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What a Dummy 

Ed Branningan's great uncle dies and leaves a trunk full of props from the days when Uncle Jackie was a ventriloquist. Buzz, Jackie's dummy, has been locked in the trunk for 50-years; Buzz ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Stephen Dorff ...  Tucker Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Joshua Rudoy ...  Cory Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
David Doty David Doty ...  Ed Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Annabel Armour ...  Polly Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Janna Michaels Janna Michaels ...  Maggie Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Loren Freeman Loren Freeman ...  Buzz 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Kaye Ballard ...  Mrs. Treva Travalony 24 episodes, 1990-1991
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Ed Branningan's great uncle dies and leaves a trunk full of props from the days when Uncle Jackie was a ventriloquist. Buzz, Jackie's dummy, has been locked in the trunk for 50-years; Buzz can also think and talk and goes about giving everyone in the house advise. Ed's family, which lives in Secaucus, New Jersey, consists of his wife Polly and their three children, Tucker, Cory and Maggie; Mrs. Travalony is their next door neighbor. 24 episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1990 and 1991; the show debuted in September 1990. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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(24 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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If this isn't the worst show ever, it definitely is the worst idea for a show.
27 November 2003 | by steve-575See all my reviews

As embarrassed as I am to admit it, I actually watched this show when I was little. Most short-lived shows that I've watched, I usually forget about. But this show was stupid to the point where you almost couldn't forget it. Back in the late 1980s/early 1990s, almost every syndicated show was awful ("Small Wonder", "Out Of This World", "Learning The Ropes", "She's The Sheriff", "The Munsters Today") and the bar was already set pretty low.

The thing that gets me is how in the world someone could pitch an idea of a family comedy which centers around a talking dummy and not get laughed out of the room. The fact that this show was actually picked for syndication makes me wonder what in the world these people were thinking. Didn't someone have the courage to stand up and say how unbelievably stupid of an idea this show was? I mean come on: A talking dummy? That is sure to give people nightmares for years to come.

I know that "Mr. Ed" had a far-fetched plot about a talking horse and became a successful sitcom. However, that show had wit and charm and a talking horse is a lot less freakier than a talking dummy.

I remember that every episode would use the same joke. Someone would say something stupid and the dummy would always respond by saying, "And they call me the dummy?"

Well, no, you're not the only dummy. The people who decided to put trash like this on the air are beyond stupid.


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