Series / The Charmings
married Prince Charming and started a family. The evil witch-queen sent them to enchanted sleep until present-day America. She and a dwarf named Luther get sent forward the same way. Result? A Fish Out of Temporal Water Sitcom
, which aired on ABC
This was not a good show - the writers didn't have the inspiration to realize the true potential of the material
; little happened here that couldn't happen in a normal Sitcom
. The producers had a visibly low budget, so there was little magic, and what magic there was was sometimes Special Effect Failure
. Having to work around concepts that Disney
believes it owns likely didn't help, either
. (No, Disney had nothing to do with this.)
Nevertheless, its first season brought in high Ratings
— high enough that the actress who played Snow White got replaced in the second season, since the first actress demanded more money based on her demonstrated drawing power. Its second season bombed, partly for the reasons already mentioned, and partly because ABC showed NO faith in it whatsoever (they moved it up against The Cosby Show
, where it got slaughtered).
This show contains examples of:
- Christmas Episode: In the second season we got Yes Lillian, There Really Is a Santa Claus wherein Lillian ruins the family's first modern Christmas only to lead to an Or Was It a Dream? situation when she has a vivid vision of meeting the -real- Saint Nick. Which lead to Saving Christmas, which lead to a rare sympathetic, sweet moment for Lillian.
- Credit Card Plot: The family runs up a huge debt after their neighbor introduces them to credit cards. Fortunately, they have a closet full of gold bars to pay it off.
- Fantastic Comedy: The show premise.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: The main characters were from 15th Century France. A Disney version of 15th Century France.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Eric Charming gets Snow White a car for her birthday, although neither of them really understands how it works. One scene has their children running up to Snow after having watched their father work on the car. One of the children says to Snow that Eric became angry working on the car and yelled out "Fiddlesticks", whereupon Snow covers his mouth and admonishes, "The F-Word!"
- Orphaned Punchline: In one episode, the family is hosting a Halloween party. When a giant shows up, Prince Charming and Snow White go off to handle the situation, leaving Luther in charge.
Luther: What should I do?
Prince Charming: Tell them a ghost story.
Luther: (to kids) OK, two ghosts walk into a bar...
- Sealed Cast in a Multipack: The show had a similar premise to the Captain Marvel example listed in the page: the evil Witch put a spell on everyone (accidentally including herself) go to sleep and to wake up in 400 years.
- Table Top RPG: At the end of one episode, the neighbors invite the Prince and Snow over for a game of Dungeons & Dragons. And wouldn't you know it, Prince Charming already has his gear in the closet.
- Urban Fantasy
- Wheres X When You Really Need It: From the episode "Incredible Shrinking Prince":
Queen Lillian White: Well, I've got to find a way to make some money. I couldn't find the goose that lays the golden eggs, I can't spin straw into gold — and where's Midas when you need him?