Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 26, 1984

Last Telecast: August 10, 1985

Broadcast History:

September 1984 January 1985, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

January 1985 March 1985, Saturday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

June 1985 August 1985, Saturday 8:30-9:00 on NBC



Matthew Burton..... Jason Bateman

Norman Lamb..... David Garrison

Eileen Burton..... Caren Kaye

Julie Burton..... Tricia Cast

Eli..... Adam Sadowsky

Lou Donatelli..... Ernie Sabella

Principal Dwight Ellis..... Garrett Morris


Comedy about a smooth-talking 14-year-old con artist who met his match when an equally slick writer moved in next door. Matt always had a scam going selling term papers, arranging dates, bugging his sister Julie's slumber party so he could sell the girls' secrets at school.

He had his single Mother Eileen in the palm of his hand. Then in moved Norman, a would-be writer, always broke, who began to date Matt's Mother. Norman neatly countered every one of Matt's plans to break up the incipient romance. A steady stream of pranks, schemes and counter-schemes followed, as Matt and Norman tried to outmaneuver each other. Eli was Matt's chubby, dim-witted companion.