What a Dummy

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What a Dummy
GenreSituation comedy
Directed byScott Redman
Jerry Ross
StarringAnnabel Armour
Kaye Ballard
Stephen Dorff
David Doty
Janna Michaels
Joshua Rudoy
Voices ofLoren Freeman
Composer(s)Bill Fulton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24
Executive producer(s)Katherine L'Hommedieu
Running time30 minutes
Original networkSyndicated
Original releaseSeptember 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.


  • Stephen Dorf as Tucker Brannigan
  • Joshua Rudoy as Cory Brannigan
  • David Doty as Ed Brannigan
  • Annabel Armour as Polly Brannigan
  • Janna Michaels as Maggie Brannigan
  • Kaye Ballard as Treva Travalony
  • Loren Freeman as Buzz (voice)

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1"What a Dummy"Scott RedmanTBASeptember 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"Scott RedmanTBAOctober 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"Scott RedmanTBAOctober 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?"Scott RedmanTBAOctober 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"Scott RedmanTBAOctober 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"Scott RedmanTBANovember 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"Scott RedmanTBANovember 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"Scott RedmanTBANovember 17, 1990 (1990-11-17)
9"What I Did for Love"Scott RedmanTBANovember 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)
10"The Substitute"Scott RedmanTBADecember 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
11"Unmarried... with Children"Scott RedmanTBADecember 8, 1990 (1990-12-08)
12"Bringing Up Baby"Jerry RossTBAJanuary 26, 1991 (1991-01-26)
13"Buzz Is Loaded"Scott RedmanTBAFebruary 2, 1991 (1991-02-02)
14"Fear Itself"Scott RedmanTBAFebruary 9, 1991 (1991-02-09)
15"The Babysitter"Scott RedmanTBAFebruary 16, 1991 (1991-02-16)
16"Tucker's on the Air"Scott RedmanTBAFebruary 23, 1991 (1991-02-23)
17"Mrs. Grumbacher's Talent Show"Scott RedmanTBAMarch 2, 1991 (1991-03-02)
18"My Imaginary Friend"Scott RedmanTBAMarch 9, 1991 (1991-03-09)
19"The Vacation That Never Was"Jerry RossTBAMarch 16, 1991 (1991-03-16)
20"Buzz for Sale"Scott RedmanTBAApril 27, 1991 (1991-04-27)
21"The Nudge Who Came to Dinner"Scott RedmanTBAMay 4, 1991 (1991-05-04)
22"Treasure of the Sierra Secaucus"Scott RedmanTBAMay 11, 1991 (1991-05-11)
23"Knock on Wood"Scott RedmanTBAMay 18, 1991 (1991-05-18)
24"Toys Aren't Us"Scott RedmanTBAMay 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)

International airings[edit]

The series also aired in Germany, as Der Familienschreck (The Family Fright), Spanish countries as Vaya muñeco (Go Doll), and Italy as L’amico di legno (The Wooden Friend).

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