Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (truncated to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in the show's title sequence) is an American syndicated science fiction sitcom based on the 1989 film of he same name. It expands upon the film's concept of a shrinking experiment gone wrong to include a myriad of others gone awry. It debuted in first-run syndication on September 1, 1997 and ran for three consecutive seasons, concluding with the 66th episode on May 20, 2000.
Peter Scolari took over the role as Wayne Szalinski, the wacky inventor in the original film, played by Rick Moranis. Each episode incorporates new technologies and digital effects to feature the family in various new adventures. The series was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with its main studios located in Currie Barracks, a decommissioned Canadian Forces dormitory.
The Szalinski family are the only returning characters from the films. Wayne (Peter Scolari), the show's protagonist, is the husband of Diane (Barbara Alyn Woods) and the father of Amy and Nick. The well-meaning Wayne constructs a variety of inventions, including the Shrink-Ray, Neuron Nudger. and Brainiactivator among others, that often create predictaments for his family. His wife, Diane (Barbara Alyn Woods), is a lawyer. She supports him and is very loving, but gets fed up with his antics. They have a dog, Quark, who is played by Matese in the first season, but by Rusty in seasons two and three.
Amy Szalinski (Hillary Tuck) is the oldest child. She displays the normal teenage angst, but loves her family no matter what. Her younger brother, Nick (Thomas Dekker), is very much like Wayne and also enjoys inventing things, however, unlike his father, he believes and has an extensive knowledge of the supernatural. He and Amy bicker like most siblings, but generally get along fairly well and will go out of their way for each other when one is in trouble.
The series picks up with the Szalinskis relocating to Matheson, Colorado. Next door to them are the McKennas. Jake (George Buza) is chief of the police force. He is usually caught up with the Szalinskis' mishaps. His son, Joel, is one of Nick's friends. His oldest son, Jack, is one of Amy's latest boyfriends.
Ed Ferrara and Kevin Murphy wrote the series only a few months after the last film, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, which was released direct-to-video. It was cancelled in 2000, due to Disney's unwritten policy of not producing shows with more than 65 episodes, even though it had one more episode. It takes place between Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid since the youngest child, Adam, is not born yet.
The film franchise's star Rick Moranis is mentioned briefly in one episode where Amy tells Wayne that he resembles him. However, he has no clue who Moranis is.
Wayne, Diane, Amy, and the family van are accidentally shrunk to near-microscopic size. Soon after, Grandpa Murdock (Eugene Roche) drops by to pick up his grandson for a fishing trip. Nick feigns illness to avoid going with his grandfather, who then leaves, but not before inadvertently swallowing his mini-relatives—van and all. Nick interprets Wayne's help message in the newspaper and, realizing what has happened, rushes to his family's aid.
Wayne becomes concerned about his family's safety and invents a security system for their protection. F.R.A.N. (Petrea Burchard), the Felon Repeller and Accident Neutralizer takes her duties very seriously and involves herself in every facet of the household. Diane is wary of her, not realizing that she has developed a mind of her own. When Wayne decides to pull the plug, she holds the Szalinskis under "house arrest." Wayne and his family try to stop her before it's too late.
Wayne invents something that could make your vision perfect so Nick tries it out and can see practically anything, even dead people. He befriends a "friendly" ghost who gets into Wayne's body and Nick realizes that it isn't all that good. So he, along with Wayne, attempt to get control of his body so they can get it out.
Amy is in love with her teacher and when she finds out that her dad has made a time machine, the Szalinski Time Hopper, she decides to go back to the 70s to meet her teacher when he was 17. She goes back to 1976 and after numerous attempts decides not to return. Nick tells his dad, who goes back in time to rescue her before she suffers the ill effects of temporal displacement. While he is in the past, he runs into teenage Diane and he figures out how to make up for both a forgotten wedding anniversary and a Time Hopper problem.
Wayne accidentally shrinks himself and his brother, Randy, who find themselves in little trouble when they are mistaken for McDonald's Happy Meal Toys and brought home to a young boy who happens to be a fan of Randy's TV show, 'Randy Rude: The Science Dude' (a parody of Bill Nye the Science Guy).
"Honey, You've Got Nine Lives"
October 31, 1997
When Wayne invents a neuron nudger, Diane accidentally turns it on and swaps her brain with that of a cat belonging to Bianca, Wayne's scheming coworker. She switches his brain with Quark's so she can use his body to access his vault at work. Nick and Amy then try to switch each brain back to its body.
"Honey, I Got Duped"
November 7, 1997
While Wayne works on controlling the cloning of himself, one of his clones takes his place at work, where Bianca becomes suspicious of his geniality. He is down because his clone is doing better than the real him. She gives the clone a friendship bracelet that is a tracking device, befriends him, and then uses him to kidnap Wayne.
"Honey, They're After Me Lucky Charms"
November 14, 1997
Wayne's invention succeeds in finding gold - a pot of doubloons claimed by a leprechaun, who puts a curse on the Szalinskis until they hand it over.
"Honey, They Call Me the Space Cowboy"
November 21, 1997
To return from a time trip to 1864 Colorado, the Szalinskis must help an alien recover his starship from a ruthless gang, who master its weapons and defenses.
"Honey, I Know What You're Thinking"
November 28, 1997
Wayne's chemical to increase intelligence has different effects on his family, including mind reading and levitation, while Quark is able to hypnotize people.
"Honey, You're Living in the Past"
December 14, 1997
Diane wants to get in touch with her teenage self so that she can understand what Amy and her new client, Howard, are going through. Wayne has invented a machine where you can see yourself in the past. When the electricity goes out, Diane is stuck as a teenager. Now Wayne must fix the machine and his family has to deal with her and her rebellious self.
"Honey, I'm Streakin'"
January 16, 1998
Wayne feels overwhelmed with the demands of work and his family so he invents something that will make him go from place to place in seconds. He sets the level on high and somehow travels at the speed of light. Jennings finds a copy of the invention, is traveling fast too, and playing tricks on people. They both get stuck at hyperspeed and must use another invention to slow their molecules.
"Honey, Meet the Barbarians"
February 6, 1998
Wayne accidentally blows up the mayor's car in front of him which upsets Diane, who wants to run for the school board, so he goes back in time to redo things. He accidentally goes back to the time of "the Barbarians". When he comes back he accidentally brings them with him but when he tries to send them back the machine is broken. They become involved in the school board race when they are convinced that Diane's rival is an evil Norse god.
"Honey, You've Drained My Brain"
February 13, 1998
Diane is very nervous about her case against a tough lawyer so Wayne invents a thinky ring to help her retrieve her thoughts better. Unfortunately, she becomes a brain sucking vampire. Wayne finds out and goes after her to lure her home. Nick manages to get the ring off but this turns him into a brain sucking vampire too. Diane figures things out and plots to fight him and get the ring off before he takes over the world.
"Honey, He's Not Abominable...He's Just Misunderstood"
February 20, 1998
Wayne turns Amy's bicycle into a super speed mountain one. She goes on a bike ride through the woods, crashes, twists her ankle, and finds refuge in a cave. She meets Bigfoot and names him George after Curious George. He saves her and takes her to her house. Now her family must get him back along with his wife, a Yeti.
"Honey, I'm in the Mood for Love"
February 27, 1998
Since Diane is allergic to chocolate Wayne tries to remove the allergic compound from it, but accidentally creates some that make people fall in love. Damon, Amy's best friend, has a crush on her and Nick tries to get her to eat it. When she finds out how it works, she tries to get her crush Damon to eat it. Diane, Wayne, Tiara, and a mutated Jennings also eat it, so Nick has to find the antidote that will make everyone (relatively) normal again.
"Honey, The Bear Is Bad News"
March 27, 1998
Wayne reluctantly has to make a bear more high tech after sharing his feelings at Jentech West. He makes it smart and while downloading data onto its computer chip, a virus name Legion is also downloaded onto it. Now the bear is bent on taking over the world and the family now must stop it before he can wreak havoc.
"From Honey, With Love"
April 1, 1998
Wayne makes gadgets for spies in Canada. Now they are on a mission to stop a missile from blowing up the moon as the situation becomes increasingly complicated.
"Honey, I'm Dreaming...But Am I?"
April 22, 1998
The prospect of dissecting a frog is giving Nick nightmares so Wayne invents a dream machine that would go into his dream. He kills the frog but is threatened never to come back into the dream world again. Amy, against her dad's wishes, goes in so she can annoy Nick, so now the Szalinskis can't sleep or else they could die.
"Honey, the Garbage Is Taking Us Out"
April 29, 1998
Wayne, wanting to please Nick, invents a Refuse Ingesting Protozoa or RIP that can eat anything. Jennings, who is being tracked by an environmentalist, puts toxic waste in it. It infects Quark, he infects the mailman and so on. Now Wayne and his family must stop these garbage-eating-zombies and get them to Jentech West where there is a high security system.
"Honey, You're So Transparent"
May 8, 1998
Wayne's Chameleonator makes people invisible. It was originally made to change the people's skin color, so they wouldn't need to use makeup anymore. A mole in the company is telling another about the invention. Amy and Wayne must stop the mole and get his invention back from the company that took it.
"Honey, It's No Fun Being an Illegal Alien"
May 15, 1998
Ar'nox the alien, who was in "Honey, They Call Me The Space Cowboy", returns. This time he comes for a visit only to have his spaceship stolen again. Now the Szalinskis must get it back, stolen from the so-called "Men in Black".
Season 2: 1998-1999
"Honey, It's Quarkzilla"
September 26, 1998
Wayne invents a way to make veggies bigger, only it turns them into big bad mutants. Quark eats some of it after the Szalinskis kill the Mutant Veggies. So now he is mutating and looking like Godzilla! Can they get him back to normal before he destroys the town?
"Honey, She's Like a Fish Out of Water"
October 3, 1998
Wayne creates a skin lotion to make people become great swimmers like fish in the water. Amy takes some of it to a pool party that she is invited to. When she uses it, she becomes the life of the party so the girl who the party is being held for tries it as well. However, things go terribly wrong (as usual) when they find it has turned them into "mermaids". They'll end up completely turning into fish unless Wayne can create an antidote. However, things get even worse when the desperate and greedy owner of the pool kidnaps the girls to use them as a money-making attraction.
"Honey, It's Doomsday"
October 10, 1998
Wayne sees a meteorite heading for Earth though his super scope. Whilst the people in town cause havoc and those at Jentech are acting crazy, Wayne must figure out how to stop the meteorite. Things get a little more complicated when Jenning's brother has a launch system to blow it up while Wayne finds out there is life on it. Can he save the world?
"Honey, Let's Trick or Treat"
October 24, 1998
Wayne invents the Szalinski Scan-O-Caster, a machine that scans text, converts the narrative into tangible holograms, and projects the stories as 3-D images. A book accidentally falls on it, turns it on and makes all the urban legends come to life. Meanwhile there's a new kid at Nick's school, David Foaf.
"Honey, I'm Rooting for the Hometeam"
October 31, 1998
Nick is upset because he is having trouble playing baseball so he asks his dad to make some inventions to help him do so better. Elsewhere, Diane is worried her recital and Amy uses a cream that camouflage pimples but she uses too much and it hides her nose.
"Honey, We're Young at Heart"
November 3, 1998
Wayne invents a machine that will make old people feel and act younger. It instead makes him and Diane older and an old couple younger. Now it is up to the kids to get the old couple back before their parents die.
"Honey, Honey, We're Past Tense"
November 14, 1998
The Szalinskis are going camping with the chief and his kids. Wayne makes a home away from home that he carries on his back. At night time, during a storm, it takes them back to the prehistoric age and now they must figure out a way to get back to the present.
"Honey, I'm Wrestling with a Problem...and the Chief"
November 21, 1998
After wrestlers Bret and Owen Hart are injured at the Szalinskis' house, Wayne and the chief agree to take their places in a match, aided by the former's remote-controlled bodysuit.
"Honey, the Bunny Bit It"
December 5, 1998
Nick invents a machine of his own in an attempt to resurrect his dead pet bunny, Copernicus. Things go wrong when it summons a monstrous creature from another dimension that possesses the body of his deceased friend.
"Honey, I've Joined the Bigtop"
December 12, 1998
Nick is running from a bunch of bullies when he takes a hard fall and a circus takes him home. The head guy steals everything in Wayne's lab so now he and his family must rescue Nick and they must do so by joining the circus themselves.
"Honey, I'm the Sorcerer's Apprentice"
December 19, 1998
To save his bankrupt company, Jennings sends Wayne to find a magical stone that can turn metal into gold. But his greed alters its power.
"Honey, I'm King of the Rocket Guys"
January 30, 1999
Wayne works on a superhero suit to combat a crime wave by off-road bikers.
"Honey, the Future's Coming Back to Me"
February 6, 1999
Amy and Nick are kidnapped by a cyborg from the future, a result of Jennings' misuse of Wayne's environment-friendly car.
"Honey, It's a Miracle"
February 13, 1999
Amy's use of a mental enhancer inadvertently gives her the power to control nature, which goes to her head as she establishes herself as a supreme ruler.
"Honey, You'll Always Be a Princess to Me"
February 20, 1999
Diane is suffering a midlife crisis in which she tries to look younger and after a trip to the museum with Wayne and Nick, she finds out about a spell that could make her younger. She translate the tablets against Wayne's wishes and unknowingly wakes up as an evil princess. Now it is up to her family to fight her and get her back to normal. Meanwhile, the chief tries to beat Wayne in a spring decoration contest.
"Honey, There's a Pox on Our House"
February 27, 1999
Jennings romantically pursues Diane after using Wayne's "Electric Chair of Love"; Amy and Nick contract chicken pox, forcing Diane to move into a hotel.
"Honey, I'm Going to Teach You a Lesson"
April 24, 1999
Amy's science teacher quits unexpectedly so her dad volunteers to replace her. He makes a formula to make him charming so that the students will like him. Amy catches him and tries to alter the formula, however something goes wrong and it makes Wayne act like a bad person. Now it is up to his family to find a way to get him back. Meanwhile, Diane and Nick try to give Quark a bath.
"Honey, It's the Ghostest with the Mostest"
May 8, 1999
A new boss has taken over Jentech West. Wayne's uncle finds out some info about him after Wayne told him to leave him alone and not interfere. This turns out to be important info because he steals inventions and patents them as his own.
"Honey, It's a Blunderful Life"
May 15, 1999
Wayne is knocked senseless by a tree while trudging home in a blizzard and awakens to find himself on trial in Dreamland because of his erratic inventions.
"Honey, It's Your Party"
May 22, 1999
While Wayne and Diane are out celebrating the anniversary of their first date, Amy's party is crashed by a group of aliens contacted by Nick who's using one of Wayne's communication gizmos.
"Honey, I'm Not Just Clowning Around"
May 29, 1999
Wayne invents an invention called the 3iDer which turns people into different people. It and Wayne got nominated for the inventors recognition achievement award. An evil clown tries to steal it and frame Wayne so it is up to Team Szalinski to stop the clown and clear Wayne's name.
"Honey, I'll Be Right Witch You"
June 12, 1999
Wayne's comment at a seminar offends some witches. They cast spells on the Szalinskis.
Season 3: 1999-2000
"Honey, Name That Tune"
September 25, 1999
Wayne goes back in time to prove to his family that the Bopkas and the song he likes really do exist. There he finds out that they are Russian spies with plans to take over the world by overthrowing parents. The Szalinskis goes back in time to help him stop them. One question remains: if they never sang the song in the first place, then where did he hear it?
"Honey, It's a Billion Dollar Brain"
October 2, 1999
Wayne brings a dead man's brain back to life. He has an evil plan to take Wayne's family away, so Wayne must stop him before he can carry it out.
"Honey, It Takes Two to Mambo"
October 9, 1999
Diane's sister, Elaine, is in town, and as Wayne doesn't like her, he invents something so he can't understand her. As usual, his creation goes wrong and Elaine's personality gets into his brain. Now they must work together to get everything back to normal without his help.
Wayne and the kids settle down to watch TV during a big storm, and he has invented a remote control that will bring any TV shows you could ever watch from the past to now. Somehow they get sucked into the TV so when Diane and the chief come home and find them in the TV they need to try to get them out.
"Honey, It's Gloom and Doom"
November 6, 1999
Wayne is busy trying to perfect his Hypolyptical Organic Oxide Ray (a.k.a. the Hoo-Ray), a device based on mood ring technology that will cause people to be happy, thus ending war and boosting global self esteem. his new foreign assistant, Vlad Bolvahnicz, cautions that changing nature isn't necessarily a good thing. While working late on the project, Vlad is visited by members of the Global League of Oppressed Madmen (GLOOM). He is actually an anarchist too, and his job at Jentech is part of their ecoterrorist plot to teach the industrialized, polluting Western hemisphere a lesson by destroying a key polluter city.
"Honey, I'm Kung Fu Fighting"
November 6, 1999
Ninjas invade Matheson, and Team Szalinski is in for a lot of kung fu fighting to save the town. A monk, Master P'tui, appears to help Wayne and teach him martial arts. Meanwhile, Nick, tired of being bullied into doing other people's homework, invents a spray that can turn anyone into a kung fu expert. Also, Lord Bilious wants Diane to defend him after he tried to bribe town officials and landowners to sell him the town.
"Honey, I'm Not Up to Par"
November 13, 1999
Crazy greedy Jennings bets his company even though he can't play golf very well. He asks Wayne to build golf clubs to help them win but he gets hurt so Wayne has to play. Meanwhile, Diane and the kids are feeling crowded with Wayne's invention, so they decide to sell the stuff they don't use. But after a while people don't like them so now they have to get them all back.
"Honey, It's One Small Step for Mankind"
November 20, 1999
Randy Rude the Science Dude comes to town to visit, and he wants to get married so Wayne tries to fix him up with the love chair and love booster. Something happens when he tries to leave with the van and presses the booster button that seemingly blasts them into space.
"Honey, You're Driving Me Like Crazy"
November 27, 1999
Amy can finally drive, so she and her family look for a car and they buy a junk one. Wayne redesigns it completely into the weirdest one you've ever seen. It also includes is a safe-t-guy that gives you tips about practically everything. When she takes it for a trip she tries to stop the safe-t-guy from talking, resulting in making him drive her off the cliff. Her family gets a call from her and they go after her to stop the safe-t-guy and the car from going off the cliff. Will they make it in time?
"Honey, the Play's the Thingie"
December 18, 1999
Amy begs Wayne to direct a play to save a community theatre. He reluctantly agrees and finds people coming to his doorstep to try out. Meanwhile three aliens came to the house to fix their spaceship. They came here since they know the Szalinskis. Some bad guys are after the aliens so the Szalinskis are on the look out whilst also being in the play.
"Honey, He Ain't Rude, He's My Brother"
January 8, 2000
Wayne's brother, Randy Rude the Science Dude, comes to town with his show. He invites Wayne to help him get the ratings up. He agrees to help but unbeknown to him, he started taking over. When he realizes this, he plans a way to pay back for all the times that he has done so.
"Honey, You Won't Believe What Happens Next"
January 15, 2000
Wayne invents a pair of glasses to watch the solar eclipse with his family. Somehow he can see the future with them. His family is having trouble getting to the eclipse. Amy lost her note, the bus Nick was on broke down, and Diane was in a dog case. Wayne sees the future while his family nearly gets killed. Can he save them in time?
"Honey, Situation Normal, All Szalinski'd Up"
January 22, 2000
Amy wants to get into college, and Wayne wants to help impress the recruiter who's coming to dinner at their house. Worried about being embarrassed by her family, Amy convinces Diane to talk to Wayne about acting normal during dinner. She talks to him while he's working on the Psycho-Cybernetics Generator, a machine that makes one's thoughts happen in real life. She blurts out that she wishes they were a normal family just as she's zapped by the generator. The next day she becomes frozen in time. While inside her thought of a normal family, she learns that that can be boring. Worried that she might not know she's trapped in a dream, Wayne wires them both to the generator, which projects his thoughts into her head. If he can join her in her thought, he can help her get back to her very un-normal life.
"Honey, It's the Fixer-Uppers"
January 29, 2000
Things go wrong when Wayne tries to fix the fridge as his hinge ruins the kitchen so now they have to clean it. Mishaps just keep happening and as usual Jennings makes things worse. Can they get everything back in order before the Szalinskis come back? Meanwhile, Amy, Diane, and Nick are at the zoo trying to save a journalist because Amy let him in against the zoo's wishes. Now they must find a way to get him out.
"Honey, I'm on the Lam"
February 5, 2000
Amy writes a good story about her dad and his inventions. Two mobsters, one that looks like Wayne, find him and decides to switch, so they can get in the clear. They kidnap him and the bad guy goes into the house. After a while he gets taped and tied at a hotel and Amy figures out what's going on. Will the bad guys get caught and will Wayne get home safely?
"Honey, I'm the Wrong Arm of the Law"
February 12, 2000
Wayne makes police equipment for the chief. Jake is running to be chief for another two years is reluctant, and won't listen the rest of the family. They are at a community service, serving meals where the people protest and the cook quits. A jewel thief ties them up too. Wayne goes after Jack to warn him and save his family.
"Honey, It's an Interplanetary, Extraordinary Life"
February 19, 2000
Diane is running to become partner in her law firm and she must host a dinner for a man and his wife. The time hopper is broken and Wayne is trying to repair it but it sends them through time and space during the dinner. Now his family and the couple must work together to get everything back to normal. Will Diane get her new job? Will Wayne get the time hopper fixed?
"Honey, I'm Spooked"
February 26, 2000
Diane somehow comes into possessing a haunted trunk dating back to the 1800s. Strange things begin to happen: a cable bites Wayne, Nick turns into a plant, and Amy gets possessed. Now they have to figure out how to get Nick back to normal and get rid of the spooky things that are happening. With the help of an expert, will they succeed?
"Honey, Like Father, Like Son"
April 29, 2000
When a Canadian secret service recruits Wayne to capture a fiendish villain that he once went to school with, plans to capture him go haywire, and Amy is dating his son! She finds out that he is using her to steal one of Wayne's inventions. She tries to stop him, but will she succeed? And, will Wayne and the chief stop the bad guys?
"Honey, Growing Up Is Hard to Do"
May 6, 2000
Nick wants to appear on a show called Smart Mouth because he believes he knows everything. Everyone tells him that he is too young so he makes his parents eventually create an antidote so now they must convince him to go back to normal or he will be a grown-up forever!
"Honey, I Shrink, Therefore I Am"
May 13, 2000
The shrink ray is not working and it shrinks Amy, Jack, Wayne, and Jake so now they must try to get back to their normal size again. Also, Diane has a big surprise for everyone at the end of the show.
May 20, 2000
Wayne writes a story in his lab about a detective who must solve a case that becomes extremely confusing. Some of the characters look very familiar.
Awards and Nominations
Daytime Emmy Awards
1999 – Outstanding Sound Editing – Christopher Harvengt, Kim Naves, James A. Williams, Jason W. Jennings and Tiffany S. Griffith (Nominated)
2000 – Outstanding Sound Mixing – Bill Thiederman, Dean Okrand, Mike Brooks and Clancy Livingston (Tied with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Bear in the Big Blue House) (won)
2001 – Outstanding Sound Mixing – Clancy Livingston, Dean Okrand, Bill Thiederman and Mike Brooks (won)
Reruns of the series aired on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004, and aired on The Hub (now Discovery Family) from its launch on October 10, 2010 until 2013.
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