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What a Dummy 

Ed Branningan's great uncle dies and leaves a trunk full of props from the days when Uncle Jackie was a ventriloquist. Buzz, Jackie's dummy, has been locked in the trunk for 50-years; Buzz ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Stephen Dorff ...  Tucker Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Joshua Rudoy ...  Cory Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
David Doty David Doty ...  Ed Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Annabel Armour ...  Polly Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Janna Michaels Janna Michaels ...  Maggie Brannigan 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Loren Freeman Loren Freeman ...  Buzz 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Kaye Ballard ...  Mrs. Treva Travalony 24 episodes, 1990-1991
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Ed Branningan's great uncle dies and leaves a trunk full of props from the days when Uncle Jackie was a ventriloquist. Buzz, Jackie's dummy, has been locked in the trunk for 50-years; Buzz can also think and talk and goes about giving everyone in the house advise. Ed's family, which lives in Secaucus, New Jersey, consists of his wife Polly and their three children, Tucker, Cory and Maggie; Mrs. Travalony is their next door neighbor. 24 episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1990 and 1991; the show debuted in September 1990. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un intruso en la familia See more »

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(24 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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One of the Worst Sitcoms of the 90s
31 October 2009 | by hfan77See all my reviews

I remember watching What a Dummy when it was in first-run syndication in the early 90s and thought it was one of the worst sitcoms of the decade. Here's a show that had a very far-fetched premise about a late ventriloquist's dummy named Buzz who was locked in a trunk for years before was finally brought out by the Brannigan family. Almost every episode had the family lying to keep Buzz a secret and that started to wear thin after a while.

On the brighter side of things, it was one of the first shows to see Stephen Dorff before he went on to several movies. He played the oldest son Tucker. It was also great to see sitcom veteran Kaye Ballard as the neighbor Mrs. Travalony. Other than that, What a Dummy was a big dummy of a sitcom that fortunately was not renewed after its only syndicated season.


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