Growing Up Fisher

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Growing Up Fisher
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Genre Sitcom
Created by DJ Nash
Narrated by Jason Bateman
Opening theme "Tell The World" by Eric Hutchinson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Growing Up Fisher is an American sitcom that began airing mid-season on NBC as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule.[1] The semi-autobiographical single camera series was created by DJ Nash.[2]

On January 10, 2014, NBC announced that Growing Up Fisher would premiere following the 2014 Olympics on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 10:30 pm, and then move to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, March 4, at 9:30 pm following About a Boy.[3]


The family of 11-year-old Henry (Eli Baker) begin to function after the divorce of blind father and lawyer (J.K. Simmons) and annoying mother (Jenna Elfman). The series follows everyday situations the family goes through, often involving Henry's sister Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) and normal situations the parents handle, usually in a comical way.


Development and production[edit]

The series first appeared on the development slate at NBC in October 2012 under the title ...Then Came Elvis.[4] The network placed a pilot order in January 2013.[2] The pilot episode was written by DJ Nash, and directed by David Schwimmer.

Casting announcements began in February 2013, with Parker Posey first cast in the role of Joyce Fisher, Henry's mother who attempts to reclaim her youth, post-divorce.[5] J.K. Simmons was the second actor cast, in the series regular role of the blind family patriarch, Mel Fisher.[6] Shortly after, Eli Baker and Ava Deluca-Verley were then added to the cast, with Baker cast in the lead role of Henry Fisher and Deluca-Verley to the role of Katie Fisher, Henry's older sister, who Joyce desperately wants to be close to.[7]

In May 2013, NBC placed a series order for the comedy under the new title The Family Guide,[8][9] and in June, it underwent another name change to Growing Up Fisher.[10] In July 2013, Jenna Elfman replaced Parker Posey in the role of Joyce Fisher.[11]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" David Schwimmer DJ Nash February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23) 8.86[12]
2 "Blind Man's Bluff" Eric Appel Emily Cutler March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04) 6.91[13]
3 "The Date From Hell-Nado" Michael Patrick Jann DJ Nash March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) 6.33[14]
4 "Trust Fall" Michael Patrick Jann Mathew Harawitz March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18) 6.60[15]
5 "Work With Me" Eric Appel Laura Chinn March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) 6.24[16]
6 "Drug/Bust" Fred Savage Tucker Cawley April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01) 5.96[17]
7 "Katie You Can Drive My Car" Linda Mendoza Adam Barr April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08) 5.54[18]
8 "The Man With the Spider Tattoo" Henry Chan Story: Amelie Gillette & Spencer Sloan
Teleplay: Amelie Gillette
April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15)
9 "Desk/Job"[19] April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)
10 "First Time's the Charm"[19] April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29)


  1. ^ "NBC Reveals Its 2013-14 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2013). "2ND UPDATE: NBC Orders Four Drama & Three Comedy Pilots". Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 10, 2014). "NBC Sets Premiere Dates for 'About a Boy', 'Growing Up Fisher', 'Believe', 'Crisis' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Development Update: Tuesday, October 2". The Futon Critic. October 2, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 8, 2013). "Christina Ricci To Topline NBC’s ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’, Parker Posey To Star In DJ Nash". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gelman, Vlada (February 13, 2013). "Pilot News: Closer Alum J.K. Simmons to Play Blind Dad in NBC Comedy". TV Line. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Development Update: Tuesday, March 5". The Futon Critic. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2013). "NBC New Series Pickups: Sean Hayes, DJ Nash, 'Crisis', 'About A Boy', 'Believe'". Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Rose, Lacey (May 9, 2013). "NBC Series Orders: 'Crisis,' 'Believe,' 'About a Boy,' Sean Hayes, D.J. Nash Comedies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: NBC Renames "The Family Guide" to "Growing Up Fisher"". The Futon Critic. June 5, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 3013. 
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 1, 2013). "Exclusive: Jenna Elfman Officially Replaces Parker Posey in NBC's Growing Up Fisher". TVLine. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 25, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: Olympics Closing Ceremony. 'The Amazing Race', '60 Minutes' & 'Growing Up Fisher' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 5, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'NCIS' & 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Adjusted Up; 'About A Boy, 'The Goldbergs' & 'Growing Up Fisher' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 12, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Adjusted Up; 'The Originals', 'Mind Games', 'About a Boy', 'Growing Up Fisher' & 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 19, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe', 'The Goldbergs' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up; 'About A Boy' & 'Person of Interest' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 26, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Mind Games' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 2, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D', 'The Voice' & 'NCIS' Adjusted Up; 'About A Boy' & 'Growing Up Fisher' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 9, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'About a Boy' & 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Growing Up Fisher Season 1 episodes". Zap2it. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 

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