Family Portraits

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Family Portraits
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1987 (original release), 2012 (second release)
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Average Episode Rating
88.4%
First Album Family Portraits Odyssey USA >>

Family Portraits is an album that contains all 13 episodes of Family Portraits, the pilot series that led to the creation of Adventures in Odyssey. It was originally released in 1987 on four cassettes. It was re-released in 2012 as a digital download.

The Family Portraits Series[edit]

In 1987, Family Portraits, a radio drama series, aired on the Focus on the Family broadcast to see if the Christian community would respond to a new form of entertainment as an alternative to Saturday morning cartoons. Thirteen 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.

The Album[edit]

All 13 episodes of the Family Portraits series were released in a four-cassette album in 1987. As Adventures in Odyssey became more popular, the album quickly became a collector's item. Although some episodes of Family Portraits were released as a part of the Gold Audio Series, the full series did not become available again until December 2012 when Focus on the Family made all 13 episodes available for digital download. In 2014,Family Portraits was also released as part of the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Description[edit]

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.

Recurring Characters[edit]

Character Episode Number
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
John Whittaker
Tom Riley
Jimmy

Episodes[edit]

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Episode Original Airdate Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#FP01: “Whit's Visitor”
January 5, 1987
Steve Harris
Phil Lollar
91.6%
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.

#FP02: “Dental Dilemma”
January 12, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
81.6%
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!

#FP03: “The New Kid in Town”
January 19, 1987
Phil Lollar
Steve Harris
88.1%
N/A

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

#FP04: “Stupid Questions”
January 26, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
100%
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.

#FP05: “You're Not Going to Believe This”
February 2, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
82.9%
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.

#FP06: “My Brother's Keeper”
February 16, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
93.5%
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.

#FP07: “While Dad's Away”
March 2, 1987
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
85.3%
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.

#FP08: “The Letter”
March 9, 1987
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
89.9%
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.

#FP09: “A Different Kind of Peer Pressure”
March 16, 1987
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
80.2%
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.

#FP10: “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.

#FP11: “A Member of the Family, Part 1”
March 30, 1987
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
81.8%
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.

#FP12: “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.

#FP13: “A Simple Addition”
April 13, 1987
Susan McBride
Paul McCusker
90.7%
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 release)

Album Artwork[edit]

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