19 August 1990
| 7.5/10 |
24 March 1990
| Philip Rosenthal
Robert Mitchum, Juliette Lewis, Ben Savage, David Lascher, Maia Brewton
I Married Dora, Ozzie's Girls, Free for All, Maybe This Time, Goodnight - Beantown
A Family for Joe is an American television movie and subsequent series, both starring Robert Mitchum in the title role. The half-hour show premiered on NBC on March 24, 1990. Nine episodes of the series were filmed.
A Family for Joe Wikipedia
A Family for Joe is about the Bankston children, 15-year-old Holly (Juliette Lewis), 16-year-old Nick (David Lascher & Chris Furrh), 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.
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".
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.