History Series / TheHoganFamily

21st Apr '17 6:29:44 PM Briguy52748
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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized or understood the seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.

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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but [[ThisIsUnforgivable very angry with Willie that he lied lied]] (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized or understood the seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.
21st Apr '17 11:38:47 AM Briguy52748
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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized and understood the seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.

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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized and or understood the seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.
21st Apr '17 11:38:19 AM Briguy52748
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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized he seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.

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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized he and understood the seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.
20th Apr '17 3:03:15 PM Briguy52748
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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. She ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, says she has lost trust in him... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.

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* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. She Willie tries to say he's sorry, but Valerie -- sensing that he isn't showing true remorse, let alone realized he seriousness of his actions -- ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, [[RejectedApology says she has lost trust in him...him]]... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.
18th Apr '17 11:57:57 AM Briguy52748
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** Why David's emotional pathos over Rich possibly driving drunk and the connection to his mother? Because, it is implied, Valerie was the innocent victim of a drunk driver.
8th Dec '16 9:05:09 PM LadyNorbert
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The series originally was built as a starring vehicle for Valerie Harper, whose best known role beforehand was as the title character in the 1970s sitcom ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'' (which spun off from ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''). Set in Oak Park, Illinois, Valerie Hogan (Harper) was a career woman (the owner of an auction house and later, a graphic designer) whose airline pilot husband, Michael (Josh Taylor, who concurrently starred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''), was frequently gone, meaning she had primary responsibility of raising the couple's three sons: 16-year-old David (Creator/JasonBateman), and 12-year-old twin sons Willie and Mark (Danny Ponce and Jeremy Licht). Valerie had a couple of best friends, but the one that stuck around was the busybody (but very sweet) next-door neighbor Patricia Poole (Edie [=McClurg=]).

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The series originally was built as a starring vehicle for Valerie Harper, whose best known role beforehand was as the title character in the 1970s sitcom ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'' (which spun off from ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''). Set in Oak Park, Illinois, Valerie Hogan (Harper) was a career woman (the owner of an auction house and later, a graphic designer) whose airline pilot husband, Michael (Josh Taylor, who concurrently starred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''), was frequently gone, meaning she had primary responsibility of raising the couple's three sons: 16-year-old David (Creator/JasonBateman), and 12-year-old twin sons twins Willie and Mark (Danny Ponce and Jeremy Licht). Valerie had a couple of best friends, but the one that stuck around was the busybody (but very sweet) next-door neighbor Patricia Poole (Edie [=McClurg=]).



Fall 1987. Enter Sandy Duncan, the petite actress with plenty of comedic timing, to take over ... not as Valerie Hogan (as the character was McLeaned) but as Michael's kid sister, Sandy. Sandy took a job as guidance counselor at the high school David attended; the series was re-titled ''Valerie's Family'' with the subtitle ''The Hogans'' used in the main titles. The focus of several episodes during the 1987-1988 season was on Val's passing and their grief, but none made such a profound impact as the episode "Burned Out", in which a crappily made lamp sparks fire and engulfs much of the house. Many keepsakes and mementos of the family's were destroyed in the attic and second floor, but the piece having the greatest emotional effect was a charred framed photo of Valerie, which David breaks into tears over upon discovering it while exploring the burned out second floor. It was also at this point that Mrs. Poole moved up to being a regular character, even appearing in the opening credits for the first time.

In the summer of 1988, to distance the series from the now long-departed Harper, dropped the name Valerie completely from the title: The series was now known as ''The Hogan Family''. Stories shifted back to typical family situations, many with comedic bents, although some were deadly serious. Two of those stories focused on David's best buddy, Rich (Tom Hodges): One where David locked a drunken Rich in the closet during a house party to keep him from driving drunk (during the 1987-1988 season, not long after Val died), and in one of the last original episodes ... this one, where Rich does die (of AIDS). In 1990, Michael and Sandy's newly-divorced father, Lloyd (Jonathan Hillerman), moves in with the family ... at the same time the series moved to CBS. That and other changes did nothing to stop a slowly diminishing audience, and the series ended its run in the summer of 1991.

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Fall 1987. Enter Sandy Duncan, the petite actress with plenty of comedic timing, to take over ...over... not as Valerie Hogan (as the character was McLeaned) but as Michael's kid sister, Sandy. Sandy took a job as guidance counselor at the high school David attended; the series was re-titled ''Valerie's Family'' with the subtitle ''The Hogans'' used in the main titles. The focus of several episodes during the 1987-1988 season was on Val's passing and the family coming to terms with their grief, but none grief; none, however, made such a profound impact as the episode "Burned Out", in which a crappily poorly made lamp sparks fire and engulfs much of the house. Many keepsakes and mementos of the family's were destroyed in the attic and second floor, but the piece having the greatest emotional effect was a charred framed photo of Valerie, over which David breaks into down in tears over upon discovering it while exploring the burned out burned-out second floor. It was also at this point that Mrs. Poole moved up to being a regular character, even appearing in the opening credits for the first time.

In the summer of 1988, to distance the series from the now long-departed Harper, the producers dropped the name Valerie completely from the title: The series was now known as ''The Hogan Family''. Stories shifted back to typical family situations, many with comedic bents, although some were deadly serious. Two of those stories focused on David's best buddy, Rich (Tom Hodges): One where David locked locks a drunken Rich in the closet during a house party to keep him from driving drunk (during the 1987-1988 season, not long after Val died), and in one of the last original episodes ... this one, where episodes, in which Rich does die (of AIDS). In 1990, Michael and Sandy's newly-divorced father, Lloyd (Jonathan Hillerman), moves in with the family ... at the same time the series moved to CBS. That and other changes did nothing to stop a slowly diminishing audience, and the series ended its run in the summer of 1991.



* AnAesop: While most episodes had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run, and keeps silent about the ordeal... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Valerie, however, is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. She ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse, says she has lost trust in him... and that's even before his dad (who does not appear in this episode) finds out.



* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Willie and Mark are fraternal.
* AnAesop: While most had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run and keeps silent about the ordeal ... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Only this time, Valerie is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. She ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse says she has lost trust in him ... and that's even before his dad -- Taylor does not appear in this episode -- finds out.

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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Averted. Willie and Mark are fraternal.
* AnAesop: While most had standard happily-ever-after morals, ''Valerie'' (and its successors) often twisted this trope. A prime example is the second-season episode "Leave it to Willie," which turned the standard "happy ending" on its head; Willie (an ardent fan of a ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''-type show, where everything always works out in the end) steals his dad's car to go for a joyride with a buddy, is involved in a hit-and-run and keeps silent about the ordeal ... even when Valerie confronts David about taking the car and causing the accident. David eventually finds evidence (a Cheeto) to incriminate Willie, who keeps quiet. Then, he sees another episode of his favorite show, where the main protagonist is involved in a similar scrape (Harper and Ponce playing out the "happy ever after ending" he envisions). When he sees that telling the truth will absolve him, he figures he has nothing to lose and comes clean with Valerie. Only this time, Valerie is not relieved, but very angry with Willie that he lied (by keeping quiet and not coming forward when asked earlier) and allowed David to take the blame. She ultimately grounds him from going to a party, but worse says she has lost trust in him ... and that's even before his dad -- Taylor does not appear in this episode -- finds out.
fraternal.



* ContentWarnings: The second-season episode "Bad Timing" -- one of the first [[DomCom American DomCom episodes]] to address "safe sex" -- had these aired before the show's opening credits, as well as during commercials (either "safe sex" [=PSAs=] or birth-control products). The episode itself, where David and his [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriend]] consider having sex and drop the first primetime usage of the word "condom" while doing so, was an honest, if not frank, discussion many teen-age couples have about sex, and as such, got high praise from the public and was even given an official VHS release for teachers and health educators. (And yes, David and the girlfriend decide not to have sex.)

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* ContentWarnings: The second-season episode "Bad Timing" -- one of the first [[DomCom American DomCom episodes]] episodes to address "safe sex" -- had these aired before the show's opening credits, as well as during commercials (either "safe sex" [=PSAs=] or birth-control products). The episode itself, where David and his [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriend]] consider having sex and drop the first primetime prime time usage of the word "condom" while doing so, was an honest, if not frank, discussion many teen-age teenage couples have about sex, and as such, got high praise from the public and was even given an official VHS release for teachers and health educators. (And yes, David and the girlfriend decide not to have sex.)



* CurseCutShort: Episode 3, "The Wrong Stuff", saw young Willie Hogan begin using (mild) profanity around the house. When Valerie confronts him and threatens to wash his mouth out with soap, Willie decides to test his mother and see if she actually would. Finally, after saying a mild explicitive ("crap") and getting ready to say another, Valerie made good on her promise!
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: Averted in "Best of Friends, Worst of Times", one of the last episodes, where a recurring character dies of AIDS.
** Also "Bad Timing", which was the first primetime discussion of a condom and what it's used for.

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* CurseCutShort: Episode 3, "The Wrong Stuff", saw young Willie Hogan begin using (mild) profanity around the house. When Valerie confronts him and threatens to wash his mouth out with soap, Willie decides to test his mother and see if she actually would. will. Finally, after saying a mild explicitive expletive ("crap") and getting ready to say another, Valerie made good on her promise!
* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: Averted in "Best of Friends, Worst of Times", Times," one of the last episodes, where a recurring character dies of AIDS.
** Also "Bad Timing", which - as noted above - was the first primetime prime time discussion of a condom and what why it's used for.used.



* DrunkDriver: Midway through season 3, David hosts a house party while his father Mike and aunt Sandy are gone. David's friend Rich (who is in attendance that day) gets very drunk and wants to take a stunning co-ed out for a ride. David (whose mother had just died in a car accident) puts his foot down and gets into a huge fight with Rich. Motivated at an earlier admonition to "do whatever you have to do" to keep someone from driving drunk, David then locks Rich in the closet overnight. When David lets a somewhat sobered-up Rich out the next morning, Rich remembers vividly what happened ... and yells at David for not letting him consummate that long, sought-after relationship with the supermodel of his senior class. David then reminds him of what had happened to Valerie, and he couldn't stand the thought of now losing his best friend (not to mention the prettiest girl in high school). Rich eventually comes to his senses and realizes that nothing — not a hot night of sex in bed awaiting a hotel — was worth driving drunk and possibly killing himself or anyone else.

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* DrunkDriver: Midway through season 3, David hosts a house party while his father Mike and aunt Sandy are gone. David's friend Rich (who is in attendance that day) gets very drunk and wants to take a stunning co-ed out for a ride. David (whose mother had just died in a car accident) puts his foot down and gets into a huge fight with Rich. Motivated at an earlier admonition to "do whatever you have to do" to keep someone from driving drunk, David then locks Rich in the closet overnight. When David lets a somewhat sobered-up Rich out the next morning, Rich remembers vividly what happened ...happened... and yells at David for not letting him consummate that long, sought-after relationship with the supermodel of his senior class. David then reminds him of what had happened to Valerie, and he couldn't stand the thought of now losing his best friend (not to mention the prettiest girl in high school). Rich eventually comes to his senses and realizes that nothing — not a hot night of sex in bed awaiting a hotel — was worth driving drunk and possibly killing himself or anyone else.



* GrandFinale: "Best of Friends, Worst of Times" or "Ho Ho Hogans", depending on who you ask. ("Best of Friends" was actually initially stated on ThisVeryWiki to be the last episode, while "Ho Ho Hogans", the ChristmasEpisode, aired in ''July'' 1991.)

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* GrandFinale: "Best of Friends, Worst of Times" or "Ho Ho Hogans", depending on who you ask. ("Best of Friends" was actually initially stated on ThisVeryWiki to be the last episode, while "Ho Ho Hogans", Hogans," the ChristmasEpisode, aired in ''July'' 1991.)



* HouseFire: "Burned Out", a VerySpecialEpisode produced for Fire Prevention Week. The episode (financed and sponsored by UsefulNotes/McDonalds) was well-received by viewers and critics for beautifully presenting a reality some families face in dealing with grief: losing a loved one, and not long thereafter a fire destroys most, if not all, of the mementos of that person. The storyline is sparked (literally) by a poorly made lamp stored in the attic developing a short circuit and starting a fire, which remains small enough for several hours until the Hogans are getting ready for bed. Sandy smells smoke and alerts Michael, who upon investigation immediately evacuates the house; the fire eventually spreads through the rest of the house and causes major damage. The Hogans stay with the Pooles ([[Series/{{Today}} Willard Scott]] had a guest role as Mrs. Poole's husband, Peter) while their home is repaired. A full recap of the episode (with screencaps) can be found [[http://allisonswrittenwords.blogspot.ca/2014/10/HoganFamilyBurnedOut.html here.]]

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* HouseFire: "Burned Out", a VerySpecialEpisode produced for Fire Prevention Week. The episode (financed and sponsored by UsefulNotes/McDonalds) was well-received by viewers and critics for beautifully presenting a reality some families face in dealing with grief: losing a loved one, and not long thereafter a fire destroys destroying most, if not all, of the mementos of that person. The storyline is sparked (literally) by a poorly made lamp stored in the attic developing a short circuit and starting a fire, which remains small enough for several hours until the Hogans are getting ready for bed. Sandy smells smoke and alerts Michael, who upon investigation immediately evacuates the house; the fire eventually spreads through the rest of the house and causes major damage. The Hogans stay with the Pooles ([[Series/{{Today}} Willard Scott]] had a guest role as Mrs. Poole's husband, Peter) while their home is repaired. A full recap of the episode (with screencaps) can be found [[http://allisonswrittenwords.blogspot.ca/2014/10/HoganFamilyBurnedOut.html here.]]



* MonsterClown: A ''hilarious'' subversion: David is dragooned into playing a clown at a birthday party, and the girl he's been chasing walks in on him, stares and says "David?" He stares at her in shock, then pulls the clown suit up to cover his head and says in a squeaky voice "No, it's just me, Bobo the headless clown!" Cue the children screaming in fear and the audience howling with laughter for about a solid minute.

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* MonsterClown: A ''hilarious'' subversion: David is dragooned into playing a clown at a birthday party, and the girl he's been chasing walks in on him, stares and says says, "David?" He stares at her in shock, then pulls the clown suit up to cover his head and says in a squeaky voice "No, it's just me, Bobo the headless clown!" Cue the children screaming in fear and the audience howling with laughter for about a solid minute.



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Season 4's "The Naked Truth" centers around a nude painting of Sandy that is on display at an art gallery (where Mark and Willie are touring as part of a school trip). Viewers only see the painting from angles showing the shoulders upward, but it is very clear, by Mark and Willie's stunned reaction, that the painting shows far more. Sandy learns about the painting and demands that its painter – an old college boyfriend, who had painted another student's nude body, but then painted on Sandy's head instead – fix the situation immediately. (He does… by painting a dress on the bottom half. He admits he had fantasized about her in college and wanted to advance their relationship.)
* PlayingGertrude: Edie [=McClurg=], who plays Mrs. Poole, is actually ''11 years younger'' than Willard Scott, who plays her husband. Edie was born in 1945, Willard in 1934. In addition, guest actor Kathleen Freeman was born in 1919 and thus was only 15 years older than Willard ''despite having played his mother'' (in the season 3 episode "Mother Poole's Visit").

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Season 4's "The Naked Truth" centers around a nude painting of Sandy that is on display at an art gallery (where Mark and Willie are touring as part of a school trip). Viewers only see the painting from angles showing the shoulders upward, but it is very clear, by Mark and Willie's stunned reaction, that the painting shows far more. Sandy learns about the painting and demands that its painter – an old college boyfriend, who had painted another student's nude body, but then painted on Sandy's head instead – fix the situation immediately. (He does… does... by painting a dress on the bottom half. He admits he had fantasized about her in college and wanted to advance their relationship.)
* PlayingGertrude: Edie [=McClurg=], who plays Mrs. Poole, is actually ''11 years younger'' than Willard Scott, who plays her husband. Edie was born in 1945, Willard in 1934. In addition, guest actor Kathleen Freeman was born in 1919 and thus was only 15 years older than Willard Willard, ''despite having played his mother'' (in the season 3 episode "Mother Poole's Visit").



* ShorterMeansSmarter: Willie & Mark started out about the same size, but as the actors grew up it ended up that Willie (the irresponsible one) was taller than Mark (the brainy one). Note though that these characterizations appeared before the split in height.

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* ShorterMeansSmarter: Willie & Mark started out about the same size, but as the actors grew up it ended up that up, Willie (the irresponsible one) was taller than Mark (the brainy one). Note though Note, though, that these characterizations appeared before ''before'' the split in height.



* VerySpecialEpisode: Several, most notably "Burned Out" and "Best of Friends, Worst of Times" (one of the last episodes where David's best friend, Rich, dies of [=AIDS=]-related complications). "Bad Timing" would count as well; it was the first time safe sex was discussed on such a show.

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* VerySpecialEpisode: Several, most notably "Burned Out" and "Best of Friends, Worst of Times" (one of the last episodes where episodes, in which David's best friend, Rich, dies of [=AIDS=]-related complications). "Bad Timing" would count as well; it was the first time safe sex was discussed on such a show.
30th Nov '16 9:50:06 AM mlsmithca
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[[caption-width-right:258:The Hogans circa 1986.[[note]]Clockwise from top left: Michael, Valerie, David, Mark and Willie[[/note]]]]
'''''The Hogan Family''''' was a DomCom that, known also in earlier incarnations as '''''Valerie''''' and '''''Valerie's Family (The Hogans)''''', aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1986-1990, and on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1990-1991.

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[[caption-width-right:258:The [[caption-width-right:311:The Hogans circa 1986.[[note]]Clockwise from top left: Michael, Valerie, David, Mark and Willie[[/note]]]]
'''''The ''The Hogan Family''''' Family'' was a DomCom that, known also in earlier incarnations as '''''Valerie''''' ''Valerie'' and '''''Valerie's ''Valerie's Family (The Hogans)''''', Hogans)'', aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1986-1990, and on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1990-1991.
8th Jun '16 6:35:09 AM Briguy52748
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Fall 1987. Enter Sandy Duncan, the petite actress with plenty of comedic timing, to take over ... not as Valerie Hogan (as the character was McLeaned) but as Michael's kid sister, Sandy. Sandy took a job as guidance counselor at the high school David attended; the series was re-titled ''Valerie's Family'' with the subtitle ''The Hogans'' used in the main titles. The focus of several episodes during the 1987-1988 season was on Val's passing and their grief, but none made such a profound impact as the episode "Burned Out", in which a crappily made lamp sparks fire and engulfs much of the house. Many keepsakes and mementos of the family's were destroyed in the attic and second floor, but the piece having the greatest emotional effect was a charred framed photo of Valerie, which David breaks into tears over upon discovering it while exploring the charred house. It was also at this point that Mrs. Poole moved up to being a regular character, even appearing in the opening credits for the first time.

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Fall 1987. Enter Sandy Duncan, the petite actress with plenty of comedic timing, to take over ... not as Valerie Hogan (as the character was McLeaned) but as Michael's kid sister, Sandy. Sandy took a job as guidance counselor at the high school David attended; the series was re-titled ''Valerie's Family'' with the subtitle ''The Hogans'' used in the main titles. The focus of several episodes during the 1987-1988 season was on Val's passing and their grief, but none made such a profound impact as the episode "Burned Out", in which a crappily made lamp sparks fire and engulfs much of the house. Many keepsakes and mementos of the family's were destroyed in the attic and second floor, but the piece having the greatest emotional effect was a charred framed photo of Valerie, which David breaks into tears over upon discovering it while exploring the charred house.burned out second floor. It was also at this point that Mrs. Poole moved up to being a regular character, even appearing in the opening credits for the first time.
13th Nov '15 5:38:56 PM twilicorn
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[[caption-width-right:258:The Hogans circa 1986.[[note]]Clockwise from top left: Michael, Valerie, David, Mark and Willie[[/note]]]]
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