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Family Dog 

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The twisted adventures of the Binsford family's dog. A spin-off from an "Amazing Stories" episode.









Complete series cast summary:
Martin Mull ...  Skip Binsford 10 episodes, 1993
Molly Cheek ...  Bev Binsford 10 episodes, 1993
Danny Mann ...  Family Dog 10 episodes, 1993
Zak Huxtable Epstein Zak Huxtable Epstein ...  Billy Binsford 10 episodes, 1993
Cassie Cole Cassie Cole ...  Buffy Binsford 10 episodes, 1993
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The twisted adventures of the Binsford family's dog. A spin-off from an "Amazing Stories" episode.

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The series was scheduled to debut on March 20, 1991 (and it was heavily promoted during the February 1991 broadcast of the Grammy Awards), but animation wasn't completed in time for this premiere. Various other production problems plagued the show, ultimately pushing back its debut until 1993. See more »

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"Family Dog" in every sense of the word.
24 August 2001 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Originally one of the better episodes of "Amazing Stories" (with an entirely different voice cast), this belated spinoff - the episode first aired in 1986, the series bowed in 1993 - suffered from numerous production problems... and it unfortunately showed in the finished product.

Failing entirely to live up to the presence of Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton as executive producers, it was strained all the way and never more than mildly funny at best - the Binfords were even more nondescript than they needed to be (I expected them to play second fiddle to the title character, but even the housekeeper from "Tom & Jerry" had more personality than them), and Dennis Klein's scripts always credited Paul Dini and Sherri Stoner with "additional material," leaving creepy indications that without the help of those two genuinely talented writers the episodes would have been even worse. Even the usually great Danny Elfman wasn't up to snuff with his uninspired theme music (mind you, look at what he had to work with). As for the animation... it was by Nelvana. Enough said.

CBS pulled it after five episodes, but the UK cable channel Bravo showed all 10 episodes. What a joy. In the final analysis, "Family Dog" is only notable for being the only TV series to my knowledge to have been bankrolled by the TV divisions of two major studios (Universal Television and Warner Bros. Television). Which isn't much of an achievement, given the results.

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