The series follows posh housekeeper Lynn Belvedere, as he struggles to adapt to the Owens household. The breadwinner, George (Bob Uecker), is a sportswriter (however, in the pilot, he worked in construction). His wife Marsha (Ilene Graff) is attending law school. At the show's start, oldest son Kevin (Rob Stone) is a senior in high school, daughter Heather (Tracy Wells) is a freshman, and Wesley (Brice Beckham) is in elementary school. Over the course of the series, George becomes a sportscaster (a career shared with Uecker, who balanced his role as the longtime play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers while starring in the series), Marsha graduates from law school and starts a career as a lawyer, Kevin leaves for college and gets his own apartment, and Heather moves up in high school.
Throughout the series, Mr. Belvedere serves as a mentor of sorts to Wesley as well as to the other children. Being a cultured man with many skills and achievements (having even once worked for Winston Churchill), he also comes to serve as some sort of a "counselor" to the Owens clan, helping them solve their dilemmas and stay out of mischief. Several episodes deal with the relationship between Wesley and Mr. Belvedere, who are always at odds with one another, with Wesley constantly antagonizing Belvedere. It is shown that deep down, however, they really love each other.
Each episode ends with Mr. Belvedere writing in his journal, recounting the events of the day (which is heard by the audience via his narration) with the Owens family and what he got out of it in terms of a lesson.
|Christopher Hewett||Lynn Belvedere||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Ilene Graff||Marsha Owens||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Rob Stone||Kevin Owens||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Tracy Wells||Heather Owens||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Brice Beckham||Wesley Owens||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Bob Uecker||George Owens||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Season One||March 15, 1985||April 28, 1985||7|
|Season Two||September 27, 1985||March 28, 1986||22|
|Season Three||September 26, 1986||May 15, 1987||22|
|Season Four||October 30, 1987||May 6, 1988||20|
|Season Five||October 14, 1988||May 5, 1989||24|
|Season Six||September 16, 1989||July 8, 1990||22|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|Seasons One & Two||March 17, 2009||5|
|Season Three||September 8, 2009||4|
|Season Four||January 19, 2010||4||