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25 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Vince and Ross are suburban Los Angeles teenagers enjoying disco, surfing, cars and the rest of the Southern California lifestyle. Musical Vince runs an underground radio station and mechanical Ross is into custom cars.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 5)

Lorenzo Lamas ... Rick (10 episodes, 1979)

Marc McClure ... Ross Whitman (10 episodes, 1979)
Jimmy McNichol ... Vince Butler (10 episodes, 1979)
Michele Tobin ... Laurie Newman (10 episodes, 1979)

Series Directed by
Alan Myerson (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Writing credits
Dan Polier Jr. (2 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Joseph Bonaduce .... producer (unknown episodes)
Ric de Azevedo .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Harvey Frand .... producer (unknown episodes)
Paul R. Picard .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Lee Sheldon .... producer (unknown episodes)
Mel Swope .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Harry Betts (unknown episodes)
Artie Butler (unknown episodes)
Dick Halligan (unknown episodes)
Don Peake (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
John Farrell (unknown episodes)
Chuck Montgomery (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Don Marando (1 episode, 1979)

Patricia Van Ryker (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Don Marando .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1979)
Series Production Management
Joan Carson .... production manager (1 episode, 1979)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Swope .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Jerry Jacobson .... adr supervisor (9 episodes, 1979)

Martin Raymond Bolger .... sound mixer (unknown episodes, 1979)
Series Special Effects by
Kent D'Huet .... special effects coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Series Stunts
Steve Walters .... stunt performer (1 episode, 1979)
Series Other crew
Terrence McDonnell .... story editor (10 episodes, 1979)
Rebecca Ayers .... production secretary (4 episodes, 1979)

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Additional Details

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60 min (10 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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13 segments were produced,but only 10 aired before CBS gave the order to pull the plug in mid-December 1979.See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
a beach fantasy that never had a chance..., 3 April 2007
Author: revenskater from United States

CBS scheduled "California Fever" on Tuesday nights at 8 opposite ABC's powerhouse, "Happy Days".

I thought it was an engaging bit of fluff, but it had such an implausible-no-IMPOSSIBLE premise. The four stars never went to school; never went home; parents were never shown-they would just hang out at the beach-all the time.

This was in the fall of 1979. I had my "SONY BETAMAX" & I also had a habit of taping shows I knew were 'terminal' from the start.

Jimmy McNichol & Michelle Tobin had starred in a very short- lived family show called, "The Fitzpatricks" in the fall of 1977. In that show, they were brother & sister.

Co-star Marc McClure ( Ross ), went on to play "Jimmy Olsen" in the original four Superman movies.

Lorenzo Lamas ( Rick ), eventually made it big on "Falcon Crest".

Jimmy went on to make a few made-for-TV movies. One of them was called, "Blinded by the Light", in which he starred with his famous sister, Kristy. Jimmy was very one-dimensional in that one ( about a cult ). Kristy was much, much better.

Michelle disappeared completely after "Fever". Jimmy had some moderate success playing bass guitar in various bands, but his trail has been 'cold' for many years.

There were 13 episodes of "Fever" produced; 9 were telecast before cancellation-I have 6 of them. They are now on VHS masters & I can & have transferred them on to DVD, as well. Hard to believe & 'who cares' ? I know. But this is a rarity that will, doubtless, never be seen, again. I'm probably the only person in the country that has this one & it makes for a neat collector's item.

The theme song was sung by Jimmy & was written by Alan O'Day. O'Day had a number 1 hit in the summer of 1977 with, "Undercover Angel". It was there at the top for a number of weeks & is still heard & fondly remembered, today.

"Fever" ran from September 25th, 1979 until December 11th. Then it was gone. Ironically, one week after "Fever" was pulled, CBS aired "The Jimmy McNichol Special" in the same time slot ! But people paid as little attention to that as they had with "Fever".

A good friend of mine once asked me, "Jeff, why do you work so hard at remembering"? I countered that with, "Why do YOU work so hard at FORGETTING"?

"California Fever". It's been nearly 30 years. But it is also fun to remember-as well as have a chunk of the show in my hands.

"These kids have the fever. California Fever-where every day is sun & fun & every night is something else. Catch "California Fever", this fall on CBS". An original promo ( am I thorough or what ) ? More likely I need to stop sniffing nail polish remover. Nah. While you have to totally suspend disbelief in order to watch a show like this one, it did have a certain unrealistic charm to it.

Oh Boy, I need a vacation ! California ? No, I think not.

Jeffrey McAdam-Reed ( ).

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