McGee and Me!

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The Adventures of McGee and Me!
Mcgee and meFrontCover.jpg
Cover of VHS release of the first episode
Genre Children, Spiritual, Educational
Created by Ken C. Johnson
Bill Myers
Starring Joseph Dammann
Sarah Dammann
Terry Bozeman
Vaughn Taylor
Voices of Ken C. Johnson
Composer(s) James Covell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Johnson
Producer(s) George Taweel
Rob Loos
Editor(s) Rod Stephens
Cinematography Timothy Eaton
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Focus on the Family
Living Bibles International
Tyndale Productions
Broadcast
Original run June 4, 1989 –
June 11, 1995
External links
Website

The Adventures of McGee and Me! is an American Christian television series created by Ken C. Johnson and Bill Myers. The series premiered on June 4, 1989, spanning twelve episodes until its conclusion on June 11, 1995. Each half-hour long episode centers around Nicholas, his cartoon friend, McGee, and the moral lessons they learn as Nick grows up after moving to a new town. McGee and Me! deals with issues such as honesty ("The Big Lie"), bullying ("Skate Expectations"), and faith in God ("Twister and Shout").

Cast[edit]

  • Joe Dammann as Nicholas[1]
  • Ken C. Johnson as voice of McGee
  • Terry Bozeman as David Martin[1]
  • Vaughn Taylor as Elizabeth Martin[1]
  • Sarah Dammann as Sarah[1]
  • Chelsea Hertford as Jamie[1]
  • Eve Brenner as Grandma[1]
  • Brent Kelly as Louis[1]
  • Johnny Green as Derrick[1]
  • Shaylisa Hurte as Renee[1]
  • Whit Hertford as Philip
  • Poundcake as Whatever: the Martin family dog.

TV airings[edit]

On January 25, 1989, ABC aired "The Big Lie" as a pilot for a possible series run.[2] The episode aired as part of the ABC Weekend Specials series.[3] ABC spokeswoman Janice Gretemeyer stated that the episode had been edited to allow for commercials, and to remove specific Christian references.[2] Another episode, "Take Me Out of the Ball Game" aired as part of the ABC Weekend Specials series on September 12, 1992.

Recently, the entire series has aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and on TBN's children network Smile of a Child, but as of April 2012 is not currently airing.

Episodes[edit]

  1. "The Big Lie" - Nick and his family move to their grandmother's house in a new town. In an effort to make friends and avoid a bully, he sneaks into an old man's house, scares him to death, and then creates stories about the encounter that spiral into lies. Derrick and his friends wreck the house and Nick is forced to clean it up as punishment. He learns an important lesson about lying, elders, fear, speaking up, and bullying.
  2. "A Star in the Breaking" - Nick and his cartoon pal McGee learn a lesson in humility when the fame and popularity of being on a game show goes to Nick's head.
  3. "The Not-So-Great Escape" - Nick wants to go with Louis to see "Night Of The Blood Freaks Part 4" in theaters. His parents forbid him to go, saying that the movie's nothing but garbage, and they ground him for arguing and talking back (and telling his sister to shut up). Nick sneaks out, betrays his parents, regrets seeing the movie, and gets punished more. The basic story was later reused as "The Secret World of Alex Mack" episode, "Busted". In this episode, Nick learns the lesson of honoring your father and mother.
  4. "Skate Expectations" - After trying to protect a geeky boy, Philip, from Derrick, Nick finds himself in a skateboarding contest, even though he isn't that good at it. He practices, but on the day of the race, Derrick's friends try to sabotage it. However, Nick's friends notice and even though he loses the race, they disqualify Derrick and so he does end up winning. He learns about cheating, practice, friendship, and standing up for others.
  5. "Twister and Shout" - Nick and his friends, hanging out while Nick's parents are gone, deal with the news of an impending twister as they deal with fear and faith in God.
  6. "Back to the Drawing Board" - Nick and Todd, both talented artists, compete for a coveted spot and reward in a contest. Neither win, but both learn the meaning of good sportsmanship and fair competition.
  7. "Do the Bright Thing" - Nick and the others learn another life lesson on making wise decisions.
  8. "Take Me Out of the Ball Game" - Nick learns to trust God rather than men as underdog Eastfield Braves battle the Dodgers.
  9. "Twas the Fight before Christmas" - Derrick begins to change his unruly ways after seeing the Nativity story performed and wants to become a Christian, and Nick discovers that Derrick's father abuses him and is an alcoholic, resulting in Derrick's bullying and aggression. He and Derrick become somewhat friends by the end.

The New Adventures of McGee and Me[edit]

In these episodes, Nick has matured from 11 to about 13 or 14.

  1. "In the Nick of Time" [4] - Nick learns a lesson in courage and conquering your fears when he, his friends and family go on a mountain climbing trip.
  2. "The Blunder Years" - Nick learns a lesson in peer pressure and knowing who your true friends are when he becomes friends with the "popular crowd".
  3. "Beauty in the Least" - Nick and his family learn to "love your neighbor as yourself".[5] Much to everyone's dismay, Nick's Romanian penpal and his father pay a surprise visit to the Martins, just in time for Thanksgiving. Even though the two visitors seem like an inconvenience, they eventually teach the family a lesson in love, hospitality, and the true meaning of Thanksgiving.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Mary Stevens of the Chicago Tribune described the children's series as "exceptional", and that "the production quality is top-notch". Stevens goes on so say that the series "offers an entertaining mixture of live action, animation and well-written stories with positive moral messages", and despite being based on Bible principles "the series isn't excessively preachy or pushy".[6] Entertainment Weekly gave the episode "A Star in the Breaking" an A rating, stating "No matter what your religious orientation, you and your child will likely find the message compelling".[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 1990, producer George Taweel received the Michael Landon Award for the series.[8] In 1993, Joe Dammann, Sarah Dammann, Chelsea Hertford, Whit Hertford, and Shaylisa Hurte received nominations for "Outstanding Youth Mini-Video Series".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "McGee and Me Cast Profiles". Tyndale House Publishers. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b Bianco, Robert (January 27, 1992). "Couple Isn't Thankful for 'TGIF' Break". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. C6. 
  3. ^ Hale, Mike. "McGee and Me! The Big Lie". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Fifteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^ Cf. The Adventures of McGee and Me at CEGAnMo.com
  6. ^ Stevens, Mary (February 23, 1990). "Tapes Don't Preach but Send a Message". Chicago Tribune. p. 71. 
  7. ^ "The latest in kids' products". Entertainment Weekly. April 27, 1990. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  8. ^ "Fourteenth Annual Youth in Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 

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