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Hidden Hills aired from September 2002 until January 2003 on NBC.
A bland little sitcom about life in the generic suburb of Hidden Hills. It was narrated by Doug ( Justin Louis), a dutiful if some-what sex starved dad who ballanced his career as a construction manager with taking care of his kids, hyperactive tween Emily ( Alexa Nikolas), and chubby younger son Derek( Sean Marquette). His wife Janine ( Paula Marshall), was a busy doctor, so most of the work ferrying the kids around, chaperoning parties and coaching the softball team fell to Doug. Serving as a constant reminder of a life he didn't have, best friend Zack ( Dondre T. Whitfield), and his stylish wife Sarah ( Tamara Taylor), a successful black couple , had sex constantly and easily, even while effortlessly raising their 2 little kids . Another distraction was the sexy new mom in the neighborhood, Belinda ( Kristin Bauer), who ran a pornographic web site while not assistant-coaching Doug's softball team. Pam ( Stacy Galina), was Janine's friend with her own marital problems.
There were numerous little digs at suburbia, from The Monkee's song " Pleasant Valley Sunday" to the omnipresent cell phones, SUV's, and the fact that all the girls on the soccer team were named Caitlin.
A Review from Variety
Posted: Sun., Sep. 22, 2002, 11:53am PT
(Series -- NBC, Tues. Sept. 24, 9:30 p.m.)
By Phil Gallo
Taped in North Hollywood by NBC Studios and Primarily Entertainment. Executive producers, Susanne Daniels, Peter Segal, Ric Swartzlander; co-executive producers, Bob Kushell, Lester Lewis; producer, Michael Ewing; co-producers, Barbie Feldman, Al Sonja L. Rice, Danielle Weinstock; director, Bob Berlinger; writers, Peter Segal, Ric Swartzlander; director of photography, Peter Smokler; music, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden; casting, Pamela Basker and Ted Hann. 30 MIN.
Doug Barber - Justin Louis Janine Barber - Paula Marshall Zack Timmerman - Dondre T. Whitfield Sarah Timmerman - Tamara Taylor Belinda Slypich - Kristin Bauer
As networks peer into HBO's groundbreaking series for inspiration -- and knockoffs -- sitcoms like "Hidden Hills" are bound to happen. NBC laffer finds its inspiration in "The Mind of the Married Man," cleans it up a little and presents an unfortunate look at family life, full of drooling, sex-crazed men; overworked mothers; and, what else, the hot mom down the street who runs a porn Web site. Voiceovers, fantasy scenes and the good ol' rewind button get played out in a hurry; show's too gimmicky for the timeslot following the far smarter "Frasier."
Doug Barber (Justin Louis) appears to be an overburdened Mr. Mom: He's taking the kids to and from school, driving them to activities and overseeing the softball team and an Indian group. So, it comes as a bit of surprise when he actually goes to a construction site with some blueprints and signs papers that are handed to him.
Wife Janine (Paula Marshall) is constantly on the phone, and it's hardly surprising, Doug tells us in voiceover, because Hidden Hills is a community of 12,000 people and 15,000 cell phones. She seems to know what's happening in the kids' lives yet has little involvement with them. She also seems to ignore her husband, who's getting antsy about their lack of sex.
Of course the neighbors, Zack and Sarah Timmerman (Dondre T. Whitfield and Tamara Taylor), have sex all the time and no problems.
The neighborhood women do find plenty of time to chit-chat, and soon it gets around that a new resident, single mom Belinda Slypich (Kristin Bauer), runs her own nude modeling site. And, as luck would have it, Belinda becomes Doug's assistant on the softball team and "Hidden Hills" fades to Playboy-lite fantasy sequences. On the field, though, Doug refuses to look at Belinda and when the situation is rife for a bit of pseudo-sexual misunderstanding, Janine saves the day by playing it cool.
The show's cast is potentially likable; once they're given a script that doesn't feel so derivative and stuck on a single note, show could blossom. Perspective is obviously that of Doug in the super-dad role, but there's no indication that his perceptions are askew -- these are content people with little drama in their lives. And if the mountain-out-of-a-molehill event for each week is strictly sexual, "Hidden Hills" will be running out of steam quickly.
Bob Berlinger's direction is adequate, though it does play into "been there, done that" hands.
A Review from The New York Times
NEW TV SEASON IN REVIEW; HIDDEN HILLS
By ANITA GATES
Published: September 24, 2002
NBC tonight at 9:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 8:30, Central time
Trying to please everyone rarely succeeds; but then the new sitcom ''Hidden Hills'' is just trying to please all men. There are slow-motion fantasy scenes borrowed from ''10,'' ''Flashdance'' and ''Cool Hand Luke'' as well as an ''Austin Powers'' nudity gag. When half a dozen husbands get together, one is African-American and another is Asian-American. (I probably missed the Latino.) Yet on the local girls' baseball team, every player -- almost -- is named Caitlin.
In the first episode Doug Barber (Justin Louis) is distressed because he and his wife haven't had sex in five weeks. This is made even more painful when Doug learns that one neighborhood mom, a busty blonde, has her own pornography Web site and is his new assistant coach. Just one more challenge in the frenetic married-with-children life, just one more comedy trying too hard. ANITA GATES
To read some articles about Hidden Hills go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w80gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eWoFAAAAIBAJ&dq=hidden%20hills%20tv%20show&pg=1397%2C1404108 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=vKUfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UtYEAAAAIBAJ&dq=hidden%20hills%20tv%20show&pg=1651%2C5882429
For more on Hidden Hills go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Hills
For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130406181852/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/hiddenhills.html
For a Review of Hidden Hills go to http://www.entertainyourbrain.com/hiddenhillsrev.htm
To watch a promo go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx6h6n0WlyU
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