Small Wonder (TV series)

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Small Wonder
Small Wonder poster.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreScience fiction sitcom
Created byHoward Leeds
Directed byPeter Baldwin
John Bowab
Bob Claver
Dick Christie
Linda Day
Selig Frank
Leslie H. Martinson
StarringTiffany Brissette
Dick Christie
Marla Pennington
Jerry Supiran
Emily Schulman
Theme music composerRod Alexander
Howard Leeds
Diane Leslie
Opening theme"She's a Small Wonder"
Ending theme"She's a Small Wonder" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)George Greeley
Ed Lojeskie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes96
Production
Executive producer(s)Howard Leeds
Producer(s)Budd Grossman
Bruce Taylor
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television (1986-1989)
Metromedia Productions (1985-1986)
Distributor20th Century Fox Television (DVD prints of episodes only)
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Picture formatColor (480p)
Audio formatMonaural
First shown in1985-1989
Original runSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) – May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)
 
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Small Wonder
Small Wonder poster.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreScience fiction sitcom
Created byHoward Leeds
Directed byPeter Baldwin
John Bowab
Bob Claver
Dick Christie
Linda Day
Selig Frank
Leslie H. Martinson
StarringTiffany Brissette
Dick Christie
Marla Pennington
Jerry Supiran
Emily Schulman
Theme music composerRod Alexander
Howard Leeds
Diane Leslie
Opening theme"She's a Small Wonder"
Ending theme"She's a Small Wonder" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)George Greeley
Ed Lojeskie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes96
Production
Executive producer(s)Howard Leeds
Producer(s)Budd Grossman
Bruce Taylor
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television (1986-1989)
Metromedia Productions (1985-1986)
Distributor20th Century Fox Television (DVD prints of episodes only)
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Picture formatColor (480p)
Audio formatMonaural
First shown in1985-1989
Original runSeptember 7, 1985 (1985-09-07) – May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)

Small Wonder is an American science fiction sitcom that aired in first-run syndication from September 7, 1985 to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who secretly creates a robot modeled after a real human girl, then tries to pass it off as their adopted daughter. The show was created under Metromedia Productions and its rights were acquired by 20th Century Fox Television in 1986.

Premise[edit]

The story lines revolve around V.I.C.I. (an acronym for Voice Input Child Identicant, pronounced "Vicki"), an android in the form of a 10-year-old girl. V.I.C.I. was built by Ted Lawson, an engineer/inventor for United Robotronics, in an effort to assist handicapped children. The robot is taken home by Lawson so that it can mature within a family environment. V.I.C.I.'s features include superhuman strength and speed, an AC outlet under her right arm, a serial port under her left arm, and an access panel in her back. Despite this, the Lawson family initially tries to pass V.I.C.I. off as an orphaned family member whom they eventually legally adopt as their daughter.

The Lawson family tries to keep the robot's existence a secret, but their disagreeable neighbors, the Brindles, keep on popping up at the most unexpected moments — especially nosy next-door neighbor Harriet, whose father happens to be Ted Lawson's co-worker. The show's humor frequently derived from V.I.C.I.'s attempts to learn human behavior, the robot's literal interpretation of speech and the family's efforts to disguise the robot's true nature.

To explain child actress Tiffany Brissette's aging during the show, the series' producers had Ted gave V.I.C.I. an upgrade in the series' third season. He aged her face, dressed her in modern clothes, and allowed her to eat and drink. The food passed through her naturally and the drink cooled her internal system.

Characters[edit]

The cast of Small Wonder during the first season

Recurring[edit]

2009 reunion[edit]

On January 14, 2009, on Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, Tiffany Brissette appeared in-studio as a guest for a "Where Are They Now?" segment; unbeknownst to her until the segment began, Dick Christie, Marla Pennington, and Edie McClurg were all present for the interview via satellite. Fond remarks and memories were shared about Brissette in the very brief segment. On the show, Brissette had stated that she was living in Boulder, Colorado and attending nursing school.

International airings[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the show was screened regionally on the ITV Network and in the early 1990s on Sky One. In Italy, the show appeared in the mid-1980s on Italia 1 network and was titled "Super Vicky". In France, the series was shown as "Petite merveille" on Canal+, starting in November 1985. In Spain, the show was broadcast on Antena 3 Televisión as Un robot en casa in December 1995. In India, China, Pakistan and other Asian countries, Small Wonder was syndicated on local TV stations and the Star TV Network in the mid-1990s. In Latin America, the show appeared on Rede Globo and, later, TV Record in Brazil and was called "Super Vicky", VTV (Venezolana de Television) in Venezuela between 1987 and 1990, Canal 13 in Argentina, and Frecuencia Latina in Peru, where it was called La pequeña maravilla. In the Philippines, it aired on GMA Network in the mid-1980s, and on ABC in 1992. In Saudi Arabia, it was aired during the '80s as a daily family show during the month of Ramadan on Saudi TV (Channel 2). In 1994, It was aired in India on Star Plus first in English then in Hindi the same year most of the time, until 1998. In Indonesia, it was aired on [TVRI]. It was aired on many TV stations in Middle East as well such as Saudi TV Channel 2 and in Iraq TV Chanel 1 with Arabic subtitles and called (الاعجوبة الصغيرة).

Awards and critical reception[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipient
1986Young Artist AwardBest Young Supporting Actress in a New Television SeriesEmily Schulman
1987Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Long-Running Series, Comedy or Drama

In 2002, Robert Bianco, TV critic for USA Today, listed it as a contender for one of the worst TV shows of all time.[1] This was repeated in 2003 by Mark Lewisohn of the BBC who referred to the program as "widely considered one of the worst low-budget sitcoms of all time."[2]

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Shout! Factory has released the first two seasons of Small Wonder on DVD in Region 1. Season 2 was released as a Shout! Factory select title, available exclusively through their online store.[3][4]

DVD NameEp#Region 1
The Complete First Season24February 16, 2010
The Complete Second Season24June 22, 2010

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