Of WandaVision: House Of Sitcoms

We have passed the halfway mark for WandaVision for those who were waiting until the were at least five episodes so they binge-watch. In the meantime, I am counting the hours till the next episode to see what tropes and twists Marvel brings…

Though I will try not to drop any spoilers that can ruin your viewing experience, I suggest you stop reading and watch Wandavision and in the meantime here is a non-context spoiler from the series… adieu.

I have absolutely loved the first five episodes of WandaVision and once again I must say the range that Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda have been exhibiting is a refreshing break from their normally serious and deadly visages. Not to mention that after their romance off camera, watching them playhouse has been cute.

Sitcoms Of WandaVision

You obviously are aware of how the plot has been unfolding in a sitcom type suburbia town of WestView a perfect little place to raise a family…. its all for the children. Episodes of WandaVision have been paying homage to the sitcom era throughout the decades from the 1950s when TV was still black and white, and my calculations estimate the last episode to be set present day 2020s.

The town is called Westview because Wanda grew up in Europe and her view of the west was shaped by American sitcoms

Episode 1

The first episodes gave a nod to the likes of 1950s I Love Lucy, Leave It to Beaver, The Honeymooners, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, with Dick Van Dyke himself even consulted on the first two episodes. Also, that means absolutely nothing to me but we move on.

Episode 2

The second episode references 1960s Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie and the opening sequence follows the animated credits from Bewitched. The set switches to a technicolour form quite unlike to what occurred in I Dream of Jeannie after 30 episodes.

wandavision bewitched opening credit
bewitched

Interesting fact: The Hays Code which set industry guidelines for the making of motion pictures from 1934 to 1968 prevented men and women sharing beds on film and television. Bewitched was one of the first sitcoms to break tradition and in a similar fashion Vision and Wanda start off in separate twin beds….

wanda and vision in separate beds

wanda and vision joined together

Episode 3

The third episode shifts to 1970s sitcoms with opening sequence drawing from The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.

wandavision The brady bunch mary tyler show opening sequence

Episode 5

While episode 4 doesn’t retro-reference episode 5 takes us to 80s sitcoms with a dash of early 90s Growing Pains, Step by Step, Family Ties, and Full House. Both the opening title lyrics and the homemade drawing style are specifically reminiscent of Family Ties, and the opening titles of Growing Pains.

family ties wandavision opening sequence

growing pains opening sequence

The set is a callback, the house, stairs, couches all reminiscent of 90s sitcoms. Another interesting aside is that Elizabeth Olsen’s older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen starred in Full House as the adorable baby Michelle Tanner somebody say aaaaawe

Michelle Tanner Full House
Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen)

Oh how fast they grow and how fast time flies in WandaVision and while its not only sitcom easter eggs, the series is breaking fourth walls, with crossovers that may alter the very fabric of the Marvel Universe… where it will all lead, well, will have to wait till Friday…..

Trouble in paradise? Wanda and Vision

Episode 6

Episode 6 is 90s/2000 era and pays homage to the sitcom Malcolm In The Middle with a very similar opening sequence. In the episode just as Malcolm talks directly to the camera in the sitcom, seemingly addressing the audience directly you will find this happening at the start of this episode of WandaVision. Of course this isnt another sitcom and things in a WestView are never as they seem and they wont let you forget.

Episode 7

Episode 7 brings us to the present day era of sitcoms giving a nod to Modern Family, Happy Endings and The Office particulary the mocumentary set up where characters are giving monologues explaining how things have gone the way they have. Wanda is channeling Claire Dunphy while Vision is being her goofy husband, Phil Dunphy.

The opening sequence has a piano riff with a tune similar to the one from The Office and then has one word repeated via different mediums as seen in Happy Endings while the title card matches Modern Family

Now that the show has caught up with the present world of sitcoms I think the final two episodes will not be having any sitcom references… I could be wrong, lets see.

Episode 8

While Episode 8 is no longer in the sitcom world as the previous episodes it does have Ebenezer Scrooge and The Ghosts Of Christmas feel to it as we travel back to various points and gain an understanding of Wanda’s love for American sitcoms.

Wanda’s father was a DVD salesman and as a distraction from the DVDs not selling and the war outside the Maximoff family had TV Night . In Wanda’s father’s briefcase we catch a glimpse of DVD Boxsets of some the series which have shaped Wanda and thus shaped Westview.

Dvd collection in Wandavision
I love lucy
Bewitched
Malcolm in the middle
Addams Family
Who's the boss
Maximoff DVD Collection

On the TV Night in question its Wanda’s turn to pick and her favourite is The Dick Van Dyke Show andits not kept in the case with those that are sold.

Dick van Dyke Boxset WandaVision
Dick Van Dyke Boxset

Wanda picks Season 2 Episode 21… the Walnut Episode. It May Look Like a Walnut is regarded as one the best episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and is sci-fi and comic episode which mirrors the Westview world and being lost in a dream, ironically Westview spins into being from a set similar to that.

Later on Wanda is shown watching The Brady Bunch Kitty Karry-All Is Missing episode 7 season 1 at a Hydra Facility and then Vision and Wanda bond at the avengers compound watching  Malcolm In The Middle‘s “Health Insurance” episode 2 Season 8 when Hal fails to pay health insurance and tries to protect family from potential dangers just as Wanda herself would try to protect her family in the world of Westview

With one episode left will there be a ghost of sitcom future ?

~B

PS will update sitcoms as the episodes progress

27 Comments

  1. I have to say that the first episode didn’t make as much of an impact on me as it did on many. There was a funny moment or two and it definitely ended on an intriguing note, but overall, nothing too fantastic. Would you say it gets better? That’s what I heard. Not sure if I want to get into it, though.

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    1. I guess there’s a reason when it premiered they dropped two episodes because it’s a bit difficult to get a feel for it based on one episode…

      While I wouldn’t say it gets better as such, I would say they really work that intrigue, and you really don’t know where it’s going,.. I have my guesses 🤣

      I would say watch the next two episodes before deciding to not get into it (but hey it’s only got 9 episodes so there’s not much to get into or not get into🤣,)
      Also from chatter on the interwebs it may play a part in understanding the next movies in the Marvel Universe and characters crossovers across franchises owned by Marvel
      ~B

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  2. Ooh, I’m going to start watching this ASAP! I meant to start watching after I read your first post about it. Then my son in Arizona has been watching it and told me we have to watch it. He loves it and said he can’t wait till this Friday!!! So I’ll tell hubby, we are watching Wanda Vision! I didn’t think you really spoiled anything, as I like the side by side comparisons. Always have loved your recommendations! Thanks B! 😉😍

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    1. Hahaha for starters I absolutely don’t like spoilers and as I wrote this I made sure not to give anything away as I am aware lots of people still haven’t watched and wanted to make sure even if they read this, well, while you knew more about WandaVision not more about the plot ha!

      And for you, I absolutely recommend, for a smile and a chuckle on your break.

      ~B

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    1. ….And its almost Friday again haha!!!
      something to look forward to, than twiddling thumbs and wondering when this global panaromic will end
      Thanks Mitch
      ~B

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  3. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is Beaton of Becoming the Muse. Beaton, who lives in South Africa, is a man after my own heart, i.e. with broadly varied interests and topics. In fact, his only prevailing theme seems to be life the modern world: media, books, social issues, anything that’s worth talking about. In this case, he enthuses over the satirical and wildly imaginative new television series “WandaVision” (I’m a fan too), while uncovering its sources of inspiration.
    Beaton offers this self-description:
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