Jim 2000s

Aired: 2002-2006 CBS Everwood

DAD: Dr. Andrew Brown(Treat Williams) / Recent Widower

DAD’S JOB: World-Reknowned Brain Surgeon. Really.

KIDS: Ephram (Gregory Smith)(15), Delia (Vivien Cardone)(9)

WHERE’S MOM?: Ghost of Mom (Brenda Strong), talks to Dad. (Think Providence).

STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown

Okay, I stand corrected.

As faithful readers of this site know, I’m a firm believer that TV Single Dad Formula #1 never works. This show seems determined to be a success despite the track record of previous series of this ilk.

This time, famous brain-surgeon Dad’s decided on moving the family to Everwood, Colorado, because Mom said she visited there once and it was “just like heaven.” So, that’s a good enough reason for this series’s premise.

The briefest explanation of this show would be: picture Northern Exposure, except Joel has kids and wants to live there.

The standard Angry Exchange of TV Single Dad Formula #1 goes like something like this in the pilot:

Angry Son: “I hate this stupid place! I hate you!”

Dad: “Oh yeah? Is that the best you’ve got?”

Angry Son: “I wish you died instead of Mom!”

Dad: “Well, so do I!”

[Silence. Angry Son storms off, riding bike down the snowy road.]

This show broke the Curse of Following 7th Heaven™ and ran for years. Go figure. The only thing that killed it was the death of The WB, being subsumed into The CW.