|'Top of the Heap'|
|Created By:||Michael G. Moye|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Airdates:||April 7, 1991 (Premiere)|
May 19, 1991 (Finale)
|Starring:||Joseph Bologna and Matt LeBlanc|
Top of the Heap is a 1991 Fox television sitcom that was spun off from Married... with Children. Lasting for only seven episodes, it was nonetheless the most successful of three attempted spin-offs from the same series.
Top of the Heap focuses on the attempts of two minor Married... with Children characters — Charlie Verducci (Joseph Bologna) and his son Vinny (Matt LeBlanc) — to get rich. Charlie's "master plan" is for Vinnie to marry into a wealthy family; to this end, the two Chicago slum residents try to get into high society. Mona Mullins (Joey Lauren Adams) is a girl from the Verduccis' neighborhood who has a crush on Vinnie, who tries to fend her off. Alixandra Stone (Rita Moreno) is the manager of a country club, and the object of Charlie's affections.
In some episodes actors from Married... with Children make guest appearances as their characters from the show, thus reinforcing the connection between the two series. In 1992, there was a continuation of this series entitled Vinnie & Bobby; it also lasted for only seven episodes
|No||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Air date|
|1||"Top of the Heap"||Gerry Cohen||Ron Leavitt,
|April 7, 1991|
Pilot episode: After Vinnie loses his last boxing match (and Charlie wins Al's TV in a bet), Charlie comes up with a plan to get Vinnie to marry a rich woman, so they crash a high society party. Guest appearance by Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy.
|2||"The Agony and the Agony"||Linda Day||Mike Scully,
|April 14, 1991|
Vinnie gets a job working at a country club as an assistant to the manager, and Charlie gets the hots for her. Guest appearance by David Faustino as Bud Bundy.
First appearance of both Alixandra and Emmet, as well as the show's theme song and opening credits, Puttin' on the Ritz
|3||"Behind the Eight Ball"||Linda Day||Kimberley Young||April 21, 1991|
Charlie overhears that a guy he is hustling at pool is a godfather. Guest appearance by Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy.
Both Alixandra and Emmet are absent from this episode
|4||"Stocks and Bondages"||Linda Day||Jonathan Collier||April 28, 1991|
A hot stock tip sends Charlie to a loan shark, where he gets $10,000, but Vinnie doesn't get the money invested.
Alixandra and Emmet return for the rest of the show
|5||"The Last Temptation of Charlie"||Gerry Cohen||Lenny Ripps,
|May 5, 1991|
Charlie has a hard time convincing Vinnie that he didn't sell their cat, Mr. Fluffy, to pay for the television he claims to have won.
Guest appearance by Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy.
|6||"The Marrying Guy"||Tony Singletary||Kimberly Young,
Mike Scully, Wayne Kline
|May 12, 1991|
|Vinnie meets his first girlfriend on her wedding day, but Vinnie catches the groom with another woman.|
|7||"Mona by Moonlight"||Tony Singletary||May 19, 1991|
Vinnie must take the owner's stepdaughter (a high fashion model) to a prom held at the club, but Mona also wants Vinnie to take her. Guest appearance by Robert Torti as Bobby Grazzo.
Last Appearances of Charlie, Alixandra, Emmet and Fluffy. The series would continue in Vinnie & Bobby