I was just watching my childhood pass before my eyes in the thread Worst TV Shows of All Time.
One of the shows landing there was that syndicated piece of work “Small Wonder.” And man, that got me remembering: when I was 11, I knew where I’d be every damn Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.-- parked in front of the TV to share a half-hour with the Lawson family.
You don’t have to admit you watched it, but I know you did.
Guys: if you’re my age (late-20s, early 30s), I also know why you watched it. And it sure as hell wasn’t for the laughs. I remember, even at that age, thinking this could be the lamest show. Evar.
So it wasn’t the writing that drew me in. But rather I-- and dare I say ‘we all’-- watched this show because this TV household had one thing ours didn’t: a cute girl, our age, completely programmable, in a fire-engine red uniform, living in the damn closet. She was a sexbot for our generation before any of us even knew what sex was.
So, many years have passed since I even gave a thought to this candy-coated crap nugget of 1980s television. Until I came across it in the other thread. So curiosity got the better of me and I did a little Googling on the show.
We knew her as V.I.C.K.I. Apparently her real name is Tiffany Brissette. (And remember that stupid fat kid who played her “brother?” Jerry Supiran.)
Anyway, I half expected to see that Tiffany Brissette’s starred in a string of soft-core lesbian porn films ala Dana Plato. But on the contrary, she’s left showbiz, got a psych degree, and is a Christian counselor in San Diego. Eat your heart out, Tom Cruise.
But none of this really matters. What really prompted me to start this thread was this fan site.
Very thorough, although the sitemaster may be a bit too dedicated to this Brisette chick. Li’l oogy.
What grabbed my attention, though, is the comments-or-questions-for-Tiffany section at the bottom of the page. Apparently she has quite the fan-base amongst teenage college boys in India.
Some of my favs:
[ul]I wish you were still on TV. Everybody loves you. You are so
beautitful. I Ýhave a mean nephew. I have a very nice neice named Courtney.
[ul]Hello Babydoll(vicki). how are you our sweet little robot?
I am a resident in Bombay(India)
Vicki, I am watching Small Wonder on the star tv network since 1996. Wow what a sitcom. … The bottomline is that you are a born star that shine in the eyes of the small wonder fans. I am the greatest small wonder fan myself. I have a made firend ship with an imaginary friend called Vicki the robot. I really worship here with my whole heart. She lives in my imaginations as my guide in life and my tormenter in my deeds. Vicki ,you are that cute.
This is something personal. Vicki your eyes are too beautiful. And what about your smile. Its like the most beautiful thing god has ever made and that is the pure innocent smile of a child. Your looks are hypnotising and your serious look are really enchanting.
I am typing this messages with your imaginations in my memory bank and your image sweet image in the computer screen. I have always imagined you as a long lost friend but never felt you so close to my conscience. The fact is “I never miss you in my thoughts but whenever I think of you I really miss you alot.” …[/ul]
[ul]I was wondering if you would like to get together and discuss the evils of typecasting. I’m a damn good looking 22 year old man with a chest of steel and a face that kills. I am also in the entertainment industry, well the music industry to be exact. So why don’t you e-mail me at hourman 1001 and mabey we can get it on you robitic minx.[/ul]
[ul]I think you could have been the next Kelly Martin in talent.[/ul]
[ul]Happy Birthday to a very pretty woman. That’s you, Tiffany. You’re so beautiful in so many ways, & so are your hands & knees. … To me, Tiffany, you’re always my #1 true wonderful surprise. I really want to love you for who you really are…If you & I were to be together, I would ask for your hand in marriage. Blow out your candles, Tiffany.[/ul]
Oy vey. Some of these can’t be real.