Jul 16, 2014
Hi, Honey, I'm Home: 1950s Sitcom Transported to the Present
The premise: A family from one of the "perfect" black-and-white nuclear family sitcoms of the 1950s is relocated to the "real" 1990s.
The family consists of wondrously loving Honey and Lloyd Nielson (Charlotte Booker, Stephen C. Bradbury), who are home all the time to care for their obedient, polite, clean, tidy, and studious children, teenage Babs and preteen Chucky (Julie Benz, Danny Gura).
Elaine does her best to befriend Honey and bring her into the 20th century. She can think for herself, take a class, get a job. Their friendship is threatening to Lloyd, who wants to be "the man of the house."
Gee, maybe the 1950s weren't so perfect after all.
A selling point of the series was the many guest stars, characters from former sitcoms: Gomer Pyle, Grandpa Munster, Alice from The Brady Bunch, Lisa Douglas from Green Acres, Sally Rogers from The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Mr. Mooney from The Lucy Show.
Erick Kushnick and Danny Gura (top photo)have both retired from acting, but Peter Benson is busy with off-Broadway plays, and Julie Benz went on to play Darla the ditzy vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Stephen C. Bradbury recently starred in Off the Record, an adaption of the incident where Idaho senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting an undercover cop in a Minneapolis airport men's room.