Shaping Up (TV Series 1984– )


Shaping Up (TV Series 1984– )

Buddy Fox, proprietor of a health club, is still in shape and vibrant for his chronological age. He draws a younger clientele at his business by employing the fit manager Ben plus aerobics teachers Shannon and Melissa.
IMDb  6.2 /10
Creator Ken Estin
Creator Sam Simon
Release Date1984-03-20
Content Rating
CompanyEstin/Simon Productions, Paramount Television
Michael Fontaine
Michael Fontaine
Ben Zachary 5 episodes, 1984
Buddy Fox 5 episodes, 1984
Zoya Antonova 5 episodes, 1984
Melissa McDonald 5 episodes, 1984
Shannon Winters 4 episodes, 1984
Jerry 2 episodes, 1984

Shaping Up

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

EpisodesStart DateEnd DateNielsen RankNielsen RatingTied With
5March 20, 1984April 17, 19845315.0"Silver Spoons", "Maggie Briggs"


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Baby Be Mine"TBATBAMarch 20, 1984
2"Ex Pede Hercuelum"TBATBAMarch 27, 1984
3"Defusing the Muse"TBATBAApril 3, 1984
4"I Should Have Danced All Night"TBATBAApril 10, 1984
5"Mixed Nuts"TBATBAApril 17, 1984