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Then and Now: See the 'Smart House' Cast Today


With the release of Disney+, one could say that "a whole new world" awaits. Well, perhaps not a new world as much as another visit to a world that holds a special place in our hearts. Over the years of our collective childhoods, Disney Channel turned out some of the most memorable and heartwarming programming of the '90s by way of its Disney Channel Original Movies (affectionately, DCOMs).

One of the most unforgettable of the DCOMs was 1999's Smart House, which — fun fact — was directed by Reading Rainbow's own LeVar Burton. The movie told the story of widower Nick and his two kids, Ben and Angie, who win a "smart house." In a twist right out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the AI system, Pat, eventually takes on human personality traits and becomes more of an overbearing mom than a helpful computer system.

Whether you've recently watched the movie, or are nostalgically pining, we've checked in with the cast of Smart House to see what they're doing today, twenty years after the Disney Channel Original first aired.

1. Pat (Katey Sagal)

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Katey Sagal played Pat, the computer system that runs the titular Smart House. Katey was already a household name by 1999, having played Peggy Bundy on the hit sitcom Married With Children, and the gifted and versatile performer has continued with her award-winning performances. 

Since being on Smart House, Katey has appeared in other hit TV shows like 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter, Lost, and Sons of Anarchy. Most recently, she was on Shameless as Frank’s crazy new lover.