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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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{ 162 comments… read them below or add one }

Mari Guzman September 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

So disappointed this show was cancelled.
I agree with others, it was one of few good shows
to watch with kids.


Janelle September 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

SO SAD!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it is cancelled. I have NO time to watch TV yet MADE time to watch Parenthood and Growing Up Fisher because they are worth while! They deal with real life problems and are true family shows. BRING IT BACK!!!??????????


Robyn September 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm

This is the first sitcom that I actually thought would be appropriate to watch WITH my kids. Of course it’s cancelled. *sigh* Please bring it back. PLEASE??? (and yes, David Collier, I joined the Facebook group) ;)


NaLee September 13, 2014 at 1:48 am

the millers is on and it got alil weird with closeness …the Fishers that was funny an heart warming…Dang it I want it back.


David Collier September 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

If you want to help bring back Growing Up Fisher join Facebook Group Bring Back Growing Up Fisher. Sign the petition. Tell your friends.


John Maguire August 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Why was it cancelled? Are you afraid that the whole family might view it and not be embarrassed?


David Collier August 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Join Facebook Group: Bring Back Growing Up Fisher and help bring back this show.


Marty Patoski September 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

It’s a Great Family Show!!! That is why being cancelled. Everything that I start to watch gets cancelled.


David Collier September 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

If you want to help bring back Growing Up Fisher join Facebook Group Bring Back Growing Up Fisher. Sign the petition. Tell your friends.


Barb Harris September 3, 2014 at 10:38 am

3Today people don’t support excellent family shows?


David Collier September 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

If you want to help bring back Growing Up Fisher join Facebook group Bring Back Growing Up Fisher. Sign the petition. Tell your friends.


Dianne September 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Loved watching the connection between father and son. This show needs a more family-friendly time slot. 9:30 was too late for kids and parents to watch it together.


Anthony August 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

It is a great show and should not have been canceled


David Collier August 28, 2014 at 11:10 pm

If you want to help bring back Growing Up Fisher join Facebook Group Bring Back Growing Up Fisher. Sign the petition. Tell your friends.


David Collier August 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

You should have renewed the show. Since you’re not, sell it to a network that will.
Anyone that wants to help bring this show back join Facebook Group BRING BACK GROWING UP FISHER.

For those interested in decent TV, encouraging those with disabilities, that makes dads look like good parents and is great for the whole family.

Let’s rally to bring back Growing Up Fisher


Jean springer August 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Great show and so funny. It should be renewed.


Leigh Westwood August 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This is just ridiculous! I can’t believe they get rid of stuff that’s actually good programming for the whole family and keep crap that is completely junk!


Steph D August 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Sad, really liked this show. Interesting, funny, and I loved the sarcasm .


Margaret Tweedy August 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I liked this show please renew it. I’m tired of reality shows.


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