Out of the Blue


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Broadcast History:

First Telecast: September 9, 1979
Last Telecast: December 16, 1979

Sep 1979-Oct 1979, ABC Sun 7:00-7:30
Dec 1979, ABC Sun 7:30-8:00

Total number of episodes: 8


Cast:

Robin Williams as Mork on the premiere episode of Out of the Blue with the cast

Jimmy Brogan as Random
Dixie Carter
as Aunt Marion
Clark Brandon
as Chris Richards (16)
Olivia Barash
as Laura Richards (13)
Tammy Lauren
as Stacey Richards (10)
Jason Keller
as Jason Richards (8)
Shane Keller
as Shane Richards (8)
Hannah Dean
as Gladys
Eileen Heckart
as The Boss Angel


Theme Song:

Download the Out of the Blue theme song


Series Summary:

Jimmy Brogan

Kiddie comedy in the style of Bewitched and My Favorite Martian. In this one, an inept angel was dispatched to help a harried Chicago woman cope with her five adorable nieces and nephews, after their parents had died in a plane crash. Aunt Marion decided to accept a boarder, to help meet expenses, so Random moved in. The fact that he was an angel, with magical powers, was the kids' secret. Random could move people and places around with a twinkle, and he used his powers to teach the kids little lessons about growing up. Gladys was the black housekeeper.

Series summary from The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946-Present


Did You Know?

Some people have identified Out of the Blue as a spinoff series of Happy Days. I disagree and maintain that it is a crossover series. Out of the Blue premiered on September 9, 1979 (a Sunday) and the Happy Days episode (Chachi Sells His Soul) where Random the Angel appeared aired on September 18, 1979 (a Tuesday where Happy Days aired on during almost its' entire run). This would make it a crossover episode and not an actual spinoff in my opinion. Robin Williams guest starred as Mork on the first episode of Out of the Blue. The Happy Days episode was likely a promotional tool for Out of the Blue to make the character more known.

I've verified the premiere date for Out of the Blue from Tim Brooks/Earle Marsh's tv directory book. The date of the Happy Days episode was verified from the 1998 DuoCards Happy Days trading card set.

TV.com thinks it is a spin-off series: "I have read all the rumors about this show. Some people say that it is a spin-off of Happy Days, some people say it's a spin-off of Mork and Mindy, and some people even say it was just a show on it's on that has crossovers with these two shows. I have found out that this is indeed, a spin-off of Happy Days. The pilot episode which aired on Happy Days aired after the first episode of Out of the Blue because of pre-emption, but it originally was supposed to serve as the pilot. This show lasted for seven episodes (eight counting the pilot on Happy Days).

Jimmy Brogan

Jimmy Brogan is now a producer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


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Links:

Clark Brandon

Internet Movie Database entry for Out of the Blue

Wikipedia entry for Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue Episode Guide (TV.com)

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