The Daily Ping

Can't get enough of Paul and Ryan collaborations? Visit the It's 2011, Folks tumblelog!

October 17th, 2004

The Return of the Seavers: A Report

I wasted a couple hours of my life last night watching the aforementioned Growing Pains movie. Yes, the writing stunk and the plot was straight of a book of cliches. And, yes, Chrissy’s character was even more annoying than when she was a little girl. There were some real dialogue groaners, too, generally of the blatanly self-referential type (“Mike, didn’t you learn anything in 166 episodes?” “We weren’t the perfect family, Carol. It seemed like every Tuesday night… between 8:30 and 9… that we had a lot of problems.”). But the acting itself was generally OK and the characters acted like you would have expected them to. However, there was one key point which absolutely ruined this whole stupid reunion:

The house they were selling, the one they’d spend 30 years in raising their kids, wasn’t their freaking house! I mean, seriously, it didn’t even bear a slight resemblance to the house we grew up watching them in in the 80s. How the heck can we suspend disbelief with an incontinuity like that? Would have really have been that hard to recreate the original set?

This is important folks. I want answers. I want names of people who screwed this up. Now!

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 10:06:01 am
Oh get out! If the producers can keep recreating the Brady house, they should have been able to do this. No greenhouse-looking kitchen?

Their problems were nothing by 2004 standards. Nosirree.

FROM: andy
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 12:26:00 pm
No, No, No. It's actually even worse than you realize. In the season finale, the family SELLS their house in NY and moves to Washington D.C., where Maggie got a job. In the first Growing Pains reunion movie (2000), they are still in D.C. Realistically, the Seavers only raised Crissy in that house and maybe Ben's last year. They only lived there 10 years. They didn't raise all their kids there, nor did they live there 30 years. I haven't watched the newest reunion show yet, so I am curious as to what city they are in. I guess the writers, directors and actors all forgot how the series ended and where they were in the last reunion movie only 4 years earlier....

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 1:02:38 pm
Sad thing is, I watched it too.

So they only lived in that house 10 years and yet they talked about all of their memories - like Mike dunking Ben's head in the toilet - from another house? Talk about inconsistency, man.

The whole thing was just bad. And where was Boner?

DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 4:13:34 pm
I missed it--does anyone know if it will be reaired?

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 6:52:19 pm
At any point did Kirk Cameron step out of character to badger the viewers about Jesus?

DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 8:27:52 pm
OMG, I didn't see it. And to u

DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 8:28:37 pm
OMG, I didn't see it. And to u, Robert, no, i don't think so, cuz Kirk Cameron is very good actor. Is it gonna be reaired, anybody?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 8:52:26 pm
I'm sure it will be, Liz and Kim -- keep an eye on the ABC Family channel (where they also aired the 2000 movie the other night).

And re: the series finale house sale, they referenced it in this movie. "We're going to sell the house." "Like in 1992?" "No, for real this time." ... or some such.

What is this then?

The Daily Ping is the web's finest compendium of toilet information and Oreo™® research. Too much? Okay, okay, it's a daily opinion column written by two friends. Did we mention we've been doing this for over ten years? Tell me more!

Most Popular Pings

Last Week's Most Popular Pings

Let's be nice.

© 2000-2011 The Daily Ping, all rights reserved. Tilted sidebar note idea 'adapted' from Panic. Powered by the mighty WordPress.