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Woops aired from September until December 1992 on FOX.

In this bizarre postapocalyptic comedy, kids playing with an electric
toy at a small Midwestern parade accidentally set off a nuclear
missile that triggered a nuclear holocaust that wiped out almost the
entire world population in less than an hour. However, six people
survived, just enough to stock this Fox comedy. Mark, the narrator,
had survived because he was in his Volvo; he had driven though
devastation until he ran out of gas and found a lone farmhouse where
the other five had found each other. A former English teacher, he kept
a journal of the group's progress and was chosen as the leader because
he was the best opinionated.

The other survivors were Alice ( Meagan Fay), an idealistic feminist
and somewhat spacey intellectual who had been in her bookstore
basement, which had been built as a bomb shelter in the 1950's; Curtis
( Lane Davies), an arrogant yuppie stock analyst who had been in the
vault in his brokerage office ; Jack ( Fred Applegate), a perpetually
cheery and optimistic homeless person with a penchant for joking
around who had been living under the interstate; Frederick ( Cleavant
Derricks), a pessimistic black pathologist who had been in an
underground morgue; and Suzanne ( Marita Geraghty), a sexy but dumb
manicurist with no discernible opinions about anything. Occasional
mutant insects (such as gigantic grasshopper) intruded, but most of
the action took place in the farmhouse as the six tried various nutty
schemes to organize their new "better world."

Thirteen episodes were made, but only ten were aired before Fox
canceled the series. In July 2002, TV Guide named Woops! the
42nd-worst TV show of all time.

A Review from the LA Times

TV REVIEWS : 'Ben Stiller' Is a Winner; 'Woops!'? Oops!

His parents, the comedy team of Stiller and Meara, are funny. But Ben Stiller is funny !

The proof is his rip-roaring, hilarious half-hour show on Fox: It ranks with HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" as the creamy class of the new season's comedy series.

"The Ben Stiller Show" premieres at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Channels 11 and 6, in advance of the 10:30 p.m. debut of a lesser Fox comedy, the aptly named "Woops!" The two are part of a counterprogramming, eight-comedy evening on Fox, the latter half of which faces movies on ABC, CBS and NBC.

Besides his parents, Stiller's satirical pedigree includes "Saturday Night Live" and his own series on MTV, also shrewdly titled "The Ben Stiller Show." The Fox version consists of short films and other amusing nonsense, and the premiere's mercilessly spoofing content is the closest thing in years to the tone of the brilliant "SCTV."

It includes "U2: The Early Years," a riotous sendup of rock's cosmic Irish band with Stiller as its stylish lead singer, Bono Hewson. Hosted by Dave Madden, who played the manager on "The Partridge Family," the MTV-style "rockumentary" has Bono doing a cereal commercial and the band playing the 1980 bar mitzvah of a Joel Wasserstein. Bono: "Look at him, the very vision of manhood. And how about Leo Krupnick, who made that great gefilte fish sculpture, huh?"

Almost as funny is Stiller as Eddie Munster in a takeoff on "Cape Fear" and as a Hollywood agent, the ponytailed, glib, insincere, oil-spewing Michael Pheret. A recurring character, he takes meetings tonight with guests Garry Shandling and Roseanne and Tom Arnold, telling them: "I'm so glad we're having this conversation."

Although airing on Fox, "The Ben Stiller Show" is from HBO Independent Productions. And like every bold satirist, Stiller doesn't spare the hand that feeds, witness Sunday's "HBO Presents the Last Stand of Yakov Smirnoff," which pokes fun at HBO's comedy specials while sending an even sharper arrow through the heart of Commie-trashing Smirnoff's stand-up act, which crumbled simultaneously with the collapse of the Soviet Union. And coming in the second episode is a period spoof of Fox's "Cops," with police this time moving in on Salem's witches.

Along with Stiller's considerable acting gifts, the premiere's staging and devastatingly clever writing form the underpinning for its success. Viewers should be so glad "The Ben Stiller Show" is having this conversation.

But what is a "Woops!"? Not much, judging by an opening half hour that introduces six survivors of a nuclear holocaust who strive--comedically, insists Fox--to "build a better world." Their base is a miraculously untouched farm house where they arrive one by one:

Sixth-grade English teacher Mark Braddock (Evan Handler), wealthy financial analyst Curtis Thorpe (Lane Davies), "politically correct" Alice McConnell (Meagen Fay), homeless Jack Connors (Fred Applegate), pathologist Frederick Ross (Cleavant Derricks) and manicurist Suzanne Skillman (Marita Geraghty).

Yes, everyone but Gilligan.

As a concept, "Woops!" has satirical possibilities. But they aren't realized in the premiere: The topical humor is heavy-handed and the highlight is an attack by a mutant giant spider that convinces the six protagonists that, despite their inability to get along, they have no choice but to remain together.

Fortunately, viewers do have a choice, and one suspects--when comparing this new comedy with the promising new "Flying Blind" that precedes it--relatively few will choose "Woops!"

A Review from Entertainment Weekly


Ken Tucker
October 02, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

As the first sitcom centered on the survivors of a nuclear holocaust, Woops! plays the Ultimate Disaster for laughs. Hey, I like laughing at the apocalypse as much as the next guy, but from its title on down, Woops! is depressingly timid, displaying far too little of the Fox network’s time-honored tastelessness.

For one thing, politics never intrude here — the explosion was just a big mistake, a few bombs that went off by accident. And the survivors, who gather in an abandoned farmhouse to rebuild the world together, are a dully democratic assortment of types: uptight WASP (Lane Davies), smiley bimbo (Marita Geraghty), stuffy African-American physician (Cleavant Derricks), humorless feminist woman (Meagen Fay), plucky homeless man (Fred Applegate), and our narrator-hero, a Woody Allen-ish teacher played by Evan Handler. The jokes are predictable, all on the order of, ”That tears it — the last tube of toothpaste in the world, and someone squeezes it in the middle!” Woops! makes its Sunday-night neighbor, Herman’s Head, look elegantly witty; maybe Woops! is just a nightmare in Herman’s head. Fox should rouse itself and cancel both shows. D

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