Creator: Gary David Goldberg
I have to give credit to Goldberg here as hippie parents, Republican kids is a pretty damn good premise. The casting was also pretty good. I love Michael Gross, and Meredith Baxter plays off him well. And, of course, Michael J. Fox is pretty damn good as the arrogant Reagan worshipper. I don’t know if he’s three-time Emmy winner good, but he’s fun to watch.
Good ideas aside, it has a hard time getting away from the easy, lame jokes that fill most of the episodes. The special episodes were always awkward as they’d try to pigeonhole jokes into serious situations. The laugh track is definitely way more active than me while watching. Also, Bateman isn’t very good at playing an airhead. She was never believable and doesn’t have the charm to make her sympathetic. She’s just pointlessly annoying. And what is it with sitcoms feeling the need to introduce five year-old actors after the show has already started? Is there a meeting where someone says, “You know what this show needs to hit the top? More terrible acting and a little precociousness!”