A chance to see how the other half lives, and how fun it is. I’m not talking about the rich and famous, I’m talking about those who grew up with a blind dad! NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher” is a brilliant story about something we’ve always wondered, but never dared to ask. Based on the life of creator and show runner DJ Nash, “Growing Up Fisher” is the type of show that immediately sucks you in.
Have you ever heard of a family that is brought closer by divorce? Well the Fishers are that family. Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons) is the typical father who is chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son, except that he is blind. Joyce Fisher (Jenna Elfman) is trying so hard to be anything but the typical mom, behaving a lot like a teenager. This makes it difficult for Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) her actual teenage daughter whose clothes Joyce is always stealing. And the center of it all 11-year old Henry Fisher (Eli Baker), who was the most disappointed when he heard about the divorce, had always been his dad’s eyes and his wingman. After 20 years of pretending to be able to see, Mel has decided to tell everyone he is blind and has decided to get a guide dog. Henry is not initially thrilled about his job being outsourced to a guide dog, but he begins to realize that the divorce has brought his family closer. A story of a dysfunctional family becoming functional in their own way. “Growing Up Fisher” airs 9:30/8:30C Tuesday nights on NBC.