Top of the Heap
Top of the Heap is an American sitcom that ran for seven episodes on Fox from April 7 until May 19, 1991, the most successful of three attempted spin-offs of Married... with Children (the other two being Radio Free Trumaine and Enemies). The pilot was episode 20 of the fifth season of Married... with Children. The series aired Sunday at 9:30 pm.
|Top of the Heap|
|Opening theme||"Puttin' On the Ritz" performed by Kenny Yarbrough|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Arthur Silver
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||April 7– May 19, 1991|
|Followed by||Vinnie & Bobby|
|Related shows||Married... with Children|
Top of the Heap focused on the attempts of two minor Married... with Children characters—Charlie Verducci (Joseph Bologna) and his son Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc)—to get rich. Charlie's "master plan" is for Vinnie to marry into a wealthy family; to this end, the two Chicago slum residents try to get into high society. Vinnie also owns a cat, Mr. Fluffy, who is despised by Charlie. Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) is a girl from the Verduccis' neighborhood who has a crush on Vinnie, who tries to fend her off. Alixandra Stone (Rita Moreno) is the manager of a country club, and the object of Charlie's affections. Vinnie gets a job at a country club, which also employs a security guard, Emmet Lefebvre.
In some episodes actors from Married... with Children made guest appearances as their characters from the show, thus reinforcing the connection between the two series. Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) appeared in the pilot (which itself was an episode of Married... with Children), Bud Bundy (David Faustino) made an appearance in an episode in the country club, and Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) appeared twice on the show in cameo appearances. However, none of the three Bundys made an appearance together.
In 1992, there was a continuation of this series entitled Vinnie & Bobby; it also lasted for only seven episodes. The only characters continued over to this version were the eponymous Vinnie (Matt LeBlanc), Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) and Bobby Grazzo (Robert Torti), who only appeared in the last episode of this version of the show.
|Actor||Role||Appearances in other shows||Episodes appeared||Total episode count|
|Joseph Bologna||Charlie Verducci||2, Two episodes of Married... with Children||1–7||7|
|Matt LeBlanc||Vinnie Verducci||10, Three episodes of Married... with Children,
all of Vinnie & Bobby
|Joey Lauren Adams||Mona Mullins||8, One episode of Married... with Children,
all of Vinnie & Bobby
|Mr. Fluffy the Cat||Mr. Fluffy the Cat||1 episode of Married... with Children||1–7||7|
|Rita Moreno||Alixandra Stone||0, no reference or appearance||2, 4–7||5|
|Leslie Jordan||Emmet Lefebvre||0, no reference or appearance||2, 4–7||5|
|Christina Applegate||Kelly Bundy||255, most of Married... with Children||3, 5||2|
|David Faustino||Bud Bundy||257, most of Married... with Children||2||1|
|Ed O'Neill||Al Bundy||259, all of Married... with Children||1||1|
|Robert Torti||Bobby Grazzo||7, all of Vinnie & Bobby||7||1|
|Note: This table counts the backdoor pilot on Married... with Children as both the first episode and as an appearance on another show.|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Top of the Heap"||Gerry Cohen||Ron Leavitt & Arthur Silver||April 7, 1991|
Pilot episode: After Vinnie loses his last boxing match (and Charlie wins Al's TV in a bet), Charlie comes up with a plan to get Vinnie to marry a rich woman, so they crash a high society party.
|2||"The Agony and the Agony"||Linda Day||Mike Scully & Lenny Ripps||April 14, 1991|
Vinnie gets a job working at a country club as an assistant to the manager, and Charlie gets the hots for her.
|3||"Behind the Eight Ball"||Linda Day||Kimberley Young||April 21, 1991|
Charlie overhears that a guy he is hustling at pool is a godfather.
|4||"Stocks and Bondages"||Linda Day||Jonathan Collier||April 28, 1991|
A hot stock tip sends Charlie to a loan shark, where he gets $10,000, but Vinnie doesn't get the money invested.Alixandra and Emmet return for the rest of the show
|5||"The Last Temptation of Charlie"||Gerry Cohen||Lenny Ripps & Arthur Silver||May 5, 1991|
Charlie has a hard time convincing Vinnie that he didn't sell their cat, Mr. Fluffy, to pay for the television he claims to have won.
|6||"The Marrying Guy"||Tony Singletary||Kimberly Young, Mike Scully & Wayne Kline||May 12, 1991|
|Vinnie meets his first girlfriend on her wedding day, but Vinnie catches the groom with another woman.|
|7||"Mona by Moonlight"||Tony Singletary||N/A||May 19, 1991|
Vinnie must take the owner's stepdaughter (a high fashion model) to a prom held at the club, but Mona also wants Vinnie to take her. Guest appearance by Robert Torti as Bobby Grazzo.Last Appearances of Charlie, Alixandra, Emmet and Fluffy. The series would continue in Vinnie & Bobby.