An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Farentino ...  Frank Chaney 11 episodes, 1984
Dana Carvey ...  Clinton 'JAFO' Wonderlove 11 episodes, 1984
Sandy McPeak ...  Captain Braddock 11 episodes, 1984
Dick Butkus ...  Richard 'Ski' Butowski 11 episodes, 1984
Bubba Smith ...  Lyman 'Bubba' Kelsey 11 episodes, 1984
Ann Cooper ...  J.J. Douglas 10 episodes, 1984
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das fliegende Auge See more »

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Runtime:

(11 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The camouflaged vehicle used in the series is a modified GMC S15 Jimmy 4 x 4 with the rear section and doors removed. See more »

Quotes

PVC: Well what's that bird Chaney? You look like you're flying my Grandmother's old wringle washer!
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Connections

Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: D3: Judgment Day (1998) See more »

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Not Airwolf, but Still Fun
3 January 2016 | by SenjoorMuttSee all my reviews

Long forgotten and short running TV-series is based on John Badham's 'Blue Thunder' starring Roy Scheider. The title is the only thing common between film and TV-series. The series didn't take over where film ended, but it rather created alternate universe or storyline how the Blue Thunder helicopter will serve in the forces. Characters are different - super cool Murphy has been replaced by Chaney (James Farentino), who still has enough charm and coolness in him to carry the show. Also, compared to the film, the show is much more lighthearted - besides Chaney and captain Braddock, all the other characters are there for comic relief. Show also lost all the seriousness and message of the film, turning 'Blue Thunder' series typical '80s action show.

And a typical action show 'Blue Thunder' is. If you're familiar (and grown up with) shows like 'The A-Team', 'Airwolf', 'Magnum P.I.', or any other that kind, 'Blue Thunder' can offer a nice juicy '80s nostalgia boost. Cheesy stories and ridiculous villains (mostly played by well known character actors from that time). Cheap effects and reused aerial shots from the film.


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