List of The Upper Hand episodes

The Upper Hand is a British television sitcom which was broadcast on ITV from 1990 to 1996. Seven series and 94 episodes were produced. The following is a list of episodes.

Series overviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1131 May 1990 (1990-05-01)27 December 1990 (1990-12-27)
21218 February 1991 (1991-02-18)20 May 1991 (1991-05-20)
3135 November 1991 (1991-11-05)11 February 1992 (1992-02-11)
41920 October 1992 (1992-10-20)22 February 1993 (1993-02-22)
5169 September 1993 (1993-09-09)23 December 1993 (1993-12-23)
6146 January 1995 (1995-01-06)8 April 1995 (1995-04-08)
772 September 1996 (1996-09-02)14 October 1996 (1996-10-14)

Series 1 (1990)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Just the Job"Martin DennisMartin Cohan & Blake Hunter1 May 1990 (1990-05-01)
Charlie Burrows and his daughter Joanna leave London. On arriving at his new job, Charlie meets his new boss Caroline for the first time.
22"Briefless Encounter"Nartin DennisMartin Cohan & Blake Hunter8 May 1990 (1990-05-08)
Charlie decides to take a bath in Caroline's bathroom but he gets more than he bargains for when he goes in there.
33"Dinner for Two"Martin DennisBud Wiser15 May 1990 (1990-05-15)
Caroline orders in a dinner for two for her date but her date gets stuck in Brussels. Charlie forfeits his date to stay with Caroline.
44"The Old Girl Network"Martin DennisDawn Aldredge & Judith Bustany22 May 1990 (1990-05-22)
An old friend of Caroline's comes to stay and makes a play for Charlie.
55"Caroline's First Fight"Martin DennisRobert Sternin, Prudence Fraser & Nicholas Hyde (additional material)29 May 1990 (1990-05-29)
Joanna and Tom get into trouble for fighting and they run away to Joanna's old neighbourhood. Charlie and Caroline go after them but soon Caroline finds herself in trouble.
66"Who's Who?"Mike HolgateMonica Parker & Bud Wiser5 June 1990 (1990-06-05)
Both Caroline and Charlie are mistaken for people they are not but they don't admit to their mistaken identities which makes things difficult with their respective dates.
77"Growing Pains"Martin DennisPaul Robinson Hunter10 July 1990 (1990-07-10)
Charlie needs to accept that Joanna is growing up and Laura and Caroline are on hand to help.
88"Paint Your Wagon"Martin DennisLissa Levin17 July 1990 (1990-07-17)
Employer and Employee lines are crossed when Charlie makes a decision about Caroline's car.
99"Welcome Home (Part 1)"Mike HolgateRobert Sternin & Prudence Fraser24 July 1990 (1990-07-24)
Charlie finds himself in the way when Caroline's adventurer husband returns from the jungle. Guest starring Nicky Henson.
1010"Welcome Home (Part 2)"Mike HolgateRobert Sternin & Prudence Fraser31 July 1990 (1990-07-31)
Whilst the relationship between Caroline and her husband becomes strained, Charlie find himself a perfect new job but something is missing.
1111"Just Like Charlie"Martin DennisKen Cinnamon & Karen Wengrod7 August 1990 (1990-08-07)
Tom steals a car hub cap as a prank, in order to emulate Charlie in his younger days.
1212"First Kiss"Martin DennisBud Wiser, Robert Sternin, Prudence Fraser & Ellen Guylas14 August 1990 (1990-08-14)
It's Caroline birthday but everyone seems to have forgotten, even Charlie. She goes out for a meal with friends and returns home drunk, as does Charlie. Charlie feels bad for forgetting her birthday and so they head into the kitchen to bake a cake.
1313"Requiem"Martin DennisPaul Robinson Hunter, Robert Sternin, Prudence Fraser, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan27 December 1990 (1990-12-27)
Why is Charlie short of money? Laura trails him and suspects a woman. But the truth is that Charlie can't say goodbye. Caroline helps him move on.

Series 2 (1991)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Common Entrance"Martin DennisNorm Gunzenhauser, Tom Seeley, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan18 February 1991 (1991-02-18)
Joanna's friend Camilla is transferring to St Hilda's School for Girls; the same school that Caroline attended.
152"When Worlds Collide"Martin DennisKaren Wengrod, Ken Cinnamon, Martin Cohan & Gavin Petrie25 February 1991 (1991-02-25)
Caroline invites Charlie's poker playing cronies to play in Henley on Saturday night; unfortunately, she has forgotten she has an old friend coming for dinner on the same night.
163"Wedding Bells (Part 1)"Martin DennisRobert Sternin, Prudence Fraser, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan4 March 1991 (1991-03-04)
Caroline's former husband, Michael, plans to remarry in the south of France and drops a bombshell on Caroline.
174"Wedding Bells (Part 2)"Martin DennisRobert Sternin, Prudence Fraser, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan11 March 1991 (1991-03-11)
The whole family is still in the South of France and Caroline is still coming to terms with Michael's request for joint custody of Tom.
185"Cupid's Arrows"Mike HolgatePaul Robinson Hunter, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan18 March 1991 (1991-03-18)
Tom sets up a romantic blind date for his mother and Charlie.
196"The Babysitter"Martin DennisBud Wiser, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan8 April 1991 (1991-04-08)
When their regular babysitter lets them down, Caroline and Charlie agree that Joanna can babysit for Tom.
207"Playing to Win"Mike HolgateCarrie Honigblum, Michele Buehler Glazer, Renee Phillips, Stephen Curwick, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan15 April 1991 (1991-04-15)
Tom is encouraged by his school to take a more active role so he chooses gymnastics. When he breaks his shoulder, Caroline blames Charlie for the accident.
218"The Heiress"Mike HolgateAlan L. Gansberg, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan22 April 1991 (1991-04-22)
When Laura inherits some money from a mystery man Caroline does a bit of innocent digging to find out who he was, and comes across a secret that was meant to stay buried.
229"A Friend in Need"Mike HolgateCheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner, Carrie Honigblum, Michele Buehler Glazer, Renee Phillips, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan29 April 1991 (1991-04-29)
Caroline foolishly lets her neighbour, Diana Wilkinson, stay on the sofa for a few nights after she catches her husband cheating.
2310"And the Winner Is..."Martin DennisSeth Weisbord, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan6 May 1991 (1991-05-06)
Caroline loses out on an advertising award but she feels even more aggravated that the winner is a young prodigy whom she trained. When Charlie wins a darts competition, she believes she is even more of a failure. After receiving an invitation to the advertising awards ceremony, it takes a great deal of strength and decorum on Caroline's part to act benevolently when Charlie persuades her to attend.
2411"She's My Girl"Martin DennisCarrie Honigblum, Michele Buehler Glazer, Renee Phillips, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan13 May 1991 (1991-05-13)
Tom gets upset went a girl he likes gets a crush on Charlie.
2512"The Anniversary"Martin DennisRobert Sternin, Prudence Fraser, Ellen Guylas, Blake Hunter & Martin Cohan20 May 1991 (1991-05-20)
Charlie and Caroline celebrate his first anniversary as her housekeeper.

Series 3 (1991–1992)Edit

Series Three
Episode Title Original air date
1"Bedtime Story"5 November 1991 (1991-11-05)
Caroline is interviewed at home by the famous local reporter, Becky Barnes.
2"First Date"12 November 1991 (1991-11-12)
After Caroline takes an escort to the advertising awards, Charlie decides it is time that he took her out for a date. He decides that a Comedy Club is the ideal place for a first date however, Caroline is not impressed.
3"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"19 November 1991 (1991-11-19)
Joanna unsuccessfully tries to hide from Charlie the love bite the coolest guy in the school, gave her. He tries to warn her about how teenage boys can be manipulative with girls.
4"Older Than Springtime"26 November 1991 (1991-11-26)
Caroline pursues an advertising account with a trendy, young fashion design agency.
5"Neighbours"3 December 1991 (1991-12-03)
Problems ensure when new neighbours decide to re-establish their garden boundaries. More problems occur when Charlie and Caroline catch the neighbours' daughter kissing Tom.
6"Old Flames"10 December 1991 (1991-12-10)
An old friend of Caroline's, Brian Thomas, appears at the door and declares that he's Caroline's husband. Note: William Puttock (Tom) is credited for, but does not appear in, this episode.
7"Wheels"17 December 1991 (1991-12-17)
Charlie is torn about replacing the van. This episode features the 1976 hit "You to Me Are Everything" by The Real Thing during the episode and in the credits, replacing the theme tune.
8"The Honeymooners"7 January 1992 (1992-01-07)
Charlie takes Caroline to a footballers' reunion with Kevin Keegan. Charlie bumps into an old flame and pretends he and Caroline are married.
9"The Whiz Kid"14 January 1992 (1992-01-14)
Charlie starts to get jealous when Caroline is spending all her time with the new guy at work. Guest starring Martin Clunes.
10"Family Ties"21 January 1992 (1992-01-21)
Charlie's father-in-law Nick turns up, but their relationship isn't the best. However, things change when Nick claims he is dying - but are things what they seem? Guest starring Anthony Newley.
11"The Proposal"28 January 1992 (1992-01-28)
Geoffrey creates a special evening for Caroline and confides in Laura that he's going to offer her a share in his timeshare, but Caroline is expecting an entirely different proposal. Guest starring Simon Williams.
12"Business and Pleasure"4 February 1992 (1992-02-04)
Charlie isn't pleased when Caroline is spending all her time with her new colleague.
13"Pillow Talk"11 February 1992 (1992-02-11)
Caroline is distraught when she realises she's been talking loudly in her sleep.

Series 4 (1992–1993)Edit

Series Four
Episode Title Original air date
1"Come Dancing"20 October 1992 (1992-10-20)
Caroline and Charlie go dancing and make some new friends who are about to make a big commitment.
2"Blind Date"27 October 1992 (1992-10-27)
Charlie convinces Caroline to go on a pity date with his recently divorced friend Trevor.
3"Sex, Lies and Exercise Tape"3 November 1992 (1992-11-03)
Caroline joins a health club and feels insecure about fitting in with the "in-crowd".
4"Summoned to the Head"10 November 1992 (1992-11-10)
Tom's school wants him to move a year ahead and Caroline is thrilled, but has decide whether to cope with the influence of the older children.
5"The Girl Next Door"17 November 1992 (1992-11-17)
Charlie takes the family to help Auntie Pat at the summer fayre and meets up with some people he used to know, including the only girl from his neighborhood who refused to date him.
6"Charlie's Auntie's Uncle"24 November 1992 (1992-11-24)
Auntie Pat's uncle Al needs someone to help him mend his criminal ways and Charlie volunteers.
7"Match of the Day"1 December 1992 (1992-12-01)
When Charlie agrees to coach Caroline's volleyball team, she is the one that gets left out.
8"Surprise, Surprise"8 December 1992 (1992-12-08)
Laura's innocent dinner party throws up some surprises.
9"The Fugitive"15 December 1992 (1992-12-15)
Joanna is devastated to discover that, according to Charlie, her grandfather is not in Spain, but in prison.
10"You Shall Go to the Ball"22 December 1992 (1992-12-22)
Laura takes on Caroline's identity so that she can gatecrash a society ball, but bites off more than she can chew.
11"To Let or Not to Let"28 December 1992 (1992-12-28)
Charlie and Caroline can't agree over Charlie's choice of tenant for Caroline's cottage.
12"Big Bad Burrows"4 January 1993 (1993-01-04)
A boxing match is used as a school fundraiser.
13"Working Girls"11 January 1993 (1993-01-11)
Charlie agrees to let Joanna spend a week with him on work experience. However, she soon wishes she was back at school.
14"A Model Grandmother"18 January 1993 (1993-01-18)
When Laura strikes a sexy pose for a magazine, it hampers Tom's chances of becoming form rep.
15"The Manageress"25 January 1993 (1993-01-25)
Charlie tries to stop Joanna from managing Al's band, but when he changes his mind and tries to help her it causes a bigger row.
16"Wish You Were Here"1 February 1993 (1993-02-01)
On a family trip to the Caribbean, Charlie feels left out, but a walk with Caroline in the moonlight soon turns out to be very revealing.
17"A Walk on the Mild Side"8 February 1993 (1993-02-08)
Charlie fears Caroline is asking for trouble when she asks out the youth club's wildest member.
18"Take Your Pick"15 February 1993 (1993-02-15)
Charlie's godmother and mother find their passions aroused by the same man, forcing Charlie and Caroline to take sides.
19"Tunnel of Love"22 February 1993 (1993-02-22)
It's time for declarations of love - or is it? Katherine Helmond (the only person to appear on Who's The Boss? and the British version) appears as Madame Alexandra, who predicts Charlie will marry the last woman he kisses before midnight.

Series 5 (1993)Edit

Series Five
Episode Title Original air date
1"Not in Front of the Children"9 September 1993 (1993-09-09)
Charlie and Caroline at last admit that they're in love. Charlie, however, wants to keep it secret.
2"Misery"16 September 1993 (1993-09-16)
Caroline has sprained her ankle and is laid-up in bed. She becomes alarmed by Charlie's possessive behaviour.
3"Cheers"23 September 1993 (1993-09-23)
Joanna is allowed to go to a party, but she gets drunk and becomes very ill as a consequence.
4"Duck Soup"30 September 1993 (1993-09-30)
Who shot Caroline's biggest client? Charlie and Laura have some explaining to do.
5"Minder"7 October 1993 (1993-10-07)
Charlie repays a favour owed to an old friend by taking their unruly daughter on to help with the housekeeping.
6"Wheel of Fortune"14 October 1993 (1993-10-14)
When Laura is stood up, Charlie takes her and Caroline to the Casino as planned.
7"The Price is Right"21 October 1993 (1993-10-21)
Charlie, disillusioned by the materialistic motives of a footballer, falls out with the rest of the family.
8"Housewife's Choice"28 October 1993 (1993-10-28)
When Charlie and Caroline swap roles, Caroline comes off worse.
9"Who's the Boss?"4 November 1993 (1993-11-04)
When Charlie feels henpecked, he tries to let Caroline know who the real boss is with disastrous results.
10"The Far Pavilion"11 November 1993 (1993-11-11)
Joanna asks Charlie to help her get a job,but he's reluctant, remembering the disaster he had on his hands after he helped Tom.
11"The Porridge Diet"18 November 1993 (1993-11-18)
Nick is released from prison and Caroline invites him to stay as he has nowhere else to go.
12"Mixed Doubles"25 November 1993 (1993-11-25)
Charlie becomes jealous of a long legged friend of Caroline's, while Caroline is spending time with someone very familiar...
13"Full House"2 December 1993 (1993-12-02)
Al is flat hunting but Charlie messes things up. Caroline has to market a new soft drink which tastes disgusting.
14"Keep It in the Family"9 December 1993 (1993-12-09)
Caroline is tempted by an offer to merge her company with another advertising agency, but Laura is not part of the package.
15"Happy Ever After? (Part 1)"16 December 1993 (1993-12-16)
Charlie promises not to put pressure on Caroline to marry him. They take an adventure holiday in which they go hiking and cycling.
16"Happy Ever After? (Part 2)"23 December 1993 (1993-12-23)
Caroline doesn't want to forgive Charlie for the way in which he proposed.

Series 6 (1995)Edit

Series Six
Episode Title Original air date
1"Moonlighting"6 January 1995 (1995-01-06)
Now that Charlie is engaged to his boss, he is anxious to show he is not a kept man. He buys Caroline a painting he cannot afford and is forced to do a little moonlighting.
2"Fatal Attraction"13 January 1995 (1995-01-13)
Charlie is left feeling guilty when his tennis opponent, Fred, drops dead on the court. The arrival of Fred's twin, Ted gives him an opportunity to make amends, but when Ted begins to take advantage, Charlie loses his cool and challenges him to a tennis match.
3"Granny Get Your Gun"20 January 1995 (1995-01-20)
Caroline's domineering grandmother comes to stay and announces she will prevent her marriage to Charlie. She suggests a pre-nuptial agreement, and once the solicitors are brought in the negotiations soon turn into a slanging match.
4"Surgical Spirit"27 January 1995 (1995-01-27)
Caroline is forced to take in her mother when Laura's flat is damaged by fire.
5"Father of the Bride (Part 1)"3 February 1995 (1995-02-03)
Joanna brings her new boyfriend home to meet her father and announces that they are engaged.
6"Father of the Bride (Part 2)"10 February 1995 (1995-02-10)
Joanna and her new-found fiancé, Dan, elope to Gretna Green, but are followed by their relatives who drive through the night to catch them.
7"Married... With Parents"17 February 1995 (1995-02-17)
Newly-weds Joanna and Dan are back from their honeymoon, but the university has thrown them out of the halls of residence, and they move in with Charlie and Caroline. The idea of Joanna and Dan sharing a bed keeps Charlie awake at night.
8"No Place Like Home"24 February 1995 (1995-02-24)
A visitor to the house offers a significant sum to sell up so Charlie and Caroline go house-hunting.
9"Hard Times"3 March 1995 (1995-03-03)
Caroline's business goes through a bad patch and she uses money from the household account to support it. Charlie's shopping cheque bounces, and he imposes an economy drive on the family. Caroline, however, cannot stop spending money.
10"Hit the Road"10 March 1995 (1995-03-10)
Tom tries to impress a girlfriend from school by using Charlie's jeep despite the fact that he is too young to drive legally.
11"Home Improvement"17 March 1995 (1995-03-17)
When a water leak in the ceiling downstairs is traced to Caroline's bedroom, Charlie decides it would be a good time to give the whole bedroom a makeover.
12"Quantum Leap"24 March 1995 (1995-03-24)
Charlie is knocked out and dreams that he has remained a football player with all the money and trappings associated with it.
13"Second Thoughts"31 March 1995 (1995-03-31)
Charlie has an allergic reaction every time he is forced to think about getting married.
14"The Wedding"8 April 1995 (1995-04-08)
It's Charlie and Caroline's wedding day and everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.

Series 7 (1996)Edit

Series Seven
Episode Title Original air date
1"A Lion Called Laura"2 September 1996 (1996-09-02)
Charlie and Caroline are happily married and facing their first nights apart as Caroline goes to Brussels for work. But why is she so upset? And how will she react to the surprise that Charlie has awaiting her return?
2"Friends"9 September 1996 (1996-09-09)
Charlie and Caroline reminisce about their honeymoon.
3"In Marriage We Trust"16 September 1996 (1996-09-16)
Caroline invites a man-eating friend for dinner; Laura's date is Caroline's ex. Jealousy threatens to mar the evening - until Charlie & Caroline trust their marriage.
4"The Chunnel of Love"23 September 1996 (1996-09-23)
Dan gets a job in Paris but Jo doesn't want to go. Charlie can't resist interfering - but will he make things better, or worse?
5"Nobody's Child"30 September 1996 (1996-09-30)
Laura is feeling neglected and unloved - until an old friend turns up and invites her on a world tour. But 2 stars in one small room means Star Wars.
6"A Couple of Charlies"7 October 1996 (1996-10-07)
Charlie meets an old girlfriend now married to another Charlie. His insecurities mounting, this Charlie challenges Charlie at pool. One Charlie wins, one loses, and both discover new depths to their marriages.
7"Oh Baby, Oh Baby"14 October 1996 (1996-10-14)
Charlie and Caroline are still trying for a baby. The pregnancy test is positive - but whose is it? Caroline's? Or Joanna's?

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