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Raising Dad aired from October 2001 until August 2002 on The WB.
Matt ( Bob Saget) was a funny, friendly English teacher living in Boston with his 2 daughters and his retired Dad, Sam ( Jerry Adler), a former baseball player for the Red Sox. Matt's wife had passed away 2 years earlier, and he was trying hard to be father, mother, and friend to Sarah and Emily ( Kat Dennings, Brie Larson). He taught at the high school where Sarah was a sophomore and was quite popular with the students, but his presence there sometimes caused awkward moments for Sarah. The other regulars were primarily students-Sarah's hip best friend Katie ( Meagan Good), nerdy classmate Josh ( Ben Indra), and dumb jock Evan ( Beau Wirick) who had a rock band. Also seen were Matt's friend Stuart ( Andy Kindler), a math teacher, and Liz ( Tembi Locke), the vice-principal. In January Jared ( Riley Smith), who had been in a juvinile facility for stealing a car, enrolled in the school, and Sarah was obviously attracted to him. The following month Katie disappeared from the show and Olivia ( Canille Guaty), another classmate replaced her in Sarah's circle of friends. In the spring Sarah and Jared started dating and, by the series finale, their relationship was getting pretty serious.
A Review from Variety
(Series -- The WB, Fri., 9:30 p.m.)
By CAROLE HORST
Taped by Paramount Network Television in Hollywood. Executive producers, Jonathan Katz, Norman Steinberg; director, Andy Ackerman; writer, Katz; camera, Gregg Heschong; production design, Terry Welden
Matt Stewart - Bob Saget
Sarah Stewart - Kat Dennings
Emily Stewart - Brie Larson
Sam Stewart - Jerry Adler
Katie - Megan Good
Mr. Travers - Andy Kindler
Jonathan Katz is back on TV, but in the form of Bob Saget, who does his best to channel Katz's sublime comic persona. Saget's Matt Stewart, like the title character in "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist," is likable and low-key, but based on one episode of "Raising Dad" (only one was available for review), not as funny. Nice-looking sitcom fills out the WB's family-friendly Friday sked.
Dr. Katz was luckier than Matt Stewart. He had standup comics and other famous people (David Duchovny, for example) as "patients," as well as his hostile receptionist Laura and slacker son Ben as foils. Saget has a more traditional sitcom family: two teenage daughters, a crusty dad and a dead wife. As a writer here, Katz's sense of humor seems deadened by the genre's conventions, although Saget digs out some sweet gems.
Matt (Saget) is a creative writing teacher in the school attended by his oldest daughter Sara (Kat Denning). Having her dad around all the time is constant torture, and her humiliation knows no bounds. This conceit doesn't work, since Matt is funny and seems popular with the students -- the strident Sara needs to take a chill pill.
Younger daughter Emily (Brie Larson) is in cahoots with Grandpa Sam (Jerry Adler), who makes up excuses for her to miss school so they can watch baseball together.
It all adds up to a family trying to cope with the death of the mother, which isn't funny, but it is touching at times.
Cast is fine, and "Dad" shows some promise. It probably will keep "Reba's" audience tuned in to end a nice family night of TV.
A Review from the Deseret News
Saget a single dad again
By Scott D. Pierce
Deseret News television editor
Published: September 10, 2001 12:00 am
Updated: Sept. 10, 2001 8:03 a.m.
Is there something about Bob Saget that makes TV producers think — yeah, this guy's wife is dead and he's got a couple of daughters.
You might almost think so, given that Saget, who spent eight seasons playing the widowed father of young daughters on "Full House" returns to TV as the widowed father of young daughters in the new WB sitcom "Raising Dad."
Saget himself admitted that he was reluctant to take on a role that seemed so much like his "Full House" character, Danny Tanner.
"I went, 'Oh, man. I don't know,' " Saget said. "But then I read it, and I really liked it a lot. . . . And even though it was stuff that I invested in before, I wanted to do it.
"I'm not going to be doing Danny Tanner," he insisted. "He's not needy. He doesn't hug people a lot. He listens to brand-new music. He's edgy."
Well, his new character, Matt Stewart, is edgier than Danny was. But "Raising Dad" isn't exactly an edgy show.
Matt is a recent widower who's trying to raise his two daughters — 15-year-old Sarah (Kat Dennings) and pre-teen Emily (Brie Larson). He's got help on the homefront from his father, Sam (Jerry Adler).
Matt is also a teacher who most of the kids consider cool. But not Sarah, who attends the school where her father teaches. And Sarah is particularly unhappy when her father talks a little too much about her personal life in front of her peers, as occurs in Friday's premiere (8:30 p.m., Ch. 30).
"Raising Dad" is actually sort of a less-kind, less-gentle "Full House" — and that's not a bad thing. It's certainly not the sort of risque, edgy comedy that parents don't want their kids watching, but it's also not the syrupy-sweet, cotton-candy TV that drives parents from the TV.
Unfortunately, "Raising Dad" also isn't particularly funny. And, frankly, it may still be too soft to survive in the current network TV climate.
"I'd be fortunate to have another show last as long as 'Full House' did," Saget said.
Well, that's not going to happen.
To watch clips of Raising Dad go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=raising+dad+tv+series
For more on Raising Dad go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_Dad
For the Official Homepage of Bob Saget go to http://www.bobsaget.com/
To follow Kat Dennings on Twitter go to https://twitter.com/officialkat
To follow Brie Larson on twitter go to https://twitter.com/brielarson?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
For a Review of Raising Dad go to https://web.archive.org/web/20030217164708/http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/television_review/84533
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdgZyxVD3RI
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