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Family Portraits

Family Portraits was a 13-part audio series, created as an "experiment" to see if a radio drama would work. Each episode aired on Focus on the Family broadcast. A few episodes were remade as Adventures in Odyssey episodes, some of which still air on the radio.

The 1987 Season contains 20 episodes that have an average rating of 84.8%.
Episode Original Airdate Album Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#FP01: “Whit's Visitor”
January 5, 1987
Family Portraits
Steve Harris
Phil Lollar
89%
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
Family Portraits
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
82%
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
Family Portraits
Phil Lollar
Steve Harris
87%
N/A

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

#FP04: “No Stupid Questions”
January 26, 1987
Family Portraits
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
83%
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 Gonna Believe This...”
February 2, 1987
Family Portraits
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
83%
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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
Family Portraits
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
91%
N/A
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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
Family Portraits
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
85%
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
Family Portraits
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
91%
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
Family Portraits
Steve Harris
Steve Harris
78%
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
Family Portraits
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
96%
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
Family Portraits
Susan McBride
Steve Harris
83%
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
Family Portraits
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
Family Portraits
Susan McBride
Paul McCusker
91%
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.


Odyssey USA

After Family Portraits, Focus on the Family created another series called Odyssey USA. The for the first 22 episodes. After that they changed the title so as not to alienate the Canadian listeners (and those of other nationalities). New show "wraps" have been recorded for all Odyssey USA shows that have re-aired since the original broadcasts. The Odyssey USA episodes that were re-broadcast in 1988 or 1989 received completely new "wraps" to match the current format, while shows re-broadcast after that received just minor adjustments for the "wraps" and kept the original format.

The 1987 Season contains 20 episodes that have an average rating of 84.8%.
Episode Original Airdate Album Writer Director Rating Buy Preview
#1: “Whit's Flop”
November 21, 1987
1: The Adventure Begins
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
80%
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Davey Holcomb learns that failure is important when Whit shows him how to turn a failure into a great success.

#2: “The Life of the Party”
November 28, 1987
1: The Adventure Begins
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
79%
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Craig Moorhead's middle school friends like having him around because he makes them laugh. However, when Craig faces a problem that isn't funny at all, and his friends aren't so friendly anymore, he realizes that just having a sense of humor isn't enough to keep his friends.

#3: “Lights Out at Whit's End”
December 5, 1987
The Officer Harley Collection
Steve Harris
Phil Lollar
82%
N/A

The children are filming a show in Whit's End, but when the power goes out, Whit, Officer David Harley, Tom, and Marianne Josephs teach the children they don't need electricity to have fun.

#4: “Connie Comes to Town”
December 12, 1987
1: The Adventure Begins
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
88%
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Whit's End is packed with so many customers that Whit can't handle it by himself. Fortunately, a young girl by the name of Connie Kendall comes to work for him while she tries to earn some money to return home to California.

#5: “Gifts for Madge and Guy”
December 19, 1987
1: The Adventure Begins
Phil Lollar
Phil Lollar
92%
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Whit tells the people in Whit's End a story about Madge and Guy, who are willing to sacrifice their most treasured possessions for one another.

#6: “The Day After Christmas”
December 26, 1987
1: The Adventure Begins
Paul McCusker
Phil Lollar
83%
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Annie McNeal goes with Whit to the Foster Creek ghetto. Unfortunately, Annie falls into some danger when a gang starts causing trouble around one of the neighborhoods.


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