Happy Family

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Dear Mom

    Aired 4/20/04

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    The Shampoo Effect

    Aired 4/6/04

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    The Play

    Aired 3/30/04

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    The Juicer

    Aired 3/23/04

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Secrets

    Aired 3/16/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Larroquette

    Peter Brennan

  • Christine Baranski

    Annie Brennan

  • Susan Gibney

    Maggie Harris (episodes 1-13)

  • Jeff Bryan Davis

    Todd Brennan

  • Melanie Paxson

    Sara Brennan

  • show Description
  • Five-time Emmy Award winner John Larroquette ("Night Court," "The John Larroquette Show") returns to primetime television when he stars with fellow Emmy winner Christine Baranski ("Cybill") as would-be empty-nesters whose twenty-something children just can't seem to get the hang of flying solo in this adult comedy from executive producers Moses Port and David Guarascio (both "Mad About You," NBC's "Just Shoot Me"). Peter and Annie Brennan (Larroquette and Baranski) are anxious to begin celebrating life as a couple again now that their children are all grown up, but it just doesn't seem to be in the cards. Their youngest (and definitely, not brightest), Tim (Tyler Francavilla, "Boston Public"), should be graduating from junior college, but instead he's moving in with the "older" woman-next-door -- his mom's thirty-something tennis partner, Maggie (Susan Gibney, NBC's "Crossing Jordan"). Their eldest, Todd (Jeff Davis, "The Downer Channel"), is the apple of his dad's eye and is engaged to a great girl – and having an affair with yet another great girl. And daughter Sara (Melanie Paxson, "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Three's Company'"), the over-achieving family success story, is in the midst of a major emotional meltdown. Pamela Fryman (NBC's "Just Shoot Me") directs the pilot from a script by Port and Guarascio in this production from NBC Studios. (Simulcast in HDTV)moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Peter: School has never been easy for Tim. I know he's only graduating from junior college, but still, I am proud of him. You know who I'm really proud of? I'm proud of me! I know we both raised him, but it was always easier for you; you're patient, nurturing. For me, Tim was always a struggle, but I got through it! I mean, no matter how many times he failed, I dusted myself off I just kept loving him!

    • Annie: (to Peter) If you need me, I'll be crying on the floor of the shower!

    • (referring to Tim not graduating from junior college)
      Annie: We should have known something was wrong when he said his major was "historical stuff".

    • Tim: Any response to that personal ad? Sarah: No, but I bought a bird. His name is Eric. Eric Wasserman.

    • Annie: We should go look for [Tim]. Peter: Annie, he is twenty years old! Annie: The streets don't check IDs Peter!

    • Annie: (to Tim) Please explain why your new girlfriend is the woman you used to call the "spooky old lady next door".

    • (talking about Tim and Maggie's relationship) Peter: Maggie, this is insane. He is a child! Maggie: No he isn't. Not anymore. He's a man. Annie: He has a Michael Jordan poster on his wall.

    • (talking about Tim and Maggie moving in together)
      Peter: You know what, no, I am saying no and I'm putting my foot down and I'm saying no.
      Tim: Dad, I'm staying.
      Peter: No you're not!
      Tim: Yes I am.
      Annie: Tim, your Father has said no! He has put his foot down. There's nothing any of us can do about it now.

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    Notes (13)

    • Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") was originally cast as Todd Brennan in the pilot -- his scenes were filmed and appeared in early NBC promos (he also appears in circulating cast photos). However, he was dropped from the show and replaced by Jeff B. Davis, who re-shot the scenes prior to the airing of this episode.

    • This episode ranked as the second top-rated program of the night, garnering 14.7 million viewers, just behind lead-in Whoopi, which drew 15.1 million.

    • Early promotional pictures released for the show reveal Jeff Davis was not the original Todd in the series, and his scenes may have been refilmed for the pilot.

    • A new opening credits animation and theme song debut. For this episode only, Jeff B. Davis is billed on-screen as "Jeff Davis." Beginning with the following episode, the sequence (when used) has been edited to include his middle initial. (also present in the broadcast pilot episode)

    • Jonathan F. McClain was credited as "Johnathan."

    • The guest-starring cast did not receive character names in the credits of this episode.

    • Beginning with this episode, Jaime Pressly is credited as a regular cast member.

    • Jaime Pressly does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Jonathan F. McClain was credited as "Johnathan F. McClain."

    • The guest-starring cast did not receive character names in the credits of this episode.

    • In this episode Tim says him and Maggie have been dating for a few weeks, but in an earlier episode, he said they had been dating for a few months.

    • Goof: At the very last minute, Peter gets the idea to make bids on Maggie's house by calling Joanna on her cell phone yet we never see him get Joanna's phone number.

    • When Peter comes home, Alex is at the table reading, and she's looking down, but when the camera cuts to a different angle, she's now looking up.

    • Goof: When Peter asks for a drink at the bar, he leaves without paying.

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    Allusions (2)

    • This episode title is a reference to Friends, the popular NBC sitcom that ran for ten years as a Thursday-night staple. All of the series' episode titles began with "The One With..." or "The One Where..."

    • This episode title is a reference to the musical Bye Bye, Birdie, which opened on Broadway in 1960 with Dick Van Dyke as star Conrad Birdie. A 1963 film version followed, and the show returned to stage in 1995.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • A decent show

    By floberdobdob, Sep 11, 2005

  • Yet another fabulous tv show canceled :(

    By Bassbunne, Oct 27, 2005

  • I MISS HAPPY FAMILY!!!

    By kelly1959, Mar 05, 2006

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