Was there a stranger show on TV than SMALL WONDER? Even when it was airing, I would cringe when it came on.
The premise was about a family. The father spent all his time in the garage building a robot of a young girl, called Vicki.
How creepy is that?
The robot lived with the family as their daughter.
And it was supposed to be a comedy, yet wasn’t funny.
The networks were smart enough to pass on it, so it aired in syndication. Yet it aired for 4 years!! From 1985-1989. How did it last that long?
It aired on Sunday afternoons in my area, when nothing else was on, so I would often watch it. I didn’t enjoy it. It was just on.
What always bothered me (other than the creepiness factor) was how the father built this robot, yet couldn’t fix the voice. She always talked like a robot. However there were times where she was imitating someone that she ended up talking completely normal.
The show isn’t entirely forgotten. While it hasn’t aired in syndication in years, and isn’t on DVD, it was recently named in one online poll as the worst sitcom in TV history. Hard to argue.
It wasn’t much of a stepping stone for the cast.
The father, Dick Christie, I remember seeing profiled on something in the 90’s, saying he was a screenwriter. He wrote the Elisabeth Shue film MOLLY.
Virtually everyone in the cast never did anything else. Little is known about them.
The lead, Tiffany Brissette, is either involved in religion as a choir director or is an experimental dancer, depending on who you ask.
I think they are all in hiding. Can’t really blame them.