Out of the Blue (1979– )

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Random was an angel out to earn his wings by doing good deeds. He went to work as a high-school teacher, and moved in with Marion and her five nephews and nieces, who were frequently ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Shane Keller ...
 Shane Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Jimmy Brogan ...
 Random (12 episodes, 1979)
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 Marion Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
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 Stacey Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Clark Brandon ...
 Chris Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
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 Laura Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Jason D. Keller ...
 Jason Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Hannah Dean ...
 Gladys (11 episodes, 1979)
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 The Boss Angel (10 episodes, 1979)
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Random was an angel out to earn his wings by doing good deeds. He went to work as a high-school teacher, and moved in with Marion and her five nephews and nieces, who were frequently getting in (and out) of trouble, thanks to Random's magic. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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This show was an ill-fated attempt by ABC to further cash in on spin-offs of Happy Days (1974). At the time, both Laverne & Shirley (1976) and Mork & Mindy (1978) were huge successes, so the idea was to use the Mork motif to create a one-off, other-worldly character (Random) on Happy Days, then spin him off as the center of a new show. Robin Williams even guest-starred as Mork in the pilot, but it still wasn't enough to get the show jump-started. See more »

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Spun-off from Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Out Of The Blue
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Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Pretty dreadful
18 April 2006 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

An angel named Random is sent to watch over a woman who's had to take in her nieces and nephews after the death of their parents. Of course, the children quickly find out that Random has magical powers while the adults are clueless.

The sole reason that this series seems to be remembered is because it's assumed that it's yet another "Happy Days" spin-off (the lead character, Random, appeared on a "Happy Days" episode). Wrong. If this was a spin-off, then so was "That's My Mama." As a fan of both Dixie Carter and Eileen Heckart, I sought the series out... and was extremely disappointed with what I found.

While the premise has been done to death, it can STILL work if correctly executed. It didn't work here at all. The writing was bad, the effects were worse, the children were obnoxious, and all of the adults (except for Heckart) seemed completely miscast. Both Brogan and Carter seemed uncomfortable with their roles. Heckart made the most of the drivel she was given, and aside from her performance, the only redeeming thing about the show was an obnoxiously catchy theme song.


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