You Wish (TV series)
|Created by||Michael Jacobs|
|Written by||Richard Childs
Susan Estelle Jansen
Jeffrey C. Sherman
|Directed by||Jeff McCracken
Harley Jane Kozak
Jerry Van Dyke
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Jacobs|
Jeffrey C. Sherman
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Michael Jacobs Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||September 26, 1997– June 23, 1998|
You Wish is an American fantasy sitcom that ran from September 26, 1997 to June 23, 1998. It started as part of ABC's TGIF programming on Friday nights for the fall of 1997, along with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World, and Teen Angel.
Just as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch was considered a 1990s version of Bewitched, You Wish was a 1990s version of I Dream of Jeannie. In this situation, a genie lives with a family, instead of a single man.
In the show's pilot episode (in which the proposed series was still known under a working title of Genie), Gillian Apple (Harley Jane Kozak) and her two children, Mickey Apple (Alex McKenna) and Travis Apple (Nathan Lawrence) visit a rug shop where they meet the owner, Madman Mustafa (John Rhys-Davies). There they buy a rug, where they unexpectedly release a genie (John Ales), who has been imprisoned for 2,000 years. The genie's name is simply "Genie", although in the first episode Gillian refers to him as "Steve from Canoga Park", an alias he later uses. Jerry Van Dyke was introduced to the show in the third episode as Genie's Grandpa Max (thus, Van Dyke was simultaneously appearing on two TGIF series, You Wish and Teen Angel at the same time as different characters).
Although the series made a total of 12 episodes, it was taken off after the seventh episode, "Genie Without a Cause." This episode, which aired on November 7, 1997, was part of a night-long TGIF retro crossover, which started with Sabrina. Sabrina made a time ball, which Salem swallowed and caused the time period to be the 1960s. Salem then crossed over to Boy Meets World, turning it into the 1940s, then this series to the 1950s and then to Teen Angel to the 1970s.
You Wish was a ratings failure and was cancelled after seven episodes. Reruns from the first season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch were added to the TGIF lineup to fill the empty slot for the remainder of the season. The remaining five unaired episodes of the series were burned off in May and June 1998, filling the slot of its fellow new TGIF series, Teen Angel, after that show was canceled.
|No.||title||Original air date|
|1-1||"Pilot"||September 26, 1997|
|1-2||"Jillions of Gillians"||October 3, 1997|
|1-3||"The Big Ride"||October 10, 1997|
|1-4||"Mind Games"||October 17, 1997|
|1-5||"A Real Don Juan"||October 24, 1997|
|1-6||"Halloween"||October 31, 1997|
|1-7||"Genie Without a Cause"||November 7, 1997|
|1-8||"Future Shock"||May 22, 1998|
|1-9||"All in the Family Room"||May 29, 1998|
|1-10||"Welcome to the Dollhouse"||June 5, 1998|
|1-11||"The Bad Influence"||June 12, 1998|
|1-12||"Bride and Prejudice"||June 23, 1998|
TV Guide called the series 'Hammy, artificial, and altogether excruciating'.
- Hal Boedeker (July 18, 1997). "He's A Goober But CBS Has A Lot Riding On Urkel TV". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 18, 2012.