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Just the Ten of Us

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Just the Ten of Us was a situation comedy that aired on ABC, most notably as part of that network's TGIF programming block. The series was a spin-off of Growing Pains, and was broadcast from 1988 until 1990.

The series focuses on Graham Lubbock (Bill Kirchenbauer), a substitute teacher at the high school that Growing Pains characters Mike and Carol Seaver (Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold) had attended; and the father of eight children.

In the pilot episode (which aired on Growing Pains in the spring of 1988), Graham's contract is terminated, leading Mike to lead a protest after he learns that he is trying to support a large family (including a baby that his wife, Elizabeth (Deborah Harmon), just had). Word spreads, and Graham is offered a job at St. Augustine's Academy, an all-boys private Catholic school in Eureka, California; Graham promptly moves his family to California.

Six of Graham's children were girls, four of them teen-agers (who were all very pretty); they included:

  • Marie (Heather Langenkamp), the oldest and self-appointed leader.
  • Cindy (Jamie Luner), who had a wild personality.
  • Wendy (Brooke Theiss), who was always trying to get a date.
  • Connie (JoAnn Willette), the brains of the group.

His younger daughters were 8-year-old Sherry (Heidi Zeigler) and infant Melissa. By special arrangement, the older girls were allowed to attend St. Augustine's, much to the chagrin of the school's administration (and, of course, much delight of the male students).

Graham and Elizabeth's sons were 11-year-old Graham Jr. (J.R., played by Matt Shakman) and toddler Harvey.

Episodes revolved around the family's efforts to save money, dating and other typical family sitcom plots. In later episodes, the four teen-aged girls formed a signing group called "The Lubbock Babes" (partly to help bring in much-needed extra income).

 

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"This show was the highlight of my childhood! My sister and our two neighbors WERE Cindy, Wendy, Connie, and Marie (a.k.a. The Lubbock Babes)! We recorded every episode and memorized all the songs they sang at the pizza parlor and performed them to ourselves every day. Besides all the singing episodes, my other favorite episode was when Wendy got suspended from school and her mom decided to show her how hard it was being a housewife. Instead of washing the dishes, Wendy decided to hide them. I got in SO much trouble when my mom found a bunch of old Sunday breakfast dishes hiding in the turkey roasting pan that following Christmas. They didn"t last long in the dryer either! We were obsessed with Just the Ten of Us. I can"t say enough about it. "

--Amity

"Just the Ten of Us was a really great show, cancelled too soon. My brother and I watched the show faithfully every week, and each episode was hysterical. It was much funnier than the show from which it was spun off from, Growing Pains, and much more ahead of it's time. The jokes were raunchy, the humor colorful and the characters were fleshed out and interesting. The best stories involved the four oldest girls, who had a singing group on the show called the Lubbock babes. In a short synopsis, the show involved a family of ten (seven kids, a husband and a pregnant wife) who relocated from New York to the California suburb known as Eureka, where the kids attended a Catholic school in which their father became head coach. They lived in a house situated on the school's property, mortgage free, and although the school was an all-boys school, the five Lubbock girls attended it anyway. As expected, all sorts of mayhem and sexual antics ensued."

--Seanman

"This is my all time favorite show! I wish one of the networks would rerun it. My two favorite episodes are the one where Connie gets asked out on a date at the costume party, so she has to wear fake boobs. My other favorite is when J.R. and Sherri break the good china and try to replace it but J.R. buys the wrong dishes because "they were on sale"."

--Anonymous

"[My favorite episode was] when Wendy, Marie, Jamie, and the other girls were at the club singing for their big break."

--Anonymous

"Just the Ten of Us was a really great show. My three sisters and I used to watch it regularly. One of our favorite episodes is the one where Graham and Elizabeth find out their daughters (The Lubbock Babes) are singing at the pizza parlor and they go to spy on them. I love the song that Cindy sang-I can still remember it. The part where Marie is dancing with the pole is really funny. I realy can't say that I have a favorite because I liked evey single episode. I wish the reruns were on still. I can't get enough of that show."

--Melisa

"Hi I'm acutally just writing this to get in contact with the girl, Amity that said she has the episodes on tape. I would love to get the episodes, I have some but not many and I loved this show so much. I'm from a family of nine and I'm one of five girls and this show made us feel normal. I would really love to talk to you, here's my email LEOHEAR7@aol.com if anyone else has tapes please contact me. Thank you so much. LiRa"

--Anonymous

"I was so young when "Just the Ten of Us" aired, but I remember waking up every morning and rushing to the TV so I wouldnt miss it on USA! I can't actually remember alot of the events that happened as I was only about 11 years old, but I am 18 now and would LOVE to see the show back on!"

--missn_the_old_days

"I would just like to say how much I loved watching just the ten of us I grew up watching it I can't really say I had an exact favorite episode but I do no the one that I thought was absolutly hilarious was the one where Cindy broke that guy's arm and then broke his other arm, because he didn't respect her. Also when Wendy told her to look at her body and that it said, "open all night we deliver". I always dreamed of being like Wendy, Cindy, Connie, and yes Marie!!!!!!!!!!!"

--melinda nieto

"I loved this show! Every Friday night when it was on the TGI Fridays line out, it was the one show I couldn't wait to come on. The situations the family found themselves in were absolutely hysterical, especially when it involved Wendy (who later was on 90210) & Cindy (who was later on Savannah. These two characters were my absolute favorite. My all time favorite episode was when Cindy got a job at the Gym making $8 (which was a lot back then) and she was just required to sit there and look pretty and Connie was mopping floors at the school for $4 (which was minimum wage back then) I loved Connie and Marie’s Hidden Jealously of their sisters! It was too cute! I remember when the show ended, I was so sad! Then when they had Re-runs on the USA network, I was so happy, so I taped all the episodes and still watch it from time to time"

--Myk

"During this year I was addicted to TGIF, and this show was no exeption. After it was taken off ABC, the USA network picked it up and I followed it there. My favorite part of the show was when Graham, the father, would throw guys out the window, it would always crack me up. Plus all the girls were hot so there's a plus."

--Anonymous

"I loved this show! Every Friday night when it was on the TGI Fridays line out, it was the one show I couldn&'t wait to come on. The situations the family found themselves in were absolutely hysterical, especially when it involved Wendy (who later was on 90210) & Cindy (who was later on Savannah. These two characters were my absolute favorite. My all time favorite episode was when Cindy got a job at the Gym making $8 (which was a lot back then) and she was just required to sit there and look pretty and Connie was mopping floors at the school for $4(which was minimum wage back then) I loved Connie and Marie’s Hidden Jealously of their sisters! It was too cute! I remember when the show ended, I was so sad! Then when they had Re-runs on the USA network, I was so happy, so I taped all the episodes and still watch it from time to time"

--Myk

 

TV TIDBITS

Aired: April 26, 1988 – July 27, 1990

Cast: Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon, Heather Langenkamp, Jamie Luner

Network: ABC

Genre: Sitcom

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