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Hi Honey, I'm Home!
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Title screen for Hi Honey, I'm Home!
Genre Sitcom
Created by Rick Mitz
Penny Stallings
Barry Secunda
Starring Charlotte Booker
Stephen C. Bradbury
Julie Benz
Peter Benson
Susan Cella
Theme music composer Rupert Holmes
Opening theme "Hi Honey, I'm Home!" performed by Rupert Holmes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14 (1 unaired)
Production
Running time 30 min (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (Season 1)
Nick at Nite (Season 1 & 2)
Original run July 19, 1991 – July 12, 1992

Hi Honey, I'm Home! is an American television sitcom that ran from July 19, 1991 to July 12, 1992 for thirteen episodes. The series was television's first "instant" rerun. Each week, a new episode of the series aired on ABC as part of their Friday night TGIF lineup. The same episode would re-air Sunday night on Nickelodeon as part of the channel's Nick at Nite lineup. ABC stopped airing the series after the sixth episode of the first season. The show's second season only aired on Nick at Nite before being cancelled in July 1992.[1]

Contents

Premise

The Nielsens (named after the Nielsen ratings) are a family of fictional characters from a 1950s sitcom that's been canceled; they've been relocated to the real world, which is different from the world they know. They use a device called a Turnerizer (named after Ted Turner) to switch between color and black-and-white within their home. Mike Duff, the teenage son of the family next door, is the only real-world person who knows their secret.

In most episodes, there are guest appearances by actors from classic TV shows, playing their characters; e.g., Gale Gordon appears in episode 1 as Theodore J. Mooney (from The Lucy Show).

Cast and characters

  • Honey Nielsen (Charlotte Booker) — An archetypal 1950s sitcom housewife and mom.
  • Lloyd Nielsen (Stephen C. Bradbury) — The bumbling, somewhat clueless dad.
  • Babs Nielsen (Julie Benz) — The Neilsen's pretty, popular, and well endowed teenage daughter. Target of a crush by Mike Duff.
  • Chucky Nielsen (Danny Gura) — The Neilsen's chubby and naive younger son.
  • Elaine Duff (Susan Cella) — Sarcastic next door neighbor to the Nielsens and single mom to two sons.
  • Mike Duff (Peter Benson) — Elaine Duff's couch potato teenage son who knows the real identities of the Nielsens. Has a crush on Babs.
  • Sidney "Skunk" Duff (Eric Kushnick) — Elaine's youngest, trouble making son.

In the series' pilot, two different actors were initially cast in two roles and were later recast for subsequent episodes. Actress Dee Hoty was originally cast as Elaine Duff, but replaced by Susan Cella. Future Backstreet Boy A. J. McLean was originally cast as Sidney "Skunk" Duff and was replaced by Eric Kushnick. The pilot was then re-shot with the different actors and aired. The original pilot went unaired until Nick at Nite's 15th anniversary "Best of Nick at Nite" marathon in July 2000.[2]

Episode guide

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Season 1: 1991

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Guest star
0 Pilot July 20, 2000 Unaired pilot until Nick at Nite's 15th anniversary "Best of Nick at Nite" marathon.
1 "Meet the Neilsens" (Pilot) July 19, 1991 Gale Gordon as Theodore J. Mooney from The Lucy Show
2 "Make My Bed" July 26, 1991 Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver from Leave It To Beaver
3 "Fur Flies" August 2, 1991 Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden and Joyce Randolph as Trixie Norton from The Honeymooners
4 "Hi Mom, I'm Not Home" August 9, 1991 Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle from The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
5 "Grey Skies" August 16, 1991 Al Lewis as Grandpa Munster from The Munsters
6 "SRP" August 23, 1991 Ann B. Davis as Alice Nelson from The Brady Bunch

Season 2: 1992

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Guest star
1 "That Kind of Girl" June 6, 1992
2 "Honey's First Job" June 7, 1992 Eva Gabor as herself
3 "Take My Son Please" June 14, 1992
4 "Elaine Takes a Wife" June 21, 1992 Georgia Engel as Georgette Franklin Baxter from The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 "Date from Heck" June 28, 1992
6 "Honey Gets Busted" July 5, 1992 Doug Llewelyn from The People's Court
7 "The Many Loves of Mike Duff" July 12, 1992 Dwayne Hickman as Dobie Gillis from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

References

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 609. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.  
  2. ^ Nickelodeon's 20th Birthday

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