However, the series does not end with the widely expected marriage but on a more ambiguous note.This was due primarily to concerns by the network that a marriage, representing a definitive ending, could hurt syndication.Also featured were Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro and Katherine Helmond.The show received positive reviews throughout most of its run, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of the mid-to-late 1980s.
At the start of season eight, Tony and Angela finally acknowledge their love for each other.
When Coco died in February 1987, prior to the conclusion of season three, his character was written out as having died as well (with a funeral episode and tribute).
By the fall of 1990, with Samantha beginning college and Jonathan in high school, Who's the Boss?
The title of the show refers to the clear role reversal of the two lead actors, where a woman was the breadwinner and a man (although he was not her husband) stayed at home and took care of the house.
It challenged contemporary stereotypes of Italian-American young males as macho and boorish and wholly ignorant of life outside of urban working-class neighborhoods, as Tony was depicted as sensitive, intelligent and domestic with an interest in intellectual pursuits.