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Who says you can't pick your relatives? Meet four kids who did... Veteran actor Robert Mitchum stars as the man the four Bankston kids call "Grandpa Joe." But that wasn't always his name. And he didn't know the Bankston children at all -until they found him. You see, Chris, Mary, Nick and little Holly Bankston were recently orphaned, and with no adult to care for them, the courts threatened to split them up and place them in foster homes. Desperate situations call for desperate measures, so the four shrewd kids selected a crusty old homeless person -- Joe -- and turned him into their long-lost "grandfather." In return for food, shelter and clothing, "Grandpa Joe" would agree to keep up the charade and everyone would be happy -- kids, court and Grandpa. But what starts out as a good "deal" quickly turns into more than they all bargained for. The children soon realize they need more strict guidance than they had imaged. Joe discovers that, in addition to adjusting to life
|S01E01||A Little Romance||24/03/1990||Joe goes on his first date in years.|
|S01E02||The Medium||31/03/1990||The kids meet a medium who claims to speak to their dead parents, whose parenting from beyond leads Joe to a close encounter with the spirit world.|
|S01E03||Nick's Heart||07/04/1990||Joe, a recovered alcoholic, becomes involved with a kid with a drinking problem: Nick's old girlfriend.|
|S01E04||An Earful||14/04/1990||When the phone service is cut off, Joe pays a visit to Ma Bell and discovers a huge unpaid bill, with significant calls to 976-sexy lines. (This episode introduces Roger, the househusband next door.)|
|S01E05||Life of the Party||28/04/1990||Joe brings an old merchant marine buddy hone for a visit. Everyone gets along terrifically, until Mickey learns the true relationship between Joe and the kidsâ€”and wants to be cut in on Joe's ""sweet deal.""|
|S01E06||Law and Order||05/05/1990||Joe goes head to head with the family's social worker when Nick is arrested for vandalism.|
|S01E07||Once a Bum||05/08/1990||Chris' desire to join a scout troop requires Joe to occasionally chaperone the scouts. Unfortunately, Chris' teacher used to bring Joe food when he was homeless. When a homeless-looking Joe is Chris' show and tell project, the teacher learns a lesson too.|
|S01E08||Nightschool||12/08/1990||Nick gets a construction job for the summer and decides he likes the money so much he wants to drop out of high school. Joe challenges him to attend night school where Joe will complete his own high school education|
|S01E09||Having a Baby||19/08/1990||Holly decides to help her pregnant friend raise her child. Joe teaches the girls the joys of parenthood.|