1987

 

The Beginning of an Extraordinary Journey

In 1987, "Family Portraits" was created by Focus on the Family as a test series to see if radio drama would catch on as a form of entertainment. This was the beginnings of the popular show, Adventures in Odyssey. "Family Portraits" provided a family-oriented alternative to questionable media on television.

 

FP #1 Whit's Visitor

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Original Air Date: 1/05/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designers: Steve Harris, Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Malachi 2:13-17

Theme: Divorce


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Summary:

When a boy named Davey Morrison shows up at John Avery Whittaker's door, Whit becomes curious and learns about a family situation at the child's home.


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Family Portraits (Special)

Just in Time (#9)

 

 

 

FP #2 Dental Dilemma

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Original Air Date: 1/12/87
Writer: Susan McBride

Directors: Chuck Bolte, Steve Harris
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Psalm 27:1

Theme: Teasing, dealing with fear


Summary:

A boy plants fear in the heart of his younger sister as she anticipates her first major dental appointment. Unfortunately for him, his plans backfire.


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Family Portraits (Special)

The Lost Episodes

 

 

 

FP #3 The New Kid in Town

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Original Air Date: 1/19/87
Writer: Phil Lollar

Directors: Chuck Bolte, Steve Harris
Sound Designers: Steve Harris, Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Proverbs 18:24

Theme: Making new friends


Summary:

Shawn walk needs some help, so Whit decides to dress up as a man in need. By doing this, Whit is helping Shawn to realize that he needs help and needs to stop holding back.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

 


 

FP #4 No Stupid Questions

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Original Air Date: 1/26/87
Writer: Susan McBride

Director: Steve Harris
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Proverbs 18:15

Theme: Respect for the handicapped, the value of seeking knowledge


Summary:

Many people don't want to be bothered with a youngster's constant stream of stupid questions. But some do. Whit makes a perfect match in this sensitive story of mutual understanding.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

The Lost Episodes (Special)

 


 

FP #5 You're Not Gonna Believe This...

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Original Air Date: 2/02/87
Writer: Phil Lollar

Director: Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Proverbs 18:7, Proverbs 22:1

Theme: Integrity

 

Summary:

Budgie tells a lot of lies, and his cousin Jamie feels he can't trust his cousin anymore. Whit helps both Jamie and Budgie with their problems.


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Family Portraits (Special)

 


 

FP #6 My Brother's Keeper

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Original Air Date: 2/16/87
Writer: Paul McCusker

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Proverbs 12:18

Theme: Sibling conflict


Summary:

Unfortunately, some people have to learn the hard way that they love their siblings. Phillip learns a lesson about love and patience when his brother Dean turns up missing.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

The Lost Episodes (Special)

 

 

 

FP #7 While Dad's Away

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Original Air Date: 3/02/87
Writer: Phil Lollar

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar

Scripture: Malachi 4:6

Theme: Absentee fathers


Summary:

Mike learns a lesson about the importance of being a loving parent when Whit tells the story of a family whose father is away from home more than he should be.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

 


 

FP #8 The Letter

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Original Air Date: 3/09/87
Writer: Steve Harris

Director: Steve Harris
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-4

Theme: Teen communication


Summary:

Stacy and her father are angry with one another. However, both enemies find letters to each other, telling each other how much they love each other.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

Meanwhile, In Another Part of Town (#14)

 

 

 

FP #9 A Different Kind of Peer Pressure

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Original Air Date: 3/16/87
Writer: Steve Harris

Director: Steve Harris
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Romans 12:2

Theme: Peer pressure


Summary:

Blair and Hudson have issues. Blair decides not to be friends with someone because they're not popular, while Hudson insults an employee at work because he isn't accepted.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

 


 

FP #10 In Memory of Herman

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Original Air Date: 3/23/87
Writer: Phil Lollar

Director: Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:1-2

Theme: Salvation


Summary:

When the Hardwick family's pet turtle dies, they must learn how to deal with the death of a loved one, even if it is just a pet.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

 


 

FP #11 A Member of the Family I

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Original Air Date: 3/30/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Susan McBride

Director: Steve Harris
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 3:11-12, Ephesians 6:4

Theme: Discipline, family conflict


Summary:

When Whit's grandson Monty arrives for a summer in Odyssey, the family finds they are in for more trouble—and more healing—than they expected.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

The Adventure Begins (#1)

 


 

FP 12 A Member of the Family II

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Original Air Date: 4/06/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Susan McBride

Director: Steve Harris
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Exodus 20:12, Proverbs 3:11-12, Ephesians 6:4

Theme: Discipline, family conflict


Summary:

When Whit's grandson Monty arrives for a summer in Odyssey, the family finds they are in for more trouble—and more healing—than they expected.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

The Adventure Begins (#1)

 


 

FP #13 A Simple Addition

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Original Air Date: 4/13/87
Writer: Susan McBride

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Romans 12:10

Theme: Sibling rivalry


Summary:

Elementary-schooler Nicky is upset that his baby sister is taking his parents' attention away from him.

 

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Family Portraits (Special)

 


 

Because of "Family Portraits'" popularity, the program went on and the name changed to "Odyssey USA."
 

OUSA #1 Whit's Flop

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Original Air Date: 11/21/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell, Steve Harris

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Theme: The importance of failure


Summary:

Davey Holcomb, a young boy with a reputation for making mistakes, learns that there's a positive side to failure.


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Silver Celebration (Special)

 


 

OUSA #2 The Life of the Party

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Original Air Date: 11/28/87
Writer: Paul McCusker

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: 1 Samuel 20

Theme: Friendship


Summary:

Craig Moorhead's friends like having him around because he makes them laugh. But then Craig faces a problem that isn't funny at all when his parents want to move.

 

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The Adventure Begins (#1)

 


 

OUSA #3 Lights Out At Whit's End

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Original Air Date: 12/05/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar

Director: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: 1 John 1:7

Theme: Communication, fellowship


Summary:

A power failure leaves the kids at Whit's End without anything to do. That is, until Whit shows them what life was like without electricity...and how much fun it could be!

 

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The Officer Harley Collection (Special)

 
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OUSA #4 Connie Comes to Town

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Original Air Date: 12/12/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Philippians 4:11-12

Theme: Being content


Summary:

Even though Connie Kendall has just moved into Odyssey, she can hardly wait to go back to California…and Bobby has secretly made up his mind that he's going with her.

 

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The Adventure Begins (#1)

Discovering Odyssey (Special)

 


 

OUSA #5 Gifts for Madge and Guy

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Original Air Date: 12/19/87
Writers: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20

Theme: Giving


Summary:

Mr. Whittaker tells the kids his own "fractured" version of a famous Christmas story, starring an unusual couple named Madge and Guy.

 

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The Adventure Begins (#1)

Christmas Classics (Special)
Countdown to Christmas (Special)
Ultimate Christmas Collection (Special)
Encore Collection (Special)

 


 

OUSA #6 The Day After Christmas

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Original Air Date: 12/26/87
Writer: Paul McCusker

Directors: Steve Harris, Phil Lollar
Sound Designer: Bob Luttrell

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

Theme: Caring for the poor


Summary:

The morning after Christmas, a young girl who's already bored with her presents wanders into Whit's End looking for something to do.

 

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The Adventure Begins (#1)

A Christmas Odyssey (Special)
Countdown to Christmas (Special)
Ultimate Christmas Collection (Special)

 

 

 

 


1987


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