The Lubbock Babes from Just the Ten of Us!
I haven’t paid homage to the late 80s and early 90s sitcom jewel Just the Ten of Us as much as I should have. My favorite Just the Ten of Us character, Wendy the mega slut played by Brooke Theiss, was HSOTD a million years ago and so was Heidi Zeigler. But beyond that, NOTHING. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to pay tribute to The Lubbock Babes, the pop girl group sensation from JTTOU. My late 80s-self would slap the skin off of my face if he could.
In case you’re uneducated in the subject of glorious American 80s sitcoms and have no idea what JTTOU is, JTTOU was a spin-off of Growing Pains that followed Mike and Carol Seaver’s gym coach after he gets fired and moves to California with his wife and eight kids. In the show’s first season, the focus was on the coach, but ABC quickly realized that nobody cared about his ass and the true stars were the four older daughters. So in the second season, the four older Lubbock daughters got most of the screen time.
The older Lubbock daughters were made up of the STAR Wendy, Cindy the dum dum (played by Jamie Luner from Melrose Place and Savannah), Marie the goody goody and aspiring nun (played by Heather Langenkamp from Nightmare on Elm Street) and Connie the free-spirited smarty. To bring in more money for the family, they started a girl group called The Lubbock Babes and brought some true star power to their town by performing at a local restaurant.
A while ago, a Just the Ten of Us fan put together the “Best of The Lubbock Babes” video and that person really deserves saint status. Behold, the original Spice Girls!
Just the Ten of Us was canceled in 1990 after only 3 seasons.
We, as a people, have waited long enough for a Lubbock Babes reunion tour. Now is the time. Then again, maybe it’s best if they don’t do a reunion tour and stay living in our hearts forever, because I don’t think there’s an arena big enough to hold all of their millions of fans and those who couldn’t get tickets to their sold out tour would riot in the streets. Either way, The Lubbock Babes 4Eva!