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)
 Marion Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
 Stacey Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Clark Brandon ...
 Chris Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
 Laura Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Jason D. Keller ...
 Jason Richards (12 episodes, 1979)
Hannah Dean ...
 Gladys (11 episodes, 1979)
 The Boss Angel (10 episodes, 1979)


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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Comedy | Fantasy





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9 September 1979 (USA)  »

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(9 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Out Of The Blue
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Way Out Of The Blue
26 May 2007 | by (arizona) – See all my reviews

As a teenager, I watched the show for the 9 weeks it lasted. It wasn't really a spin-off of HAPPY DAYS, but the producers wanted TV viewers to think it was, so about a week before the first episode of OUT OF THE BLUE aired, Random the Angel did a cameo on HAPPY DAYS. Then, for good measure, they had Robin Williams guest-star on the first episode as Mork, from the then-popular series MORK AND MINDY. This might be interesting today for Williams' fans, but most have not seen it. As far as I know, none of the 9 episodes has been seen since they first aired.

Most people clearly were not taken in by the phony attempts to tie the series in to HAPPY DAYS and MORK AND MINDY, but since I was an ignorant teenager who loved both shows, I was gullible enough to swallow it, and I watched. The short-lived show was pretty forgettable, but the main problem for me was that only the children on the show knew who Random really was. Over the years, I have grown tired of the overused plot situation wherein the children know something is magical, but the adults don't believe them. That's a pretty poor message Hollywood has sent to kids for decades---that adults won't believe you when you tell them the truth.

I am surprised as many people remember this failed series as there are, judging by the posts on this board. Actually, a DVD set might actually sell today to nostalgia buffs, but don't expect it anytime soon. It is rare for TV flops to go on to a new life in video-land.

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