What a Dummy

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What a Dummy
Genre Situation comedy
Directed by Scott Redman
Jerry Ross
Starring Annabel Armour
Kaye Ballard
Stephen Dorff
David Doty
Janna Michaels
Joshua Rudoy
Voices of Loren Freeman
Composer(s) Bill Fulton
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 24
Running time 30 min.
Original channel Syndicated
Original release September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29) – May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)

What a Dummy is a syndicated television sitcom that lasted for one season in 1990. The premise of the show was that the Brannigan family of Secaucus, New Jersey was getting advice from a talking, thinking ventriloquist’s dummy named Buzz (voiced by Loren Freeman), who had been locked in a trunk for fifty years before being discovered by the family. Kaye Ballard played the family’s next-door neighbor, Mrs. Treva Travalony.

Episode list[edit]

Title Air date
1 "What a Dummy" September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29)
When Ed Brannigan's great uncle passes away, they discover a steamer trunk full of old props left over from the days when his Uncle Jackie had a traveling ventriloquist show, including Buzz, the dummy. Only this dummy talks and isn't too happy about being left in a trunk for 50 years.
2 "My Hero" October 6, 1990 (1990-10-06)
After Cory saves Tucker's life, that life then becomes slavery when Tucker must do anything and everything Cory wants.
3 "The Contractor from Hell" October 13, 1990 (1990-10-13)
In Ed's attempt to save money, Lucky Ernesto is hired to fix a plumbing problem. Unfortunately, this was not a smart move and Ed ends up having to take Lucky to court.
4 "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20)
In order to attract the eye and affections of a young lady, Tucker takes on the persona of his sensitive brother and tries to act like Cory would act if he were in the same situation.
5 "The Champ" October 27, 1990 (1990-10-27)
Tucker is suffering from feelings of low self worth, so Ed tries to help by offering him a position at the restaurant while Cory nurses a broken heart.
6 "Good Neighbor Brannigan" November 3, 1990 (1990-11-03)
Trying to be the nice and friendly neighbors, the Brannigans invite their next door neighbors out to dinner, only to find that they are a couple of strange birds.
7 "Car Wars" November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)
Tucker's mom, Polly, covers for him by taking the blame after the young man wrecks his dad's cherry Mustang.
8 "Grandpa Lou" November 17, 1990 (1990-11-17)
9 "What I Did for Love" November 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)
10 "The Substitute" December 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
11 "Unmarried... with Children" December 8, 1990 (1990-12-08)
12 "Bringing Up Baby" January 26, 1991 (1991-01-26)
13 "Buzz Is Loaded" February 2, 1991 (1991-02-02)
14 "Fear Itself" February 9, 1991 (1991-02-09)
15 "The Babysitter" February 16, 1991 (1991-02-16)
16 "Tucker's on the Air" February 23, 1991 (1991-02-23)
17 "Mr. Grumbacher's Talent Show" March 2, 1991 (1991-03-02)
18 "My Imaginary Friend" March 9, 1991 (1991-03-09)
19 "The Vacation That Never Was" March 16, 1991 (1991-03-16)
20 "Buzz for Sale" April 27, 1991 (1991-04-27)
21 "The Nudge Who Came to Dinner" May 4, 1991 (1991-05-04)
22 "Treasure of the Sierra Secaucus" May 11, 1991 (1991-05-11)
23 "Knock on Wood" May 18, 1991 (1991-05-18)
24 "Toys Aren't Us" May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)

International airings[edit]

The series also aired in Germany, as Der Familienschreck, Spanish countries as Vaya muñeco, and Italy as L’amico di legno.

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