Oh Grow Up aired from September until December 1999 on ABC.
Hunter Franklin ( Stephen Dunham) was a hunky, self-obsessed , successful construction executive with an unusual home life-he shared his New York City brownstone with two very different pals. Norris ( David Alan Basche), his wisecracking best friend and college roommate , had quit his boring job " selling catheters" ( medical supplies) and become a struggling artist, so he needed a place to crash. Yuppie friend Ford ( John Ducey), a neat freak and paralegal, had ended his marriage rather abruptly when he realized he was gay. His wife, Suzanne ( Rena Sofer), was not quite sure what to make of this, but they remained on good terms as Ford moved in with Hunter as well. One more arrival was Chloe ( Niesha Trout), Hunter's long-lost daughter, who lived there while she attended New York University.
The three guys hit the dating scene ( with lots of gay jokes in Ford's case), while Chloe added a little bit of " family matters" to the mix, forcing Hunter to learn to be a dad. " Mom" the dog commented via subtitles. In December Chloe's mom, Julie, visited and revealed that Hunter was not Chloe's real dad, but this new twist was not explored as the series was canceled shortly thereafter.
A Review from The New York Times
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By RON WERTHEIMER
Published: September 22, 1999
Here's a sitcom so skillfully derivative that you'll swear you're already tired of it, even though you've never seen it before. Three hunky young guys with unusual first names share a Brooklyn brownstone: Hunter (Stephen Dunham), the self-absorbed lothario; Norris (David Alan Basche), the self-absorbed struggling artist, and Ford (John Ducey), the self-absorbed gay guy. Having cloned these characters, the show's creators seem to have been unable to find anything funny for them to do. Elated after a one-night stand, Hunter tells Norris: ''I think she might be the one. You didn't happen to get her name, did ya?'' Norris says, ''You just officially became a parody of yourself.'' (Sounds as if someone's waving a white flag already.)
If the show can't distinguish itself with humor, it tries tacking on some serious stuff. Serious mistake. Ford has just acknowledged his homosexuality, and his wife, Suzanne (Rena Sofer), sure is miffed. She drinks too much wine and tells him, ''You promised to love, honor and not go Nancy on me.'' Then Hunter discovers that a college romance produced a daughter, Chloe (Niesha Trout), who shows up at the boys' doorstep toting a backpack and not a little anger of her own.
The freshest notion here is a dog named Mom who's jealous of Hunter's girlfriends. You know that because her barks are translated by subtitles. That makes one more character who can't locate a clever line. RON WERTHEIMER
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