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Growing Up Fisher

Growing Up Fisher TV show on NBCNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: February 23, 2014 — June 11, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: J. K. Simmons, Jenna Elfman, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Lance Lim, and Jason Bateman.

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TV show description:
This single-camera comedy series was inspired by the real life experiences of executive producer DJ Nash and tells the story of an unusual family that’s drawn closer together after a divorce.

Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons) chops down trees, teaches his daughter to drive, and plays football with his son. He could be considered a typical father — except for the fact that he’s blind. He’s a lawyer who prides himself on not letting his limitation limit him. He and his wife are getting a divorce.

In some ways, Joyce (Jenna Elfman) is like a typical immature teenager — she’s self-obsessed, busy with school and devoted to fashion. The only trouble is, she’s a full-grown wife and mother who has a young son and teenage daughter.

Joyce often seeks advice from her teenage daughter Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) and also borrows her clothes, much to Katie’s dismay.

Son Henry (Eli Baker) is 11-years-old and has always been his dad’s eyes and wingman. The kid is less than thrilled when his job is outsourced to Mel’s new guide dog, Elvis.

While the boy is at first reluctant to accept the changes that Elvis brings, adult Henry (voiced by Jason Bateman) realizes upon reflection that his parents’ split finally allowed the Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.

Series Finale

Episode #13 — Growing Up Fairbanks
Despite the fact Mel and Joyce are two signatures away from their official divorce, the Fishers take their annual vacation to Catalina Island together, with one minor addition: Jenny, since her mom’s out of town. Mel also vows to keep calm in the face of any strife in an effort to tone down the possibility of aggravating the whole family (which is what usually happens on vacation).

So when the hotel clerk sees Elvis and lies about losing their reservation, Mel shocks everyone by allowing it slide. But Joyce refuses to stay in the alternative hotel and, by working together, she and Mel manage to trick the hotel clerk into making a new reservation. The ruse pays dividends after the clerk realizes they know plenty of rooms exist at the hotel – not only does the clerk upgrade them to a suite, but she comps them drinks, food and massages.

Henry, Katie and Jenny opt for a more adventurous route – horseback riding, one of Henry’s biggest fears. The girls insist he give it a try and he does… only to immediately slip off and fall face first into a trough. He complains to his parents and eventually convinces himself to try one last time.

With the kids occupied, Mel and Joyce enjoy the relaxation long enough for a bittersweet revelation – they should probably sign those divorce papers. Their calm feeling of moving on morphs into total terror when they find the hotel room trashed by Elvis. Unable to face the desk clerk’s inevitable wrath, they sneak out of the hotel and snag the kids along the way – except for Henry, that is. He picks that very moment to pull himself onto the horse… and ride it right up to Jenny! His confidence soars and he makes his boldest move yet – Henry kisses Jenny, and she kisses him back! Mel and Joyce grin with pride – looks like everyone’s entering a new phase.
First aired: June 11, 2014.

What do you think? Do you like the Growing Up Fisher TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?


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Lori Yack November 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I really liked the show! It was funny and more family safe to watch as well. It barely got a fair shake at it.


Priscilla Kerr November 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

So glad to see that so many enjoyed the show as much as I did. I sure wish they would reconsider the series because it was humorous and good for the entire family to view.


Deborah Fucci November 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Thought it was a great show. Was looking forward to it’s return this fall. Can’t believe you kept “About A Boy” and canceled “Growing Up Fisher” ?


Kimberly November 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Bring it back! Finally a show that isn’t a singing competition!!! NBC finally gets a show that has some semblance of “realness” and is still entertaining and what do they do….cancel it! When will they learn……there’s a reason NBC is sagging in ratings these days.


Linda November 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm

It was such a good show and wonderful that it had a a basis in reality. Great casting and a pleasant change to so much silliness on TV. I hope it will be renewed or picked up by a different network.


David C November 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I have seen a lot of posts come through here. I wonder if NBC reads these things? You can join Facebook group : Bring Back Growing Up Fisher . Maybe you can help with some ideas to get this show back on the air.


Dianne November 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Loved the fact that the show featured a person with a physical disability who wasn’t looking for special treatment. He just wanted a chance to participate/compete on an equal basis. It’s a wonderful message for our family!


Marilyn October 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Bring it back


carol metheney October 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Renew please!


Anonymous October 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Love it! Please, please renew.


Jared October 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Bring it back no one likes all the other crap you show


geoffr cutcheoney cutcheon & joyce October 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm

We enjoyed watching this show and about a boy, Most of the sit coms are too silly for words and we liked the pacing of both shows as it gave us a good alternatives to all the gore on the tube. We also watch Last man standing, Elementary, Bones, Castle, NCIS and it’s off shoots. I am a sports fan and indulge myself with those as well. You should try to bring bacl this show as it merits another chance.


Dawne October 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Great show! Our whole family loved it. Can’t believe it was cancelled. Please bring it back!!


Marion October 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Why was one of the best new shows on TV be cancelled. Get rid of the crap and bring
back Fisher. It is a wonderful show. It is sad and happy and silly and wonderful. Having a
handicap is real life, and this show was all about real life. Any station that shows it will
have lifelong followers.


k October 13, 2014 at 1:25 am

good cast funny bring it back


Jesus October 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Renew it


Amanda October 10, 2014 at 8:19 am

What’s wrong NBC you don’t like a show that’s family friendly for once there are still some families out here that do like to sit and watch a good clean show ,, very disappointed in you NBC !!! Go ahead ABC or CBS renew it and we will support your network !!!


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