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A Family for Joe: Season 1 (1990)



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A homeless curmudgeon is talked into posing as the grandfather of four upper-crust orphans so the kids won't be split up and sent off to live in foster homes. The kids think they'll have it made, but the cranky (and, naturally, wise) elder takes his job to heart. A barely remembered sitcom save for its iconic star: Robert Mitchum, whose forte never was light comedy.


Robert Mitchum
as Joe Whitaker
David Lascher
as Nick Bankston
Juliette Lewis
as Holly Bankston
Ben Savage
as Chris Bankston
Jessica Player
as Mary Bankston
Barry J. Gordon
as Roger Hightower

Critic Reviews for A Family for Joe: Season 1

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

This late-career blip on the rugged CV of one of the great Hollywood actors is yours to gape at in sad disbelief through the barely-parted fingers you'll hold over your face.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The tinny laugh track has been turned up beyond bearing... The only good news is that Mitchum, who would seem to be a sitcom liability, turns out to be fairly spry.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Watching requires blanket disbelief and a high tolerance for heartstring tugging... [Robert Mitchum] looks as if he'd wandered onto the wrong sound stage and decided to hang around for kicks.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The rumpled Robert Mitchum, given one of the most preposterous assignments in television history, does what he can as the title character in this new NBC series... Still, the persuasiveness of Mitchum's performance makes it impossible to write this off.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

One presumes Robert Mitchum is dozing through this sitcom for the dough; only such profound cynicism on Mitchum's part could possibly allow me to maintain my immense admiration for this great marble slab of a movie actor.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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