The adventures of a team of misfit superheroes who fight crime for a scientific think tank.
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Complete series cast summary:
Dean Paul Martin ...  Dr. Billy Hayes 16 episodes, 1985-1986
Kevin Peter Hall ...  Dr. Elvin 'El' Lincoln 16 episodes, 1985-1986
Mark Thomas Miller Mark Thomas Miller ...  John 'Johnny B' Bukowski 16 episodes, 1985-1986
Courteney Cox ...  Gloria Dinallo 16 episodes, 1985-1986
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ...  Jane Miller 15 episodes, 1985-1986
Max Wright ...  Dick Stetmeyer 15 episodes, 1985-1986
Diane Cary ...  Miss Nance 15 episodes, 1985-1986


Superhero series about a group of young mutants who worked for an American thinktank fighting crime. Elvin could shrink to a size of eight inches, Gloria possessed telekinetic powers, and Johnny B was able to fire lightning bolts from his hands. Their leader was Dr. Hayes. Written by Marty McKee <>

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4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Spezialisten unterwegs See more »

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In France, the series was known as Superminds, in Germany, as Die Spezialisten unterwegs (The Specialists on the way), in Brazil, as "Curto-Circuito" ("Short Circuit"), in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and rest of Latín-América as Los Cientificos Rebeldes (The Rebel Scientists). See more »


Referenced in Night Court: A Day in the Life (1987) See more »

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some light fun, some light action
15 April 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Dr. Billy Hayes and Dr. El Lincoln are scientists working for Humanidyne and the military. They get fired after an incident with an iceman. Lincoln is a 7 foot tall black man who can't play a lick of basketball. He's been taking a serum to get smaller but he ends up with a shrinking ability. They have kept other mutants secret from the military. Johnny Bukowski is an electrically powered rock-n-roller with water as his greatest enemy. Gloria Dinallo (Courteney Cox) is a telekinetic teen with anger issues. Her sympathetic probation officer Jane Miller gets her out of the mental institution. Together in an ice cream truck, the Misfits of Science saves the world. Billy and El get back their jobs working under Dick Stetmeyer.

Yeah, I remember watching this show back in the day. It came and went after a few months. I remember the tall black guy who could shrink and the cute angst-ridden girl played by Courteney Cox not long after her Dancing in the Dark breakthrough. The writing is strictly 80's with a manufactured adventure every week. The show needs a consistent villain to give it a serial aspect. It struggles to come up with stories that could incorporate the group's abilities. More than anything, it needs a structure to generate the adventure for the show rather than this random generator from nothing. It has a light comedic feel although the funniest thing may be the naked giant black dude almost every week and the wacky one-liner experiments. It's not really that funny. This is not the best show but it has some passable fun and that unforgettable cute girl who danced with Bruce Springsteen.

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