23. The Torkelsons/Almost Home
Air Dates: September 21, 1991-June 6, 1993
Stars: Connie Ray, Olivia Burnette, Lee Norris, Anna Slotky, Aaron Michael Metchik, Rachel Duncan, William Schallert, Brittany Murphy, Jason Marsden, Perry King
If you were too young, too old, or possibly blinked, you might've missed The Torkelsons. The show took place in Oklahoma, where Millicent Torkelson found herself struggling to raise a stable of children alone after her husband bailed on the family.
After the first season, the show was refashioned as Almost Home, and it almost seemed like a good idea to have the family move to Seattle after Millicent got a new job. A Brady Bunch-like scenario almost came about when the Torkelsons moved in with Brian Morgan and his two kids, a decision that did not sit well with the children. Unfortunately, the new setting wasn't exactly a success, and The Torkelsons/Almost Famous ended after just two seasons on NBC. Still, the most memorable character is Chuckie Lee Torkelson, played by Lee Norris, would eventually become Minkus on Boy Meets World and "Mouth" McFadden on One Tree Hill.
Still wondering what's so white about both The Torkelsons and Almost Home? Both shows felt like one long Bonnie Raitt song.