Shaping Up is an American sitcom created by writer-producers Sam Simon and Ken Estin, which ran for five weeks on ABC from March 20 until April 17, 1984.
A spring replacement in 1984, Shaping Up, originally titled Welcome to the Club, was given the 9:00 Tuesday slot following Three's Company. Leslie Nielsen played Buddy Fox, curmudgeon owner of the Buddy Fox Health Club. Michael Fontaine played Ben, the club's manager who was like a son to Buddy and served as the show's voice of sanity. Other cast members included Jennifer Tilly, Shawn Weatherly and Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake fame.
While five episodes were aired, six were shot. The role of Ben was first played by Tim Robbins, whom the network replaced with Fontaine.
- Leslie Nielsen as Buddy Fox
- Cathie Shirriff as Zoya Antonova
- Michael Fontaine as Ben
- Jennifer Tilly as Shannon Winters
- Shawn Weatherly as Melissa McDonald
US Television Ratings
|Episodes||Start Date||End Date||Nielsen Rank||Nielsen Rating||Tied With|
|5||March 20, 1984||April 17, 1984||53||15.0||"Silver Spoons", "Maggie Briggs"|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Baby Be Mine"||TBA||TBA||March 20, 1984|
|2||"Ex Pede Hercuelum"||TBA||TBA||March 27, 1984|
|3||"Defusing the Muse"||TBA||TBA||April 3, 1984|
|4||"I Should Have Danced All Night"||TBA||TBA||April 10, 1984|
|5||"Mixed Nuts"||TBA||TBA||April 17, 1984|