Somehow the Urkelbot wasn’t the weirdest thing on TGIF!
1. Baby Talk
Series run: March 8, 1991–May 8, 1992
Plot: Did you see Look’s Who’s Talking? Yes. Well this series had the exact same plot, except Tony Danza voiced the baby instead of Bruce Willis.
The similarities between the two weren’t coincidental; the series was actually adapted from the movie.
Weird level: 5 out of 10. Mainly because the talking baby gags wore off quick and the series was completely rebooted in its second season, which included the addition of then-unknown actor George Clooney.
Baby Talk intro:
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hQ9ejaid6Uw.
2. Teen Angel
Series run: Sept. 26, 1997–Feb. 13, 1998
Plot: After dying from eating a six-month-old hamburger, Marty DePolo is sent back to earth to be the teen guardian angel to his friend, Steve Beauchamp, who, weirdly, also happens to be the same kid who dared him to eat the hamburger!
Weird level: 8 out of 10. A teen’s death seems to be a really fucked up plot for a family comedy.
Teen Angel intro and first episode:
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=WEpCCR7KtF0.
3. Hi Honey, I’m Home
Series run: July 19–Aug 23, 1991
Plot: A fictional 1950s TV sitcom family, the Nielsens, move to the real world, where they try to be incognito but are recognized by their nerdy teenage next door neighbor.
Also, each episode guest starred a different classic TV sitcom actor reprising his or her iconic role.
Weird level: 7 out of 10. It was really depressing seeing all these aging classic TV actors reprising their roles decades after their shows went off the air.
Hi Honey, I’m Home
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gde3O9OCa14.
4. You Wish
Series run: Sept. 26, 1997–June 23, 1998
Plot: After unknowingly buying a magical rug, (no lamp?!) a family accidentally releases a genie (that looks a lot like Yanni) that has been imprisoned for 2,000 years —I’m sure mayhem ensued.
Weird level: 6 out of 10. This was just a rehashed I Dream of Jeannie.
You Wish intro and first episode:
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=5ae1BkYWptk.
5. Muppets Tonight
Jim Henson Productions / Via muppet.wikia.com
Series run: March 8, 1996 – Feb. 8, 1998
Plot: An updated version of the classic Muppet Show, the show featured a wide range of guests stars, ranging from Sandra Bullock and Jason Alexander to Cindy Crawford and Prince.
Weird level: 4 out of 10. For the record: The Muppets aren’t weird, but the show did not fit among TGIF’s sitcom lineup.
Muppets Tonight intro:
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FB0ZdwAp2do.
6. Aliens in the Family
Series run: March 15–Aug. 31, 1996
Plot: After being abducted by a single alien mom — named Cookie — single human dad, Doug, falls in love, and they decide to marry and blend their families like an intergalactic Brady Bunch. Of course hilarity (?) ensued.
Weird level: 10 out of 10. This show wasn’t just awful; it also made absolutely NO SENSE. I mean how did Cookie birth those kids?!
Also, I’m convinced the character of Baby Bobut is the original inspiration for Family Guy’s Stewie.
Aliens in the Family intro:
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1sP49e_rqro.