An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.
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 Frank Chaney (11 episodes, 1984)
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 Clinton 'JAFO' Wonderlove (11 episodes, 1984)
Sandy McPeak ...
 Captain Braddock (11 episodes, 1984)
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 Richard 'Ski' Butowski (11 episodes, 1984)
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 Lyman 'Bubba' Kelsey (11 episodes, 1984)
Ann Cooper ...
 J.J. Douglas (10 episodes, 1984)
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Lt. Frank Chaney of the LAPD is a maverick cop with unorthodox methods who is assigned to the Blue Thunder Team, which uses a very advanced gadget-filled helicopter in its fight against crime. "Blue Thunder" is capable of great speed and maneuverability, can run silently in "whisper mode", and is armed with the most powerful weapons in development. His partner is a fresh-faced rookie with the improbable name of Wonderlove, and ground support is supplied by ex-athletes Ski and Bubba, who drive a sophisticated van. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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6 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Das fliegende Auge  »

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Throughout the show a lot of the aerial shots were taken from the movie Blue Thunder (1983) to save money. Quite frequently throughout the season you can see that the pilot is wearing the green flight suit from the movie and not the blue flight suit that they're wearing in the television show. See more »

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PVC: Well what's that bird Chaney? You look like you're flying my Grandmother's old wringle washer!
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Follows Blue Thunder (1983) See more »

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One of Dana Carvey's earlier works
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show ran September 1983 - February 1984 on Friday nights at 9:00 on ABC. I was in 10th grade at the time. My sister hooked me into watching it, because she saw the movie in the theaters that summer and thought the copter was cool.

While the copter was cool and while James Farentino tried to add some classiness to the show, it was beleaguered by melodramatic, corny writing. With other action shows like the "A-Team," "Magnum P.I.," and "Airwolf" to compete with, it didn't have a chance. It was canceled after 13 shows--with no announcements or last-minute advertising. One day you had the show, the next two weeks it was the Winter Olympics, and then it was replaced--can't even remember which show replaced it.

However, it did have one good thing going for it--this is where I first discovered the comedic charms of Dana Carvey. While the writing was trite, he did the best with the material he had.


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