I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Wonderfalls. For those of you who’ve never heard of this fabulous example of episodic television at its very best, Wonderfalls was a short lived, brilliantly written and acted FOX series from 2004. It’s about a 24 year old girl named Jaye Tyler, with an impressive, but utterly useless philosophy degree from Brown University, who works as a retail clerk at a gift shop in Niagara Falls. She has a quirky family, a supportive best friend, and a hunky love interest who came to town on his honeymoon, but stayed on and got a job as a bartender when he caught his new bride…er…servicing the bell staff in the honeymoon suite.
As if this engaging plot wasn’t enough, in the pilot episode, Jaye discovers that she has a special gift—animals talk to her. Well, not really animals, but objects with faces. Namely those sold in the gift shop where she works, cartoon characters on signs and the sides of boxes, totem poles, pink lawn flamingos, etc. And each time one of them talks to her, it tells her to do things, to save people, to affect the outcomes of their lives…And so she does, which inevitably leads to some madcap adventure or another.
The Original Pilot, Never Aired…Same Script, A Few Different Actors
If you haven’t seen these, you really should! I recently rented all thirteen episodes on three DVDs from Netflix, and enjoyed them just as much as I did the first time around.
After I watched the last one this weekend, I looked around my house and realized I have amassed a lot of inanimate objects with faces over the years…And I wondered, if they could talk, what would they tell me to do?
I bet they’d say…
The Official Wonderfalls Music Video