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  • TV-PG
  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (12,978)

Wonderfalls was a short-lived dramedy series that aired on FOX in 2004, created by Todd Holland and Bryan Fuller. The show followed the life of Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas), a recent philosophy graduate who found herself working in a tourist souvenir shop in Niagara Falls. However, Jaye's life was far from ordinary as she started to have conversations with animal figurines in the store, and they began to send her on missions to help people around her.

Jaye's family was another source of conflict in the show as they all had very different ideas about what she should be doing with her life. Her father Darrin Tyler (William Sadler) wanted her to take over the family business, her mother Karen Tyler (Diana Scarwid) was a hippy who thought Jaye should experience life on the road, her sister Sharon Tyler (Katie Finneran) was a straight-laced lawyer, while her brother Aaron Tyler (Lee Pace) was a sweet and lovable stoner. Jaye also had a complicated romantic relationship with Eric Gotts (Tyron Leitso), a bartender who was also her high school crush.

Each episode of Wonderfalls revolved around Jaye's interactions with people around her, as the animal figurines would give her cryptic messages that she would have to decipher to figure out how to help someone. The show also tackled issues such as mental illness, mental health, and the complexities of family relationships.

The lead actress, Caroline Dhavernas, was flawless in her portrayal of Jaye Tyler, bringing both wit and vulnerability to the character. The rest of the cast was also impressive, with Lee Pace standing out as the charming and hilarious slacker brother, Aaron. The special effects were also well done, with the animal figurines coming to life in a way that felt almost believable.

Despite positive reviews from critics and a dedicated fan base, Wonderfalls unfortunately only aired for one season before it was cancelled due to low ratings. However, it has since gained a cult following and is regarded as one of the most underrated shows of its time.

In conclusion, Wonderfalls was a quirky and charming series that was ahead of its time. With its unique premise, talented cast, and complex themes, it was a true gem of a show that deserved more recognition than it received.

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Caged Bird
13. Caged Bird
December 15, 2004
Jaye, Sharon, mouth-breather and the local security guard get held hostage at Wonderfalls. In the meantime, everyone evaluates their relationships as Jaye's parents start to prep for their anniversary.
Totem Mole
12. Totem Mole
December 12, 2004
Jaye, Sharon and Mahandra visit a nearby Indian reservation, where the spirit of a dead grandmother send all three on a new path towards easing Jaye's burden. Aaron and Jaye continue on this path and hilarity ensues.
Cocktail Bunny
11. Cocktail Bunny
July 25, 2004
As Eric and Heidi's marrage tries to get back on track. Jaye spirals wildly out of control as the muses convince her that she must ""Save Him From Her"", save him from the fact that some is going to murder him. To deal with things, she visits the family's therapist.
Lying Pig
10. Lying Pig
November 25, 2004
Heidi, Eric's wife, shows up and wreaks havok on he and Jaye's relationship. Meanwhile, fed up with the things that don't talk, Jaye convinces her brother to take all the talking animals from her. Jaye's mom goes out on a date and everything comes to a head.
Safety Canary
9. Safety Canary
November 17, 2004
Jaye and Eric, now officially dating delve a little deeper into thier relationships. But Jaye, under the influence of the talking things that don't talk, snaps a photo of 2 birds which sets in motion a bird napping, a brother and best friend challenging, Jaye questioning her relationship with Eric and a zoologist and janitor's relationship.
Lovesick Ass
8. Lovesick Ass
November 3, 2004
As Jaye and Eric verbally spar over their relationship, or more precisely, lack of one, they encounter and help a Russian mail order bride, Katya, and Peter the 12 year old that ordered her.
Barrel Bear
7. Barrel Bear
October 27, 2004
An old celebrity Millie Markus drops into town to reminisce about being the first woman to ride in a barrel over the falls and survive. Only, she wasn't. Vivian, the real one who went over the falls, calls her bluff.
Muffin Buffalo
6. Muffin Buffalo
July 23, 2004
Jaye performs an unethical act, proposed by the animals, that ultimately improves the lives of her neighbors.
Crime Dog
5. Crime Dog
July 23, 2004
When Jaye's brother sees her talking to inanimate objects, he begins to question her state of mind; the animals help Jaye reunite her family with the housekeeper.
Pink Flamingos
4. Pink Flamingos
April 1, 2004
Jaye's father ends up in the hospital after she helps him collect garbage; the muses instruct Jaye to help an old high-school nemesis.
Wound-Up Penguin
3. Wound-Up Penguin
March 26, 2004
Jaye and Eric find a woman in the Barrel, who they discover is a nun that is trying to leave her abbey. A priest comes looking for her to try to convince her to come back, but isn't very successful in doing so. Jaye naturally gets wrapped up in it, and taking instructions from the animals, eventually helps the two.
Karma Chameleon
2. Karma Chameleon
March 19, 2004
While working another shift, Jaye is approached by a young girl who, after an introduction, tells her that she stole her wallet. As she gives it back to her, Jaye notices that she has a stuttering problem and a stuffed chameleon tells her to ""get her words out"". This eventually leads to the girl - nicknamed Binky- getting a job at Wonderfalls, with Jaye as her mentor. Unfortunately, Binky starts to take the mentor idea too seriously and seemingly takes Jaye's identity: Her job, her friends, her family, her looks, and her personality. With the animals still telling her to ""get her words out"", Jaye decides to take matters into her own hands.
Wax Lion
1. Wax Lion
March 12, 2004
When Jaye Tyler is convinced by a waxed lion to chase after a shinny quarter, she finds herself returning a lost purse to a lady (who instead of thanking her, is punched in the face), meeting an attractive and sweet bartender names Eric, introducing her sister, Sharon to the EPS newly divorced bachelor, Thomas, she knows, and later discovering her sister, Sharon's sexuality.
  • Premiere Date
    March 12, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (12,978)