In the 1980s, the traditional family sitcom started getting more and more non-traditional. A normal family where the mom and dad are a married couple raising their kids? Boring. It's more interesting to have a family where a mom is raising her kid, but then hires a male housekeeper, who also lives at their home while he also raises his kid, like on Who's The Boss?
And from there, family sitcoms in the '80s would only get weirder. People were apparently bored of families where all the members were human. And that's how you get a show like ALF, where the newest member of the family is an alien who loves to eat cats.
In case you haven't seen the show, or don't quite remember the premise, here it is. Dad Ted Lawson was an inventor, and he has now created his greatest invention. It's his very own robot daughter, named Vicki.
As you might have guessed, Vicki was actually an acronym of sorts. The robot was actually called a Voice Input Child Identicant, or V.I.C.I. And on the show, Vicki as played by 10-year-old Tiffany Brissette.
Then in 1985, she got cast as Vicki on Small Wonder. The show didn't air on a major network, and instead ran in syndication across the country. The show ended five years later in 1989, after making 96 episodes.
As it turns out, Brissette is doing just fine away from the spotlight. She left the acting world and went to college where she got her Bachelor's in psychology. Then she studied more and became a registered nurse.
Jamie as portrayed by an actor named Jerry Supiran. In 2012, it was revealed that he was homeless after losing his job as a waiter. He partially blamed the situation on a stripper he dated when he was 18, who stole what was left of his trust fund.
However, Supiran reportedly bounced back from that low point. In 2013, the woman who played his TV mom (Marla Pennington Rowan) said she had lunch with Supiran and he had gotten engaged. "I think he’s in a really good place," she said.
Brissette said she knows leaving Hollywood behind was the right move. "'Less is more,'in my words," she said. "Moving forward and exploring life kept me normal. It was a fabulous run, but I was ready for what’s next."