Series: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
The 1997 TV adaptation of the 1989 Disney hit of the same name.
It continued where the first movie left off and follows the misadventures the Szalinski family as Wayne's inventions would usually cause some sort of incident that had to be resolved by the family. Later episodes introduced more and more supernatural elements in an attempt to compete with shows like Charmed
, much to the annoyance of fans of pure science fiction.
Lasted for three seasons with 65 episodes under its belt (as it was a Disney show, that was the allotted number of episodes a show could have back then, despite this show being mostly syndicated). Peter Scolari was also praised for his portrayal of Wayne that some fans prefer him over Rick Moranis
This show provides examples of:
- Absent-Minded Professor: Wayne, even more so than in the movies.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Happened to F.R.A.N., the home security system Wayne created.
- Alpha Bitch: Tiara (played by Jewel Staite).
- Alternate Continuity
- Amusing Alien: Ar'Nox and his species.
- Animated Credits Opening: Only in the first season.
- Artifact Title: The Shrink Ray was rarely ever used, aside from a 3 storylines and a few cameo uses.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: At the beginning of season 2, Quark, the family dog, eats Wayne's special vegetables and grows into a huge monster. The solution was for the Szalinskis to use the Shrink Ray and bring Quark back down to a smaller size to begin with, making him look more like his movie counterpart.
- Baseball Episode: Season 2's "Honey, I'm Rooting for the Home Team". Ironically, Nick is playing the sport, despite the fact that in the movie, Wayne clearly says that Nick doesn't play baseball.
- Big Bad: Averted, but the closest thing to a Big Bad is Morpheus, the Lord of All Dreams.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: One of these nurses Amy's sprained ankle in "Honey, He's Not Abominable".
- Bittersweet Ending: In "Honey, You Drained My Brain", Diane was all nervous about a court case because she fears that she's not smart enough, and used the Thinky Ring to make her seem smarter by sapping intelligence from others. In the end, she loses the case, but everything's back to normal... except that Quark is abducted by super-intelligent ants.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Ar'Nox's species eat food with their butt, predating South Park by a few years.
- Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: Played in one episode.
- California Doubling: The TV series was set in Colorado even though in reality, it was shot in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted with Bianca's cat Persephone, who switches minds with Diane in one episode. In Diane's body, Persephone acts playful and naive, and learns English by watching TV at the Szalinskis' house.
- Clip Show: "Honey, It's a Blunderful Life." Wayne gets knocked unconscious and finds himself put on trial by Morpheus to decide if he's worthy of ever waking up again.
- Clothes Make the Maniac: The Thinky-Ring from "Honey, You Drained My Brain", which turned the wearer into a psychic vampire that grows smarter by draining the intelligence of other people, not to mention addictively evil. Diane went so far as to call the ring her "precious," a reference to The Lord of the Rings (the novel; this was years before the movie version), and when Nick wore it he dressed up in a black robe and used the shrink ray to enlarge his cranium.
- Continuity Nod: To the first movie only. Though it makes sense, seeing as they can't make references to events that haven't happened yet.
- "Honey, She's Like A Fish Out Of Water" acknowledges Amy's Super Drowning Skills that occurred in the original movie. She fixes that by using an experimental cream Wayne made, unaware that the side effects turn her into a rather fish-like mermaid.
- Cucumber Facial: Diane and Amy use what they think was facial mask in the beginning of one episode, but was really a concoction Wayne made for peeling coconuts. As the mask dissolves the wooden spoon used for mixing, they scream in horror as they hurry to rinse it off.
- Darker and Edgier: Okay, while the original movie had blood in a couple of scenes and one instance of the word "hell" being used, the TV series has a bit more swearing and innuendo.
- Deathbwinger The Adorable: In "Honey, The Bear Is Bad News", when Wayne is coerced into tweaking the Fwuffy Bear toy, he gives him updates such as voice recognition, and finally downloads everything he programmed into Fwuffy, but unfortunately, the Legion virus was downloaded into Fwuffy along with the data, making him evil.
- Denser and Wackier: Compared to the movies, or at least the first movie.
- Does Not Like Magic: Wayne, but he gets better over the course of the series.
- Excited Kids' Show Host: Wayne's brother Randy is one, with a predilection for fart jokes. Wayne somewhat resents him for presenting science in such a lowbrow fashion.
- Fantastic Comedy
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: The first episode, "Honey, We've Been Swallowed By Grandpa", has Wayne, Diane, and Amy shrunken and ending up in Diane's father's body.
Diane: Where are we?
Wayne: Your dad's stomach; he drank us.
Amy: Funny, I don't feel drunk.
- Fiery Redhead: Amy, in contrast to her blonde counterpart from the movies.
- Fountain of Youth: An age machine allowed an elderly couple to relive their childhood, the problem, their reverse aging wasn't stopping, as well as Wayne and Diane were at the same time rapidly aging.
- Fun with Acronyms: F.R.A.N. — Felon Repel-er and Accident Neutralizer
- Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Wayne does this to Carter in "Honey, The House is Trying to Kill Us", after F.R.A.N. puts him in a box.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: For a Disney show, there was a lot, such as the Cold Opening of "Honey, You're Living In The Past", where Wayne's new invention allowed anyone who used it to remember something from the past, which was shown on a screen, and when Nick uses it, Wayne accidentally punched in the time that was 5 minutes before Nick was born.
- Season Three's "Honey, We're On TV!" has the in-Universe Leave It to Beaver pastiche where its kid main character named "Cooter Cleavage."
- Group Hug
- Here We Go Again: The Series Finale.
- Hollywood Hacking: Very blatant in The Teaser of "Honey, The Bear is Bad News" where Nick's destroying of the Legion computer virus is treated more like a video game. Then there's the virus itself, which is apparently self-aware and immediately adapts to the architecture and programming of a robotic teddy bear.
- Homemade Inventions
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title begins with "Honey".
- Incredible Shrinking Man
- Insane Troll Logic: Vanilla (or anything with vanilla flavouring) works as an antidote to a Love Potion spilled over some chocolates just because "the opposite of chocolate is vanilla".
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: When Nick builds a radio to contact alien civilizations, the aliens respond thusly:
Alien: Ugh! Not those Earth geeks again! Listen, we know you're out there; we don't CARE!
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Wayne built a home security system with self-aware AI. Why? Because he's Wayne Szalinski.
- Interspecies Romance: In "Honey, I'm in the Mood for Love", the effect of the pheromone that got spilled on Wayne's hypoallergenic chocolates has this happen in two cases:
- Gladys, the helper chimp at Jentech, falls for Wayne after tasting some chocolate.
- Mr. Jennings accidentally steps on a South American Lantern Fly and gets fused with its DNA, and Diane falls for the mutated Jennings after she ingests a piece.
- Logic Bomb: Mercilessly skewered in "Honey, The House is Trying to Kill Us." Wayne calls F.R.A.N. out for violating her prime directive, resulting in her violently self-destructing, complete with Explosive Instrumentation... and then Wayne calls her on the obvious trick, pointing out that computers sputtering sparks and shutting down after violating their prime directive only happens on cheesy sci-fi shows, before using the opening her fakery offered to shut her down for real.
- Love Dodecahedron: In "Honey, I'm in the Mood for Love", it's caused by a...
- Love Potion: A pheromone accidentally got spilled on Wayne's hypoallergenic chocolates (Diane is allergic, and the chocolates tasted like earwax according to Mr. Jennings), causing those who eat them to fall in love with the first person of the opposite sex they see. The antidote happens to be vanilla. Just perfectly ordinary vanilla, in any form. Mints, cream soda, whatever.
- The Men in Black: Somewhat malevolent, often after Ar'Nox. Actually aliens responsible for a conspiracy that goes all the way back to the all-seeing eye (the pyramid with the eye on the dollar bill).
- Me's a Crowd: In "Honey, I Got Duped", Wayne accidentally clones himself, and the clones are given names such as Slappy and Scabby.
- Nothing Personal: At the end of "Honey, I'm Dreaming... But Am I?", Morpheus reappears to tell Amy this, saying he was only trying to protect his realm.
- Paranormal Episode: Started popping up quite a bit in season two. Apparently magic and science coexist in this universe.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Mr. Jennings.
- Popular History: The 1976 visited in "Honey, We're Stuck in the 70's" absolutely reeks of The Seventies. It looks more like a modern-day '70s-themed party than anything.
- Put on a Bus: In "Honey, It's the Ghostest with the Mostest," Mr. Jennings is shown replaced by a relative. He's back in Season 3's "Honey, It's a Billion Dollar Brain."
- Pro Wrestling Episode: "Honey, I'm Wrestling with a Problem... and the Chief"
- Retcon: Where to start? The Szalinskis originated from Denver rather than Fresno, Amy has red hair, Nick is at least a year younger than in the first movie and plays baseball, Quark is a border collie instead of a terrier (until season 2), and they changed Wayne's brother's name from Gordon to Randy for some reason.
- Sequel Episode: "Honey, It's No Fun Being An Illegal Alien". It even starts with a recap of "Honey, They Call Me The Space Cowboy", stating that Ar'Nox will someday come back when Wayne least expects it.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of "Honey, It's No Fun Being An Illegal Alien", the Men in Black want revenge on the Szalinskis, but the writers never got to make an episode as such since.
- Show Some Leg: In "Honey, It's Doomsday", Diane does this to distract a general planning to blow up an asteroid headed toward earth (which Wayne had discovered was inhabited). In "From Honey, with Love", Wayne develops a fez that hypnotizes any onlooker into thinking the wearer is an attractive woman in a negligee.
- Take That: The Grim Reaper does not like Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt.
- Time Machine: In addition to the shrink ray, Wayne also has a time machine in the attic that has been used in several episodes.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Several characters would have at least one episode where they do this, but Amy is more prone to this in the show than anyone else.
- Vanity License Plate: The family car has one reading "PAT PEND".
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: In "From Honey, with Love," secret agent Dalton Pierce contracts Wayne for this very purpose.
- Worthy Opponent: In "Honey, I'm Dreaming... But Am I?", Morpheus admits he is impressed with Amy's abilities in the dreamscape and her passing his test.
- Yandere: F.R.A.N. becomes obsessed with Wayne, who created her, and was jealous of Diane, so much that she tries to kill her!