IT’S YOUR MOVE was Jason Bateman’s first starring role in a sitcom, after playing Ricky Schroeder’s sidekick on SILVER SPOONS.
He played a teenager who, when he wasn’t pulling various scams, was trying to destroy his single mother’s relationship with a neighbor in their apartment building. Caren Kaye (the tutor in MY TUTOR) played his mother, David Garrison (MARRIED WITH CHILDREN) played the neighbor.
The show worked because of Bateman. While today, after ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, he is considered a great comic actor, even back then he managed to play this rather unlikable character in a very funny way.
His best friend was Eli, played by Adam Jay Sadowsky (who did little after this). His sister was Tricia Cast. She became a big soap opera star. Ernie Sabella (the warthog in THE LION KING, PERFECT STRANGERS) played Mr. Donatelli, the janitor.
It aired on NBC beginning on September 26, 1984. I was kind of surprised to find out that it only ran for 18 episodes, and ended its run on February 23, 1985. I think I saw them all.
Well, except for one.
One of the most famous things about the show was the “Dregs of Humanity” episode. This was a two part episode that had its second part pre-empted by a speech by President Reagan. That second part never aired, at least on NBC.
Reruns were shown on USA NETWORK where it ran on weekends in 1989 to 1992.
IT’S YOUR MOVE isn’t on DVD, but it should be. Jason Bateman has a following, and they could release the entire run in one set.
Until then, you can watch some of it on YouTube. Here is the pilot episode.
Look closely at the 3:00 minute mark. Recognize Brian?
That is none other than River Phoenix!!
Bateman’s delivery in that opening should have made everyone realize he would still be around today.
Here is the rest
I believe Sony has the rights. They’ve pretty much given up on TV on DVD sadly. I hope they come around one of these days.
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