Sitcom about a Manhattan bachelor and his English butler who become sudden parents to 6-year-old twins Buffy and Jody and their teenage sister Sissy.
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 Mr. Giles French 15 episodes, 2002-2003
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 William 'Bill' Davis 15 episodes, 2002-2003
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 Sigourney 'Sissy' Davis 15 episodes, 2002-2003
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 Buffy Davis 8 episodes, 2002
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Sitcom about a Manhattan bachelor and his English butler who become sudden parents to 6-year-old twins Buffy and Jody and their teenage sister Sissy.

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12 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Encrencas em Família  »

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Premiered 12 September 2002, exactly 36 years to the day after the debut of the original Family Affair (1966). See more »

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Remake of Family Affair (1966) See more »

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Very good show with lots of potential -- give it a try!
11 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

For those of you (like me) who remember the first "Family Affair" you probably groaned when you heard of this "remake." So, apparently, did a lot of professional critics. Well, I have good news for you -- FORGET its a remake, watch it for itself, and you will find a refreshing, touching, funny show!

Yes, I admit it didn't start out too hot -- sappy story lines, 6-year-olds mugging too much, slapstick humor, and too much laugh track. But no more! After now 6 episodes, its gotten better each time! The story lines now manage to achieve that rare mix of being simultaneously touching and sensitive, yet funny (sometimes laugh-out-loud, other times amusing). Uncle Bill (the rich bachelor, Gary Cole) is learning to parent his nieces and nephew. Mr. French (the butler, Tim Curry) is learning to adapt and now keeps harried but effective control of the household. Sissy (the 14-year-old niece, Caitlin Wachs) is learning, in a gentle way, that she really does need someone to look after her. The two 6-year-olds are cute but thankfully have had little screen time lately.

The cast works quite well together. In particular, Curry is perfect as the butler, and Wachs is a delightful young actress who brightens each scene she is in.

The storylines indicate the writers now realize this show shouldn't be a "remake" but an opportunity to underscore how today's families may be unconventional yet still function and care for each other. If they keep it up, this will be a great show! For those of you with kids, its safe to let them watch. For those without, you don't realize you're watching a G-rated show.

Forget its a remake. If you watched it earlier and didn't like it, give it another chance. If you've never watched it, don't judge it until you've seen it! I think you're missing a GREAT show!


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