- WandaVision is Marvel's first Disney Plus television show.
- Each episode is done in the style of famous sitcoms from the decade the episode takes place.
- We've compiled a list of all the TV shows WandaVision is based on.
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WandaVision, Marvel's first Disney Plus show, is a bold and wacky new adventure that takes the MCU in all kinds of exciting new directions.
However, for such a new and innovative show, WandaVision's genesis is anchored in the old. Most episodes of the series are presented in the format of famous TV sitcoms of past decades. That means we've had a lot of retro TV shows throughout the season that, for some viewers, have been a trip down memory lane.
There are many old TV shows that inspired WandaVision's creation and style, and some may be more obvious than others. Part of the fun of the show, which aired its finale on March 5, was trying to guess which TV shows inspired which episodes.
Insider curated a list of all TV shows and sitcoms that "WandaVision" is based on, copied, referenced or inspired by. Scroll down to have a look.
"The Dick Van Dyke Show" follows a television comedy show writer (Dick Van Dyke) and his antics at work, which intersect with the home life of his wife (Mary Tyler Moore).
That show was one of the main inspirations for WandaVision, starring MCU supreme Kevin Feige and even WandaVision director Matt Shakman.Lunch with Van Dykeyourself to learn more about how the show was made.
Shakman say ao ET: "We learned from Dick Van Dyke that his number one rule of thumb for approaching something was if it can't happen in real life, it can't happen on the show... That was really helpful in our approach." the sound of it".
Although WandaVision's first episode, Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience, is set in the 1950s, Shakman said the episode was a "homage" to the Van Dyke show, which was filmed in the 1960s.
Wanda is now an actressthese Elizabeth OlsenThe first episode was "a great love song for the 'Dick Van Dyke Show'. We tried to film it as authentically as possible at the time".
'I love Lucy'
"I Love Lucy" starred Lucille Ball as a housewife in upstate New York who did her best to break into show business with the help of her husband (Ball's real-life husband at the time), Desi Arnaz) and friends.
This show was also an inspiration for the first episode, with Lucy herself serving as the muse for Olsen's performance as Wanda throughout the series.
Customs Olsencolisor: "I accidentally put Lucy in the '70s just because there was so much physical comedy."
shakman disseThe first episode paid homage to "I Love Lucy", while one image in particular clearly harks back to "I Love Lucy". It was in the 1930s and in the 1950s and 1960sa rule stating that the image of a man and a woman in bed in television programs must be avoided.Therefore, many television shows featured their couples in single beds rather than sharing a double bed, and "I Love Lucy" became synonymous with that image as the most popular sitcom of the era.
Wanda and Vision replicate this image in episode two, "Don't Touch That Dial".
Charmed is a classic TV show that has been remade several times, including a 2005 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. The show starred Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch who marries a normal man and tries to live a normal life as a housewife.
When Olsen on "Jimmy Kimmy Live!" To promote WandaVision, the actress described the second episode of the series as "our Bewitched episode of the 60s".
Olsen also said that they shot for a live studio audience and used "useful special effects on the strings", as they did with Bewitched.
"It was all so goofy and so much fun," Olsen said. she said that toocolisorthat her performance was "a fusion of Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Montgomery".
'I dream of Jeannie'
Another point of reference for the second episode was the 1960s comedy "I Dream of Jeannie," about a 2,000-year-old ghost who falls in love with her new master, an astronaut.
The segment of the second episode of "WandaVision" where Vision swallows a piece of gum and starts to fail waspartially inspired by "I Dream of Jeannie".
'The Brady Pact'
"The Brady Bunch" followed a large blended family of six children living together. The show was a clear inspiration for the third episode of the series, with the theme song (again by Lopez and Anderson) and the title reminiscent of the classic 70s show.
Teyonah Parris, who plays Monica Rambeau on the show, narratedo envelopethat "we're in a 'Brady Bunch' situation in this third episode."
Meanwhile, director Matt Shakman narratedcolisor: "There are so many iconic sitcoms throughout time, but 'Taxi' really has nothing to do with this series, which 'The Brady Bunch' does so well."
Good Times was a spin-off of Maude, which was actually a spin-off of All in the Family. "Good Times" followed a poor family doing their best in Chicago housing projects.
Parris used that show as her "point of reference and her source," the actress said.o envelope
"It's like a clash of many elements and characters, and you wonder how it fits together. Does it fit? It's over... I think it should have been over."
"Muere Mary Tyler Moore-Show"
In this groundbreaking show, Mary Tyler Moore played a single, independent woman focused on her career as a newscast producer.
Customs Olsencolisorthat her performance was based on "a fusion of Mary Tyler Moore and Elizabeth Montgomery". The latter was the star of Bewitched, while the former was the cover star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Moore also guest starred on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
"Full House" stars Bob Saget as a widowed father struggling to raise his children, so he brings in his brother-in-law (John Stamos) and his best friend to help him out.
While "Full House" hasn't been replicated for an episode like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" or "Bewitched," WandaVision creator Jac Schaeffer said.emmy storethat "Full House" is built into "the very fabric of what we do".
This adds an additional meta layer to an already meta show, as Full House starred the Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, Wanda's older sisters Elizabeth Olsen.
Olsen commented on this in an interview.i believe: "There was something very meta about my own life because when I was a kid I would go to these records where my sisters were working [on 'Full House']."
'Malcolm in the Middle'
"Malcolm in the Middle" follows a working-class family whose son, Malcolm, is an incredibly bright and talented boy.
The sixth episode of "WandaVision", "New Halloween Show!"Play "Malcolm in the middle"and the familiar style of the show.
The episode's opening credits are eerily similar to the opening credits of "Malcolm in the Middle", and the episode also features Wanda's two young children breaking the fourth wall in the same manner as Malcolm himself.
In addition, Pietro de Peters takes on the role of the crazy brother, which can be found in abundance in "Malcolm in the Middle". The episode also takes place in the Halloween episodes that almost every sitcom has been doing for decades.
This acclaimed show followed three separate and distinct homes, all owned by one family and linked by the patriarch Jay (Ed O'Neil).
"Modern Family" served as the inspiration for the seventh edition of "WandaVision", Breaking the Fourth Wall.
In the episode, Wanda speaks to the camera in a classic mockumentary montage straight out of Modern Family.
Olsen basically does her best impression of Julie Bowen's Claire Dunphy: she even looks like her and uses the same hand gestures and intonation in her voice.
Meanwhile, Wanda tells her children: “I'm your mother and as such you count on me to have all the answers, right? Well, I don't have any. I have no answers, I begin to believe that everything makes no sense. You can draw your own conclusions, but that's where I'm at.
This feels like a subversive romp about what Claire might say to her kids on Modern Family, and Wanda's son's confused reactions play out alongside Hayley, Alex, and Luke Dunphy.
This lesser-known show followed the life of a teenage girl who turns out to be half-alien and therefore has superpowers.
Creator Jac Schaeffer spoke passionately about Out of This World in an interview with .uprox. Specifically, Schaeffer was referring to the series' pilot episode.
Schaeffer said, "You're in this silly little comedy and everything is so cute and unexpected... She's holding letters or something and all of a sudden she drops them and then she puts her hands together and it's really weird and creepy." And that was a huge shock to me, breaking the tone of the sitcom."
Not all of WandaVision's influences were sitcoms, as the team at Marvel took a lot of inspiration from a particularly scary TV show that's also a Disney favorite, thanks to the Tower of Terror attraction set in Disney World's Hollywood Studios. Yes, "The Twilight Zone".
Jordan Peele has since re-released this classic anthology show, following the same premise as the original: a narrator takes viewers through several hair-raising stories that take place in... The Twilight Zone.
"WandaVision" creator Jac Schaeffer tellscolisor: "'The Twilight Zone' had a tremendous impact on me personally. I really think that's how I really learned storytelling. He was incredibly skilled at that tipping point where you think you're right and all of a sudden you're wrong. upside down. We were all incredibly in love with him.
In the same interview, director Matt Shakman concurred: "When we walked into a 'Twilight Zone' room, we talked about historic shows that were about the weird and the weird and how we could embrace that."