Harry and the Hendersons

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Harry and the Hendersons
Premiere January 13, 1991
Finale June 18, 1993
Creator developed by:
Lin Oliver
Alan Moskowitz
based on characters created by:
William Dear
William E. Martin
Ezra D. Rappaport
Network syndication
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Amblin Entertainment
Universal TV
Seasons 3
Episodes 72
Origin USA

Harry and the Hendersons is a sitcom that aired in syndication.

In the series, George and Nancy were an upwardly mobile two-career couple, with the former working for a sporting goods company. George eventually launched his own magazine, The Better Life, late in the second season. Initially helping the Hendersons with Harry's care, and Sasquatch research, was Walter Potter, a biologist working for the Department of Animal Control. Also seen early on were the Glicks, neighbors of the Hendersons; Samantha was a pretty, young single mother and reporter, and Tiffany was her precocious little girl, a classmate of Ernie's who had an obvious crush on him. Samantha, Tiffany, and Walter were all written out after the first season, but the aspect of having a girl next door who chased after Ernie was retained through a new character, Darcy Payne, for the 1991-92 season. Darcy was more annoying than her predecessor, and spent all her waking hours trying to make the Hendersons' young son hers. However, she did catch on to the fact that the family was hiding a bigfoot, and had several close encounters with Harry; fortunately, Darcy disappeared from the show before she could have exposed the secret about him. Nancy's younger brother Bret, a photographer, moved in with the Hendersons in the second season, and was also sworn to secrecy about Harry. When George began The Better Life in the spring of 1992, Bret was hired as the publication's chief photographer and a financial beneficiary.

The following year brought many changes, as in the season premiere Harry's existence was accidentally exposed. Just as the Hendersons feared he would be captured by the government and possibly killed, he was rather embraced by the public and received overnight regional fame. For a while, Harry had to adjust to a high-profile life full of exhibition and additional scientific studies, but at the same time the entire family got used to resting more comfortably now that they did not have to hide the big creature from view anymore. Hilton, a friend of Ernie's and the son of a local police chief, joined the cast in the third season.

The TV series credits contains an artistic representation of key scenes from the film.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Bruce Davison George Henderson 1 2 3
Molly Cheek Nancy Henderson 1 2 3
Zachary Bostrom Ernie Henderson 1 2 3
Carol-Ann Plante Sarah Henderson 1 2 3
Gigi Rice Samantha Glick 1 2
David Coburn Walter Potter 1 2
Kevin Peter Hall Harry 1
Dawan Scott 2
Brian Steele 3

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
syndication
Season One January 13, 1991 May 26, 1991 18
Season Two September 29, 1991 May 17, 1992 24
Season Three September 18, 1992 June 18, 1993 30

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