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 ...  Self 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 ...  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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Animation | Family


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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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An excellent family cartoon.
13 February 2002 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

This animated series is actually produced and drawn here in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada.

Lynn Johnston may be the most underrated cartoonist of the last 30 years. Her creation "For Better or For Worse", based on her family life, is much different than other cartoons. Unlike "Peanuts","Calvin And Hobbes" and all the others where time stands still, the Patterson family actually ages over the years. The adults have more children, the children grow up and leave the nest, and all the friends and family do the same, too. That makes it a truly special cartoon.

Johnston's cartoon isn't laugh out loud funny like "Garfield" or "Calvin and Hobbes", but it intrigues me because of the family structure and situations. It's like an 80's sitcom, which is better than anything that passes as a sitcom in 2002.

Ergo, the series is split into three segments, covering three time periods of the Patterson family. The animation is very good and look better moving, the look at family life refreshing, and the storylines are ones we can relate to. Lynn Johnston herself introduces her segments while drawing in kind of a "pep talk" way. It's not a laugh out loud show, but it's still an intriguing cartoon nonetheless. If I'm staying up until 2 A.M. to see it, it must be good.

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