Retro TV Kitchen – Who’s The Boss
“A Brand New Life…”
Looking at the “Who’s the Boss” kitchen we see some very typical 1980’s design elements. Laminate counters top the partial-overlay, honey oak finish cabinetry. A type of cabinets so common during this period, one has to wonder how there is any honey oak left in the world today! The hanging copper pots and Jello molds are a nod to the 1980s “country kitchen” home decor trend we’ve also seen in Full House and The Golden Girls kitchens.
Although many people still think of kitchens in terms of the “work triangle,” today’s designers think in “zones.” These zones correspond to the different types of activities or stages in creating a meal, namely prep, cook, clean, and storage. Modern “zone system” aside, one of CliqStudios kitchen designers was quick to point out that Tony and Angela’s kitchen is actually very poorly laid out for any era. The refrigerator (part of today’s “storage zone”) is on the complete opposite side of the room from the cooktop and sink! Poor Tony has to walk all the way around the kitchen table to get there, and once he gets back, there is precious little counter space for him to work.
The back wall of the kitchen is of particular interest. Is that a decorative wall comprised of thin, veneer stone? We see it continue into the living room, so perhaps it is an original stone structural wall that was incorporated into a more modern home at some point. The home’s location in Connecticut makes it possible for a house to include a wall such as that, dating to the 19th or even 18th centuries.
All scenes taking place in the kitchen were shot from behind the stove. In one rare vertical photograph, we the finished back side of a run of cabinets. Although appearing as a possible island or peninsula, this would most likely be butting up against a wall — the “fourth wall” through which we watch the show. The finished paneling was probably added just in case those cabinets snuck into a shot.
During our research, we found some fun facts about Who’s the Boss that we’d like to share. Enjoy!
- The show ran for 8 seasons and filmed just shy of 200 episodes!
- During its run, Who’s the Boss and its cast members were nominated for a combined total of over 40 awards.
- Tony Danza’s character appears on both TV Guide’s and IMDB’s list of Top 50 TV Dads.
- Many celebrities made guest appearances on the show, including Mike Tyson, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra.
- The home’s address was 3344 Oak Hills Drive in Fairfield, Connecticut. However, the real house shown in the opening credits still exists at 13 Onandaga Street in Rye, New York.
- When asked who really was the boss, the cast universally answers “Mona!”
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