This FantasticComedy aired in FirstRunSyndication from 1985 to 1989. Ted Lawson, a robotic engineer, had a family like any other in California, except that his daughter, Vicki (or rather "VICI"[[note]][[FunWithAcronyms "Voice Input Child Identicant"]][[/note]]), was a robot he designed and built. Ted, his wife, Joan, and their son, Jamie, continually tried to keep Vicki's identity a secret. This was no easy task, since Ted lived next door to his gloryhound boss, whose daughter, Harriet, wanted to be Mrs. Jamie Lawson.
The series is derided by some for its silly premise and uneven episode plots, some of which some felt were downright uninspired. Due to popular demand, however, Shout! Factory released the first two seasons of ''Small Wonder'' on DVD in the first half of 2010. The series' star, Tiffany Brissette, has retired from acting to avoid typecasting. More information about the show is at the [[http://email@example.com/COC.html Semi-Official Small Wonder "Cabinet of Contents" Home Page]].
The first season was produced by Metromedia Producers Corporation. After Metromedia was bought out by UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch in 1986, Seasons 2–4 were produced by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, who now owns the rights to the show. Creator/AntennaTV began rerunning ''Small Wonder'' in January 2015.
Tends to be confused with ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'', which involves an alien girl who could freeze time and aired around the same time. The premise might sound familiar to fans of obscure 1960s sitcoms as ''Small Wonder'' was actually a remake of ''Series/MyLivingDoll'', a series produced in the 1960s by ''Small Wonder'' creator and executive producer Howard Leeds. The big difference between the two shows is that whereas Vicki is a cute little girl, the titular Living Doll was played by StatuesqueStunner Julie Newmar.
!!''Small Wonder'' provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Harriet Brindle
* AIIsACrapshoot: A non-lethal example; Vicki tends to zigzag through this depending on the episode.
* [[AmusingAlien Amusing Nonhuman]]
* BlackBestFriend: Reggie, Jamie's best friend.
* BrattyHalfPint: Harriet, in spades. Jamie can be this way, too, at times.
* TheCelebrityLie: Ida Mae is a subversion. With the sheer amount of celebrities she claims to know, and that she supposedly gave them all the advice that made their careers, she almost ''had'' to be lying... but then Lyle Alzado shows up (see below) and validates her entire story (about him, at least).
* CelebrityStar: Lyle Alzado, Art Linkletter and Wrestling/JesseVentura, among others.
* CreepyChild: Vicki's not only an ''intentional'' example (quite unlike most creepy children in 80s sitcoms), but also a comedic one!
* DarkHorseVictory: It occurs in "Little Miss Shopping Mall."
* DeadpanSnarker: Despite lacking emotions, Vicki became known for her snark.
* DontEatAndSwim: An episode had Ted stage his own drowning by cramps to get rid of his NosyNeighbor's alleged [[IOweYouMyLife life debt]].
* DropInCharacter: Harriet ''and'' her parents
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: Vicki can lift and carry Ted around easily.
* EmotionlessGirl: Played straight during the first two seasons, but subverted in two cases. At the openings, Vicki grins and winks to us, and in an episode where a computer with which she was smitten is deactivated, a tear trickles down her cheek. Starting late in the series' second season and progressively through the rest of the series, Vicki talks in a normal voice and shows emotion more often, to the point where she becomes more "humanized." (This was in part to compensate for actress Tiffany Brissette aging into puberty.)
* EvilTwin: Vanessa, successor to VICI
* FunWithAcronyms: VICI stands for Voice Input Child Identicant.
* HandWave: VICI is ''upgraded'' in Season 3 to look older, since Tiffany Brissette had grown into a young teenager later in the series. Also, she's designed to eat food (to help pass for human) and liquids she consumes work as coolant.
* HumanHummingbird: Vicki acts like one in "Vicki and the Pusher".
* HypnoFool: In the season 2 episode "Look into My Eyes", Vicki learns to hypnotize by watching a professional hypnotist on TV, and gets the family to do weird things at mention of a code word. The first one she hypnotizes is Joan, whom Vicki makes act like TheVamp.
* JustAMachine: Ted's attitude toward Vicki, and his usual response to Joan thinking of Vicki as a real girl.
* LamePunReaction: Vicky competes against a Russian wiz-kid named Vladimir Godunov. At the end of the episode, the family discovers that Vladimir is actually a robot like Vicky. His creator complains, "You couldn't leave Godunov alone." [[CollectiveGroan The studio audience groaned.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted in later seasons when she wore more normal clothing.
* LiteralMinded: Much of the show's humor came from Vicki interpreting commands and figures of speech literally.
* MachineMonotone: This is Vicki's normal mode of speech. By the final two seasons, this was downplayed somewhat as she began speaking in a normal girl's voice (due to upgrades and to help her pass as human).
* MoodDissonance: "Woodward and Bernstein" features a plot about Jamie and Reggie writing a class paper about the new girl in class who has apparently been kidnapped by her father. When the teachers follow up on this, the father is spooked and once again runs off with the daughter. Even ''before'' the plot is solved, Ted and Joan act ''oddly'' cavalier about the whole thing.
-->'''Jamie:''' I feel so bad about Chrissy...
-->'''Ted:''' Well, you guys are gonna feel a lot better when you bury your faces in a piece of that cake, eh?
* NoirEpisode: In "Big 'J', Private Eye", Jamie did his book report in the film noir style.
* ProductPlacement: Actually, sort of a reversal. There were posters in Pizza Hut restaurants that tied the series into its "Book It!" school fund-raising program. What the connection was between robots and books is anyone's guess.
** The episode involving the "Book It" plug, "Big 'J', Private Eye", involved Jamie (not having read or even selected a book until the last minute) doing a videotaped report so the class could go on a pizza party (at Pizza Hut, of course).
* ReadingAheadInTheScript: Vanessa, posing as Vicki, does this in the series finale, much to the director's chagrin.
* ResetButton: After every episode, almost everything is forgiven and forgotten. Only sometimes do some details prevail.
* SeriesContinuityError: For one scene of the episode "Vicki's Exposé", Vicki is unaware of the fact that she is a robot. In said episode, a tabloid prints a story claiming that she's a robot; Vicki reads the story and (inexplicably showing emotion and speaking in a regular tone of voice) asks her "parents" if she is indeed a robot. This is contradicted by the rest of the entire series, where it is very clear that Vicki is aware of what she is.
** Vicki started out as a failed prototype that Ted created at work. No one is able to figure out that Vicki is a robot, even though her father is a robotic engineer; this includes people from Ted's office who would have known about the project (and seen the demonstration of the prototype!).
* StyrofoamRocks: In the series finale, when Ted gives a literal meaning to the term CardboardPrison. He offers to pay for the damage, but the movie director says there's no money in the budget for it.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The kind of denials Vicki gives when asked what has she seen/done.
* UnwantedGlassesPlot: The basis of the episode "Vicki's Glasses".
* VerySpecialEpisode: The one where Jamie learns about the dangers of tobacco, both smoking and chewing.