If there is one entertainment property that rarely crosses my mind its Honey I Shrunk the Kids. When I think about classic films from my youth a wide variety of titles come up but never Honey I Shrunk the Kids. I’m not sure why the film and its sequels (all of which I enjoyed) left no impression on me, but when I think back to television of the late 90’s/early 2000’s, I remember fondly the Honey I Shrunk the Kids television show.
I was living in Dallas when HISTK was airing and it aired right before WCW Saturday Night. I think that is why I got into it so much because it became part of my Saturday afternoon routine. Each week I’d watch the adventures of the Szalinski family while nursing a Mom crush on Barbara Alyn Woods and a teenage crush on Hillary Tuck.
I haven’t watch an episode of HISTK since it was on the air, but I remember it being shockingly refreshing and fun. I think my most fond moment was watching an episode that starred Owen and Bret Hart. It was shocking because at the time Bret Hart was wrestling for WCW and Owen Hart was wrestling for the WWF. So it was the ultimate crossover and super cool to see. If you Google Bret Hart and HISTK you’ll run across WrestleCrap’s recap, which I skimmed because it had a ton of great screencaps, but having a grown man recap an old children’s TV show with no nostalgia fondness for it sounds like a recipe for irking me. So, I decided to leave the memory alone in my head and skip WC’s recap.
Researching the show today I learned some interesting facts:
-Peter Scolari, who played Wayne Szalinski, was Tom Hanks roommate in Bosom Buddies.
-The show was created by Kevin Murphy of Desperate Housewives fame and Ed Ferrera of WCW and WWF. This blew my mind. I didn’t realize Ferrera had worked on any television shows outside of wrestling and he actually did a few.
-Jewel Staite of Firefly fame was in five episodes.
-Babara Alyn Woods posed for Playboy in 1993.
The TV show is branded with the Disney logo and can be purchased online, but it’s not streaming on Disney Plus. Maybe one day this forgotten gem will be added to the Disney Plus vault and more people can discover its late 90’s greatness.