Growing Up Fisher – Initial rating “C”

I watched a new television program called Growing Up Fisher tonight It was promoted within the Blind and Vision-Impaired Community recently and lauded for bringing blindness into the national spotlight.  From what I understand, the show is about a blind man in the legal business with his brother. The show pivots around that, his pre-adolescent son and teenage daughter. I was really looking forward to it. But what I saw didn’t quite match up  with what I read about it.

Though much heralded by my RP Facebook page support group, Growing up Fisher is not a done-deal for me.

I’m not going to be swayed because it’s “supposed to be” this great hilarious show.  It might take a few episodes to warm up to it.

I want to like it. I’m trying to like it. But there are a few quirky aspects that bug me.

The first is the relationship between the mom and daughter is over-the-top superficial.  I’ve kind of had it with that line for awhile now. The second is the relationship between Fisher and his brother at the office comes across as very materialistic. I’m not sure what kind of values this is meant to convey – probably none. It hosts snappy, quick,  come-back, one-liner comedy. Some of the comedy is visual. But I’m always looking behind-the-scenes at values. I’d like more than sarcasm.  I’m longing for something real. Something to hold onto.  Something that’s going to leave a warm spot in my heart.  I want to learn and actually GROW with Fisher.

But …  I don’t want to be too premature, either.

The pluses:

As I said, there’s snappy dialogue. A great dog. A cute kid.  The main character is witty.

There’s something to be said for comedy. I love to laugh. I laugh at myself all the time.

But personally, I long to have something to hold in my heart.

Something like this (see link below). It touched me.

Growing up Fisher has the feel of a show that maybe could go that way.  If I stay with it, I might find that. But probably not. It’s not meant to be touchy-feely. This program revolves around lighthearted humor with a lesson thrown in.

Yes, there’s a lesson between the first credits and the last (another plus).

Tonight’s episode was: don’t pretend to be what you’re not.

I’m not sure how the great majority of viewers will best swallow that. Will it be in that pill-like comedy form?

I kind of wanted it to fall in some thought-provoking way that was going to stir me up.

Not only stir me up,  but SHAKE ME UP.

That truth should make me realize that losing my vision is not worth pretending it isn’t happening.

I’m tired of pretending and living with what I’m not.

Personally, I need tender truths. I need a show that’s going to say WOW, THIS HAPPENED and THIS IS THE SILVER LINING.  Just like that link.

I fought the fear of exposing myself for a long time.  And finally, I told people: I can’t see.

The lesson on “NOT to pretend to be what you’re not”  whizzed by so fast I almost didn’t feel the air move.

But I’m willing to give Growing Up Fisher a few more chances.

Maybe I’ll have to change my expectations of what I want in a show about blindness.

It’s not that I don’t like the comedy. But what I need is something deep, heart-stirring beneath the comedy, that’s  going to relate to what I feel right now in my life.

And I didn’t feel that tonight.

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10 thoughts on “How would you rate Growing Up Fisher?

  • March 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Is this out yet? I have not seen any previews for it? I will take what you said into consideration when viewing it myself.. thanks!

  • March 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    “I’m longing for something real. Something to hold onto. Something that’s going to leave a warm spot in my heart. I want to learn and actually GROW with Fisher.” I didn’t watch it, but I understand what you mean. I always look for this in movies, too. Real, not superficial. To be able to identify with and grow from. The video you share is a tear-jerker. Thank you, Amy!

  • March 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Kungphoo,
    This was the second episode. The pilot came out the Sunday before, right after the Olympics.
    I’m glad you’re keeping an open mind. Some of my friends love it. I’d like you to watch it and let me know what you think after. Don’t forget to share your impression with me!! It’s on Tuesdays on NBC from 9:30 – 10 pm EST.

  • March 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    You DO understand!
    I know… that video was so what I’m looking for in a show on vision loss! Something that people can take with them, not a shallow lesson that might whooosh by without even a backward glance!
    That sixteen-year-old was full of wonder.
    Loved that last line! Just beautiful!

  • March 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Im a huge fan of comedy romance thing. i might get a chance to see this series online. Ive seen that on Spiderman Movie. his a Good actor. Thank you for sharing!

  • March 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I remember feeling that way when I was going through loss – I wanted something to show me that I’d be ok, too. “Under the Tuscan Sun” became my “therapy” movie. As did “Love, Actually.” When I was going through breast cancer treatment it was the season of Sex and the City when Samantha revealed that she had breast cancer. And the writers captured the exact feeling of not feeling anything because of chemo. No emotions, no basic arousal, like you felt dead inside and hoped that when it was over, everything would fire right back up.

    …and it did 😉

    Hang in there Amy. Even if this show doesn’t do it for you, there’s bound to be something that speaks to your soul.

    Frazzled to Fabulous

  • March 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Eng, Hope you can catch it online. I haven’t seen him act in anything else so I don’t have anything in which to compare his acting. I don’t see much comedy romance in it, though. Enjoy!

  • March 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Great insights, Amy. Thank you for sharing this. Wouldn’t it be great if the networks would listen to us real people?!

  • March 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Yes, RJ!
    I want to give it a chance but I don’t see it bridging the gap very well.

  • March 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    What great insights you have!
    Thank you for understanding what I’m looking for and sharing your own losses.

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