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The animated sitcom Home Movies follows the everyday lives of a group of three grade school children, the tribulations of their lives as well as their constant almost compulsive film making which spans countless genres. Starring the voice talent of Brendon Small, Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Janine Ditullio and Paula Poundstone this series is hilarious and poignant for older audiences and the young at heart.

Brendon Small, an eight year old budding filmmaker lives with his divorced mother Paula and his adopted sister, the infant Josie. Almost always accompanied by his friends who act in their amateur yet sophisticated films, Melissa and Jason, they are all three misfits who have found solace with each other and with their alcoholic and abrasive after school soccer coach McGuirk. Despite their misadventures and mishaps of the children and their parents, this strange near family unit makes it through valuable life lessons and hilarious situations.

Filmed using 'retroscripting,' the use of vague scripts and improv dialog, the series features natural conversations, excellent music and fantastic movie parodies through Brendon's films this series somehow manages to be both complex and sentimental as well as smooth and beautifully imperfect.

Adult Swim
4 Seasons, 52 Episodes
April 26, 1999
Animation & Cartoons, Comedy
8.1/10
Cast: Brendon Small, H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Ron Lynch
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  • In the series finale, Brendon, Melissa, and Jason present their home movie to a focus group made up of their classmates. Paula recruits Coach to help her set up a new grill.

  • Coach discovers that his recent laser eye surgery has rendered him blind. Brendon, Melissa, and Jason are busy researching their family histories for their family tree assignment.

  • Brendon thinks he is witness to some shifty, murderous behavior from their new neighbor and is consequently fearful when his mother invites the neighbor over for dinner. Meanwhile, Coach takes a class on bartending.

  • Cho has an excellent reputation as a goalie for an opposing team of Brendon's. But when Brendon makes a lucky goal, Cho is determined to get revenge. Also, Coach has a strange childhood secret involving Scottish music and kilts.

  • While walking to class, Brendon sees Mr. Lynch drop a piece of paper. He calls out to give it back to him until he realizes that it's the answers to an upcoming test. Jason has found a new love interest, Penny. However, he does more stalking than he does talking.

  • Brendon, Melissa, and Jason find a puppy without a home and upon falling in love with it decide to take turns taking care of him. They soon find, though, that puppy (named Honkey Magoo) isn't trained, isn't friendly, and isn't wanted.

  • Although Melissa and Jason think their new film is rather great, Brendon hates it. He neglects to tell this to his two friends and instead simply ignores them. Coach McGuirk buys some swords from a late-night infomercial purely on impulse.

  • Brendon's newest film gets a lot of flak from parents for its excessive use of cussing. His mom also gives Brendon a curse jar as punishment if he utters anymore curse words. Coach McGuirk attends a journal writing class with Melissa's dad.

  • The gang tries to choose one of its videos to submit to an upcoming film festival. They narrow it down to three choices, but have some problems choosing between them. Coach McGuirk tries to bribe a waitress for her love using money and flattery. Paula gets a new haircut that becomes progressively less appealing to the eye.

  • Brendon has some difficulties getting the school's play to run smoothly. Coach McGuirk is just excited that he gets to be in the musical and drive his car on stage.

  • Brendon sees Fenton's input about the new film to be out of control and far too demanding. As a result, he tries to break up with Fenton. Coach McGuirk works out and gets grossly huge breasts as a result. Paula wants to dump her boyfriend, a total drama queen.

  • Brendon, Melissa, and Jason are sent to a performing arts camp. Their excitement, however, is short-lived. Coach McGuirk has his own problems when what he thought was a free camping trip turns out to be more of a weird cult.

  • Brendon makes being a movie critic for a popular website top priority. Coach McGuirk becomes the new principal while Mr. Lynch is fired.

  • It's almost Halloween, and the kids are getting ready for a party. Linda is about to have a baby. Coach McGuirk gets an unexpected visit from an old friend.

  • Coach McGuirk's car breaks down so he must ride the bus to school. Brendon then tells him about his plan to run away to Europe. In order to get the repair money for his car, Coach seeks advice from financial expert Tom Wilsonberg. When he suggests that Coach gamble, the two go on a gambling boat. The kids, thinking that the boat will take them to Europe, hop aboard.

  • Melissa breaks her arm, and shortly after, Jason also suspiciously breaks his arm. Brendon suspects they purposely did this in order to skip a science test. Coach McGuirk also tries to become a lifeguard.

  • Brendon, Melissa, and Jason get in trouble for filming a movie after school and are sent to a Scared Straight program at a jail. Brendon closely watches some of the films he has made in order to view his progress and to figure out where they are going with their filmmaking. Paula watches them all and points out they all have a similar lesson.

  • Coach McGuirk's sister is coming to town, and he wants Paula to pretend to be his fianc'e. Paula, meanwhile, is going to give a book to a publisher. Walter and Perry try to save the old oak tree with a petition. In the midst of all of this, a terrible storm is approaching.

  • Dwayne enters a guitar contest and competes against an older musician, while Brendon, Melissa, and Jason try to start their own band.

  • Brendon's dad wants him to compete in a father-son golf tournament, but Brendon unfortunately sucks at golf. It seems that cheating may be the only way to succeed. Meanwhile, Brendon wants to film the group's latest movie backwards, but he has a hard time convincing Melissa and Jason to do it.

  • Brendon, Melissa, and Jason perform in a King Arthur musical for the local Renaissance Fair. Fenton, visiting the fair from the Sci-Fi convention taking place right next to it, causes problems for everyone, claiming to be from the future.

  • Melissa is infatuated with her new boyfriend, Ocatvio. Brendon and Jason feel differently about the new guy. After literally running into each other at the supermarket, Paula, Erik, Mr. Lynch, and Coach McGuirk try to plan a dinner together.

  • Brendon, Coach McGuirk, and the entire soccer time get sent to a sensitivity-training seminar after Brendon makes fun of Junior. Meanwhile, Paula enters one of Brendon's films in a contest.

  • Paula accidentally sets the kitchen on fire. As if that weren't enough of a crisis, her mother shows up right after the fire and tells Paula that she and Paula's father are getting a divorce. Coach McGuirk volunteers his time to fix the kitchen.

  • Brendon sleeps over at Fenton's house. Melissa joins the Fairy Princess Club, which turns out to be much different than she expected.

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