Rare Facts About 'Who's the Boss?' Show
Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter's 'Who's the Boss?' was a hit from the 80s all the way into the 90s. The show bagged its fair share of awards and gained a massive fan following. But there was a lot going on behind the scenes of this beloved sitcom. Stay tuned for all the drama and the details!
Who's The Boss Was One Of The Top Sitcoms
September 20, 1984, was the day the world laid eyes on the hit show, Who's the Boss? and since then it's received mostly good reviews for its time on the screen. The cast of stars including Tony Danza, Judith Light, and Alyssa Milano made the show a massive success from inception.
In it's run time it been nominated for forty awards and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe! It also appeared on many top 10 lists, proving that the show was indeed one of the bests. The cast members also saw their reputation in Hollywood skyrocket thanks to Who's the Boss?
15. Mona Wasn't Meant To Be The Mom
We all know the role of mother Mona but fans might be shocked to learn that this wasn't her original casting slot. The star was actually meant to be the older sibling to Angela! But the producers later decided that she was better suited in the maternal role.
14. The Show Didn't Really Have Any Succesful Spin-Offs
The show was one of many that were happy to hear there would be a spin-off in its honor. But sadly, like most spin-offs, the show just couldn't pick up. The first spin-off was called Charmed Lives but it only saw a few episodes air before it was canceled.
Next came the 12 episodes long, Living Dolls. It wasn't until a spin-off with the now-famous Halle Berry was aired that the series actually had a chance. It was Miss Berry's acting debut and from the first scene, it was clear we were watching a star in the making.
13. The Original Script Saw Angela and Tony Say "I Do"
The show's producers had some big storylines written down for Who's the Boss? They actually planned for Angela and Tony to tie the knot in season 1. However, as the series progressed, the show's creators felt that the relationship change would deter some viewers.
Judith Light aka Angela did, however, hope that she and Tony would make it to the alter. Light felt like it would've opened up their storyline for more interesting plots and details. She said:
"I have always felt that our getting married would have been so much fun. It would never have meant the end for Tony and Angela. There would have been a lot of great stuff we could have done. There was a lot of life left in this series."
12. Which Famous People Made Guest Appearances
There were a few celebrities that made a cameo appearance on the show but two names certainly stand out. They are of course Ray Charles and the beloved Frank Sinatra. The famed star gained himself a minor slot on the series and loved every second of it.
11. One Of The Stars Wanted To Leave The Show But Couldn't
Alyssa Milano aka Samantha was still a growing actress when she landed her career-defining role. The star had other hopes and dreams... One of which was completing her schooling. But when she tried to leave the show for her education, her contract and the producers stopped her.
10. So Who Was Really The Boss Afterall
It's been long speculated amongst fans and onlookers of the show... Who was actually the boss on Who's The Boss? There have been various opinions and thoughts on the topic but we all gained clarity thanks to Alyssa Milano. The actress said the boss was obviously Mona. When asked she said:
9. The Mona Show Never Happened
Katherine Helmond aka the beloved Mona was undoubtedly one of the favorite stars from the series. So it's no surprise that she was meant to land her own show after the season-three finale. But this ended up falling through the mat and luckily the character was written into 'Who's The Boss?' again.
8. Wait, Where Did Tony's Son Go
Tony's character has a very special moment in the series when he adopts a little boy. The entire idea was met with happy responses but sadly the boy didn't stay on the show for long... His character went off-screen because the producer wanted to make room for Tony and Angela’s relationship instead.
7. One Cast Member Ranked On The 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time
In the 2004 TV Guide, Tony Micelli was honored with a pretty impressive ranking. The character was ranked 23 in the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time! This comes as no surprise as fans truly loved the way Tony portrayed himself as a father figure on the show.
6. Romance Was Used To Lift Ratings
Post-season 7 the show was facing the possibility of being canceled. The producers believed that the answer would be adding more romance to the show. To boost ratings they placed a massive emphasis on the growing relationship between Tony and Angela.
Sadly this didn't work... The cast and producers worked hard to keep their show on air but season 8 was the final season of Who's the Boss? The entire premise of Angela and Tony wasn't enough to keep the show going and many fans were gutted when it went off their screens.
5. Getting A Role On The Series Wasn't Easy
Landing any role in Hollywood isn't easy... For this specific series, it was particularly tricky. Alyssa Milano auditioned for the part of Samantha and had to go up against 1,500 other girls! At the end of the day, we're all glad she was able to beat out the rest as she was the perfect Sam.
4. Tony Danza Had The Fate Of The Show In His Hands
Initially, the idea to have Tony and Angela walk down the aisle was decided upon but this was soon overturned. The big bosses of ABC and leading man, Tony Danza didn't really like this take on the story. Instead, they opted for a plot that would allow the sitcom to come full circle.
When the series ended the entire team was pretty emotional. Judith Light shared the following about shooting the last episode ever:
"Knowing we were about to do the last scene was very difficult. But we got through it. We have all become extremely close. We loved each other long and well."
3. Why Alyssa Milano Cut Her Hair After Who's The Boss?
In Who’s The Boss season 8 Alyssa Milano made a big move... She cut off her pretty locks to make a statement. It was her way of getting some space from the character that was starting to define her and her life. She once said playing Samatha was “creatively frustrating,” so goodbye hair!
2. Why The Sitcom Felt Like A Real Home And A Really Family
Fans of the show might be missing the cast and the familiar set but they are in luck... The original home used on the sitcom still exists today. On 13 Onondaga Street, Rye, NY you'll see the house where all of the episodes were created. One lucky family actually lives there now!
The real home set up, along with the caring cast members were all factors that contributed to the homeliness of the series both on and off of the screen. Pintauro said the following about the show:
"From the moment the show started, it literally felt like family. I had this other family to hang out with and make family memories with. [To Light and Helmond] I used to give you both mom and grandmom gifts to you for Christmas every year. They were family. They still are."
1. The Story Behind The Show's Name
We all know the series as the beloved Who’s the Boss? but this was not always the name of the show. One of the star actresses told a story about how she found out the shows initial title... Before she went in for her audition the show was actually going to be named, You’re the Boss!
She shared the story of how she would casually go for auditions while she was working various other jobs in New York City. She said:
"In between jobs, I went to normal public school and continued to audition for roles. My dad used to bring me into work with him in Manhattan when I had auditions... On one of these walks, we ended up at an audition for a pilot called “You’re the Boss.” I didn’t know what a pilot was, or much of anything special about this pilot other than that the cute guy from “Taxi” was going to be in it and that I was auditioning to play his Italian daughter from Brooklyn. Needless to say, that wasn’t much of a stretch for me."
After reading these fun facts we feel like taking a walk down memory lane and rewatching this beloved sitcom! Which fact was the most surprising from this list? Leave us a comment be sure to click the share button!