The animated misadventures of Lynn Johnston's acclaimed comic strip family.


Gordon Coulthart




2000   Unknown  


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Series cast summary:
Lynn Mason Lynn Mason ...  Elly Patterson 5 episodes
Terrence Scammell ...  John Patterson 5 episodes
Henry Gauthier Henry Gauthier ...  Michael Patterson (segments 'The Growing Years' and 'The Later Years') 5 episodes
Rylan O'Reilly Rylan O'Reilly ...  Michael Patterson (segment 'The Early Years') 5 episodes
Lianne Picard-Poirier Lianne Picard-Poirier ...  Elizabeth Patterson (segment 'The Later Years') 5 episodes
Vanessa Lengies ...  Elizabeth Patterson (segment 'The Growing Years') 5 episodes
Anna Wedlock Anna Wedlock ...  Elizabeth Patterson (segment 'The Early Years') 5 episodes
Bryn McAuley ...  April Patterson (segment 'The Later Years') 5 episodes
Jayne Eastwood ...  Mrs. Dingle 5 episodes
Lynn Johnston Lynn Johnston ...  Herself 5 episodes
Lynne Adams ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Sonja Ball Sonja Ball ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Norman Mikeal Berketa Norman Mikeal Berketa ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Sara Cornthwaite Sara Cornthwaite ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Dawn Ford ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Patrick Fry Patrick Fry ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Alexander Swerdlow Alexander Swerdlow ...  Additional Voices 3 episodes
Thor Bishopric 2 episodes
Kathleen Fee Kathleen Fee ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes
Abby Hagyard 2 episodes
A.J. Henderson A.J. Henderson ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes
Janyse Jaud 2 episodes
Jonathan Koensgen 2 episodes
Liz MacRae Liz MacRae 2 episodes
Walter Massey Walter Massey 2 episodes
Brady Moffatt Brady Moffatt 2 episodes
Timothy Mooney Timothy Mooney ...  Weed 2 episodes, 2000
Nancy Neilson Nancy Neilson ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes
Eleanor Noble 2 episodes
James O'Regan James O'Regan 2 episodes
Robert Welch Robert Welch 2 episodes


Lynn Johnston hosts this animated adaption of her acclaimed comic strip. The series presents the Pattersons' adventures in three different periods of the growing years of the 1980's, the middle years of the early 1990's and contemporary times as we see the family go through the good times and the bad while their love for each other is as strong as ever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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John Patterson: How's our mournful musician?
Elly Patterson: He's still up there.
John Patterson: I already tried my A-Material on him. "Stiff Upper Lip" "Plenty of fish in the sea."
Elly Patterson: Well, What did you do when you got dumped?
John Patterson: Who says I was ever dumped?
[Ellie looks at John disaprovingly]
John Patterson: Well, I guess I did stuff. Played with my model trains. Excuse me for a second.
[Opening kitchen door. Singsong]
John Patterson: Michael shove a sock in it.
Elly Patterson: It's good for a boy to get. He hasn't done anything for days.
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Follows For Better or for Worse: The Babe Magnet (1994) See more »

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It's funny, it's sad and it's real; enjoyable fun for the entire family.
28 August 2008 | by devil_730See all my reviews

What makes For Better or for Worse special is the fact that its realistic. Sure it doesn't rank in the humor of Calvin and Hobbes, but it has a lot of heart. Something you won't see with comic strips (in this case a TV show adaption) is aging in the characters. For Better or for Worse ages its characters and succeeds. It deals with real issues like dates, death of an animal and adjustment to certain things. It's family safe and even if it wasn't i'd still recommend it to kids of all ages. Not only is it enjoyable for the young ones, adults will probably tune in to watch it as well. Watching For Better or for Worse is like watching your own family grow up. You see the good, the bad and the ugly but you mainly see the good. If you can still find it, I recommend it highly.

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