The Torkelsons

The Torkelsons

This sweet comedy series focused on a 14-year-old girl who's mortified by her crazy and unorthodox family. Dorothy Jane Torkelson just wanted to be thought of as normal, like any teenager, but had a hard time doing so. Her father had recently walked out on the family and they were always short on money. Her perky, optimistic mom, Millicent, saw sunshine everywhere. The rest of the family consisted of brothers - athletic Steven Floyd and studious Chuckie Lee, and sisters - spunky Ruth Ann and cute Mary Sue. They lived in a big rambling house in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. Millicent, in order to makes ends meet, ended up taking in a boarder to help with the expenses.

The series apparently turned out to be a little too down home for most people as it never found much of an audience in its original Saturday night timeslot and even less of one when it was moved to Sundays. After a second hiatus, the series was revamped to return in February 1993 as Almost Home. For the new series the family moved to Seattle, where Millicent took a job as a nanny for the two spoiled teenage children of a widower. Two of the Torkelson kids were lost in the new series as they never appeared in Seattle and the show pretended they never existed. The new series, which mostly pitted conservative family values against liberal family values, did not do any better in the ratings and disappeared after 13 episodes.

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Episode Info

Final: 2x13 -- Bowling for Daddies (Jun/12/1993)

So Chuckie Lee won't be left out, Millicent decides to enter Chuckie Lee's Wilderness Troop's father-son bowling tournament. However after he gets there, Chuckie Lee feels left out as he sees all the other boys with their fathers.
Connie RayConnie Ray
As Millicent Torkelson
Olivia BurnetteOlivia Burnette
As Dorothy Jane Torkelson
Aaron Michael MetchikAaron Michael Metchik
As Steven Floyd Torkelson (S01)
Anna SlotkyAnna Slotky
As Ruth Ann Torkelson (S01)
Lee NorrisLee Norris
As Chuckie Lee Torkelson
Rachel DuncanRachel Duncan
As Mary Sue Torkelson
William SchallertWilliam Schallert
As Wesley 'Border' Hodges (S01)
Perry KingPerry King
As Brian Morgan (S02)
Jason MarsdenJason Marsden
As Gregory Morgan (S02)
Brittany MurphyBrittany Murphy
As Molly Morgan (S02)

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Creator: Lynn Montgomery
Executive Producer: Michael Jacobs (1)
Supervising Producer: Wayne Lemon
Main Title Theme Written/performed: The Judds

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Recurring Guests

Paige Gosney as Kirby Scroggins (12 eps)
Michael Landes as Riley Roberts (6 eps)
Ronnie Claire Edwards as Bootsie (4 eps)
Alyson Kiperman as Dreama (3 eps)
Mother Love as Kitty Drysdale (3 eps)
Gregg Henry as Randall Torkelson (2 eps)
James Gleason (1) as Male Customer (2 eps)
Alyson Hannigan as Samantha (2 eps)
Amy Hathaway as Callie (2 eps)
Jeff McCracken as Reverend Langley-Wilson (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 21, 1991
Ended: June 12, 1993
• Almost Home (Season 2), (Used In USA)
• The Torkelsons: Almost Home (Working Title - Season 2), (Used In USA)
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