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May 3rd, 2000

Family Ties Vacation

The last several days on TBS’ 6:30am showing of Family Ties, they’ve shown pieces of the Family Ties Vacation movie that came in the latter half of the show’s run. In this 4-episode movie (it really is a movie — no laugh track, obviously different production values), the crew (minus baby Andy) join Alex in London as he attends a two-week session at Oxford (or Oxnard, as Malory called it). In addition to the whole falling-in-love-on-vacation subplot with Malory and Alex’s roommate, there’s a bizarre spy plot running throughout. The whole movie is disconcerting and poorly put together with this random adventure thread carried by a crew of sitcom stars, but oddly, it’s hard to turn away.

This vacation movie got me to thinking about how a lot of 70’s and 80’s sitcoms pulled the same stunt when they were running short on ideas — Full House and Family Matters (both in Disneyworld or Disneyland, I believe) are the first to come to mind. Then there was the whole Brady Bunch deal with the unlucky Tiki in Hawaii (which may have been shown with the ghost town episodes). And Saved by the Bell is another obvious one. What others did the same thing? A few I thought may have, but I didn’t have the time to confirm, were:

  • Perfect Strangers
  • Growing Pains
  • Facts of Life
Can anyone confirm “vacation episodes” in these, or any other, sitcoms? -ram

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FROM: Viren
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2000 -- 1:18:11PM
Growing Pains went to Hawaii
Who's the Boss went to Italy

-- vrs

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2000 -- 1:28:58PM
I'm pretty sure the shows ALF and Head of the Class did some kind of 'vacation' episode, but I can't confirm when or where they went.
-Old Fezz

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2000 -- 3:32:24PM
I like it when that pantywaist Alex plays rugby even though he is in no way prepared to handle it.

My fave vacation episodes will always be the ones in which ABC shows go to some Disney theme park. Those always remind me of the quality family entertainment that the Disney Corporation provides America.

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Wednesday May 3, 2000 -- 9:53:46PM
i know that growing pains went to hawaii, and i think that perfect strangers went to vist Balki's home in Mypos. I have no clue about Facts of life. also, Full house went to Hawaii and also to visit Uncle Jessie's family in Greece.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday May 4, 2000 -- 9:18:48AM
Wow -- so Full House had THREE vacation episodes? Sheesh...

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday May 5, 2000 -- 11:18:51PM
These may be before some peoples time but I am 27 and I grew up watching syndicated shows from the sixties (and thanks to TVLand can watch them again):
--The Beverly Hillbillies went to England after inheriting the Clampett family castle.
--Andy, Opie, and Aunt Bea went to Hollywood to watch the filming of a movie based on Andy's life (titled: Sheriff Without A Gun) in the Andy Griffith Show. (While there Aunt Bea went on a game show and won kitchen appliances)
--Didn't the Facts of Life crew go to either Paris or Australia?
--I am thinking that the Munsters took a vacation to a Navada ghost town, but I may be confusing that with another show? Does this ring any bells?

DATE: Monday May 8, 2000 -- 12:40:21AM
I agree with Ol' Fezziwig about Head of the Class. I remember a vacation episode for them. Could've sworn it was on a beach or something. I seem to remember Simone in a swimsuit...

Hrmmm... isn't memory amazing?

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Tuesday June 6, 2000 -- 7:13:02AM
The Facts of Life girls (and Mrs. Garret, of course) went to Australia. I remember that Natalie lost her backpack, which also contained a roll of microfilm or something that these mob guys or whatever had smuggled in. (didn't that also happen on a Family Ties vacation???) Head of the Class went to Russia for a Brain Bowl type thing. Eric, the "rebel", had family there as well, IIRC. And Arvid and the other nerd guy met these two hot Russian chicks who called them by the names of the 1st two dogs in space, and later, the game winning question was, What were the names of the first two dogs in space?
I can't even tell you how much I love 80's TV, even though I was too young to watch a lot of it when it originally ran . . .

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Tuesday June 6, 2000 -- 10:06:14AM
I just read that there are plans for a Facts of Life reunion TV movie.
I can't wait to see Lisa Whelchel ("Blair") again...she was the butter on Old Fezz's muffin thru-out the 80's.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday June 6, 2000 -- 11:43:39AM
IIRC, Lisa Whelchel is Ultra-Religious (Born Again, perhaps?) these days.

I'd love to see a reunion, too. Is Mrs. Garrett still alive?

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 3:23:40PM
does anybody remeber when 'Blossom' went to Paris? Wow was that show bad!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday June 7, 2000 -- 3:51:36PM
Blossom was the bomb, although it was nowhere near an 80's show.

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Thursday June 8, 2000 -- 11:32:50AM
oh yeah, i forgot we were dealing with 70's and 80's shows. in that case, i remeber that the brady bunch went to the Grand Canyon, and that could be when they were also at the ghost town, i'm not sure. It could, however, be a completely different vacation episode, but again, i'm not sure.
this is competely off the subject...well, not reall because it is an 80's show, but i've always thought that there should be a Magnum P.I full legnth feature film. Anyone agree with me?i love that show.

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Thursday September 21, 2000 -- 9:43:26AM
OK, so this question has been grinding on me for awhile now but I finally confirmed that the Facts of Life crew did do a 'vacation episode'/TV movie thing (other than the Australia trip mentioned above by MollyCule). They all went to Paris! Check out X-Entertainment's explanation of this.

I'm sure you've all had sleepless nights over this.
Rest easy now...
-Old Fezz

FROM: sarah
DATE: Sunday August 1, 2004 -- 7:33:18 pm

FROM: Barricade-Goil [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday March 22, 2005 -- 10:03:41 pm
70's/80's shows? Happy Days went to a dude ranch. Where Fonzie rode the bull. And they went to California. Where Fonzie jumped the shark. I can't remember any others off the top of my head, but I know those two happened.

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