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The Charmings
Genre Fantasy sitcom
Written by Prudence Fraser
Mark Fink
Ellen Guylas
Carrie Honigblum
Danny Kallis
Robert Sternin
Directed by Gerren Keith
Howard Murray
Jack Shea
Starring Christopher Rich
Caitlin O'Heaney (1987)
Carol Huston (1988)
Judy Parfitt
Cork Hubbert
Brandon Call
Garette Ratliff Henson
Paul Eiding
Dori Brenner
Paul Winfield
Composer(s) Ray Colcord
Jonathan Wolff
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (1 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Prudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Producer(s) Danny Kallis
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia TriStar Television
Embassy Television
Sternin & Fraser Ink
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run March 20, 1987 (1987-03-20) – February 11, 1988 (1988-02-11)
Status Ended

The Charmings is an American fantasy sitcom that aired from March 1987 to February 1988 on ABC.

Contents

Synopsis

The opening voice-over set-up the premise:

Once upon a time there was a vain queen who was so jealous of her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow White, that she poisoned her with an apple. But a handsome prince came along and broke the spell. Snow White and Prince Charming threw the wicked stepmother down a bottomless pit and lived happily ever after. But, it turns out the pit wasn't bottomless - just very deep. And now, the queen was very mad. With a spell so powerful even she couldn't control it, she put the Charmings asleep for a thousand years. She also got herself and one dwarf. Eventually they woke up.

The series' plot was that fairy tale characters Snow White and Prince Charming were magically transported to a 20th century suburb in California. Each episode shows the Charmings trying to adapt to their new life while Lillian, the wicked stepmother, and her wise cracking Magic Mirror watch from upstairs. After the first season, Caitlin O'Heaney (who portrayed Snow White), was replaced by Carol Huston.

After mild success as part of ABC's family friendly TGIF lineup, the series was moved to Thursday nights for its second season, in a head to head battle with NBC's The Cosby Show. Due to low ratings, the series was canceled after twenty episodes. One episode remains unaired.

Characters

Snow White
Played by Caitlin O'Heaney (1987) and Carol Huston (1988).
Prince Eric Charming
Played by Christopher Rich.
Thomas and Cory Charming
The two Charming children. Played by Brandon Call and Garette Ratliff Henson.
Queen Lillian White
The wicked stepmother. Played by Judy Parfitt.
Luther
Lillian's dwarf. Played by Cork Hubbert.
The Magic Mirror
Voiced by Paul Winfield.
Don "King of Carpets" Miller and Sally Miller
The Charmings' neighbor who found their new neighbors' penchant for medieval fairy tale style odd but never figured out they were the real Prince Charming and Snow White. Played by Paul Eiding and Dori Miller.

Episode list

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Season 1 (1987)

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1 "The Charmings" (Pilot) March 20, 1987
2 "The Mirror Cracked" March 27, 1987
3 "Modern Romance" April 3, 1987
4 "The Charmings Buy a Car" April 10, 1987
5 "The Incredible Shrinking Prince" April 17, 1987
6 "An 80's Kind of Prince" April 17, 1987

Season 2 (1988)

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
7 "Lillian Loses the Kids" September 17, 1987
8 "The Charmings Go Plastic" September 24, 1987
9 "The Witch Is of Van Oaks" October 1, 1987
10 "The Fish Story" October 8, 1987
11 "Cindy's Back in Town" October 15, 1987
12 "A Charming Halloween" October 29, 1987
13 "Trading Places" November 12, 1987
14 "Lillian Loses Her Powers" November 19, 1987
15 "The Charmings and the Beanstalk" November 26, 1987
16 "Yes, Lillian, There Really Is a Santa Claus" December 17, 1987
17 "The Charmings Get Robbed" January 7, 1988
18 "Birth of a Salesman" January 14, 1988
19 "The Man Who Came to Dinner" January 21, 1988
20 "The Woman of His Dreams" February 11, 1988
21 "Lillian's Protege" Unaired

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1987 Emmy Awards Nominated Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/Video Control for a Series Warren Cress, Ross Harmon, Charles T. Henry, Bud Holland, Stephen A. Jones, Art LaCombe, Bill Scott, and Dave Smith (For episode "The Incredible Shrinking Prince")
Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Series Betsey Potter (For episode "Modern Romance")
1988 Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/Video Control for a Series Warren Cress, Ross Harmon, Charles T. Henry, Joe Talosi, Harriet Uhl, Dave Smith, and Dale Walsh (For episode "Trading Places")
Won Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series Mark Buxbaum (For episode "The Witch Is of Van Oaks")
1988 Young Artist Awards Nominated Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series Brandon Call

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