Small Wonder – Was That Real?

One of the worst TV shows of all time? The Nostalgia Critic takes a look at the 1980’s television show Small Wonder on this episode of Was That Real?

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183 Comments on "Small Wonder – Was That Real?"

Rocked
Member

I remember this show well, mainly because of the dreaded “drugs” episode. The robot girl bought drugs from a high school drug dealer. So the little girl robot got high. And then they had a big police sting at the end involving a robot, using actual children on a playground, and cops hiding behind the bushes to take down a high school pot seller.

It was after seeing that episode I got the drugs talk from my parents. An awkward afternoon all the way around.

Arwijn
Guest

I’ve never even heard of this show. That might have something to do with growing up in the Netherlands that at that time was only just starting to import American TV.
It looks very very strange, and interesting in that aspect. It definitely has a unique shine to it.

tecpaocelotl
Guest

I see two errors on writing.

Change Shoes to Shows & change worst to best.

ErichoTTA
Guest

Yeah, I noticed he shoes thing too.

Olddog
Guest

To be fair, I do believe this 80’s sitcom would make a pretty terrible pair of shoes.

screath
Guest

TV shoes… Are those like Teletubbies, but with screens on their feet? It would be difficult to walk wearing something like that.

Valis77
Guest

dont get the shoe thing

Archanubis
Guest

I kind of remember this show. Don’t recall it that well, though this review does reveal just how weird it was.

Gotta say, Data made for a better “android exploring human behavior” than Vicky did.

Pille22
Guest

Of course he did.
He was from the future! xD

MightyDavidson
Guest

And he occasionally had good writers. XD

Firestorm
Guest

But Vanessa made for a better evil robot twin than Lore did.

Emanon
Guest

For all of its faults, it was still a better show than Mama’s Family.

MightyDavidson
Guest

That’s not setting the bar very high.

AStrangeBeing
Guest

This is Kristen Bell’s favorite show:

https://youtu.be/-loVrmwxcrI?t=3m56s

Cinnamon Scudworth
Guest

If they remade Small Wonder with a cast of sloths, would her head explode then?

SDF_1Raso71
Guest

Just wait till it’s remade one day!!!!

Kora
Guest

Worst show ever?… No… Because I watched both episodes of Work It. (Admittedly I didn’t see the episodes that only aired in Finland, so I can’t testify to their quality… but I can guess.)

Skatologist
Guest

Wow a TV “shoe”? This will be interesting

jordan1650
Guest

Hi Doug Walker and Channel Awesome Team! Thank you very much for all of the entertainment you provide for us. And may I please request a movie to do a Nostalgia Critic review on? Can you please do a Nostalgia Critic review on the movie “Freddie As F.R.O.7”? There are so many things wrong with the movie and so many scenes to make fun of.

Bloodsehd113094
Guest

I think this movie has literally been suggested every week for at least the last few months.

RockmanX3
Guest

Watch Doug get to it on April fools day.

Ergotth
Guest

and Bobsheaux reviewed this movieu already, usualy movie reviewers avoid repeating each other unless they have different views and opinions.

Mike61
Guest

Having never heard of this show before, reading the text below the video led me to believe it was a cartoon about a shoe.

MonkeeJuice
Guest

It’s been at least 20 years to my knowledge that I last saw an episode of the show. Don’t remember much.

Trekker4747
Guest

I demand a gritty movie-reboot of Small Wonder.

K.ur
Guest

Sarah Connor Chronicles?

seraphitus
Guest

Ex-Machina

Corey46
Guest

It’s on Antenna TV on the weekends. Candace Cameron from Full House auditioned for the role and thank God she didn’t get the role as Vicki.

Jeff Jacobson
Guest

On a Family Guy DVD commentary track, Seth Green mentioned that he auditioned for the role of the boy but didn’t get it. Seth MacFarlane replied that that was just like the time he missed his flight on 9/11.

emperorcupcake
Guest

Growing up in the 80s, I remember watching this a lot as a kid. Like Full House, I knew it was stupid but it was entertaining enough to pass the time. I kind of put it together with another weird sitcom from around the same time, Out of this World. That one was about a girl who was half alien and could stop time. It kind of sounds cooler than it was. And I’m pretty sure there was a wacky neighbor, because 80s sitcom.

Can’t decide if it’s sad or awesome I remember this shit.

Danno Kane
Guest

I was just thinking about out of this world after I watch this video.,,.

Firestorm
Guest

I remember that show very well. Her father was never shown, but she could talk to him via a crystal cube she kept in her room and he was voiced by Burt Reynolds.

Animikean
Guest

I was just about to mention, I used to think Viki and Evie together would be unstoppable! 😀

RockmanX3
Guest

I confess as a kid, I only watched this show as a kid because I had a massive crush on Vicki the Robot. Something about her robotic voice was just…. <3

Corey46
Guest

Who is more annoying Vicki The Robot or Michelle from Full House?

trlkly
Guest

Vicky was sometimes funny in her role as the straight man. Michelle was funny maybe the first time she said one of her catch phrases.

So definitely Michelle.

ShadowsTwilight
Guest

Speaking of Ronald McDonald House, have you ever seen the Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald? I always thought it would be interesting to see that review.

K.ur
Guest

It ain’t always for kids?
It ain’t always for adults?

So it is for teenagers or even the whole family. Don’t forget, that’s a category too.

Trekker4747
Guest
I remember this show from my childhood used to like watching it…. In a “there’s nothing else right now on Saturday morning” sort-of way. I wouldn’t say the show is “terrible” but certainly “not good” which is odd to say since most shows from my childhood I enjoy on some level or another. One episode that sticks out to me is one where Vicky was malfunctioning or otherwise out of operation but for one reason or another needed to be in order to… I dunno? Impress a robotics maker or convince a CPS agent that Vikcy was human and well… Read more »
S_Pac_3:16
Guest

I watched this show back when I was a kid. Not all of them but just enough. I remember the talent show one as well as the robot boy one. It was a cheesy show indeed but that’s the 80’s for ya. 😛

alexthed
Guest

So it redeemed itself by living up to its low standards. So it’s like Arnold Rimmer vs. the Inquisitor.
Also, I’m not gonna lie – I did laugh at some of those clips.

Peteman
Guest

When he said that, I immediately thought “The Arnold Rimmer Defence”.

trlkly
Guest

Yeah, but the NC is really good at making unfunny stuff funny, even if just by the context of making fun of it.

Ribelin2000
Guest

Say what you will about Small Wonder, at least most of the time (save for the occasional “special” episode) they were aiming for comedy, which is what a sitcom is supposed to do. Compare that to shows like Diff’rent Strokes, Webster or Punky Brewster-shows that called themselves “sitcoms” yet had something serious happen in almost every episode. I’ll take Small Wonder over *those* shows any day. At least that show was actually fun.

Cicabe
Guest

Glad to see Rap Critic getting plugged. Though I wish I could watch his plug video.

SchrodingersCat
Guest

Ditto here.
I wonder if anyone here has been able to get that video to play.

TheSKARD1
Guest

Log into Vimeo to watch a commercial. Something is wrong here.

trlkly
Guest

Did you try downloading the video? That sometimes works.

I’ve seen it–it’s pretty good.

lobsterzoidberg
Guest

I also remember this show well.

I also remember something similar called Down to Earth, and Hi, Honey. I’m Home, as well.

SchrodingersCat
Guest

I don’t remember either of those two, but I do remember a short-lived ’80s show that was called Hard Time on Planet Earth.
It was about a hardened alien criminal, who (as punishment for his crimes) is sentenced to live on Earth, in a human body (for an unknown period of time), until his sentence is served.
The alien judges assign him a sort-of robot parole officer to watch him on Earth, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Skeets, from the Booster Gold comic book series.

Blizz3112
Guest

It kinda feels a bit like a ripoff of the manga Dr. Slump from Akira Toriyama (1980)… Show came out in 1985, so five years later… 😛

OmegaRockman
Guest

Yeah, I got the same vibe. The thing about Dr. Slump, though, is that it’s legitimately funny throughout instead of kinda-sorta funny like the Critic says here. Then again, I’m a biased Toriyama fanboy so maybe my opinion shouldn’t count, haha.

t_smitts
Guest

I remember this show as a kid and looking at it now, yeah, it’s pretty brutal.

The sweet little girl robot in “Tomorrowland” self-destructs, but this one goes on for four years?

SchrodingersCat
Guest

I don’t remember this show at all (and I lived through the entire ’80s).
Maybe it was because that at our house, we were busy watching shows like Punky Brewster, Perfect Strangers, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, and Star Trek: TNG, instead.

I DO remember remote-controlled toy cats, though.
I had a grey one (about the size of a real cat) with a round body, which moved on command when you clapped.
They were really popular for awhile.
What were they called?
Does anyone remember?

Jiddy
Guest
Bouncing Boy
Guest

I think that part of the reason the show lasted 4 years was because it was syndicated. If it was on network TV it wouldn’t have lasted a full season I don’t think. Another example of a syndicated series that lasted the same amount of time was Out of This World, which was a sitcom about a teenage girl who was half alien half human. You should do a WTR about that one too.

The Movie Explorer
Guest

There were a few series that had short-runs on networks that later ran for ages and ages in syndication. Charles in Charge and It’s a Living come to mind. I can’t think of many examples of syndicated shows that were later picked up by networks, apart from maybe Mr. Ed.

NeoPhoenix
Guest

omg I used to love Out of this World! That was my fav show for awhile. Shows that I was a sci-fi nerd back then too lol Nerd for life!

I Am The Real
Guest

I don’t get the joke, “You couldn’t leave good enough alone” is that what the man said?

SchrodingersCat
Guest

He said “You couldn’t leave Goodenough alone”. The boy android was named Goodenough”.
It’s a German name (although I’m not sure that I’m spelling it correctly).

baba44713
Guest

I can’t see why that joke is significantly worse than other cheesy jokes the show seems to be infested with.

I mean let’s be honest… is it worse than the Suburban Knights “pea-ness” joke?

Firestorm
Guest

The boy robot was named Gudenov.

“Gudenov” sounds like “good enough”, which is what the whole joke was centered around.

TheSKARD1
Guest

I was wondering if there was some sort of lead up to joke that wasn’t included. Just seeing the clip as it was presented I wouldn’t have known there was a joke there.

TheSKARD1
Guest

Edit: lead up to the joke

trlkly
Guest

You mean you weren’t talking like a stereotypical Russian?

BrokenEye
Guest

I know the joke is stupid and unfunny… but for some reason I have the urge to steal it.

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