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C. Martin Croker,
A married couple living in a quiet neighborhood with not-so-quiet neighbors discover the joys and the pains (but mostly the pains) of raising a new-born girl in a not-so-perfect world. Darryl, the father, juggles family life with and a job that pays a modest salary while his wife, Wanda, stays at home and cares for their daughter Zoe, with help from their babysitter Bizzy who needs a turn-stile for the number of boys that she dates. Things aren't better when you're neighbors with the Bittermans, a family composed of a militant father named Carl who's always teaching his loud, obnoxious children, Rodney, Megan and Shelby, survival skills while his wife, Melinda, who seems to have an existential outlook on life. Case in point: it's "Rugrats" for the parents who were forced to watch it with their giddy kids. Written by
As a big fan of the comic strip "Baby Blues," I anxiously awaited the long delayed TV adaptation. The wait was not worth it. Baby Blues the TV series was a case of taking a proven formula and mucking it up badly. The comic strip is one of the last strips in America that is actually funny, not so the now cancelled TV show. In an attempt to broaden the strip's scope, the producers added a tremendous amount of characters who never appeared in print, while ignoring the strip's far better background characters. Case in point is Nicole Sullivan's baby sitter. As one critic pointed out, "Does this woman have a contract to appear in every TV show known to man?" Go back to Mad TV Nicole, or better yet, just go away. Besides the poor supporting cast, the producers decided to reverse the time line of the strip so that it dealt with Darryl, Wanda and baby Zoe. Big mistake as the strip really hit it's stride when the second child, Hanmmie, was born, but it was par for the course with this show, just one big mistake after another. It was Baby Blues in name only. Had they actually stuck closer to the source material, then we would have had something. They didn't and neither did we. The comic strip lives on, the TV series is now a fading memory. As it should be. Note to Hollywood producers, if it's not broke, then don't fix it.
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