Who’s The Boss was a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1984 to 1992. The plot revolved around a former baseball player, Tony Micelli, who moves from New York City to Connecticut to give his daughter a better life. He gets a job as a housekeeper for Angela Bower, an advertising executive. Tony and his daughter Samantha move in with Angela, her son Jonathan, and her mother Mona. The show starred Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond.
The Bower House
Like many sitcoms, Who’s The Boss uses a real house for establishing shots. Despite the show taking place in Connecticut, the house selected is located in Rye, New York. For the opening credits, they filmed footage of Tony’s beat up Dodge van pulling up in front of the house. The show continued to use the house throughout the series as well.
I visited in December 2022 with a film crew, as we were filming a segment for the upcoming documentary “The House From…” While we were there, we met the owner of the house, who chatted with Director Tommy Avallone and me. She told us they moved in about 20 years ago, and still occasionally get fans of the show stopping by.
The pilot episode and first season of Who’s The Boss was filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood. Stage 42 was used for the pilot, and the remainder of the episodes were filmed on Stage 44.
The New York Street backlot was used to depict street’s in Tony’s old New York neighbourhood. A large fire in 2008 destroyed most of the backlot. It was rebuilt shortly thereafter, but the backlot no longer appears as it did in the 80s. However you can still see the street in it’s current form on Universal Studio’s Tram Tour.
Gower Sunset Studios
From the second season on, the show was filmed at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. This studio is not open to the public, so it can only be viewed from the street.