Home Movies

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Home Movies
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Premiere April 26, 1999
Finale April 4, 2004
Creator Brendon Small,
Loren Bouchard
Network UPN (season 1)
Adult Swim (seasons 1-4)
Style 30-minute animated comedy
Company Tom Snyder Productions,
Soup2Nuts,
Burns & Burns Productions
Seasons 4
Episodes 52
Origin USA

Home Movies, originally created for UPN, found itself cancelled in five episodes, only to be brought back two years later for new viewers on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. Though never gaining a mass audience, it did gain a cult fanbase of people who got the show and enjoyed its subtle and dry humor. Its original run on UPN lasted a bit over a month, but on Adult Swim it found life for 47 more episodes over three years, until it was cancelled after the fourth season due to weak ratings and Cartoon Network's 52-episode rule (in which mediocre performing programs are given 52 episodes and then cancelled).

The show centers around eight-year-old Brendon Small. Brendon lives with his divorced mother, Paula, and makes movies with his two friends, Jason and Melissa. Brendon finds an unusual father-figure in his school soccer coach, Jon McGuirk, who hates children and hates soccer.

Home Movies uses a technique called retroscripting, in which the dialogue between characters is given a slight outline, and improvised. Because of this, the show has a character-driven dialogue humor to it, which makes or breaks the show.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Brendon Small Brendon Small 1 2 3 4
Dwayne 1 2 3 4
Walter 1 2 3 4
H. Jon Benjamin Coach McGuirk 1 2 3 4
Jason Penopolis 1 2 3 4
Perry 1 2 3 4
Melissa Bardin Galsky Melissa Robbins 1 2 3 4
Paula Poundstone Paula Small 1
Janine Ditullo   1 2 3 4
Ron Lynch Mr. Lynch 1 2 3 4
Sam Seder Fenton Mulley 1 2 3 4
Jonathan Katz Erik Robbins 1 2 3 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
UPN (first five episodes) / Adult Swim
Season One April 26, 1999 October 7, 2001 13
Adult Swim
Season Two January 6, 2002 March 31, 2002 13
Season Three August 4, 2002 May 25, 2003 13
Season Four January 11, 2004 April 4, 2004 13

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
10th Anniversary November 4, 2008 13

purchase

Season Sets
Season One November 16, 2004 3


Season Two May 31, 2005 3


Season Three November 15, 2005 3


Season Four May 16, 2006 3


External Sites