Shaping Up is an American sitcom created by writer-producers Sam Simon and Ken Estin, which ran for five weeks on ABC from March 20 until April 17, 1984.

Shaping Up
Also known asWelcome to the Club
Created byKen Estin
Sam Simon
Written byKen Estin
Merrill Markoe
Sam Simon
Directed byMichael Lessac
StarringLeslie Nielsen
Michael Fontaine
Jennifer Tilly
Shawn Weatherly
Jake Steinfeld
ComposerFletcher Adams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producersKen Estin
Sam Simon
ProducerRichard Sakai
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesEstin-Simon Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 20 (1984-03-20) –
April 17, 1984 (1984-04-17)


A spring replacement in 1984, Shaping Up, originally titled Welcome to the Club, was given the 9:00 Tuesday slot following Three's Company. Leslie Nielsen played Buddy Fox, curmudgeonly owner of the Buddy Fox Health Club. Michael Fontaine played Ben, the club's manager who was like a son to Buddy and served as the show's voice of sanity. Other cast members included Jennifer Tilly, Shawn Weatherly and Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake fame.

While five episodes were aired, six were shot. The role of Ben was first played by Tim Robbins, whom the network replaced with Fontaine.


US television ratingsEdit

Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[1] Tied With
5 March 20, 1984 April 17, 1984 53 15.0 "Silver Spoons", "Maggie Briggs"


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Baby Be Mine"TBATBAMarch 20, 1984 (1984-03-20)
2"Ex Pede Hercuelum"TBATBAMarch 27, 1984 (1984-03-27)
3"Defusing the Muse"TBATBAApril 3, 1984 (1984-04-03)
4"I Should Have Danced All Night"TBATBAApril 10, 1984 (1984-04-10)
5"Mixed Nuts"TBATBAApril 17, 1984 (1984-04-17)


  1. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".

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