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Blue Thunder 

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(11 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Richard Lynch, who played the PVC in the pilot episode, also played the another villain in the season 3 premiere of another high tech attack helicopter show Airwolf. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ride with the Angels: Making 'Blue Thunder' (2006) See more »

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Drifted into obscurity for good reasons
15 June 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I remember watching a few episodes of this TV series when it first came out, and liking what I saw. So when I found out that the entire eleven episodes of the series had been released on DVD, I rented the entire set to see if the show would still hold up. And the answer is, for the most part, no. With the exception of a pre-fame Dana Carvey, who manages to show off his comic skills and charm, the cast gives pretty forgettable performances, most likely because the scripts don't give their parts multi-dimension. The other parts of the scripts also fail to interest, with bland, simplistic stories. The Blue Thunder Helicopter does look cool, and there is some impressive aerial photography as well as choreography. But it seems that the expense to do so resulted in some shabby cost-cutting elsewhere, with obvious stock footage and footage repeated - sometimes in the same show! And while the helicopter looks cool, its movements and abilities come across as sluggish - unlike Airwolf, from a different helicopter show broadcast around the same time. In fact, you'd be better off watching "Airwolf" than watching the "Blue Thunder" TV series.


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