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Small Wonder: Season 1 (1985)

Dick Christie , Marla Pennington , Leslie H. Martinson  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dick Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran, Tiffany Brissette, Emily Schulman
  • Directors: Leslie H. Martinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JOQZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Small Wonder: Season 1" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Small Wonder confirmed the age-old adage: If it looks like a ten-year-old girl and talks like a robot . . . it must be a ROBOT!

When genius cybernetics engineer Ted Lawson (Dick Christie) brings home his top-secret invention, a Voice Input Child Identicant or V.I.C.I. (Tiffany Brissette), life becomes anything but mechanical for the Lawson Family. With his boss and his nosy family (the Brindles) living next door, Ted, his wife Joan and their son Jamie must pass Vicki off as a real child. It is easy for Joan (Marla Pennington-Rowan), who cannot help doting on her like a daughter, but harder for precocious Jamie (Jerry Supiran), who uses Vicki to do his homework and to ward off Harriet (Emily Schulman), the annoying redheaded girl next door.

Small Wonder aired for five seasons in syndication and often reran out of order, to the chagrin of fans (not to mention the writers). All 24 original episodes are included here in their intended order. Small Wonder has withstood the test of time to emerge as a classic laser beacon of 80s culture.

Bonus Features

* Commentaries With Creator and Cast

* Original Episode Promos

* Fan Art Gallery

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you realse it on DVD...People will buy it March 30, 2007
Small Wonder is a goldmine waiting to make the company who releases it on DVD money. The children who grew up watching it are now the adults who would spend money to buy it. Small Wonder ellicits a strong feeling of nostalgia and the mention of the shows name brings back happy memories of days without mortgages, bills, jobs, and the real world. I'm willing to spend money to feel that way again, and I think the Small Wonder DVDs can be a bridge to those happier times.
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Wonder is: Classic '80s Comfort TV May 13, 2006
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As a huge fan of "Small Wonder", '80s TV and just silly family sitcoms in general I can't tell you how excited I am to have the Season 1 DVD set of this classic series.

"Small Wonder" revolved around the Lawson Family and Vicki; a Voice Input Child Identicant that was raised as a child. Vicki could get into mischief every once in a while which ended up being very funny only because it was so foolish. Also the series included lots of talented special effects which rarely (if ever) have been seen in a sitcom of this type. And, although Vicki had superhuman powers (she could lift a grown man off the ground with 1 hand), she was also very relatable because somehow she was always able to do something sentient in every ep.

The star of the show was Tiffany Brissette, in the title-role. Tiffany played the robot-child perfectly because she was so real, or should I say unreal in each and every ep. Dick Christie and Marla Pennington were the parents, and Jerry Supiran was their son, Jamie. Rounding out the cast is Harriet (Emily Schulman), the Lawson's annoying neighbor and William Bogert and Eddie McClurg played her parents, Bonnie and Brandon Brindle.

After watching this entire season I have some very important questions:
Why does Joan's hair change from bob to cotton candy in every other ep?
Why doesn't anyone ever notice that Vicki speaks in monotone?
Why didn't Ted ever tell Brandon and Bonnie to bug off?
Why does their house have 2 fireplaces yet only 2 bedrooms?
Didn't Jamie ever get creeped out by having Vicki sleep in his cabinet?
Did Reggie grow up to be the first black president?
Did Harriet and Chrissy Snow share the same hairdresser?
How happy was Edie McClurg when she left this show and got the "Valerie" gig?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SMALL WONDER PLEASE! September 30, 2006
I loved the show Small Wonder and have been waiting to see ot come out on dvd. This is a show I can watch with my own daughter since it was a great family show. Please bring out on dvd!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put Small Wonder on DVD. July 16, 2006
By Han
Small Wonder was a good show when it was on television in the 1980's. It was a show that was fun and entertaining. It was always fun to tune in every week to watch the program to see what the Lawson's were up too. It would be nice to relive thoes fun memeries of this excellent program again. I hope the studio will release it soon.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Small" Wonder: Understatement of the Century December 25, 2009
Only once in a lifetime does a televised production come along that changes the way people think. The way people live. The way people view life in general. This televised production in which I am speaking of is of course, Small Wonder; the title being misleading because there's nothing "small" about this audio/visual masterpiece at all. Everything it did, it did in a big way. Quite frankly, it is the televised equivalent of "American Beauty", "Catcher in the Rye", Pink Floyd's "The Wall", or anything else at the top of its class in their respective medium. Luckily, in regards to Small Wonder, and thanks to the humanitarians at Shout Factory Inc. LLC, the medium for Small Wonder is no longer old, illegally recorded VHS tapes or Betacam masters in Fox Studio's warehouses: the medium is now Digital Versatile Disc (or a some people refer to it, DVD).

As anyone who had the benefit of experiencing Small Wonder during the mid 1980s already is aware of the plot: a lonely but extremely intelligent father incapable of producing a female zygote of his own opts to go the artificial intelligence-route (in vitro fertilization was illegal at the time of the show's taping). His desire for a female offspring is further reiterated by the fact that Mr. Lawson has named his firstborn son "Jamie". Mr. Lawson creates a robot that not only has an acronym for a name, but also shows love, compassion, intelligence, and once in a while, a sense of humor to lighten up the otherwise overly serious subject matter of scientists "playing God".

The show taught us that not only is man capable of creating a machine so intelligent that it can actually learn and feel emotion, but that the machine, despite its vast intelligence, will not turn on man and begin a confrontation or even worse, a tech-war.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest Show Ever December 28, 2009
Undoubtedly the finest TV show ever produced or aired in the history of television. The fantasy of every American family is to own a robot that looks like a 10 year old girl. This becomes REALITY for the Lawson family! Sadly, only 96 episodes were produced.
This MUST OWN DVD set belongs in every home.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas and Efects. March 7, 2006
This show was great. I say it was one of the first to have incredible effects and imagination and it should with out a dought be released on Dvd.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VICKY-THE SMALL WONDER July 1, 2006
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars She's A Small Wonder!!! ...And this series is a cute show!
The 1980's had it's fair share of silly, yet kid-friendly sitcoms! For example, Punky Brewster, Down To Earth, Alf, Silver Spoons, etc. Read more
Published 8 days ago by John D. Seneca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great deal. Fast shipping.
Published 13 days ago by Robert Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this!
Published 2 months ago by Tabbetha Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 2 months ago by bubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
I was very came on time...packaged as they said...brand new...ty ty ty...i would most again ....ty once again...
Published 7 months ago by ALYSHA FERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutaly wonder
Watching this makes me feel like a kid again, every time i see Harriet i think of my sister and tease her.
Published 7 months ago by Harold
1.0 out of 5 stars Blank DVD received
I ordered this as a present. I gave it to my sister and a week later when she tried to watch the DVD's, they were blank. Read more
Published 8 months ago by reynaldo bracamonte
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I Remembered!!!
This show was out when I was in elementary school. I remember watching it a lot when I was in kindergarten-2nd or 3rd grade. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars VICKYYYYYYYYY!!!!
Oh man the memories this show has brought me. I used to watch this all the time as a kid as i'm sure and tons of others. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 80S CLASSIC....
as a child of the 80s.....I love anything dealing with the 80s, so I had to get this classic show to relive those days, it was a must have
Published 10 months ago by Joshua W
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Shout! Factory plans to release Small Wonder in 2010!
I was just about to post this. YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 20, 2009 by I'm hungry. feed me |  See all 3 posts
I am renting season 1 and unfortunately, it looks like they didn't spend the $ to put on subtitles.
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