Have you seen the TV show trailer for 'Uncle Buck' yet?
As far as untouchable '80s franchises go, Uncle Buck ain't one of them. The 1989 movie was one of the weaker offerings by director John Hughes. Propped up by the late and always lovable John Candy, the movie told the tale of a slacker adult (Candy) who is called upon in a pinch to babysit his brother's kids during a family emergency. The movie had a few great movie lines - all John Candy's - but otherwise felt a little watered-down.
ABC now is rebooting Uncle Buck as a TV show, starring Mike Epps, beginning June 14. Watch the trailer and decide for yourself if it's a worth successor.
Truth be told, this isn't TV's first attempt at Uncle Buck. CBS gave it a go back in 1990 with Kevin Meaney in the title role. (In that show's stories, the kids parents actually die. Wow. Huge laughs). It was canceled before even finishing its first season.
Frankly, the trouble is the original material. Even famed movie critic Roger Ebert wasn't impressed with the 1989 flick, giving it only 1 1/2 stars while writing: "The movie is filled with good intentions and good feelings, but they seem to conceal another side of Uncle Buck - a side that makes the movie feel creepy and subtly unwholesome."