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The Byrds of Paradise

The Byrds of Paradise is an ABC network drama series created by Charles H. Eglee & Channing Gibson, and executively produced by Steven Bochco.

The series aired from March 3 to June 23, 1994, lasting for one season & 13 episodes (leaving one episode unaired).

It was produced by Steven Bochco Productions & 20th Century Fox Television.

Plot

Sam Byrd and his three children: Harry, Franny and Zeke move from New Haven, Connecticut to Hawaii after the sudden death of his wife where Sam accepts the position of headmaster at a private school.

Cast

  • Timothy Busfield as Sam Byrd
  • Seth Green as Harry Byrd
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt as Franny Byrd
  • Ryan O'Donohue as Zeke Byrd
  • Arlo Guthrie as Alan Moon
  • Elizabeth Lindsey as Healani Douglas
  • Bruce Weitz as Dr. Murray Rubinstein

Reception

Variety television critic Tony Scott describes the series as a "viable if familiar concept for family viewing" that "plays comfortably and attractively." He further states that the realistic treatment of the difficulties faced by a family moving from the mainland to Hawaii "give the program heft."

Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly found the series to be "at once charming and predictable."

Tucker found Timothy Busfield's character to be more confident and decent than his other roles (in particular Elliot Weston on "thirtysomething"), saying: "When Busfield plays nice, his natural glow dims somewhat."

Benjamin Svetkey (also from Entertainment Weekly) describes the series as a "shockingly wholesome new drama" from Steven Bochco. Svetkey quotes Bochco describing the series, "We're not pushing the envelope. We're just doing a show about how families wire up to each other in the 1990s."

Jerry Schwartz of the Associated Press describes the series as "an archipelago in a sea of earnestness" that does have "an occasionally quirky sense of humor."

Scott D. Pierce of Deseret News describes the series as "a quality hour drama about a family. It is far from a perfect family, but it is an engaging one."

He cautions that parents may want to screen this for their younger children but then goes on to say, "Byrds of Paradise is the sort of family show viewers have been insisting they want to see."

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