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Encyclopedia > Byrds of Paradise

Byrds of Paradise was an American television series that ran during the 1993-94 season on the ABC television network. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ...


The show was an hour-long drama centering on a father and his three children, abruptly relocated to Hawaii from the east coast after the sudden death of the children's mother. Much of the show dealt with the titular Byrd family adjusting to their lives in an entirely new environment as they recovered from their loss, similar to the premise of the later Everwood. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Everwood was a prime time television drama which aired in the United States on the WB network. ...


Filmed on location in the state of Hawaii, Byrds of Paradise was unique in the inclusion of the local culture of Hawaii in the lives of the originally mainland Byrd family, rather than their maintaining a lifestyle nearly indistinguishable from that on the mainland with Hawaii's tropical scenery serving primarily as an attractive background. The culture of Hawaii has its origins in the traditional culture of the Native Hawaiians. ... Depending on usage, the term continental United States can refer to either: the 48 contiguous states plus the District of Columbia; or the 48 contiguous states plus the District of Columbia and Alaska. ... The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. ...


Plot

Sam Byrd, the family's father, accepts a headmaster's position at a private school in Hawaii, which his children attend along with local students. All of the Byrds interact with local characters, some of whom speak pidgin (performed with varying degrees of authenticity) and reflect a far more realistic portrait of Hawaii's culture than usually shown in film and television depictions of Hawaii. This tendency includes the romantic interests of the Byrds, who are local characters (played by local actors) rather than mainland transplants. Topics such as teenage pregnancy and underage drinking featured as usually presented in a television show with teens as central characters. Hawaiʻi Pidgin English, Hawaiʻi Creole English, HCE, or simply Pidgin, is a creole language based in part on English used by some residents of Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Pidgin English is considered an inaccurate label). ...


One of the more distinctive aspects of the Byrds of Paradise was the role of Dr. Murray Rubinstein, an unpretentious beachside psychiatrist. Originally doctor to Franny, the temperamental middle child who is the most obviously traumatized by her mother's death, Murray eventually treats Sam, the children's father, also suffering from the loss of his wife. A voice of reason who counsels his patients with an unconventional bedside manner, the doctor makes significant progress with Franny and Sam.


Again in a more realistic rather than idealized representation of Hawaii, a tsunami strikes mid-season, threatening the lives of several characters. The doctor's residence is destroyed, prompting him to continue his practice on chairs in the sand while he is rebuilding his house. The tsunami that struck Malé in the Maldives on December 26, 2004. ...


While the finished episodes were not aired in their entirety on the mainland, one of the sole season's last episodes, entitled Twelfth Night o' Whatevah, featuring a school production of Shakespeare presented entirely in pidgin, was aired in Hawaii.


Cast

The cast included Timothy Busfield as Sam Byrd, Seth Green as Harry Byrd, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Franny Byrd, Ryan O'Donohue as Zeke Byrd and Bruce Weitz as Dr. Murray Rubinstein. Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon in an episode of The West Wing Timothy Busfield (born June 12, 1957, in East Lansing, Michigan), is an American actor and director best known for his Emmy-winning role as Eliot Weston on the television series thirtysomething and his recurring role as Danny Concannon... Seth Green playing Scott Evil Seth Green (born February 8, 1974) is an American actor. ... Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer. ... Ryan ODonohue (born 26 April 1984) is a voice actor, most notable for his performances in the direct-to-video animated film The Lion King II: Simbas Pride (1998), the animated television series Recess (1997-2001) and Batman Beyond (1999-2001), and the video game Kingdom Hearts II... Bruce Weitz (b. ...


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