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Bustin' Loose
Genre Sitcom
Written by Cindy Begel
Lesa Kite
Lisa Medway
Chuck Tately
Kevin White
Directed by Marlene Laird
Bob Lally
Alan Myerson
Starring Jimmie Walker
Vonetta McGee
Aaron Lohr
Tyren Perry
Reagan Marie Cole
Larry O. Williams, Jr.
Theme music composer Ron Boustead
Greg Poree
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Topper Carew
Producer(s) Alyce S. Carew
Allan Manings
Alan Myerson
Linda Nieber
Editor(s) Mike Gavaldon
Running time 30 min (approx)
Production company(s) Universal TV
Original channel Syndication
Original run 26 September 1987 – 10 September 1988
Status Ended
Related shows Bustin' Loose

Bustin' Loose is an American sitcom that was loosely based on the 1981 film of the same name starring Richard Pryor.[1] The TV version of Bustin' Loose premiered in first-run syndication in 1987 and lasted for only one season.



The series stars Jimmie Walker (of Good Times fame) as Sonny Barnes, a former con artist, who had been caught by the authorities and sentenced to five years of community service. He was placed in the home of social worker Mimi Shaw (Vonetta McGee), who lived with four orphans: Rudey (Larry O. Williams, Jr.), Trish (Tyren Perry), Nikky (Aaron Lohr) and Sue Anne (Marie Cole). Sonny lived in the basement and worked around the house doing odd jobs. Meanwhile, the kids all loved listening to Sonny's ofttimes exaggerated tales.[2]


Episode list


Season 1

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The First Day of the Rest of My Life" September 19, 1987
1-2 "The Baby" September 26, 1987
1-3 "Turn Around" October 3, 1987
1-4 "Cold Water Blues" October 10, 1987
1-5 "Homeless, Sweet Homeless" October 17, 1987
1-6 "Sisters" October 24, 1987
1-7 "Go For the Gold" October 31, 1987
1-8 "Wet Weather Ahead" November 7, 1987
1-9 "I Paint What I See" November 14, 1987
1-10 "Rain, Rain, Go Away" November 21, 1987
1-11 "Seems Like Old Times" November 28, 1987
1-12 "Words of Wisdom" December 5, 1987
1-13 "The Kindest Cut" January 30, 1988
1-14 "Doo Wop" February 6, 1988
1-15 "Oh, Big Brother" February 13, 1988
1-16 "Scammed Straight" February 20, 1988
1-17 "The Grass Isn't Greener" February 27, 1988
1-18 "Snow Place Like Home" March 5, 1988
1-19 "The Parent Trap" April 9, 1988
1-20 "The Gang's All Here" April 16, 1988
1-21 "I Am Woman" April 23, 1988
1-22 "Nostalgia Ain't What it Used to Be" April 30, 1988
1-23 "Rudeo and Tricia-ette" May 7, 1988
1-24 "It's a Great Big Wonderful World" May 14, 1988
1-25 "What's a Nice Girl Like You ...?" May 21, 1988
1-26 "It's a Pizza Cake" May 28, 1988

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Awards Nominated The Most Promising New Fall Television Series
Outstanding Young Actors/Actresses Ensemble in Television or Motion Picture Marie Cole, Aaron Lohr, Tyren Perry, and Larry O. Williams Jr.


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