A Minute With Stan Hooper

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Oct 29, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The show starts off with Stan and Molly entering the diner where they ate years ago when they first drove through Waterford Falls. They are surprised though to find that no one knows who Stan is except for Ryan who instantly begs to become Stan's cameraman. Stan also announces he and Molly have no place to stay, so Pete decides to show them some open property in the town. They find a place they really like, but it is only for rent, but they will be able to move into it that night. It costs $500 a month, and they are also surprised to find Gary Jamison, their new butler - who comes with the house. Gary instantly lays down the ground rules with Stan that he does the chores - not Stan. Stan then meets the head of the cheese factory, who unveils his own cheesehead .... of Stan!! When Mr. Hawkins gets angry about Stan employing Ryan, Stan finds, without his permission, that he is now housing Ryan. Stan constantly finds people coming in and out, and his house is like the whole towns, but in a small town, he's learning to deal.moreless

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  • Plays out like one of Norm MacDonald's yarn-style bits....

    Norm MacDonald has admitted that "A Minute With Stan Hooper" is basically a rip-off of "Green Acres" (saying as much in an interview with Bill O'Reilly) where a city mouse couple, in this case Stan (Norm MacDonald) and his wife Molly (Penelope Ann Miller), move out to the country and become involved in fish-out-of-water-style comedy. In the "Pilot" episode, Stan & Molly make the move out to Waterford Falls.

    In an odd twist, Norm MacDonald plays the straight-man in his own comedy show. In "The Norm Show," Norm MacDonald was the main source of comedy - however, in "A Minute With Stan Hooper," Norm seems to have been placed more (not completely) in the straight-man role. This is both good and bad: good because Norm's reactions to the crazy townspeople are funny but bad because Norm does not get to shine as much as he usually does.

    This "Pilot" episode is one of the highlights of a slightly-above-average TV series, playing out like one of Norm MacDonald's yarn-style bits where the set-up is long, amusing, and unravels towards a knee-slapping hilarious punch-line.moreless
  • The pilot.

    Norm McDonald of Saturday Night Live and Norm fame returns with his latest attempt at a sitcom. Unfortunately, a dumb premise and a horrible ensemble prevented this show from ever getting off the ground as it was cancelled after the initial order of 13 episodes failed miserably.

    McDonald is mildly funny, but he has always been better as a supporting cast member (see Billy Madison) and just cannot be the star of a show. Fred Willard is the only other cast member worth mentioning as he does a decent job with the horrible dialogue he is given.

    This show is a train wreck, but with Universal HD its worth watching for that reason.moreless

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