starring Craig T. Nelson as Coach Hayden Fox, Jerry Van
Dyke as Luther Van Dam, Shelley Fabares as Christine
Armstrong, and Bill Faberbakke as Dauber Dybinski, was a
half-hour comedy show that ran from 1989 to 1997 on
ABC. Fox (Nelson) was the diehard head coach of a
college football team called the Screaming Eagles in
early seasons, and then later for a fictional NFL
expansion team called the Orlando Breakers. Christine (Fabares)
was Fox’s wife, while Luther (Van Dyke) and Dauber (Faberbakke)
played assistant coaches.
Much of the show’s action
revolved around Coach Fox’s interaction with his
assistant coaches, his daughter, his wife, the team, and
others at the school. For example, Fox had a running
feud with the ladies’ basketball team coach, Judy, who
he would constantly prank. Each character had their own
quirks, such as Luther, a life-time bachelor that had
self-confidence issues, and Dauber, a seemingly
dimwitted ex-football player was actually pretty smart.
In later episodes, Fox and his wife adopt twin boys, and
they become part of the show.