Sneak Peeks of Nuit Blanche 2011: Honey I'm Home!
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Sneak Peeks of Nuit Blanche 2011: Honey I’m Home!

We relived our beloved sitcoms of the '90s and realized exactly why they're now off the air.

Director Nicole Bazuin and Torontoist staffer Carly Maga on set at Honey I'm Home!. Photo by Cheryl Hsu.

Whatever happened to family values, goofy-but-loveable neighbours, and well-meaning, bread-winning fathers? They disappeared along with the ’90s sitcom, and if you’re like us, you want them back.

That’s what initially drew us to try out Honey I’m Home! Retrospect tells us that the sitcoms that were our education in family foibles were less than realistic or representative of a modern North American family, yet they still hold a nostalgic place in our hearts. So, obviously, the chance to act out one of those quintessential episodes could not be missed. It was a treat for our inner elementary-schooler, but we have to admit, we’re glad we’ve grown up.

The point of this project is to compare the ’90s sitcom family with today’s idea of the conventional North American family, or lack thereof. Torontonians of all races, ages, and genders are invited to play the role of the father in one of five pre-written episodes, which, after filmed, will loop outside of the building at Church and Gould.

The set is familiar, the participants friendly, and delivering four lines and shrugging a few times for the camera was painless. But the real entertainment we think will be watching the capsule episodes outside. Trust us, our taping followed a rather large man in drag, blonde hair styled sky-high, and a black bedazzled tutu to make any Black Swan jealous. If that’s the beginning, we’re looking forward to who else gets the chance to yell “Honey, I’m home!”

Prepping for the closeup. Photo by Cheryl Hsu.