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Growing Up Fisher is a sitcom that began airing mid-season on NBC as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule. The semi-autobiographical single camera series was created by D. J. Nash.
On January 10, 2014, NBC announced that Growing Up Fisher would premiere following the 2014 Olympics on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 10:30 pm, and then move to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, March 4, at 9:30 pm following About a Boy.
On May 9, 2014, NBC canceled Growing Up Fisher after one season
The family of 11-year-old Henry (Eli Baker) begins to function after the divorce of blind father and lawyer Mel (J.K. Simmons) and mother Joyce (Jenna Elfman). The series follows everyday situations the family goes through, often involving Henry's sister Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) and normal situations the parents handle, usually in a comical way.
- J. K. Simmons as Mel Fisher
- Eli Baker as Henry Fisher
- Ava Deluca-Verley as Katie Fisher
- Lance Lim as Runyen
- Jenna Elfman as Joyce Fisher
- Jason Bateman (voice only) as Future Henry Fisher
- Isabela Moner as Jenny
- Matthew Glave as Principal Sloan
- Carla Jimenez as Janice
Development and production
The series first appeared on the development slate at NBC in October 2012 under the title ...Then Came Elvis.The network placed a pilot order in January 2013. The pilot episode was written by D. J. Nash, and directed by David Schwimmer.
Casting announcements began in February 2013, with Parker Posey first cast in the role of Joyce Fisher, Henry's mother who attempts to reclaim her youth, post-divorce. J.K. Simmons was the second actor cast, in the series regular role of the blind family patriarch, Mel Fisher. Shortly after, Eli Baker and Ava Deluca-Verley were then added to the cast, with Baker cast in the lead role of Henry Fisher and Deluca-Verley to the role of Katie Fisher, Henry's older sister, who Joyce desperately wants to be close to.
In May 2013, NBC placed a series order for the comedy under the new title The Family Guide, and in June, it underwent another name change to Growing Up Fisher. In July 2013, Jenna Elfman replaced Parker Posey in the role of Joyce Fisher.
Season 1 1. 1-1 23 Feb 14 Pilot 2. 1-2 04 Mar 14 Blind Man's Bluff 3. 1-3 11 Mar 14 The Date From Hell-Nado 4. 1-4 18 Mar 14 Trust Fall 5. 1-5 25 Mar 14 Work With Me 6. 1-6 01 Apr 14 Drug/Bust 7. 1-7 08 Apr 14 Katie You Can Drive My Car 8. 1-8 15 Apr 14 The Man With the Spider Tattoo 9. 1-9 22 Apr 14 Desk/Job 10. 1-10 29 Apr 14 First Time's the Charm 11. 1-11 06 May 14 Secret Lives of Fishers 12. 1-12 11 Jun 14 Madi About You 13. 1-13 11 Jun 14 Growing Up Fairbanks
It’s not every family that’s brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers are anything but typical.
Original Name: Growing Up Fisher
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 13
Certification / MPAA Film Rating: TV-PG
First Air Date: February 23, 2014
Last Air Date: June 11, 2014
Episode Runtime: 22 mins
Primary Year: 2014
Created by: D.J. Nash
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United States of America
Season 1 — 13 Episodes — Air Date: February 23, 2014
J.K. Simmons – Mel Fisher
Jenna Elfman – Joyce Fisher
Eli Baker – Henry Fisher
Ava Deluca-Verley – Katie Fisher
Lance Lim – Runyen
Tags: 2014, Ava Deluca-Verley, blind, Canceled, Comedy, disabled, divorce, divorced parents, Eli Baker, English, Family, Hollywood, J.K. Simmons, Jenna Elfman, Lance Lim, Scripted, TV Series, TV-PG