The Outer Limits: Family Values (2001)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV], Prime-Time Drama [TV], Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although The Outer Limits was ostensibly canceled at the end of its sixth season, the series was given a new lease on life when it was picked up by cable's Sci-Fi Channel. Thus, Season Seven was launched with this delightfully perverse twist on modern "family values." Saddled with a heavy-drinking spouse and uncontrollable children, Jerry Miller (Tom Arnold) purchases a marvelous new all-purpose robot called Gideon 4000, which he hopes will put his family back on track. Living up to his advertising, Gideon proves to be astonishingly efficient, as both a caretaker and a caregiver -- and besides, he's smart and fun to be around. Unfortunately, Gideon does his job so well that he rapidly replaces the nonplussed Jerry as the head of the household. "Family Values" first aired on March 16, 2001.