The lead character in McGee and Me! is an 11 year old cartoonist Nicholas "Nick" Martin who draws a character named McGee who helps him through his struggles at home and school, with a little extra help from the Bible. (Nick sometimes puts McGee into Bible-based cartoons to help work through his dramatic problems). The series was shot in Hollywood and featured Joseph Dammann as Nick Martin, with guest stars like Orel Hershiser, Dick Van Patten, Carol Lawrence, Grant Goodeve, and Jerry Houser. The first McGee was launched in 1989. Although shot on film, McGee and Me! was the first made-for-video production to air on network television (ABC-TV), and was a winner of over twenty awards. Written by
The McGee and Me series is probably the best of Christian television in years. The stories for each of the episodes are well thought out, and the shows are well filmed, and the whole effect is very engaging. Okay, that's the film critic person talking. Here's the eighteen-year-old kid who used to watch the videos regularly. The shows are great for pre-teens and early teens. The New Adventures of McGee and Me aren't quite as good, but they're still worth watching to see how no one but the Nick and Derek have grown up at all (everyone else had yet to hit puberty, I guess, or else it had no effect on them). My brothers and sister and I have long had the McGee and Me series in our repertoire of "in-jokes." Whenever anyone in my family mentions "angles," someone always imitates Nick (in "Back to the Drawing Board"), where he makes a funny gesture and says, "...with all those ANGLES and stuff!" Every kid, Christian or not, ought to see the McGee and Me series just to get some good lessons on life disguised as great entertainment. Besides, eighties fashion is coming back in...
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