Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: Smart television comedy about a young woman who works in a tourist shop in Niagara Falls.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 60 min
Language: Canada, USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Starring: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, William Sadler, Diana Scarwid, Lee Pace, Tracie Thoms

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Wonderfalls‘Wonderfalls’ was an incredibly funny show that apparently almost none of the Nielsen families watched. Premiering on FOX in March 2004, it lasted for only four episodes but had such a loyal following from a large enough group that the full thirteen episode season was released on dvd. It has since been picked up in reruns on the Logo network.

Smart, odd, unpredictable … it’s an inventive comedy centered on the character of Jaye (Caroline Dhavernas, Lost and Delirious), who is ‘over educated and unemployable’ and works retail in a tourist shop in Niagara Falls. One day little knickknacks and statues start talking to her, and when she follows their instructions, what may seem to be isolated events all find some connection. Jaye is biting and sarcastic, not a people person, but funny as heck.

One of the main supporting characters is Jaye’s sister Sharon (Katie Finneran, Miss Congeniality 2), a lawyer, a lesbian and in the closet. But she’s not questioning, not experimenting or bi. She’s a lesbian who’s just not out to her family, except Jaye. In the first episode, Sharon meets Beth (Kari Matchett, Men with Brooms), and by episode two, they’re making out, although the FOX censors would not allow showing the two women kiss on screen. Beth appears in a few other episodes as well, but Sharon is a hilarious constant in the series. (AB)