Album 00: Family Portraits

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Album 00: Family Portraits
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1987 (original release), 2012 (second release)
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Description[edit]

Family Portraits is the name of an experimental radio drama series that was aired in 1987 on the Focus on the Family show to see if the Christian community would respond to a new form of entertainment as an alternative to Saturday morning cartoons. 13 episodes were written and produced and are contained within the album, complete with the wrap-around commentary by Dr. James Dobson and co-host Mike Trout.

The show captured the hearts and imaginations of listeners - young and old and continued on to gain full production status at Focus on the Family after a largely positive reaction by the listening audience.

This heart-warming collection of 13 family-oriented stories follows the continuing adventures of John Avery Whittaker (Whit) and his friends and the residents of the town of Odyssey. Through their everyday foibles and frustrations, these characters illuminate the daily struggles we all face: sibling rivalry, the consequences of lying, the effects of divorce on kids, peer pressure, teen rebellion and the relationship between children and their parents among other themes.

This album was out of print and was no longer sold through Focus on the Family or any other retailer as a new packaged product. It is very hard to find in hardcopy edition and has became the envy of many collectors.

It is now available as of December 2012 on Focus on the Family, and iTunes, only on digital download.

Episodes[edit]

Episode Original Airdate Writer Director Rating Listen Preview
FP 01: Whit's Visitor
January 5, 1987
Steve Harris
Phil Lollar
91.3%
N/A

Whit finds a young boy named Davey Morrison hiding in his garage. The boy's parents are getting separated and Whit realizes Davey needs some help coping with the pain.

FP 02: Dental Dilemma
January 12, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
80.9%
N/A

Emily Forbes loves the dentist. But when her older brother frightens her with lies about her teeth, she fears Dr. Graves is going to pull all of them out!

FP 03: The New Kid in Town
January 19, 1987
Phil Lollar
Steve Harris
87.4%
N/A

After a meeting with his new neighbors, Whit reaches out to make their daughter feel welcome being the new kid.

FP 04: No Stupid Questions
January 26, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
83.5%
N/A

Chris Gottlieb, a man in a wheelchair, and Meg Stevens, a girl with a lot of questions, form an odd friendship when they help each other out.

FP 05: You're Not Going to Believe This
February 2, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
84.2%
N/A

Budgie likes to exaggerate and his cousin Jaime Wentworth feels he just can't trust him anymore. After an incredibly over-the-top tale, Whit helps both Jamie and Budgie deal with their differences and accept each other for who they are.

FP 06: My Brother's Keeper
February 16, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
93.1%
N/A

Phillip Callas gets angry during baseball practice and tells his younger brother Dean Callas to go home. When Dean doesn't return home, the police get involved and try to track down the boy.

FP 07: While Dad's Away
March 2, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
83.1%
N/A

While showing a family around a house that is up for sale, Whit tells a couple the story behind the house and why the former owners decided to move.

FP 08: The Letter
March 9, 1987
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
89.2%
N/A

After her father embarrasses her in front of a friend, Stacey refuses to speak to him. Her mother intervenes and tries to prove to her how much her father actually loves her.

FP 09: A Different Kind of Peer Pressure
March 16, 1987
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
79.3%
N/A

The Hudson family is having trouble with peer pressure. The daughter, Blair Hudson, decides not be friends with a guy who is not considered 'in' and her father, Richard Hudson, puts down a co-worker to fit in.

FP 10: In Memory of Herman
March 23, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
91%
N/A

When the Hardwick's family frog dies, they have to learn to deal with the death of a loved one and face some important life changing decisions.

FP 11: A Member of the Family, Part 1
March 30, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
84.7%
N/A

Whit's grandson Monty comes to visit him but starts causing problems for Whit and the rest of the town when Monty starts acting strangely, feeling his grandfather has been treating him unfairly.

FP 12: A Member of the Family, Part 2
April 6, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
93%
N/A

Whit's grandson Monty comes to visit him but starts causing problems for Whit and the rest of the town when Monty starts acting strangely, feeling his grandfather has been treating him unfairly.

FP 13: A Simple Addition
April 13, 1987
Susan McBride
Paul McCusker
90.3%
N/A

In an effort to get attention, young Nicky Rogers does whatever he can to get his parents to stop thinking about their soon-to-be-born child.

Bonus Features[edit]

32 minute discussion about the creation of Family Portraits.- 2012 version only.

Album Artwork[edit]

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