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Small Wonder

All Episodes 1985 - 1987

  • Ended
  • Syndicated
  • 1985-09-07T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 2 days, 1 hour, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Family
When genius cybernetics engineer Ted Lawson (Dick Christie) brings home his top secret invention, a Voice Input Child Identicant or V.I.C.I. (Tiffany Brissette), life becomes anything but mechanic for the Lawson family. With Ted’s boss and nosy family next door, his family must pass off Vickie as a real child. It’s easy for his wife Joan (Marla Pennington) who can’t help dotting on her like a real daughter, but harder for his precocious son Jamie (Jerry Supiran) who uses Vickie to do his homework and ward off Harriet (Emily Schulman), the annoying red headed girl who has a crush on him. Also starring Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Hogan Family) as Harriet’s busybody mom.

136 episodes

Winsome Tiffany gets embarrassed after flubbing a line.

Tiffany yawns between takes on the set of "Lights! Camera! Ego!"

Watch lovely and demure Marla Pennington trip her lips with Dick Christie.

The unflappable flubs a tantrum.

Watch as hiccups skips our super-cool heroine's tongue! Well, actors are human...even V.I.C.I.

Hey, now it's twinkle-toes Paul's turn to take a tumble!

See Paul slug it out with an uncooperative prop! Who won?

An unprepared and surprised Tiffany just can't hold it in when she first lip-syncs on the fly a damaged V.I.C.I.'s call for help! Giggle on, girl!

See Vicki do Marilyn in this extended post-cut clip where impromptu coquette Tiffany hams it up with Christie.

1x01 Vicki's Homecoming

  • Series Premiere

    1985-09-08T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted Lawson introduces his family to V.I.C.I. or the Voice Input Child Identicant: a secretly constructed robotic domestic aide in the form of a ten-year-old girl.

1x02 The Neighbors

  • 1985-09-15T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Brindles, the Lawsons' snoopy neighbors, suspect the Lawsons are hiding something and attempt to sniff out their family secret; Harriet shows off her toy robot.

1x03 The Sitter

  • 1985-09-22T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

When the Lawsons' babysitter cancels, Ted sees an opportunity for a new function for Vicki.

1x04 The Suitor

  • 1985-09-29T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The school nerd, Warren, falls in love with the only girl who doesn't slam the door in his face: Vicki.

1x05 Sibling Rivalry

  • 1985-10-06T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie decides to run away when he feels that his parents attend to Vicki more than him.

1x06 Spielberg Jr.

  • 1985-10-13T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

When Jamie and his best friend Reggie put together a sci-fi movie project for school, the directorial power goes to Jamie's head.

1x07 The Lie

  • 1985-10-20T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie learns the value of consistent honesty when he can't convince his parents that he's not responsible for breaking a teapot.

1x08 The Bully

  • 1985-10-27T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

When a bully begins extorting money from Jamie and his friends, Ted attempts to teach Jamie how to fight.

1x09 Slightly Dishonorable

  • 1985-11-03T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie uses Vicki to do his homework and gets on the school honor roll.

1x10 The Adoption

  • 1985-11-10T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

After Bonnie Brindle tips off Child Services about the Lawsons' new child, Vicki must pass a medical exam.

1x11 Child Genius

  • 1985-11-17T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

With Child Services watching, the Lawsons must hire a tutor for Vicki, and Joan resolves to complete her teaching degree.

1x12 Ted's New Boss

  • 1985-11-24T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Following a house fire, the Brindles muscle their way into staying with the Lawsons.

1x13 Brainwashed

  • 1985-12-01T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

When Vicki begins to mimic Harriet, Ted decides to reprogram her.

1x14 The Burrito Story

  • 1986-01-05T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie attempts to mass-produce burritos made by Vicki.

1x15 The Camping Trip

  • 1986-01-12T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Lawsons and Reggie and Harriet take a wilderness camping trip and get lost.

1x16 Love Story

  • 1986-01-19T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie throws a lavish party to impress his first crush.

1x17 Substitute Father

  • 1986-01-26T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Brandon Brindle begins a father war when he finds that a golf-crazed Ted has been neglecting Jamie.

1x18 The Robot Nappers

  • 1986-02-09T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

A rival robotics firm suspects that Vicki is a robot and plans to steal her.

1x19 The Company Takeover

  • 1986-02-16T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Cutbacks at United Robotronics have the Lawsons scrambling for odd jobs.

1x20 Good Ol' Lou

  • 1986-02-23T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted is motivated to get the family into shape when an obese coworker loses a record amount of weight.

1x21 Like Father, Like Son

  • 1986-03-02T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie tries out for the Pee Wee football team.

1x22 Vaudeville Vicki

  • 1986-05-04T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

A vaudeville actor becomes convinced Vicki is his long-lost daughter.

1x23 The Real Facts of Life

  • 1986-05-11T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie attempts to educate his dad in the ways of love.

1x24 The Grandparents

  • 1986-05-18T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted must break it to his father that Vicki is a robot.

2x01 Chewed Out (Smoker's Delight)

  • Season Premiere

    1986-09-14T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie learns a sobering lesson in using smoking and chewing tobacco to elevate his freshman status in junior high.

2x02 Money, Money, Money

  • 1986-09-21T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Still out to flatter the redoubtable Jessica, Jamie takes her out to an expensive restaurant while tightwad Ted puts Vicki in charge of household expenses.

2x03 My Mother the Teacher

  • 1986-09-28T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie tries to recover his respect in class when his mother comes in as substitute teacher by trying to humiliate her out of her job.

2x04 Here Comes the Judge

  • 1986-10-05T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Playing a judge in a class simulation of a courtroom, Jamie dispenses uneven justice and gets impeached, while parking-ticket-skipping role model Ted tries to get himself arrested.

2x05 Home Sweet Homeless

  • 1986-10-12T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Joan's civic project with the homeless prompts Jamie to bring home a bum, who virtually takes over the Lawson household.

2x06 Crazy Like a Fox

  • 1986-10-19T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

When Jamie is taken by a slick curbside vendor with a bad mini-TV, Ted goes after him for reparations -- and gets conned himself.

2x07 The Older Woman

  • 1986-10-26T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie pushes Harriet aside in an unrequited crush on her 16-year-old cousin, who teaches him a lesson in respect.

2x08 Who's the Boss?

  • 1986-11-02T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

When he's punished for thoughtlessly dropping the family's reservations to Mexico, Jamie dreams that the others are robots under his control.

2x09 P-P-P Paula

  • 1986-11-09T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To help Jamie's shy and withdrawn classmate who stutters, Ted programs Vicki to be her speech therapist.

2x10 You Gotta Have Heart

  • 1986-11-16T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie tries to show Vicki the meaning of compassion by sharing, which she does -- including the dress off her back, while the Brindles move in with their marital dispute.

2x11 The Shoplifter

  • 1987-04-19T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

While in a store with Jamie looking for a present for her mock birthday party to convince Child Services that they treat her well, Vicki picks up an expensive watch and is picked up for shoplifting.

2x12 Thanksgiving Story

  • 1986-11-30T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To get on a community-sponsored Thanksgiving ski trip for disadvantaged kids, Jamie convinces the sponsors that his parents are separated.

2x13 Neighborhood Watch

  • 1987-05-03T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

After being burglarized (while Vicki's home and they're at a restaurant), the Lawsons join the neighborhood watch.

2x14 Movin' Up

  • 1987-01-11T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

While Vicki learns to spend a day without duties or instructions, Ted's new prestigious job offer in Massachusetts tests the family's taste to social climb vs. its price of morality.

2x15 Top Secret

  • 1987-01-18T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To make his dad's ""button-pusher"" job seem important to his friends, Jamie hints that Ted is head of a top-secret project -- which even Ted's jealous boss, Brandon, believes.

2x16 The Personality Kid

  • 1987-01-25T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Nagged by classmates that Vicki has a wooden personality, Jamie overdoes it in secretly programming her a livelier one.

2x17 Matchmaker, Matchmaker

  • 1986-12-07T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To pay for a new bike he bought from the neighborhood bully, Jamie uses Vicki to run a school computerized match-making business.

2x18 Little Miss Shopping Mall

  • 1987-02-08T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Lawsons take up the Brindles' snobby challenge and enter Vicki in a mall pageant against Harriet.

2x19 Victor/Vicki-toria

  • 1987-02-15T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To help his Little League team's rock-bottom status, Jamie disguises Vicki as a boy to use her robotic abilities to bat for the pennant.

2x20 Look into My Eyes

  • 1987-02-22T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

After Vicki watches a TV hypnotist turn volunteers into clowns and animals, she starts practicing her new mesmerizing ""skill"" on the Lawsons with hysterical results.

2x21 Wally the Wimp

  • 1987-06-21T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Joan invites Wally Crandal, a former 90-pound weakling college classmate, over for dinner to meet his former school tormentor: Ted, who rigs Vicki to play even crueler tricks. Only Ted's unaware that Wally's grown into a top pro wrestler.

2x22 The Cat's Meow

  • 1987-05-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

To train Vicki to be more affectionate, Ted buys her a toy cat that only makes her mimic Jamie's past jealousy and run away.

2x23 Vicki Goodwrench

  • 1987-05-17T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

During Jamie's part-time gas station job, Vicki fine-tunes a car to go 50 miles a gallon, causing oil companies and oil sheiks alike to drop by the Lawsons' door.

2x24 Double Wedding

  • 1987-05-24T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted and Joan decide to have the ceremonial wedding they never had -- until the Brindles butt in.

3x01 Woodward and Bernstein

  • Season Premiere

    1987-12-13T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

While Jamie and Reggie search for a story for the school paper, Vicki discovers that a new girl in class is a missing child.

3x02 Everyone in the Pool

  • 1987-09-20T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

While saving Harriet in the Lawsons' new pool, Vicki ""drowns"" and lands in the hospital under X-rays with a bewildered doctor.

3x03 Whodunit?

  • 1988-08-28T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie takes the fall in exchange for Jessica's affections after he catches her stealing copies of the seventh grade's test.

3x04 Bride and Groom

  • 1988-01-10T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie is picked up by the possessive daughter of Ted's boss who starts pulling his strings the wrong way.

3x05 It's Okay to Say No

  • 1987-09-06T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

When a schoolyard pusher tries to hook Vicki on drugs, the Lawsons help the police on a undercover sting.

3x06 Read My Lips

  • 1987-10-25T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

When Jamie befriends a deaf boy to score scout points, he learns a lesson in sensitivity and exploitation.

3x07 The Promotion

  • 1988-03-13T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To win a promotion over Brandon's boss fawning, Ted decides to reveal Vicki's robot secret to his boss at a company picnic -- unaware that Brandon is out to sabatoge Ted's effort.

3x08 The Lawsonville Horror

  • 1987-11-01T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

When unseen Vicki is struck by lightning and begins influencing objects around the house, the shook-up and unwary Lawsons call in a pair of hapless ghostbusters.

3x09 The Bad Seed

  • 1987-11-08T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted brings home Vanessa, an upgraded twin of Vicki whose revolutionary but quirky quasi-human artificial intelligence runs amok.

3x10 Breakfast of Criminals

  • 1987-12-06T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Vicki is discovered by a marketing firm to play in a cereal commercial, but the Lawsons have second thoughts when her taste test reveals that the product isn't all it's crackled up to be.

3x11 The Fats of Life

  • 1987-11-22T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Vicki literally balloons after Ted unwittingly upgrades her energy-supplementing polynucleotide processor with an appetite, which creates excess digestive gases and causes her a date problem for the school dance.

3x12 The Bank Job

  • 1987-11-29T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Vicki, Jamie and Harriet are held hostage in an inept bank robbery.

3x13 Oooga Mooga

  • 1987-11-15T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

A Christmas show wherein Joan borrows a life-sized animated "doll" from a store for a charity show -- until Brandon gets his hands on it.

3x14 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

  • 1988-05-29T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Due to Vicki's misinterpreting Ted's quip while doing the family's on-line banking, the Lawsons are re-categorized as deadbeats and Ted just plain dead.

3x15 Bye Bye Brindles

  • 1988-05-05T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Tired of the loud and impudent Brindles as neighbors, the Lawsons concoct a fake earthquake to scare them into moving.

3x16 For Sale by Robot

  • 1988-01-31T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted begins remodeling the house, and Joan's new real estate side job gets upstaged when Vicki sells the Lawson homestead to an unscrupulous cowpoke couple.

3x17 Ronald McDonald House

  • 1988-10-31T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To help a withdrawn and bitter classmate cope with leukemia, Jamie and Joan help set up a play on fighting disease.

In an international junior high quiz, Vicki's school pits its top pupil -- her -- against an equally quick and infallible Russian whiz kid who has a secret of his own.

3x19 I'll Drink To That

  • 1988-02-21T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Due to Vicki's mishandling of terms, Child Services Officer Mrs. Fernwald thinks Ted is an alcoholic and threatens to take Vicki away unless he joins AA.

3x20 Big J, the D.J.

  • 1988-07-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie, competing with Reggie for school radio D.J., uses Vicki's voice mimicry to fake an interview with football star Lyle Alzado -- who happens to be in town listening in.

3x21 The Rock Band

  • 1987-10-04T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie, Reggie, Harriet and Vicki try to start a rock group to play to Ida Mae's visiting agent friend.

3x22 Book-It

  • 1988-07-24T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Prompted by Ted and his class to get his school reading assignment going, Jamie videos a book report based on a 1940s P.I. named Rick Savage.

3x23 Safety First

  • 1988-07-31T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Vicky imitates Ted's demostration on saving a choking victim's life on Brendle. Brendle arrives the next day faking a broken neck and threatens to sue the Lawson's.

3x24 When You Hear the Beep

  • 1988-08-07T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

While running an unauthorized answering service for grounded kids which nearly wrecks Ted's respect with his boss, Jamie and Vicki play Cupids to help Reggie nerve up to meeting the girl of his dreams.

3x25 The Cheater

  • 1988-08-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie takes the fall in exchange for Jessica's affections after he catches her stealing copies of the seventh grade's test.

3x26 Digital Love

  • 1988-09-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted brings home a voice activated computer. Vicki finds herself falling for the computer, but trouble begins when the computer becomes obsessed with Vicki.


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4x01 Divided We Stand

  • Season Premiere

    1988-10-17T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted, Jamie and Reggie go macho on an all-male fishing trip-- tailed by a slighted and competitive bevy: Joan, Vicki and Harriet.

4x02 Double Dates

  • 1988-11-14T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie winds up handling two dates on the same night, blind to the fact that one of them is Harriet in disguise.

4x03 The Gang's All Here

  • 1987-09-27T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie stumbles into the membership of a junior high gang whose vandalism tests his sense of belonging with right and wrong -- and inducts Vicki as its moll.

4x04 Rashomon

  • 1989-01-06T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

While on a company vacation at a health resort, Jamie, Vicki, Brandon and Harriet see a burglar hitting their residence -- each with a different eyewitness account.

4x05 Come Fly with Me

  • 1988-10-24T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Fly-shy Brandon bribes the Lawsons' company to fly with him on a company job on a plane that is hijacked for Cuba.

4x06 Love at First Byte

  • 1988-10-30T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted brings home a voice activated computer. Vicki finds herself falling for the computer, but trouble begins when the computer becomes obsessed with Vicki.

4x07 The Sheik

  • 1988-09-19T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

To keep his company's presence in an Arab country, Ted lets its visiting young ruler draft Vicki into his harem.

4x08 Togetherness

  • 1988-08-14T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Lawsons enter a game show to get back at the Brindles for trying to kick them off the eligibility list.

4x09 My Favorite Martian

  • 1989-01-13T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

While Jamie tests out Ted's new laser projection system in Vicki's eyes, unwary Brandon glimpses her projection of a movie's flying saucer and calls the Air Force to investigate.

4x10 Mommy Dearest

  • 1988-09-26T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Joan's doctor father drops by to visit and Ida Mae smells a plump husband. Meanwhile, Vicki vies for school cheerleader.

4x11 No Laughing Matter

  • 1988-10-03T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

A digestion feedback problem with Vicki's polynucleotide processor generates nitrous oxide gas that brings laughs to anyone near her, but not to Vicki herself -- just as Ted's boss is about to visit about lay-offs.

4x12 Tag, You're It

  • 1988-07-31T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

On their first day in junior high, Vicki becomes a hall monitor and Jamie tries to avoid Harriet for a dance while vying for a class fox. Meanwhile, Ted prepares to host a cybernetics conference.

4x13 The Jailbirds

  • 1988-08-21T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie and Vicki are arrested for spray-painting a wall -- and its owner's $60 shirt.

4x14 Riches to Rags

  • 1988-10-10T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

While playing with Jamie's chemistry set, Vicki creates a potent laundry detergent that Ted -- and Brandon -- leap to market themselves.

4x15 Radio Days

  • 1988-12-04T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted prepares for a robotics interview on a local radio talk show while Jamie looks for an idea for a class play.

4x16 Kid-O-Grams

  • 1988-12-18T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted's singing telegram birthday greeting makes him pine back to his ""youthful years"" with a surfboard and prompts Jamie to start a singing telegram for schoolmates -- and competing with Reggie.

4x17 More About L.E.S.

  • 1988-08-07T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

L.E.S. is back, and despite Ted's assurances that the rogue A.I. program has been rendered harmless, it comes back in a big way by possessing Vicki's body (chassis?) as its own.

4x18 Hooray for Hollyweird!

  • 1989-02-10T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ted brings back ""Bad Seed"" Vanessa, who again takes Vicki's place, locks Vicki in her/its cabinet and joins the family to Hollywood, where Ted must repair a movie's robot while Vanessa mugs into a screen test on the sly.

4x19 Minnesota Vicki

  • 1988-12-11T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To land a new promotion with the boss, Ted invites him over for dinner and a playful game of pool -- until Jennings starts betting the shirt off his back and a lot more playing against Vicki.

4x20 Vicki Doolittle

  • 1988-11-28T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

A new language translation device (Random Access Multiple Concurrent Linquistic Analytical Sequencer) installed in Vicki enables her to understand any language...even animals, like the bosses' dog. Mrs. Jennings forces Mr. Jennings to fire Ted when Joan balks at doing uncredited work for an affair.

4x21 The Tattletale

  • 1988-11-21T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Benny, an old college chum of Ted and Joan's is up to his same trashy school paper tricks in a big city rag now, fabricating a tabloid feature which by sheer chance ""exposes"" Vicki as a robot just as she's about to join a fashionable clique of girls.

4x22 The Strike

  • 1989-05-07T00:00:00Z — 30 mins

A United Robotronics strike pits shop steward Ted against management rep Brandon; Joan has her students use the strike as a social studies exercise, which also goes awry.

4x23 See No Evil

  • 1988-11-07T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jamie regrets putting Vicki on guard duty for his pricey new bike when her eyes start to malfunction in a schoolyard of prowling thieves.

4x24 Thy Neighbor's Wife

  • 1987-10-31T01:00:00Z — 30 mins

To help Brandon get promoted to a job in Japan, Joan pretends that she's his estranged wife and that Vicki and Jamie are their kids.