Just the Ten of Us: Wikis


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Just the Ten of Us
Just the Ten of Us opening sequence
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dan Guntzelman
Mike Sullivan
Steve Marshall
Written by Kevin Abbott
Bob Burris
Dan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Rich Reinhart
Rachelle Romberg
Craig Shoemaker
Brad Slaight
Michael Ware
Jake Weinberger
Mike Weinberger
Directed by John Gunselman
Dan Guntzelman
Robert Heath
Jim Johnston
Howard Storm
John Tracy
Starring Bill Kirchenbauer
Deborah Harmon
Heather Langenkamp
Jamie Luner
Matt Shakman
Brooke Theiss
JoAnn Willette
Heidi Zeigler
Opening theme "Doin' it the Best I Can" performed by Bill Medley
Composer(s) Steve Dorff
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 47 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Dan Guntzelman
Steve Marshall
Mike Sullivan
Producer(s) Henry Johnson
Nick LeRose
Running time 22-24 mins.
Original channel ABC
Original run April 22, 1988 – May 4, 1990
Related shows Growing Pains

Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham Lubbock, a teacher and the head of a large Catholic family with eight children. As the series progressed, his four oldest teenage daughters, Marie (Heather Langenkamp); Cindy (Jamie Luner); Wendy (Brooke Theiss); and Connie (JoAnn Willette), became the primary focus of the show. The show takes place in Eureka, California.

The show aired on ABC from 1988 until 1990, most notably as part of what would become that network's TGIF programming block. The series was a spin-off of Growing Pains, where Kirchenbauer portrayed the same character on a recurring basis.



The series focuses on Graham Lubbock (Bill Kirchenbauer), a Catholic gym teacher, who would flip-out anytime a boy looked at one of his daughters, 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 job is in jeopardy, in part due to district budget cutbacks. Mike leads a protest after he learns that Lubbock is trying to support a large family (including a newborn baby). Word of this spreads, and Graham's fate is sealed; he loses his job. However, he is soon 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 teenagers. They were:

  • Marie (Heather Langenkamp) - the oldest, most responsible, and most pious.
  • Cindy (Jamie Luner) - Wendy's older twin sister, and the most ditzy (from Season 2 on).
  • Wendy (Brooke Theiss) - Cindy's younger twin sister, and the most flirtatious.
  • Connie (JoAnn Willette) - the Bohemian, and also occasionally agnostic.

His younger daughters were eight-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.) and toddler Harvey.

The first season consisted of four episodes for a trial run in the spring of 1988. ABC was pleased with their success, and ordered a second season. The second season saw some changes: Cindy and Wendy seemed to switch personalities, with Cindy becoming more ditzy, and Wendy becoming the schemer; the show focused more and more on the four older girls. Episodes also frequently revolved around the family's efforts to save money, dating, and other typical family sitcom issues. In later episodes, the four teenage girls formed a singing group called "The Lubbock Babes" (partly to help bring in much-needed extra income).


  • Bill Kirchenbauer ..... Coach Graham T. Lubbock
  • Deborah Harmon ..... Elizabeth Lubbock
  • Heather Langenkamp ..... Marie Lubbock
  • Jamie Luner ..... Cynthia "Cindy" Lubbock
  • Brooke Theiss ..... Wendy Lubbock
  • JoAnn Willette ..... Constance "Connie" Sarah Lubbock
  • Heidi Zeigler ..... Sherry Lubbock
  • Matt Shakman ..... Graham "J.R." Lubbock, Jr.
  • Dennis Haysbert ..... Duane Johnson, Coach Lubbock's assistant
  • Frank Bonner ..... Father Frank Hargis, headmaster of St. Augustine's


ABC Network politics, not ratings issues, cancelled Just the Ten Of Us in the spring of 1990. Since the network was moving forward to prominently market their family-friendly Friday night sitcom lineup with the new TGIF moniker that fall, the brass decided that all four comedies were to be produced by Miller-Boyett Productions. At the end of the 1989-90 season, three of the Friday stablemates were produced by that company: Full House, Family Matters, and Perfect Strangers. (Another non-Miller-Boyett show, Mr. Belvedere, had already been off the schedule for months, and had aired its final episodes on Saturday nights that summer.) Warner Bros. Television and producers Guntzelman/Marshall entered a battle over their show's fate, and the show's runners had a solid case: the series consistently won its time slot, provided an excellent lead-in to newsmagazine 20/20, and had a great fan base that carried over from Growing Pains viewership. When it came down to the network upfronts, it was ultimately decided that there would be no other suitable time slot for Just the Ten Of Us, and they had already committed to a new Miller-Boyett sitcom to join its existing three in the TGIF lineup: Going Places.

The series was not picked up for another season, with no other network as a prospect for giving it a new home. Just the Ten Of Us left the network during summer reruns in late July 1990. Although ABC saw even greater success with its TGIF lineup in the 1990-91 season, the new series, Going Places, only lasted a single season before getting the Nielsen "axe". In the wake of this action, the Head of Entertainment at ABC filed a press statement nearly one year after the abrupt cancellation of Just the Ten of Us, in which he stated that the network brass "moved too quickly" in cancelling the show.


Syndication and DVD release

Cable's USA Network picked up the entire series in reruns shortly after it was canceled, and aired the show on a daily basis until 1996.

To date, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has no plans to release the show on DVD at this time.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1989 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Won Top TV Series John Bettis
1990 Primetime Emmy Award Won Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series George Spiro Dibie
(For episode "Highway To Heaven")
Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special Heather Langenkamp, Jamie Luner, Matt Shakman, Brooke Theiss, JoAnn Willette and Heidi Zeigler
Best Family Television Series
Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television Series Heidi Zeigler

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