1 9 9 5 – 1 9 9 6 (USA)
25 x 20 minute episodes
Despite the title, Fudge centred not on the imp of the Hatcher family, played by Luke Tarsitano, but on his eleven-year-old brother Peter (Jake Richardson).
Peter talked directly to the camera while relating the weekly woes caused by those he saw as conspiring against him, including his parents Ann (Eve Plumb) and Warren (Forrest Witt) – who he thought favoured four-year-old Fudge – and his dreaded playmate Sheila Tubman (Nassira Nicola), “the queen of cooties.”
The Hatcher family lived at 415 West 89th Street in Manhattan. Ann worked for the Museum of Natural History and Warren was an ad agency executive.
The series actually debuted as an ABC nighttime two-hour TV movie titled Fudge-A-Mania on 7 January 1995, where the in-joke for older viewers was that actress Florence Henderson, playing Ann’s mother, had acted a similar role 25 years earlier when Eve Plumb was Jan to Florence’s Carol on The Brady Bunch.
Another note for fans of 1970s trivia was that Anson Williams, who played Potsie on Happy Days, directed 11 episodes.
The series – a production of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television – was based on a series of bestselling Fudge books by Judy Blume.