|Index||5 reviews in total|
Beans Baxter was one of the first shows offered by the FOX network, and it was a quirky little show with hints of satire. I loved how Baxter's mother was totally clueless about her son's adventures, as well as that of her missing husband (Dad was a spy). The show should have been given a better chance. FOX decided to push Married With Kids instead.
The premise for this show was good. Beans was a popular teenager in
with a hot girlfriend, his father (so he thought) was a local mailman. In
the pilot, Beans got word that his father was transferred to Washington
and the family would have to move. Right after moving to DC, Beans saw
father's mailtruck get blown up and he and his family thought that dad was
killed. Beans somehow found out that his father was not killed, but was
actually a secret spy who was kidnapped by an evil organization and his
mailman occupation was really a cover. Beans asked to get involved in
trying to find his father. His mother and little brother knew nothing and
still thought that his father was dead. While in DC, Beans started dating
hot foreign girl. But a few episodes into the series, his old girlfriend
from Kansas moves to DC to be with him.
The writing on this show turned out to be pretty poor, which really hurt the success. Fox cancelled the show before Beans was able to rescue his father.
Beans Baxter ran on Fox when it was a new startup network piggybacking on independent stations and UHF. Sad to say, most of Fox's best stuff was during this time as it was daring and crazy for attention. Not that the Joan Rivers Show was great but it wasn't bad. Tracy Ullman got her first TV exposure here (and subsequently the Simpsons) as well as Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson (21 Jumpstreet). But of all these shows, the one that sticks out is Beans Baxter. A spoofy spy show, it had more in common with Batman and Rocky and Bullwinkle in tone than the more obvious Get Smart. To this day I still remember Dee Snider portraying the role of an exorcist under Baxter's employ shaking the bejeesus out of the town's teens who have succumbed to evil foreign powers' attempts to make American youth as square as the Lawrence Welk singers. Both campy and smart, Beans Baxter never had the chance to grow on the rocky new network and fell by the wayside before most of America had the chance to see its charms. Meanwhile, you can't turn on the TV without seeing a rerun of Yes,Dear. Oh well, who said life was fair.
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (1987-1988) was a fun show. I was
really into it but after a season of promise it just disappeared. The creator of the show ("Savage" Steve Holland) made a couple of great films and I
was stoked when I heard that he was making a television show. Just when
I was getting ready for the next season, it was canceled. Such a shame
because it could have really taken off. They should have produced a
made-for-t.v. wrap up show. Now that would have been a blast!
So long Agent Baxter. I hope you find your father and keep your brother
I'm Mike Tee Vee, see ya!!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (1987-1988) was another one of the
charter shows that debuted on the upstart FOX Network during the late
eighties. This weird show was about a noisy teen and his efforts to
help his G-Man father complete his secret missions and bail him out
whenever possible. One bizarre episode had G. Gordon Liddy playing
himself, a sneaky and shady man who tries to woo Beans Baxter's mom
whilst her husband was held captive by his nemesis. FOX made a mistake
by canceling this show. It was another show that never made a proper
This was one of the many mistakes that FOX made during the early years.
|External reviews||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|