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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show is an American syndicated television show based on the 1989 film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It expands upon the original film's concept of a shrinking experiment gone wrong to include myriad experiments gone awry. It debuted on The Disney Channel on September 27, 1997 and ran for three consecutive seasons, concluding with the 66th episode on May 20, 2000.

Peter Scolari took over the role as Wayne Szalinski, the whacky inventor in the original film, played by Rick Moranis. Each episode incorporates new technologies and digital effects to feature the family in various new adventures. The series was filmed in Calgary, Albertamarker, with its main studios located in Currie Barracks, a decommissioned Canadian Forces dormitory.

It was last seen on the Disney Channel during the late night hours in 2004.


The Szalinski family are the only returning characters from the films. Wayne Szalinski, the show's protagonist, is the husband of Diane and the father of Amy and Nick. The well-meaning Wayne constructs a variety of inventions, including the Shrink-Ray, Neuron Nudger and Brainiactivator among others, that create predicaments for his family. His wife, Diane Szalinski (Barbara Alyn Woods), is a lawyer. Diane supports Wayne and is very loving, but gets fed up with his antics. The family have a dog, Quark, who is played by Matese in the first season, but by Rusty in seasons two and three.

Amy Szalinski (Hillary Tuck) is the only daughter of the Szalinski's. She displays normal teenage angst, but comes to love her family more than anything else. Her younger brother, Nick (Thomas Dekker), is very much like his father. Nick likes to invent things and even looks like Wayne. He and Amy generally get along with each other.

The series picks up with the Szalinski household relocating to Matheson, Coloradomarker. Next door to the Szalinski's are the McKenna's. Jake McKenna (George Buza) is cheif of the police force. He is usually caught up with the Szalinski's mishaps. His son, Joel, is one of Nick's friends. His oldest son, Jack McKenna, is one of Amy's latest boyfriends.


Ed Ferrara and Kevin Murphy wrote the series only a few months after the last film, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, which was released direct to video. The show was cancelled in 2000, due to Disney's unwritten policy of not producing shows with more than 65 episodes, even though it had one more episode. The series takes place between Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid since the youngest child, Adam Szalinski, is not born yet.


Main Cast

Actor/Actress Character Years credited as series regular Notes
Peter Scolari Wayne Szalinski 1997-2000 66 episodes
Barbara Alyn Woods Diane Szalinski 1997-2000 66 episodes
Hillary Tuck Amy Szalinski 1997-2000 66 episodes
Thomas Dekker Nick Szalinski 1997-2000 66 episodes
George Buza Chief Jake McKenna 1998-2000 30 episodes

Reacurring Role

Actor/Actress Character Reacurring Role Notes
Bruce Jarchow H. Gordon Jennings 1997-2000 16 episodes
Andrew T. Grant Joel McKenna 1998-2000 4 episodes
Mark Hildreth Jack McKenna 1998-2000 3 episodes
Jewel Staite Tiara Vanhorn 1997-1999 5 episodes
Hilary Alexander Ms. Elders 1998-1999 10 episodes
David Lereaney Mr. Patterson 1997-1998 9 episodes
Christine Willes Mrs. Gotteramerding 1999 1 episode
Doug MacLeod Dan 1997-1999 4 episodes
Thierry P. Nihill Russell 1997-1998 4 episodes
Jesse Moss Howard Phillips 1997 1 episode


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