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Home Free aired from March until July 1993 on ABC.








A lazy, freeloading 23 year old had his comfortable world disrupted in this lightweight sitcom. Bachelor Matt ( Matthew Perry), enjoyed a life of ease living at home with his indulgent mom Grace ( Marian Mercer), while playing the dating field, until his divorced older sister Vanessa ( Diana Canova), moved in with her kids, Abby ( Anndi McAfee), and Lucas ( Scott McAfee). Wiseguy Matt and conservative Vanessa immediately began sparring and with 2 kids around Matt began to learn unaccustomed lessons in responsibilty.








Matt worked as a cub reporter at a newspaper where Ben ( Alan Oppenheimer), was the gruff editor; Walter ( Dan Schneider), , a dim-witted reporter; and Laura ( Brooke Theiss), a foxy photographer whom Matt would have liked to bed.


A Review from variety


March 30, 1993 11:00PM PT
Home Free
Like a character out of a Japanese sci-fi flick, sitcom creature Diana Canova returns in "Home Free," a dysfunctional sitcom subpar for ABC's Wednesday night.


By Rick Marin

The shrill Canova plays foil to Matthew Perry’s cute wise-guy lead. Perry’s Matt Bailey is a cub reporter who still lives with his spacey mom (Marian Mercer).


Canova is his divorced much older sis Vanessa, who moves back into her mother’s house with her two kids, Abby and Lucas (played by real-life sibs Anndi and Scott McAfee) in tow. Matt and Vanessa, overgrown children themselves, waste little time getting back at each other’s throats.


Concept is the brainchild of creator/writers Tim O’Donnell and Richard Gurman (O’Donnell is exec producer). Perry’s charms stretch thin as troublemaker Matt divides his time between home, work and a cute photographer (Brooke Theiss).


Best players and writing are in work environment: Dan Schneider as a lazy, dim-witted reporter and Alan Oppenheimer as the newspaper’s gruff editor. Direction by James Widdoes is deft.


Otherwise, it’s all bladder jokes, smart-mouthed tots and lame attempts at hipness (jokes that begin “It’s the ’90s …”).


A grown-up kid who moves back home is called a “boomerang.” This one hits you on the head.


Home Free


(Wed. (31), 8:30-9 p.m., ABC)


Production: Filmed by Verbatim/Centerfold Prods. in association with MCA/Universal Television; executive producer, Tim O'Donnell; producers, Rick Newberger, Todd Stevens, Julie Tsutsui; director, James Widdoes; writers/creators, Richard Gurman, O'Donnell.


Crew: Camera, Eliot Fons; editor, Robert Sounders; production designer, Bill Brezeski; sound, Klaus Lansberg; music, Steve Dorff, Christopher Cross.


Cast: Cast: Matthew Perry, Diana Canova, Anndi McAfee, Scott McAfee, Marian Mercer, Dan Schneider, Alan Oppenheimer, Brook Theiss, Betty McGuire.



A Review From Entertainment Weekly



31 WEDNESDAY HOME FREE (ABC, 8:30-9 p.m.) An utterly standard-issue new sitcom with a smart, talented cast, Home Free has a premise that sounds more complicated than it actually is. A 22-year-old newspaper writer, Matt Bailey (Matthew Perry), is still living at home with his widowed mother, Grace (Marian Mercer); in the pilot episode, their home is invaded by Matt's newly divorced sister Vanessa (Diana Canova) and her two children (Anndi and Scott McAfee- real-life siblings and as cute as two related buttons!). They're all living at home with Grace, for free-get the title now? The jokes on Home Free aren't much better than ones you'll hear on stuff like Step by Step or Empty Nest, but Perry, Mercer, and Canova are all so skilled that they frequently elicit chuckles just from the knowing, snappy way they deliver their lines. It's too early to be sure, but there also seems to be some comic potential in Matt's workplace, a dinky local newspaper edited by the enjoyably cranky Alan Oppenheimer, who used to play Murphy Brown's enjoyably cranky network honcho, Gene Kinsella. B-





To read an article about Home Free go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aVBXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QvADAAAAIBAJ&dq=home%20free%20matthew%20perry&pg=6596%2C8316684


To watch some clips of Home Free go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=home+free+matthew+perry


For more on Home Free go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Free_(1993_TV_series)





For The Official Site Of Anndi McAfee go to http://www.anndi.com/


To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CMc4K31K54
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