987 to September 11, 1988.[1]

Bustin' Loose
GenreSitcom
Written by
  • Cindy Begel
  • Lesa Kite
  • Lisa Medway
  • Chuck Tately
  • Kevin White
Directed by
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Ron Boustead
  • Greg Poree
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Topper Carew
Producer(s)
Editor(s)Mike Gavaldon
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Universal Television
DistributorMCA TV
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) –
May 28, 1988 (1988-05-28)
Chronology
Related showsBustin' Loose (film)

SynopsisEdit

Jimmie Walker stars as Sonny Barnes, a former con artist, who had been caught by the authorities and sentenced to five years of community service. He was placed in the home of social worker Mimi Shaw (Vonetta McGee), who lived with four orphans: Rudey (Larry O. Williams, Jr.), Trish (Tyren Perry), Nikky (Aaron Lohr) and Sue Anne (Marie Cole). Sonny lived in the basement and worked around the house doing odd jobs. Meanwhile, the kids all loved listening to Sonny's ofttimes exaggerated tales.[2]

CastEdit

  • Jimmie Walker – Sonny Barnes
  • Vonetta McGee – Mimi Shaw
  • Aaron Lohr – Nikky Robinson
  • Tyren Perry – Trish
  • Marie Cole – Sus Ann Taylor
  • Larry O. Williams, Jr. – Rudey Butler

Episode listEdit

Title Original air date
1"The First Day of the Rest of My Life"September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
2"The Baby"September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
3"Turn Around"October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
4"Cold Water Blues"October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
5"Homeless, Sweet Homeless"October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
6"Sisters"October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
7"Go for the Gold"October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
8"Wet Weather Ahead"November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
9"I Paint What I See"November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
10"Rain, Rain, Go Away"November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
11"Seems Like Old Times"November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
12"Words of Wisdom"December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
13"The Kindest Cut"January 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
14"Doo Wop"February 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
15"Oh, Big Brother"February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
16"Scammed Straight"February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
17"The Grass Isn't Greener"February 27, 1988 (1988-02-27)
18"Snow Place Like Home"March 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
19"The Parent Trap"April 9, 1988 (1988-04-09)
20"The Gang's All Here"April 16, 1988 (1988-04-16)
21"I Am Woman"April 23, 1988 (1988-04-23)
22"Nostalgia Ain't What It Used to Be"April 30, 1988 (1988-04-30)
23"Rudeo and Tricia-ette"May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
24"It's a Great Big Wonderful World"May 14, 1988 (1988-05-14)
25"What's a Nice Girl Like You ...?"May 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)
26"It's a Pizza Cake"May 28, 1988 (1988-05-28)

Award nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Awards Nominated The Most Promising New Fall Television Series
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Outstanding Young Actors/Actresses Ensemble in Television or Motion Picture Marie Cole, Aaron Lohr, Tyren Perry, and Larry O. Williams, Jr.

StationsEdit

City Station
Appleton WXGZ 32[3]
Atlanta WGCL 46[4]
Chicago WGN 9[5]
Detroit WXON 20[6]
Los Angeles KTLA 5[7][8]
New York WPIX 11[9]
Philadelphia WPHL 17[10][11]
Portland KPDX 49[12]
Richmond WVRN 63[13]
Tacoma KSTW 11
Washington, D.C. WFTY 50[14]
Waterbury WTXX 20[15]
York WPMT 43[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Television Obscurities – The Syndicated Season: 1987–1988". tvobscurities.com. 2005-02-15. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  2. ^ Sonny Barnes is a small-time scam artist with a big mouth who, after a run-in with the law, is ordered to help a social worker raise four foster children of varying ages. Loosely based on the 1981 Richard Pryor movie.
  3. ^ "Retro: Northern Wisconsin, Sat. July 9th, 1988". Radio Discussions. February 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Who aired what where: Lesser-known syndicated shows". Radio Discussions. August 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Retro: Yakima, WA; Sat. September 19th, 1987". Radio Discussions. June 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "Retro: Detroit, Sun. July 31st, 1988". Radio Discussions. October 15, 2016.
  7. ^ KTLA Comedy Preview Promo #2 9/14/87 on YouTube
  8. ^ KTLA Comedy Preview Promo 1987 on YouTube
  9. ^ "Retro: New York Metro - Saturday, August 13, 1988". Radio Discussions. April 11, 2010.
  10. ^ September 18, 1987 WPHL-17 (Philadelphia) commercials on YouTube
  11. ^ October 15, 1987 commercials on YouTube
  12. ^ "Retro: Portland, OR, Sat. October 24th, 1987". Radio Discussions. September 15, 2012.
  13. ^ May 6, 1988 Commercial Breaks – WVRN (Ind., Richmond) on YouTube
  14. ^ WFTY commercials (Week of December 13, 1987) on YouTube
  15. ^ "The Syndicated Season 1987-1988". Television Obscurities. February 1, 2004. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Retro: Reading/Philadelphia, Sunday, July 3, 1988". Radio Discussions. May 31, 2018.

External linksEdit