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Out of the Blue (1979 TV series)

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Written by  Barry Kemp
Theme music composer  Charles Fox
Final episode date  16 December 1979
6.3/10 IMDb

Genre  sitcom/fantasy
First episode date  9 September 1979
Location  Paramount Pictures
Number of seasons  1
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Created by  Thomas L. MillerRobert L. Boyett
Directed by  Peter Baldwin, Jeff Chambers, Duncan Scott McGibbon, John Tracy
Network  American Broadcasting Company
Cast  Tammy Lauren, Olivia Barash, Clark Brandon, Dixie Carter, Eileen Heckart
Similar  Happy Days, Blansky's Beauties, Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Loves Chachi

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Out of the Blue is an American fantasy Sitcom that aired on ABC during the fall of 1979. It is chiefly notable as having featured a Mork & Mindy crossover, and for the controversy surrounding its status as a spin-off of Happy Days.


The series stars Jimmy Brogan as Random, an angel-in-training who is assigned to live with (and act as guardian angel for) a family and work as a high school teacher. The series aired from September 9 to December 16, 1979. Nine episodes had been aired at the time of cancellation. Some completed material was never broadcast.

"Out of the Blue" - 13 Week Theatre

Spin-off debate

Out of the Blue, 1979 | From 1979: An appearance by Robin Wi… | Flickr

Out of the Blue has engendered debate amongst some viewers concerning its precise relationship to Happy Days. The controversy arises from the fact that the first episode of the show was broadcast a little over one week prior to an episode of Happy Days featuring Jimmy Brogan as the character Random. Television observer and owner of Sitcoms Online, Todd Fuller, maintains that because "Chachi Sells His Soul" aired on September 18, 1979, Random's appearance on this Happy Days episode was a crossover. He goes on to postulate: "The Happy Days episode was likely a promotional tool for Out of the Blue to make the character more known."

Thom Holbrook, who has a website devoted to TV crossovers and spin-offs, sees the arguments against calling it a spin-off, but ultimately concludes: "Making it a crossover would be basing things all on an odd bit of scheduling decades ago. The intent was spin off. The tone of the Happy Days episode is that of a dry run on the character, that of a pilot episode."

Cast list

  • Jimmy Brogan as Random
  • Dixie Carter as Aunt Marion
  • Clark Brandon as Chris Richards
  • Olivia Barash as Laura Richards
  • Tammy Lauren as Stacey Richards
  • Jason Keller as Jason Richards
  • Shane Keller as Shane Richards
  • Hannah Dean as Gladys
  • Eileen Heckart as The Boss Angel
  • References

    Out of the Blue (1979 TV series) Wikipedia

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