Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids:
The TV Show
HoneyIShrunkTVshow.jpg
The main characters of the TV series (from left to right), Nick, Wayne, Amy, Diane Szalinski and the family dog, Quark
FormatSci-fi comedy
Created byEd Ferrara
Kevin Murphy
(Based on characters created by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha)
StarringPeter Scolari
Barbara Alyn Woods
Hillary Tuck
Thomas Dekker
George Buza (seasons 2-3)
Composer(s)Peter Bernstein
Christopher L. Stone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Leslie Belzberg
John Landis
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
Running time48 minutes
Production company(s)St. Clare Entertainment
Walt Disney Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television (1997-2007)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2007-present)
Broadcast
Original channellocal syndication
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01) – May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)
 
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids:
The TV Show
HoneyIShrunkTVshow.jpg
The main characters of the TV series (from left to right), Nick, Wayne, Amy, Diane Szalinski and the family dog, Quark
FormatSci-fi comedy
Created byEd Ferrara
Kevin Murphy
(Based on characters created by Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna and Ed Naha)
StarringPeter Scolari
Barbara Alyn Woods
Hillary Tuck
Thomas Dekker
George Buza (seasons 2-3)
Composer(s)Peter Bernstein
Christopher L. Stone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Leslie Belzberg
John Landis
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
Running time48 minutes
Production company(s)St. Clare Entertainment
Walt Disney Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television (1997-2007)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2007-present)
Broadcast
Original channellocal syndication
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01) – May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (truncated to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in the show's title sequence) is an American syndicated comic science fiction sitcom based on the 1989 film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It expands upon the original film's concept of a shrinking experiment gone wrong to include a myriad of experiments gone awry. It debuted in first-run syndication on September 1, 1997 and ran for three consecutive seasons, concluding with the 66th episode on May 20, 2000.

Peter Scolari took over the role as Wayne Szalinski, the wacky inventor in the original film, played by Rick Moranis. Each episode incorporates new technologies and digital effects to feature the family in various new adventures. The series was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, with its main studios located in Currie Barracks, a decommissioned Canadian Forces dormitory.

Characters[edit]

The Szalinski family are the only returning characters from the films. Wayne Szalinski (Peter Scolari), the show's protagonist, is the husband of Diane and the father of Amy and Nick. The well-meaning Wayne constructs a variety of inventions, including the Shrink-Ray, Neuron Nudger and Brainiactivator among others, that often create predicaments for his family. His wife, Diane Szalinski (Barbara Alyn Woods), is a lawyer. Diane supports Wayne and is very loving, but gets fed up with his antics. The family have a dog, Quark, who is played by Matese in the first season, but by Rusty in seasons two and three.

Amy Szalinski (Hillary Tuck) is the oldest child of Wayne and Diane. She displays the normal teenage angst, but loves her family no matter what. Her younger brother, Nick (Thomas Dekker), is very much like Wayne and also enjoys inventing things. However, unlike his father, he believes in and has an extensive knowledge of the supernatural. He and Amy bicker like most siblings, but generally get along fairly well and will go out of their way for each other when one is in trouble.

The series picks up with the Szalinski household relocating to Matheson, Colorado. Next door to the Szalinskis are the McKennas. Jake McKenna (George Buza) is chief of the police force. He is usually caught up with the Szalinski's mishaps. His younger son, Joel, is one of Nick's friends. His older son, Jack, is an occasional love interest for Amy.

History[edit]

The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids television series launched in September 1997, shortly after the last film in its namesake trilogy, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, was released direct to video. The focus of the television series was on the Szalinski family as they were in the first film, with Wayne and Diane Szalinski living with and raising their children Amy and Nick. The Szalinskis' third child Adam, who was introduced in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, was never mentioned in the series; it was not clear if the series took place before he was born or his existence was retconned out of the franchise.

The film franchise's star Rick Moranis is mentioned briefly in one episode where Amy tells Wayne that he resembles him. However, Wayne has no clue who Moranis is.

After the first season, writers Ed Ferrara and Kevin Murphy left the show. Ed Naha, one of the creators of the original "Honey" film, came aboard as both head writer and co-executive producer for the final two seasons. The second season would also see Stuart Gordon, another of the original film's creators and producer of Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, direct an episode (""Honey, Let's Trick or Treat").

The third season saw a precipitous drop in ratings and Disney announced it was ending production after three seasons. The series finale, "Honey, Whodunit?", aired on May 20, 2000.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor/ActressCharacterYearsEpisodes
Peter ScolariWayne Szalinski1997–200066 episodes
Barbara Alyn WoodsDiane Szalinski1997–200066 episodes
Hillary TuckAmy Szalinski1997–200066 episodes
Thomas DekkerNick Szalinski1997–200066 episodes
George BuzaChief Jake McKenna1998–200030 episodes

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor/ActressCharacterYearsEpisodes
Bruce JarchowH. Gordon Jennings1997–200016 episodes
Andrew T. GrantJoel McKenna1998–20004 episodes
Mark HildrethJack McKenna1998–20003 episodes
Jewel StaiteTiara Vanhorn1997–19995 episodes
Hilary AlexanderMs. Elders1998–199910 episodes
David LereaneyMr. Patterson1997–19989 episodes
Christine WillesMrs. Gotteramerding19993 episodes
John Michael HigginsAr'nox1997–19983 episodes
Doug MacLeodDan1997–19994 episodes
Thierry P. NihillRussell1997–19984 episodes
Jesse MossHoward Phillips19971 episode
Valarie PettiforBianca Fleischer19972 episode

Episodes[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

Syndication[edit]

Reruns of the series aired on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004, and currently air on Hub Network since its launch on October 10, 2010.

See also[edit]

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