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The 1997 TV adaptation of the 1989 Disney hit of the same name.

It continued where the first movie left off and follows the misadventures the Szalinski family as Wayne's inventions would usually cause some sort of incident that had to be resolved by the family.

Lasted for three seasons with 66 episodes under its belt (as it was a Disney show that was the alloted number of episodes a show could have back then despite this show being mostly syndicated). Peter Scolari was also praised for his portrayal of Wayne that some fans prefer him over Rick Moranis.

Tropes used in Honey I Shrunk the Kids (TV series) include:


  • Absent-Minded Professor: Wayne, even more so than in the movies.
  • Actor Allusion: One episode of the series had as a Running Gag references to "the guy from Bosom Buddies" - "Tom Hanks?" - "No, the other guy." — i.e., Peter Scolari, who plays Wayne in the show.
  • Alpha Bitch: Tiara (played by Jewel Staite).
  • Alternate Continuity
  • Amusing Alien: Ar'Nox and his species.
  • Animated Credits Opening: Only in the first season.
  • Artifact Title: The Shrink Ray was rarely ever used, aside from a 3 storylines and a few cameo uses.
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever: At the beginning of season 2, Quark, the family dog, eats Wayne's special vegetables and grows into a huge monster. The solution was for the Szalinskis to use the Shrink Ray and bring Quark back down to a smaller size to begin with, making him look more like his movie counterpart.
  • Baseball Episode: In season 2. Ironically, Nick is playing the sport, when in the movies, he clearly does not play the game.
  • Big Bad: Averted, but the closest thing to a Big Bad is Morpheus, the Lord of All Dreams.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: One of these nurses Amy's sprained ankle in "Honey, He's Not Abominable".
  • Bittersweet Ending: In "Honey, You Drained My Brain", Diane was all nervous about a court case because she fears that she's not smart enough, and used the Thinky Ring to make her seem smarter by sapping intelligence from others. In the end, she loses the case, but everything's back to normal... except that Quark is abducted by super-intelligent ants.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Ar'Nox's species eat food with their butt, predating South Park by a few years.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: Played in one episode.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Amy, in contrast to the original movie.
  • California Doubling: The TV series was set in Colorado even though in reality, it was shot in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted with Bianca's cat Persephone, who switches minds with Diane in one episode. In Diane's body, Persephone acts playful and naive, and learns English by watching TV at the Szalinskis' house.
  • Clothes Make the Maniac: The Thinky-Ring from "Honey, You Drained My Brain", which turned the wearer into a psychic vampire that grows smarter by draining the intelligence of other people, not to mention addictively evil. Diane went so far as to call the ring her "precious," a reference to The Lord of the Rings (the novel; this was years before the movie version), and when Nick wore it he dressed up in a black robe and used the shrink ray to enlarge his cranium.
  • Continuity Nod: To the first movie only.
    • "Honey, She's Like A Fish Out Of Water" acknowledges Amy's Super Drowning Skills that occurred in the original movie. She fixes that by using an experimental cream Wayne made, unaware that the side effects turn her into a rather fish-like mermaid.
  • Cucumber Facial: Diane and Amy use what they think was facial mask in the beginning of one episode, but was really a concoction Wayne made for peeling coconuts. As the mask dissolves the wooden spoon used for mixing, they scream in horror as they hurry to rinse it off.
  • Darker and Edgier: Okay, while the original movie had blood in a couple of scenes and one instance of the word "hell" being used, the TV series has a bit more swearing and innuendo.
  • Deathbwinger The Adowable: In "Honey, The Bear is Bad News", when Wayne is coerced into tweaking the Fwuffy Bear toy, he gives him updates such as voice recognition, and finally downloads everything he programmed into Fwuffy, but unfortunately, the Legion virus was downloaded into Fwuffy along with the data, making him evil.

 Fwuffy: Destwoy! Destwoy!

  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to the first two movies, and even Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
  • Does Not Like Magic: Wayne, but he gets better over the course of the series.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Damon likes Amy, but Amy is attracted to Lyle. She eventually sees how shallow Lyle is.
  • Fantastic Voyage Plot: The first episode, "Honey, We've Been Swallowed By Grandpa", has Wayne, Diane, and Amy shrunken and ending up in Diane's father's body.

 Diane: Where are we?

Wayne: Your dad's stomach; he drank us.

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