Who's the Boss?

The BEST episodes of Who's the Boss?

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

When Tony Micelli takes a job as housekeeper for Angela Bower, a successful businesswoman, he and his daughter, Samantha, move into Angela's home. Now Tony and Sam must adjust to their new lives with the Bowers- Angela, her son Jonathan, and her mother, Mona.

Last Updated: 5/17/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Custody (2)
star
9.05
55 votes

#1 - Custody (2)

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/12/1985

While everyone prepares for the wedding, Angela and Michael plan for a legal battle for custody of Jonathan. Soon, Angela is ready to give up, but a messy incident at the ceremony proves to Michael and Heather that they are not ready to be parents.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Custody (1)
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9.00
57 votes

#2 - Custody (1)

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/5/1985

Michael, Angela's ex-husband, returns to announce he is going to be married again soon, and invites everyone to California for the wedding. Jonathan takes an instant liking to Heather, his father's new wife-to-be, and to the California lifestyle. Michael tells Angela that he thinks their son would have a better life in California, and that he wants custody of Jonathan.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Tony the Matchmaker
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8.95
56 votes

#3 - Tony the Matchmaker

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/29/1985

Wally, a recently dumped friend of Tony's, is down on his luck, so Tony convinces Angela to go out with him. She is not interested in seeing him again, until Mona dates him. Then a mother-daughter rivalry begins for Wally's attention

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Protecting the President
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8.71
56 votes

#4 - Protecting the President

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/22/1985

During a company party at Angela's house, Tony throws out one of her vice-presidents for saying unprofessional things about her.

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Mona Gets Pinned
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8.57
86 votes

#5 - Mona Gets Pinned

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/30/1984

Mona meets Jason, the man of her dreams, but she's old enough to be his mother! After much hiding the truth comes out and Angela, who previously stated that age had no part in love, is aghast. It's not until Jason's parents tell Angela that Mona isn't good enough for their son that she stands up for her mother and does an about-face of her opinion.

Directors: Jim Drake
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Jonathan the Gymnast
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8.38
78 votes

#6 - Jonathan the Gymnast

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/1986

Jonathan, because he takes life too serious, should do something else than always studying. He decides in favor of gymnastics and Tony should teach him. During a competition he falls due to his overzealousness and breaks his shoulder. And this is something Angela really isn't happy about.

A Jack Story
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8.38
13 votes

#7 - A Jack Story

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/29/1988

Angela engages a new employee. Because in the evening the both work together more and more often and longer, Tony fears the worst:he gets jealous.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Semi-Private Lives
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8.38
79 votes

#8 - Semi-Private Lives

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/25/1986

For the weekend Angela goes to Maine with her friend Geoffrey. Tony now alone at home, the kids are on a school trip to Washington, invites his old flame Tanya. Angela and Geoffrey couldn't manage to go to Maine and return unexpected.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
Thanksgiving at Mrs. Rossini's
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8.36
81 votes

#9 - Thanksgiving at Mrs. Rossini's

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/26/1985

The family go to Mrs. Rossini's apartment for Thanksgiving. Angela is disgusted by the antiquated custom of women waiting on men, hand and foot. She also feels threatened by one of the guests, an attractive young girl who used to know Tony and is interested in him romantically. Meanwhile, Mona appears in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as one of Santa's elves.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Walk on the Mild Side
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8.33
21 votes

#10 - Walk on the Mild Side

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/17/1987

Sam wants to queue for cards for the Beastie Boys concert overnight.Tony allows it not without remarking he has done much wilder things in his youth. During the stories told by Tony and Mona, Angela realizes that she has missed a lot. Now she wants to catch up on some 'action'. So she makes up a list what to to: Among these is a meeting with Jake 'The Snake' and a trip to his 'Rock of Inspiration'.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
Tony and the Professor
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8.33
15 votes

#11 - Tony and the Professor

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/24/1989

On the spur of the moment, Tony accepts a date with a woman he meets at a bar. Having second thoughts, he cancels the date the next day, only to learn later that the woman is the professor of his new class.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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It Happened One Summer (2)
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8.33
85 votes

#12 - It Happened One Summer (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/1/1985

After visiting the site in the woods where each remembers from their past, a thunderstorm prevents Tony and Angela from returning to the campsite in time. They end up having to share a room at a cheap hotel. Meanwhile, Mona and the campers tell scary stories and play pranks on the counselor.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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The Graduate
star
8.31
81 votes

#13 - The Graduate

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/10/1985

Recent college graduate Mona is asked to secretly participate in a sting against age discrimination by applying for a job, then getting turned down. But when Angela learns that her mother has this job interview, she pulls some strings to get Mona hired.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Tony and the Dreamtones
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8.29
17 votes

#14 - Tony and the Dreamtones

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/2/1988

To prevent the old school in Brooklyn from being tore down, a benefit concert is organized.There, also 'Tony and the Dreamtones' should be on stage, but due to their continuing disagreements there not, that also caused their breakup years ago. After Tony hears Angela sing, he wants her to join the band on stage for a few songs. But the other's refuse and Tony ultimately quits again.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
The Prodigal Father-in-Law
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8.29
80 votes

#15 - The Prodigal Father-in-Law

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/3/1985

Nick, Samantha's grandfather, is denied parole from prison, so he breaks out and prepares to run from the law. First, though, he must confront Samantha, who refuses to speak to him for what he is doing.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Couple Trouble
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8.29
14 votes

#16 - Couple Trouble

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/27/1990

Tony and Angela make friends with another couple at the country club. The couple is about to become engaged, but their relationship with Tony and Angela may pose a problem.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Briefless Encounter
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8.27
200 votes

#17 - Briefless Encounter

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/1984

Part of settling into his new home has Tony using Angela's personal bathroom and getting an eyeful when she steps out of the tub. Neither of the two stubborn housemates accept responsibility, and disagree to an extent that Tony's new girlfriend gives him the heave-ho. Mona's advice about role-playing to better understand each other's point of view helps Tony and Angela see that they aren't angry after all.

Directors: Sam Weisman
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Hunk of the Month
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8.27
84 votes

#18 - Hunk of the Month

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/19/1985

After posing for a calendar, Tony becomes the object of a seductive woman's affections. Angela doesn't want him to date her, but her views change when one of the calendar's other stars takes an interest in her.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Paint Your Wagon
star
8.26
88 votes

#19 - Paint Your Wagon

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/15/1985

It's time to paint the Jaguar, and Angela wants the new color to be sandalwood. Tony overrides her decision and has it painted diablo red. When Angela discovers this, she is enraged and forbids him from future decision-making, proclaiming that he is just the maid. He then takes this declaration to the extreme by dressing, speaking, and behaving like a prim and proper butler.

Directors: Jim Drake
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Party Double
star
8.25
12 votes

#20 - Party Double

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/28/1989

Angela gets invited to a dinner at which Frank Sinatra is to perform; Tony, a huge Sinatra fan, is to be her guest. When business affairs leave her unable to go, Mona goes in her place, but doesn't tell Tony that the ticket is nontransferable.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Guess Who's Coming Forever?
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8.24
90 votes

#21 - Guess Who's Coming Forever?

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/29/1985

Mona has been evicted from her apartment and begins looking for a new home. She takes Tony's suggestion to convert the loft above Angela's garage into an apartment. Angela is not happy about the new arrangements.

Directors: John Bowab
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It Happened One Summer (1)
star
8.24
112 votes

#22 - It Happened One Summer (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/24/1985

The family visit Jonathan's summer camp when his counselor calls Angela to say he is homesick. While there, Angela and Tony realize they both attended camp in the same area many years earlier. Their individual stories of their first kiss seem to coincide, and they soon suspect they may have met each other a long time ago.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Angela's Ex (2)
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8.22
115 votes

#23 - Angela's Ex (2)

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/12/1985

While Tony and Samantha live it up at the lavish estate of Tony's new boss, a wealthy older woman, Michael and Angela enjoy their reunion. But the celebration is short-lived, as they are eventually reminded of the professional and personal differences that drove them apart the first time.

Directors: Linda Day
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The Road to Washington (2)
star
8.18
11 votes

#24 - The Road to Washington (2)

Season 7 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/7/1991

An attractive young government representative becomes Tony's guide to major events and public appearances around America's capital. Angela begins to suspect that the woman's intentions toward Tony are less than pure.

Directors: Tony Singletary
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A Farewell to Nick
star
8.18
17 votes

#25 - A Farewell to Nick

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/10/1987

Sam is invited by her grandfather to visit him in Florida. But on her way there, Nick dies. First Sam tries to pay no attention to this but Nick's death, however, left big marks on her.

Directors: Asaad Kelada